Everybody Hurts (The Sopranos)

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"Everybody Hurts"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no. Season 4
Episode 6
Directed by Steve Buscemi
Written by Michael Imperioli
Cinematography by Alik Sakharov
Production code 406
Original air date October 20, 2002
Running time 55 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

see below

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"Everybody Hurts" is the forty-fifth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and is the sixth of the show's fourth season. It was written by Michael Imperioli, directed by Steve Buscemi and originally aired on October 20, 2002.

Starring[edit]

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Guest starring[edit]

Episode recap[edit]

Christopher and Adriana are injecting heroin when Chris gets a call from Tony. Chris struggles to stay alert when he arrives, prompting Tony to ask if he's been drinking. Tony tells Chris that he is going to be giving orders through him in the future because of their family ties, and that Chris will "take the family into the 21st century". Meanwhile, A.J. hangs out with his girlfriend Devin Pillsbury and friends Matt Testa, Patrick Whalen, and Jason Malatesta. They discuss Tony's involvement in the Mafia and whether his family's lifestyle is similar to the Godfather films. When A.J. reveals that Tony co-owns the Bada Bing, the group decides to visit. Unfortunately, A.J. gets confused, and they end up at Satriale's instead.

In bed, Tony and Carmela discuss Furio, who she wants to send to her dental hygienist. She also tells Tony that Gloria Trillo recently committed suicide. Tony is shocked by the news and visits Gloria's Mercedes-Benz dealership to find out more details. Later, in his therapy session, he angrily blames Dr. Melfi for the death, but she tells Tony she gives her patients everything she has. Tony relents and reveals that he is actually feeling guilty himself, as he could have cared more for Gloria.

Artie has a new French hostess at Nuovo Vesuvio, Élodie Colbert, and his relationship with Charmaine becomes even more strained. Élodie's brother, Jean-Philippe, asks to borrow $50,000 to buy distribution rights for Armagnac. Artie is sucked in by the deal and tries to borrow money from Ralph, who refuses because he would not be able to hurt Artie if he did not pay Ralph back. Later, Tony offers the money himself to Artie. As he is leaving Artie's house, Tony takes a bottle of Armagnac with him. Still tracked with guilt, Tony drinks the Armagac and has a nightmare about Gloria. Tony later agrees to sign a new living trust for Carmela.

Carmela catches A.J. and Devin making out on the sofa. Devin orders car service to take them to Meadow's place of work at the South Bronx, as A.J. thinks she might let them use her dorm room at Columbia University. They are disappointed when she does not allow them to use her room for sex. A.J. discusses how he "lucked out" to have been born in a rich family, when other people have to struggle to make a living. Later on, A.J. and Matt visit Devin's house, which is vast and extremely lavish. A.J. is shocked and somewhat intimidated by Devin's wealth and tells her she should have said something. A.J. is asked by his friends why his father does not have "Don Corleone money", which he struggles to answer.

Tony continues his string of good deeds by organizing a night at a Billy Joel concert for Carmela, Chris, Adriana, and Carmela's cousin Brian Cammarata and his wife. Adriana pulls out, afraid of spending too much time with the people she is supposed to be collecting evidence about. This makes way for Carmela's planned date for Furio and Liz, although once they are there, she seems less than happy with her matchmaking. Tony also treats Janice to dinner at Nuovo Vesuvio. They get along well for once, remembering their mother's fondness for sucking marrow out of bones while cooking. Tony congratulates Janice on her relationship with Bobby.

Artie delivers Tony's money to Jean-Philippe, trying to avoid Charmaine noticing. Later, he is unable to get hold of Jean-Phillipe on the phone; Élodie distracts him with flirting. When Artie decides to visit Jean-Philippe at home, he attacks when he is told that Jean-Philippe will be unable to pay back the debt. Jean-Philippe rips out Artie's earring before throwing him out. Artie goes home, overdoses on alcohol and pills, and calls Tony to apologize. Tony deduces that his friend is trying to kill himself, so he phones an ambulance. At the hospital, Tony allows Artie to clear his $6,000 tab at Nuovo Vesuvio in lieu of payment. Artie expresses admiration that Tony could subconsciously foresee the deal going bad and profit from it, which makes Tony furious. Later in therapy, he tells Dr. Melfi that he will donate Artie's money to a suicide hotline in Gloria's name. Later, Jean-Philippe opens his door to Furio, who was sent by Tony to collect the debt.

First appearances[edit]

Deceased[edit]

  • Gloria Trillo: Tony learns of Gloria's suicide by hanging in this episode.
  • Jean Phillepe It was known that he already spent the $50,000 when Furio came to confront him.

Title reference[edit]

  • The episode's title refers to the emotional difficulties faced by Tony, Adriana, Artie, Gloria, and Dr. Melfi.
  • It also refers to the R.E.M. song of the same name about resisting the impulse to commit suicide in times of suffering.

Cultural references[edit]

  • When Tony asks Janice if she knows anyone who has committed suicide, Janice responds: "I lived in Seattle". It is most likely a reference to the oft-believed myth that Seattle, due to its weather, has a very high suicide rate.[1]
  • The Beatles' Rubber Soul (1965) album is featured in one scene, wherein a mint copy was part of Devin's father's record collection.

Music[edit]

  • Armand Van Helden's "Kentucky Fried Flow" is played when Christopher and his friend are seen in a bathroom and his friend is vomiting, while Christopher is looking in the mirror after shooting heroin
  • Weezer's "Island in the Sun" is played during the conversation between Carmela and Adriana at the gym
  • "I Only Have Eyes For You", by The Flamingos, is played in the scene where Tony has lunch with Janice
  • D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" is used as diegetic music when A.J. and Devin are on the couch in the Soprano home
  • The Aquatones's "You" plays as Tony dreams about Gloria
  • "Ballin' Out Of Control" - Jermaine Dupri, Featuring Nate Dogg
  • "Em'Ma" - Manu Dibango
  • "Tout doucement" - Bibie
  • Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is played in a scene near the end, where Tony, Carmela, and their guests have a meal at an Italian restaurant, presumably following the Billy Joel concert
  • The song played over the end credits is "Take Me for a Little While" by Dave Edmunds

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