Sentimental Education (The Sopranos)
|The Sopranos episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Peter Bogdanovich|
|Written by||Matthew Weiner|
|Cinematography by||Phil Abraham|
|Original air date||April 11, 2004|
|Running time||55 minutes|
"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.
- James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
- Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi *
- Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
- Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
- Dominic Chianese as Corrado Soprano, Jr. *
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri
- Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr.
- Jamie-Lynn DiScala as Meadow Soprano
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano Baccalieri
- Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby Baccalieri
- Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundetto
* = credit only
- Tom Aldredge as Hugh De Angelis
- Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile
- Alison Bartlett as Gwen MacIntyre
- Robert Funaro as Eugene Pontecorvo
- Joseph R. Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- Liza Lapira as Amanda Kim
- Arthur Nascarella as Carlo Gervasi
- Paul Schulze as Father Phil Intintola
- David Strathairn as Robert Wegler
- Ed Vassallo as Tom Giglione
- Danielle Di Vecchio as Barbara Soprano Giglione
- Henry Yuk as Sungyon Kim
- Dennis Aloia as Justin Blundetto
- Kevin Aloia as Jason Blundetto
- Angela Bullock as Clerk
- Karl Bury as Tom Fiske
- Kimberly Guerrero as Dealer
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.
- Sentimental Education is a book written by Gustave Flaubert, who also wrote Madame Bovary, which Mr. Wegler recommends to Carmela.
- 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.
- 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.
- The song played on Tony B's delivery truck radio when it's stolen is "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" by The Greg Kihn Band.
- The song played when Carmela is deciding what to wear before seeing Robert Wegler is "The Angels Listened In" by The Crests.
- The song played when Carmela and Bob eat at a restaurant is "Mon homme" (lyrics by Maurice Yvain).
- The song played when Carmela is peeling the cucumber is "Over The Mountain" by Johnnie & Joe.
- The song played in Paulie's Cadillac is "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" by Mel Carter.
- The song played over the end credits is "The Blues is my Business" by Etta James.
- Tony Blundetto's ringtone is a monophonic version of "We Are The Champions" by Queen
- DVD audio commentary for "In Camelot" by Steve Buscemi