The Weight (The Sopranos)
|The Sopranos episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Jack Bender|
|Written by||Terence Winter|
|Cinematography by||Phil Abraham|
|Original air date||October 6, 2002|
|Running time||58 minutes|
"The Weight" is the 43rd episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the fourth episode of the show's fourth season. Written by Terence Winter and directed by Jack Bender, it originally aired on October 6, 2002. This episode marks the halfway point (43rd out of 86) of the series.
- 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 Sigler as Meadow Soprano
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano *
- Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack
- Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby Baccalieri
- Federico Castelluccio as Furio Giunta
- Joe Pantoliano as Ralph Cifaretto
* = credit only
- Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile
- Peter Bogdanovich as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg
- Denise Borino as Ginny Sacrimoni
- Carl Capotorto as Little Paulie Germani
- Matthew Del Negro as Brian Cammarata
- Raymond Franza as Donny K.
- Robert Funaro as Eugene Pontecorvo
- Joseph R. Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- Tony Lip as Carmine Lupertazzi
- Richard Maldone as Ally Boy Barese
- Joe Maruzzo as Joey Peeps
- Maureen Van Zandt as Gabriella Dante
- Joseph Castellana as Lou 'Dimaggio' Galina
- Richard Bright as Frank Crisci
- Jeff Robins as Chris Galina
- Lisa Altomare as Rose Galina
- Stephen Sable as Florida Hit Man
- Julie Goldman as Saskia Kupferberg
- Angelo Massagli as Bobby Baccalieri III
Johnny is consumed with anger about Ralphie's joke about Ginny. He savagely assaults a young member of Ralphie's crew who he happens to see laughing. When Tony confronts him, he blames his anger, but says he loves his "Rubenesque" wife. On Tony's instructions, Ralphie phones Johnny to try to make peace; against his instructions, he apologises, which Johnny takes as an admission of guilt.
Johnny asks Carmine to allow a hit on Ralphie; he refuses. There are then two sit-downs. At the first, Ralphie is present; Johnny walks out, saying, "I cannot be in the same room as this man." At the second, he is inflexible; Carmine says, "Get the fuck over it!" and Johnny walks out again.
Carmine hints to Tony that Johnny can be killed. Silvio and Christopher arrange for it to be done in Boston, where Johnny is visiting his father. At the same time, Johnny arranges for Ralphie to be killed in Miami, where he is staying in a hotel.
Johnny leaves home for Boston, but remembers something and goes back. He finds Ginny with a stash of junk food and candy. She cries. He reminds her that he never asked her to lose weight, but he is deeply hurt that she has lied to him. He calls off the hit at the last moment. He tells Tony he will accept Ralphie's apology.
Carmela and Tony are arguing bitterly about money and financial planning. She and Furio, who comes each morning to pick Tony up, are getting close. He has bought a house and she can advise him on land zoning regulations. At the housewarming party, the pair dance together to sensual Italian music.
Tony buys her some flowers and a little black dress from Saks Fifth Avenue. She puts it on. Greatly aroused, he takes her to bed. As he lies heavily on top of her, her eyes open and she imagines that she hears the music that she danced to with Furio.
- Joseph "Joey Peeps" Peparelli: Associate in the Lupertazzi crime family. Driver/bodyguard of Johnny Sack
- Brian Cammarata: Carmela's cousin and the family's "financial adviser"
- The title refers to the joke Ralph Cifaretto made about Ginny Sacrimoni's weight in "No Show", which Johnny Sack eventually learned about from Paulie Gualtieri; this joke almost cost two arguing mobsters their lives.
References to other episodes
- Ralph told the joke about Ginny's weight in "No Show"
- When Ralph calls Johnny Sack to deny he told the "mole joke", Johnny says that he "should have let Tony chop off [Ralph's] head a year ago", referring to when Ralph and Tony were on the outs, and Tony was considering killing Ralph in the season 3 episode, "He Is Risen".
- While visiting Meadow's dorm, Tony sees Meadow's graduation picture taken in the episode "Funhouse".
- Music from Furio's housewarming includes "O'Mare" and "Vesuvio" by Italian band Spaccanapoli.
- "Suddenly Last Summer" by The Motels plays in the background when Furio visits Carmela.
- One scene at the Bada Bing features ZZ Top's "Tush".
- Music playing in the background at the Atwell Avenue Boys house is "No Other Love" by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" by The Jaynetts plays in Johnny Sack's car radio.