Sentimental Education (The Sopranos)

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"Sentimental Education"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 5
Episode 6
Directed byPeter Bogdanovich
Written byMatthew Weiner
Cinematography byPhil Abraham
Production code507
Original air dateApril 11, 2004
Running time55 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"Sentimental Education" is the 58th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the sixth of the show's fifth season. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, it originally aired on April 11, 2004.


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When Tony finds it increasingly difficult to take care of A.J., the boy is sent back to Carmela, who lets him move back in on the condition that he improve his grades and behavior. Carmela goes to see Mr. Wegler at the school and agrees to have dinner with him. The following evening, after eating at a fine Italian restaurant, the two kiss in his car, then go to his home and have sex. Carmela meets Father Phil Intintola for lunch; he reminds her that she made a commitment to her husband before God. However, she continues the affair, even after making formal confession.

One evening with Wegler she abruptly leaves before sex, saying she is upset about A.J., and troubled by the laws of the Church. The next day, Wegler pressures one of A.J.'s teachers to raise his grade for a poorly written essay. After several rounds of sex followed by Carmela talking about A.J., Wegler comes to the conclusion that she is just using him to get her son better grades and tells her he wants to end the relationship. Carmela is deeply hurt by this, and, after an argument, storms out. Her last words are, 'You'd better watch your step.' When her father visits the house and finds her despondent, he suggests that she look for other men. Carmela replies that, as Tony's wife, her motives will always be distrusted.

Tony B tries to adjust to civilian life but is berated by his Korean-American employer Kim due to Tony B.’s status as an ex-con and also his friendship with Tony Soprano. However Kim’s viewpoint changes when he realizes how hard Tony B is working, both on the job and in his efforts to pass the state massage board exam. Kim offers to partner up with him, as he happens to have an empty storefront in West Caldwell. Tony B passes the exam and begins work on the storefront, preparing it for business. Later, Tony B comes across a bag containing $12,000, which has been abandoned by fleeing drug dealers. Despite this successful period, he goes on a self-destructive tear and wastes most of the money on gambling and expensive clothes. Sleepless, and under physical and emotional pressure, he snaps when Kim visits him at the store and encourages him to keep on working, and beats him up. With Tony at Nuovo Vesuvio, Tony B hints that he screwed up and asks if he still needs someone to cover the airbag scheme. "It's hard doing business with strangers," responds Tony, smiling.

Title reference[edit]


  • The episode was directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who also has a recurring guest role as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg (Dr. Melfi's psychotherapist) on the show, although he does not appear in this episode.
  • Although the sixth episode of the season, it was produced as seventh, due to scheduling availability of director Peter Bogdanovich, as the following episode was directed by cast member Steve Buscemi, who wanted to direct an episode that his character was minimally featured in.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Carmela finds the book The Letters of Abelard and Heloise in Wegler's bathroom and asks him about it. She later tells Father Phil who erroneously corrects her pronunciation of 'Heloise'.
  • During her confession, Carmela tells Father Phil Intintola her affair makes her feel as if "walking around on a cloud" as the character Maria from the West Side Story.
  • Tony Blundetto buys his twin sons a pair of Nintendo Game Boy Advance handheld game consoles.
  • A.J. tries to write an English school paper on Lord of the Flies but ends up plagiarizing it.
  • A.J.'s teacher calls A.J. "Fredo Corleone" in a conversation with Wegler, referring to Michael Corleone's less gifted older brother in The Godfather novels and films.
  • After Tony Blundetto tells Paulie and the others at Satriale's Pork Store about his business opportunity with Kim, Paulie comments "Word to the wise, remember Pearl Harbor!", forgetting that Kim is actually Korean.



  1. ^ DVD audio commentary for "In Camelot" by Steve Buscemi

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