Mergers and Acquisitions (The Sopranos)

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"Mergers and Acquisitions"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 4
Episode 8
Directed byDan Attias
Story by
Teleplay byLawrence Konner
Cinematography byPhil Abraham
Production code408
Original air dateNovember 3, 2002
Running time56 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

see below

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"Mergers and Acquisitions" is the 47th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the eighth of the show's fourth season. Its teleplay was written by Lawrence Konner from a story by David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, and Terence Winter. It was directed by Dan Attias and originally aired on November 3, 2002.


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Guest starring[edit]


Paulie's mother Nucci moves into a retirement home and is looking forward to being with old friends, including Cookie Cirillo. But Cookie has her own group and Nucci is ostracized. Paulie visits Cookie's son, Chuckie, who he used to know at school; he is now a school principal. He presents him with a suitcase and firmly asks him to persuade his mother to be more friendly. Nothing changes. Chuckie is then visited by Benny and Little Paulie who chase him through the school and break his right arm. Chuckie's wife threatens to take Cookie out of the nursing home if she does not make peace with Nucci.

Carmela is thinking about Furio who is back in Naples, where his father has died. He confides to his uncle that he is in love with the boss's wife. His uncle tells him that the only way to have her is to kill the man. Furio says he knows.

Tony starts giving directions to his underlings through payphone calls to Christopher, but he is bored and keeps micro-managing. At the stables he meets Ralphie's new girlfriend, the Cuban-Italian Valentina La Paz. She works in a picture-framing company and arranges for Tony to commission a portrait of himself with Pie-O-My. They start an affair. She wants to keep seeing him but Tony will not share her with Ralphie. To persuade him, she tells him that Ralphie is only interested in masochistic fantasies and never has (as Tony puts it to Dr. Melfi) "penissary contact with her vulvo". But he continues to rebuff her until she breaks up with Ralphie, and her claims about his fetishes are confirmed (in return for payment) by Janice.

Carmela is infuriated when she discovers a broken false fingernail—it was Valentina's—in Tony's clothes. She takes two bound packets of Tony's money, hidden in the duck-feed, and invests it with stockbrokers. Tony discovers what has happened. At breakfast, while she makes coffee, they ask each other if they have anything to talk about, and both say no. Silence ensues.

First appearances[edit]

  • Valentina La Paz: An art dealer and Ralph's girlfriend, who quickly falls for Tony.
  • Minn Matrone: Friend of Paulie's mother, Nucci Gualtieri at Green Grove.


  • Furio's father, who died from cancer.

Title reference[edit]

The phrase mergers and acquisitions refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies as well as other assets.

References to other media[edit]

  • Janice watches Robot Wars on television, with the original commentary from Jonathan Pearce audible.
  • Tony watches the 1993 film, The Fugitive (which includes castmate Joe Pantoliano) on his new widescreen television.
  • Tony references the film Hud, which starred Paul Newman, when Carmela's cousin mistakenly references the HUD scam to Carmela at dinner.
  • When Tony shows Carmela the new media center he has installed in the pool house, she replies that she will pick up the movie, In the Bedroom, for them to watch.
  • When lying in bed Carmela is reading The Mists of Avalon, a 1983 novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  • Under the shower Tony sings "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd.
  • Ralph refers to Valentina as "my Chiquita Banana" and "the Mambo Queen".
  • A distraught Nucci tells Paulie that in an effort to be friendly, she bought Cookie a card from the gift shop (to no effect.) She says "I cared enough, and I sent the very best," a reference to the Hallmark slogan.
  • Carmela watches the television show Mario Eats Italy. The ponytail of the host, Mario Batali, sends her into reverie about Furio.



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