46 Long

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"46 Long"
The Sopranos episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byDan Attias
Written byDavid Chase
Cinematography byAlik Sakharov
Production code102
Original air dateJanuary 17, 1999
Running time50 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"46 Long" is the second episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos. It was written by David Chase, directed by Dan Attias and was originally broadcast on January 17, 1999, in the United States.

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Synopsis[edit]

Carmela feels sorry for A.J's science teacher, whose car has been stolen, and persuades Tony to help. Tony tells Pussy, who has a car body shop, to look out for it, a task Pussy resents. The thieves are found, but the car has been "chopped" so they are told to steal another one. The teacher is somewhat surprised when his car is returned with the same plates, but different keys and a different color.

Christopher and Brendan Filone, who has a meth habit, hijack a shipment of DVD players and are pleased to "scathe" the truck driver, at his request, so that he cannot be suspected. They deliver the players to Tony, Silvio and Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri at Sil's strip club, the Bada Bing. But the truck company pays Junior Soprano protection money, and he angrily arranges a sit-down with Tony and the DiMeo family's acting boss, Jackie Aprile, Sr.. Jackie has cancer and is thinking of naming a successor. He rules that restitution must be made, which Tony accepts, but Chris, who thinks he is due his button, attempts to reject the $15,000 that Junior claims. Tony insists on receiving the full amount from Chris, saying he will beat Junior down; but Chris can tell that Tony will take some for himself, and little will be left for him and Brendan.

Although they have been told not to attack the truck company again, Brendan and Chris, both high on meth, next plan to hijack a shipment of Italian suits. However, when Brendan arrives to pick up his partner, a sober and reflective Chris decides to sit the job out. Brendan proceeds with the hijacking along with two associates, both nervous. One of them drops his gun; it fires when it hits the ground, killing the driver. The two of them flee in panic. When Tony learns of this, he orders Chris and Brendan to return the whole consignment to Junior and come to terms with him, though first his crew help themselves to a few of the suits.

A small fire occurs when Livia is cooking, and Tony insists that she accept a nurse/companion, but Livia soon enrages her and she walks out. He is proud that his mother still drives, but she knocks down and badly injures a friend of hers to whom she has just given a lift. She now has to go, very reluctantly, into the Green Grove retirement community. In her almost empty house, collecting old photos of himself as a child with his parents, Tony nearly has another panic attack.

Although Tony himself tells his mother, "You've got to stop with this black poison cloud, because I can't take it any more," he cannot bear hard words about her from Dr. Melfi. She says that Livia has "great difficulty maintaining a relationship with anyone"; he speaks of his guilt. She says that he must either acknowledge or displace his "feelings of hatred" and anger against his mother; he walks out. In the Bada Bing, when the barman Georgie Santorelli clumsily uses the telephone in a manner similar to Livia, Tony grabs the handset and bashes him with it, displacing his anger.

First appearances[edit]

  • Brendan Filone: Christopher's crystal meth-addled friend and partner in crime. He is rather reckless but he is well aware of Tony's power and hopes to somehow move up in the ranks alongside Christopher.
  • Jackie Aprile, Sr.: Acting boss of DiMeo crime family. He meets Tony and Uncle Junior at Satriale's to discuss his cancer and his current position.
  • Georgie Santorelli: Barman at the Bada Bing whose ineptitude with the telephone upsets Tony.
  • Mikey Palmice: soldier in Junior Soprano crew who serves as his chauffeur and hitman, whom Tony dislikes intensely.

Deceased[edit]

  • Hector Anthony: killed accidentally when one of Brendan Filone's goons, Special K dropped his gun during a truck hijacking.

