Amour Fou (The Sopranos)
|The Sopranos episode|
|Directed by||Tim Van Patten|
|Story by||David Chase|
|Teleplay by||Frank Renzulli|
|Cinematography by||Alik Sakharov|
|Original air date||May 13, 2001|
|Running time||60 minutes|
"Amour Fou" is the 38th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 12th of the show's third season. Its teleplay was written by Frank Renzulli from a story idea by series creator, David Chase. It was directed by Tim Van Patten and originally aired on May 13, 2001.
- James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
- Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
- Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
- Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
- Dominic Chianese as Corrado Soprano, Jr. *
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri *
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
- Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr. *
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva *
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano *
- Federico Castelluccio as Furio Giunta
- Robert Funaro as Eugene Pontecorvo
- and Joe Pantoliano as Ralph Cifaretto
* = credit only
- Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile
- Jason Cerbone as Jackie Aprile, Jr.
- Louis Crugnali as Carlo Renzi
- Andrew Davoli as Dino Zerilli
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- Toni Kalem as Angie Bonpensiero
- Richard Maldone as Ally Boy Barese
- Annabella Sciorra as Gloria Trillo
- Nick Tarabay as Matush Gia
- Maureen Van Zandt as Gabriella Dante
- Isaach De Bankolé as Father Obosi
- Anthony Zayas as Cholo #1
- Freddy Martinez as Cholo #2
- Cesar de Leon as Cholo #3
- Tristan Molina as Cholo #4
Carmela and Meadow are spending time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art when Carmela has to go to the restroom to use a tampon. When she comes back, she is brought to tears upon seeing Jusepe de Ribera's The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Later, while watching something sentimental on television, Carmela begins to cry but quickly regains her composure when she realizes it is only a commercial for dog food. She later takes confession with a priest who tells her to learn to live with "the good" of her life and ignore her husband's sins, and also to visit an OB-GYN.
Tony continues to see Gloria, even as her erratic behavior continues. When he tells Dr. Melfi about his passionate love-hate relationship with Gloria, she uses the term "amour fou" (crazy love). The situation escalates when Tony tries to gently break up with Gloria and she responds by threatening to tell Carmela and Meadow about their affair. When an enraged Tony starts strangling her, she begs him to kill her. Tony is able to stop himself long enough to leave her gasping but alive, and warns her to never contact him again before he drives away.
Jackie Jr. and his friends Carlo and Dino decide to rob Eugene's poker game, after Ralphie tells them about how Tony and Jackie's father gained recognition for a similar heist. The dealer, Sunshine, keeps heckling the would-be robbers and is fatally shot by a panicking Jackie. In the ensuing firefight, Furio is shot in the thigh while Carlo is killed. Jackie and Dino find that their wheelman, Matush, has fled and left them at the mercy of Christopher and Albert. Jackie flees in a carjacked vehicle while Dino is shot after telling Chris and Albert that he and Jackie are with Ralphie. Chris asks Tony to put a hit on Jackie.
At Satriale's the following morning, Ralphie meets Tony to discuss Jackie. Ralphie wants to give him a "pass," but Tony tells Ralphie it is his decision because the game was under his protection, and that he should not feel guilty if he decides that Jackie should die. Ralphie blames Jackie Sr. for "spoiling" his son, embraces Tony, and leaves. Outside, his internal conflict is apparent on his face. Meanwhile, Patsy and Gloria go for a test drive in a new Mercedes. Patsy pulls the car over on a deserted side street, holds Gloria at gunpoint, and threatens to kill her if she contacts Tony again.
- "Sunshine": a card dealer for the mob who was shot during the poker robbery by Jackie Jr.
- Carlo Renzi: shot by Christopher in the face during the poker robbery.
- Dino Zerilli: shot in the head outside of the Aprile hangout by Christopher and Ally Boy Barese.
- The translation from French is "crazy love", a term Dr. Melfi uses to describe the conflicted relationship between Tony and Gloria. Tony later mispronounces it "Our mofo."
- This could also been seen as a reference to the conflicted relationship between Tony and Christopher. During this episode, Christopher expresses his frustration with Tony's application of Omertà which he perceives to be "hypocritical" after Tony denies him the approval to kill Jackie Jr. even though Jackie shot Furio, a made man.
- The working title for this episode was "Stepping Up".
- On the commentary on the season three DVD, David Chase affirms that this episode features "the biggest gunfight we ever shot."
- The tiny shell casings which can be seen striking the pavement after Chris executes Dino outside the card game were added into the scene in post-production using CGI.
Other cultural references
- Jackie and Dino are seen watching the famous "leg cross" scene from the film Basic Instinct on television.
- Tony tells Dr. Melfi that Gloria reminds him of a princess in a Spanish painting, a "Goyim." He means to refer to Goya.
- Tony calls Gloria's Buddha statue "a real Captain Marvel".
- Jackie and Dino are also seen watching a documentary on Vanilla Ice.
- This episode opens with the same music that closes the previous episode, "Pine Barrens" – the aria "Sposa son disprezzata" from the opera Bajazet by Antonio Vivaldi, sung by Cecilia Bartoli.
- Return To Me (Ritorna Me) by Dean Martin is playing while Ralphie tells Jackie Jr. and Dino about when Tony and Jackie Sr. robbed Feech LaManna's card game.
- The Bangles' song, "Walk Like an Egyptian", is playing in the Ooh-Fa Pizzeria, a regular hangout of Chris, when he sits down with Jackie and Dino.
- The music played when Ralph returns home to comfort Rosalie is a Bob Dylan cover of a Dean Martin song, "Return To Me". It was recorded for this episode at Dylan's request, as he is an admitted fan of the series [David Chase mentions this in the DVD/Blu-ray audio commentary for this episode].
- While Tony Soprano is with Gloria, she turns on the song "Affection" by Little Steven and the Lost Boys. The same song is played over the end credits. Lead singer Steve Van Zandt plays Silvio Dante on the show.
James Gandolfini won his second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.
- The Sopranos: The Complete Third Season — DVD commentary