He Is Risen (The Sopranos)

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"He Is Risen"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 3
Episode 8
Directed byAllen Coulter
Written byRobin Green
Mitchell Burgess
Todd A. Kessler
Cinematography byAlik Sakharov
Production code308
Original air dateApril 15, 2001
Running time54 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"He Is Risen" is the 34th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the eighth of the show's third season. It was written by Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess and Todd A. Kessler, and directed by Allen Coulter, and originally aired on April 15, 2001.


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Also guest starring[edit]


Carmela and Rosalie notice the budding relationship between Meadow and Jackie Jr.; Rosalie is thrilled. At a frat house mixer he gives her free Ecstasy. Later, they are together on her bed; doped and drunk, she falls asleep; he slightly lifts her clothes, but goes no further. On a date, they wait in his car outside Hunter Scangarelo's house where they make out. Meadow warns Jackie that their relationship is unlikely to go anywhere at the moment. On another evening, an over-excited Meadow takes Jackie's car and wrecks it. She is unharmed, but he is deeply concerned for her and she asks to spend the night with him instead of being driven home.

In Dr. Melfi's waiting-room Tony comes across another patient, Gloria Trillo, speaking on the phone. He hears that she works as a saleswoman at a Mercedes-Benz dealership. They have been double-booked and he smilingly gives her the appointment. Later, he visits the dealership and she accompanies him on a test drive. They end up in bed on Tony's boat. Gloria calls Melfi to cancel a session. Melfi hears a man's voice in the background.

Ralphie is intentionally disrespectful to Tony when they meet. Each is thinking of killing the other. Johnny passes messages between them, amending the messages to bring about a reconciliation. At Nuovo Vesuvio, Ralphie approaches Tony and abjectly apologizes for all his past behavior, including his killing of Tracee, and blames his actions on his cocaine use. Tony barely acknowledges him. Johnny says Tony was only "posturing". He has suggested to Tony that he could promote Ralphie to capo in place of Gigi, but Tony is reluctant: he would look indecisive and weak. But Gigi dies of a heart attack; Ralphie is the best choice to succeed him. He is relieved and joyous when Tony tells him of the promotion. Then he asks whether he's being promoted on merit or just to replace Gigi. Tony does not answer.

First appearances[edit]


  • Gigi Cestone: dies of a heart attack while on the toilet at the Aprile crew hangout.

Title reference[edit]

  • It is a reference to Aaron, Janice's narcoleptic, evangelical boyfriend, who asks Jackie Jr. if he has heard "the good news, He is risen" (of Jesus Christ's resurrection).
  • This episode originally aired on Easter Sunday.
  • The title is also a reference to Ralph being finally promoted to Capo of his crew.

Cultural references[edit]

  • When Tony tells Carmela to disinvite Ralphie and Ro for Thanksgiving Dinner, he references The Jetsons, stating Ralph's not going to Mr. Spacely's house for dinner.
  • Silvio warns Tony that Ralph is the type to pull a "Jack Ruby" on you, referring to the sneak-attacking shooter of Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • When Jackie Junior comes into Ro's kitchen, Ralph greets him, "Oh, Fabian!"
  • The deaths of Elvis Presley and Don Simpson. At the funeral of Gigi Cestone (who dies of heart failure while on the toilet), all are in agreement that Gigi's death, while natural, was arguably one of the most embarrassing ways to go. Anthony Soprano states that it's "..how Elvis went." Silvio Dante mistakenly replies, "That guy in Hollywood, too. 'Don' something. Producer of The Simpsons."
  • Tony references Sun Tzu's The Art of War on a couple of occasions.
  • Tony references "Prince Matchabelli" when he intends to reference Machiavelli's The Prince.
  • Speaking to Tony about Gigi's crew, Uncle Junior says, "For them he's a Ghibelline, coming to butt in." The Ghibellines were a political and military faction in 13th- and 14th-century Italy.



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