Title reference[edit]

46-Long is a large man's suit size.[1] Silvio, Pussy, etc all try on the Italian suits Christopher and Brendan hijacked.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Tony says that the Mayor of New York is the person "least likely to be cloned". The mayor at the time was Rudy Giuliani.
  • When Pussy informs Paulie that he got the thieves’ address, he refers to them as "these Spice Girls", a reference to the British girl group, since the perpetrators Eduardo and Jerome are a gay couple (the former being Hispanic).
  • When Pussy and Paulie confront the guys who stole the science teacher's car, "Big Pussy" references criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran.
  • When Brendan and his two associates are hijacking the truck and Special K gets into the truck, there is a remark that "You couldn't drive a Fisher-Price"—a reference to the toy manufacturer.
  • When Brendan and Christopher meet with Tony at Satriale's, Brendan insults Jackie by referring to him as KemoSabe, a reference to Tonto's name for the Lone Ranger and a pun on the fact that Jackie is receiving chemotherapy.
  • When Brendan, Christopher and Adrianna are in line waiting to get into the night club, Martin Scorsese (played by an actor) arrives in a limo and goes into the club.

Production[edit]

  • This is the only episode that features a teaser scene before the opening credits.
  • This episode was filmed in June 1998 (ten months after shooting the pilot).
  • The restaurant's hostess from the pilot episode is now in a new role as Christopher's girlfriend, Adriana La Cerva. Drea de Matteo was cast as a restaurant hostess in the pilot episode only, but creator David Chase liked her performance so much that he developed the role of Adriana starting with this episode.
  • While investigating A.J.'s teacher's missing car, Big Pussy comments that he is "fuckin' Rockford over here." David Chase was a writer/producer for The Rockford Files for many years.

Reception[edit]

Alan Sepinwall was mildly positive toward the episode, writing that "some of it – particularly anything involving Tony and Livia […] feels fully-formed and very much of a piece with what we would come to know as one of the greatest shows ever made. And some of it is David Chase still fiddling with the knobs and levers"; Sepinwall considered the family-oriented scenes strong while viewing the subplot about the car theft as "still on the broader, lighter end of the comedy spectrum, […] It's not bad, but it's not quite right, either."[2] In The A.V. Club, however, Emily VanDerWerff praised "46 Long" as "a confident expansion of the show's universe", considering it an example of "the show's keen sense of generational conflict, of the ways that different kinds of people come into conflict with each other."[3]

Music[edit]

  • The song played when the truck driver drives up to where Brendan and Christopher are waiting to hijack his truck is "Piel Morena" by Thalía.
  • The song Tony sings at breakfast as Carmela tells him of Mr. Miller's stolen car is "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
  • The song played at the Bada Bing when Tony talks to Livia on the phone is "Instrumental" by Zino and the Human Beatbox.
  • The song played when Pussy goes over the books at his car shop is "This Time" by Richard Blandon & The Dubs.
  • The song played when Paulie and Pussy go to the coffee shop in search of the thieves is "Bop Hop" by Brooklyn Funk Essentials.
  • The song the Trinidadian nurse sings to herself as she does chores around Livia's house is "Let Me Call You Sweetheart".
  • The song played when Paulie and Pussy find the thieves apartment is "Chica Bonita (Levante las Manos)" by Artie the 1 Man Party.
  • The song played when Christopher and Brendan discuss hijacking the truck containing Italian suits at the nightclub is the Hardshell Mix of "Party Girl" by Ultra Nate.
  • The song played when Tony suffers a panic attack while packing up Livia's house is Symphony #3, Op. 36, by Henryk Górecki.
  • The song played when Tony beats Georgie with the phone and into the end credits is "Battle Flag" by Pigeonhed.

Filming locations[edit]

In order of first appearance:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petersen, Stephanie (January 31, 2012). "Men's Suits Buying Guide". Overstock.com.
  2. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (June 10, 2015). "'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 2: '46 Long'". Uproxx. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  3. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (June 9, 2010). "The Sopranos: "46 Long"/"Denial, Anger, Acceptance"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Ugoku. "The Sopranos location guide - Filming locations for". www.sopranos-locations.com. Retrieved 2020-01-26.

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