Long Term Parking

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"Long Term Parking"
The Sopranos episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 12
Directed byTim Van Patten
Written byTerence Winter
Cinematography byAlik Sakharov
Production code512
Original air dateMay 23, 2004
Running time56 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"Long Term Parking" is the 64th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 12th of the show's fifth season. Written by Terence Winter and directed by Tim Van Patten, it originally aired on May 23, 2004.


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Guest starring[edit]


Little Carmine recoils from the violence, and Johnny Sack becomes New York boss. In a sit-down, both Johnny and Phil Leotardo make threats against Tony Soprano's blood relations. Johnny says he wants Tony B "on a fucking spit".

Tony B, in hiding, calls Tony. He apologises. Tony tells him not to come back and says he will look after his sons. He tells him truthfully why he was not at the hijack where Tony B was arrested. He has always felt guilty; "Now we're even." Ending the call, they tell each other to take care. Tony has the call traced. His cousin is in upstate New York, near their uncle's now empty house.

Tony and Johnny meet alone. Tony says he knows where Tony B is, and what has to be done. He asks Johnny to let him handle it himself. Johnny refuses. He then asks Johnny to promise that it will be quick. He again refuses. Tony then refuses to give up Tony B’s location and the meeting ends in antagonism.

Christopher is punished by Tony for bungling a cigarette smuggling operation. Back home, he rants about Tony's treatment of him and what he sees as Tony's favoritism towards Tony B. Adriana, stressed, is diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

An FBI camera in the carpark of Adriana's nightclub catches her behaving oddly with a bag of garbage. She is brought in. She admits that a murder was committed in her office at the club: Matush, the drug dealer, killed Gilbert Nieves, a customer who claimed he had been ripped off. Adriana was getting rid of some bloodstained cloths. Threatened with imprisonment for covering up a murder, she is told she has to wear a wire. As before, she refuses. However, she persuades them that Chris is ready to turn. They let her go, with a deadline for bringing him in.

When she tells Chris she has been talking to the FBI, he is crazed with anger and begins to strangle her. He ceases, apologises, and cries, "What are we going to do!" They talk all night and agree to flee and start a new life. In the morning Chris goes out to clear his head. While getting gas for his Hummer H2, he thoughtfully watches a poor white family in the parking lot, their meager possessions strapped to the roof of a run-down car. Adriana receives a call from Tony: Chris has tried to kill himself but he was saved and is not in danger; Silvio will come to collect her and take her to the hospital.

Silvio drives to an area of deserted woodland, turns off the road onto a track, then stops. He drags her out of the car. As she crawls away, crying, he shoots and kills her off screen.

Chris dumps a suitcase of her things on some waste ground and puts her car in long-term parking at the airport. At the Bada Bing, Tony sees that Chris is doped on heroin. Chris says the pain is too much. Tony loses control and beats him up, saying Chris is not the only one with pain.

Tony and Carmela negotiate. She wants to build a house on spec in partnership with her father. Tony agrees to pay for the land, $600,000. He promises that his "midlife crisis will no longer intrude any more" into their marriage. They are reconciled and he moves back in. He goes to see Valentina in the hospital and breaks up with her. Tony and Carmela go to look at the land he is buying. It is well wooded, similar to the woodland where Adriana was killed. He rests on a stump with his wife close beside him, and looks up at the treetops and the sky.


  • Gilbert Nieves: stabbed to death by Matush Giomana (in flashback).
  • Adriana La Cerva: shot by Silvio Dante for being an informant to the FBI.

Additionally, Billy Leotardo's murder by Tony Blundetto, previously mentioned only, is shown in Phil Leotardo's flashback.

Title reference[edit]

  • Christopher parks Adriana's car in the "Long Term Parking" section at the airport.
  • "Long term parking" could refer to a long-term decision, or putting oneself in a lasting or binding situation: Adriana suggesting she and Christopher join the Witness Protection Program, Carmela and Tony moving back in together, Tony B.'s attempts to disappear, and Christopher's and Tony's guilt over the death of Adriana.
  • Death can be viewed as a "long term parking" of the human body.
  • The title could refer to the state of Christopher's soul, which could be forever damned for his betrayal of Adriana
  • When Adriana is picked up by the FBI outside the pharmacy, she mentions that her car is still in the parking lot.


