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)

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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.

Starring[edit]

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Synopsis[edit]

Tony starts giving directions to his underlings through payphone calls to Christopher, and informs his lawyer he is making steps to isolate himself from incriminating discussions. Paulie is concerned about his mother Nucci’s welfare when she moves to the Green Grove Retirement Home. Nucci is excited to reunite with old friends Cookie Cirillo and Minn Matrone. However, the elderly women inform Paulie that Nucci will not be allowed to socialize with them since they are a set group. On casino night, Nucci is ostracized by Cookie after she misplays a hand of blackjack. When Nucci confines herself to her room, an angry Paulie demands that the Green Grove director do more to help his mother. He also visits Cookie's son, Chuckie; he gives him a suitcase as a present and asks him to talk to his mother about being more friendly to Nucci. Relations between the women do not improve; Chuckie is then chased by Benny and Little Paulie and has his right arm broken. Chuckie's wife then threatens to take Cookie out of the nursing home if she does not make peace with Nucci.

Meanwhile, seeing Pie-O-My at the stables, Tony meets Ralphie's new girlfriend, the Cuban-Italian Valentina La Paz. Valentina convinces Tony to have a portrait made of him with Pie-O-My, eventually leading the two to have sex. Valentina wants to continue seeing Tony, complaining about Ralphie's masochistic fetishes. Dr. Melfi suggests that Tony is reluctant to "cuckold" Ralphie. Tony continues to rebuff Valentina until she breaks up with Ralphie, and her claims about his fetishes are confirmed (in return for payment) by Janice.

Carmela empathizes with Furio when he leaves for Naples to attend his father's funeral. While in Italy, he discusses his homesickness with his uncle, but mentions that what is pulling him back to America is a woman. When Furio confides that the woman is the boss's wife, he is warned not to pursue the relationship any further: either he risks getting killed, or he must kill the boss. Furio says that he understands. Meanwhile, Carmela is infuriated when she discovers a broken false fingernail - it was Valentina's - in Tony's clothes. She takes two bound stacks of Tony's hidden money and invests it with several stockbrokers. Tony realizes what's happened and walks downstairs, where Carmela is reading the newspaper. While Carmela makes coffee, the two 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.

Deceased[edit]

  • 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.

Music[edit]

  • Tony listens to "Bell Bottom Blues" by Derek and the Dominos on his new entertainment center. He comments that "it's like Clapton's sitting right there in your house."
  • The bagpipe music Tony listens to on the entertainment system is "The Inverness Gathering," performed by the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band.
  • Tony falls asleep in front of his home theater and wakes up as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon approaches its end. The closing track "Eclipse" is heard when he wakes. Later in the episode, when he is under the shower, he can be heard singing fragments from "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" also by Pink Floyd.
  • Parts of "Vesuvio" by Spaccanapoli (previously heard in "The Weight") play whenever Carmela remembers Furio.
  • The song played over the end credits is "When the Battle is Over" by Delaney & Bonnie.

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