  • Many fans speculated that Adriana had survived because her death was not shown on-screen. However, Drea de Matteo confirmed in her 2005 DVD commentary that Adriana was indeed killed. De Matteo quotes Van Zandt as saying: "Do [the fans] think I was shooting squirrels?" Later in the DVD commentary, de Matteo talks about the strong fan reaction to Adriana's death.
  • In 2014, during an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, de Matteo stated: "All of us had known already that my character was dying - [Steven] Van Zandt was actually the most pissed off about it, he didn't want to do it, he just didn't want to do it. And I had to talk him into how awesome it was gonna be and how important it was, he didn't want to pull me out of that car, he didn't want to call me a c-word, he didn't want to shoot me in the head, but David [Chase] made a specific point not to show my character actually getting the bullet to her head. I'm not sure if that was for cliffhangers reasons, but he said it was from respect for the character."[1]
  • Steven Van Zandt and Drea De Matteo asked David Chase to cut out the scene where Christopher tells Tony about Adriana in order to keep her death at the hands of Silvio a surprise. The scene was later aired in the sixth-season episode "The Ride," as a flashback.

References to other media[edit]

  • Christopher's line "The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive" is from Bruce Springsteen's song "Born to Run", a pop culture reference made more apropos by the presence of Steven Van Zandt (as Silvio Dante), longtime guitarist in Springsteen's E Street Band. Van Zandt also sings backing vocals on the "Born To Run" track.
  • The scene with Christopher and Adriana where both of them are crying over the consequences of Adriana being an informant, including Chris' strangled wail of "Oh, God, what are we gonna do?!' mirror a very similar scene in the 1990 film Goodfellas where Henry and Karen Hill are falling apart at the realization they are in mortal danger from Paulie Cicero and his crew after Henry's narcotics bust.
  • The scene with Tony Soprano sitting alone in his backyard reminiscing about his cousin closely resembles the ending scene of The Godfather Part II, in which Michael Corleone sits alone at his Lake Tahoe compound remembering a moment shared with his family.
  • Tony watches the film It's a Gift on the TV after he moves back in with Carmela.
  • The film Christopher is watching at the Bada Bing after admitting to Tony "...I snorted a little H" is Three Amigos.

References to past episodes[edit]

  • The Crazy Horse club and the character Matush were both introduced in "The Telltale Moozadell" in a storyline in which Matush was repeatedly kicked out of the club for dealing drugs on the premises.
  • Christopher dumps Adriana's suitcase in the same location where Tony had almost killed him in "Irregular Around the Margins".
  • Christopher and Adriana reunited after his release from rehab in the Season 4 finale, "Whitecaps", the same episode in which Tony and Carmela separate. In an interesting parallel, Tony and Carmela rekindle their relationship in this episode, as Christopher's and Adriana's relationship falls apart.


  • Lou Christie's song "Summer Snow" is playing in Phil Leotardo's flashback of his brother Billy's murder.
  • The song playing when Tony enters his Bada Bing office near the end of the episode is "Super Bon Bon" by Soul Coughing.
  • The Shawn Smith song, "Leaving California", plays in the background while Silvio drives with Adriana.
  • The song playing in Silvio's car when he parks in the woods is "Barracuda" by Heart.
  • The song played over the end credits is another song by Shawn Smith,"Wrapped in My Memory", from Shield of Thorns.



  1. ^ "r/IAmA - I am Drea De Matteo, mom & actress (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Muthaship) Ask me Anything!". reddit.
  2. ^ a b Beachum, Chris (6 April 2012). "EMMY AWARDS Episode Submissions Previous Years".
  3. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/50greatesttv/default.asp?tv=3
  4. ^ TV Guide December 5-11, 2005. pg. 19.

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