Whitecaps (The Sopranos)
|The Sopranos episode|
AJ and Meadow react to the news that Tony has decided to move out.
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||John Patterson|
|Written by||David Chase|
|Cinematography by||Phil Abraham|
|Original air date||December 8, 2002|
|Running time||75 minutes|
"Whitecaps" is the 52nd episode of the HBO television series The Sopranos, and the 13th and final episode of the show's fourth season. Written by the series creator/executive producer David Chase, and executive producers Robin Green, and Mitchell Burgess, it was directed by longtime series director John Patterson and originally aired in the United States on December 8, 2002. The episode attracted 12.5 million viewers and is regarded by many critics as one of the series' best.
- 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
- John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco
- Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack
- Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby Baccalieri
- Tom Aldredge as Hugh De Angelis
- Bruce Altman as Alan Sapinsly
- Liz Larsen as Patricia "Trish" Reingold-Sapinsly
- Randy Barbee as The Judge
- Denise Borino as Ginny Sack
- Carl Capotorto as Little Paulie Germani
- Max Casella as Benny Fazio
- Dan Castleman as Prosecutor Castleman
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- Alla Kliouka as Svetlana Kirilenko
- Will Janowitz as Finn DeTrolio
- Tony Lip as Carmine Lupertazzi
- Tony Darrow as Larry Barese
- Bruce MacVittie as Danny Scalercio
- Jeffrey M. Marchetti as Petey
- Richard Portnow as Harold Melvoin
- Joe Pucillo as Beppy Scerbo
- Oksana Lada as Irina Peltsin
- Curtiss Cook as Credenso Curtis
- Universal as Stanley Johnson
- Cynthia Darlow as Virginia Lupo
- Robert LuPone as Dr. Cusamano
- Karen Young as Agent Robyn Sanseverino
- Frank Pando as Agent Grasso
- Matt Servitto as Agent Harris
With the Esplanade project shut down, Johnny is worried about his lost revenue. Tony declines to move against Carmine, but when Johnny offers generous concessions, he agrees to go ahead. Chris has come back from rehab in very good shape; Tony asks him to contract the job out and make it look like "an outside job". Chris delivers a pre-payment to two heroin dealers, and delivers instructions for the hit. However, Carmine unexpectedly changes his mind and offers to negotiate; at a sitdown he agrees to accept just 15% and praises Little Carmine for smoothing things. For Johnny the hit is still on, but Tony finally decides not to go ahead and tells Chris to ensure the hired guns don't talk. Chris pays them, then Benny and Petey appear and kill them. When Tony and Johnny meet again, Johnny expresses his resentment against Carmine and his son, and his anger at Tony for letting him down. They embrace and part, but eye each other warily as Johnny drives away.
Tony takes Carmela on a surprise trip to "Whitecaps," a house on the Jersey Shore he is thinking of buying, if it is available. At first hesitant, Carmela is finally delighted; she and Tony walk hand-in-hand on the beach and kiss. Tony meets the house's owner, attorney Alan Sapinsly, who lives next-door, and offers cash in the shortest possible time allowed by law. Sapinsly calls the current buyer, who is having difficulty obtaining a home loan, and negotiates and threatens his way out of their contract.
Irina drunk dials Carmela and brags about Tony's relations with her and tells her he also had sex with Svetlana. This causes Carmela extreme distress, and when Tony returns home, she is hurling his possessions from an upstairs window. She tells Tony that he has embarrassed her for years with his infidelity and tells him to leave the house. Tony says, "You stole from me!"—the cash hidden in the birdseed. He goes to Irina's home. Svetlana is there, and she explains that soon after Tony thrashed Zellman in front of Irina, humiliating him, their relationship ended. Tony spends the night at Whitecaps. He explains to Sapinsly that he no longer wishes to buy the house, but Sapinsly declines to release him from the contract.
Meadow argues with her mother about the separation, asking her how she could "take shit" from Tony for so many years. Tony returns home and becomes violent when Carmela tells him to leave. She threatens to call a lawyer and get a restraining order. A.J. helps Tony clear the home theater so that he can stay there.
Tony lies in the pool. Carmela complains to him about (he thinks) a trivial matter and there is soon another argument. Finally she says, "For the last year, I have been … in love with Furio." Tony, at first incredulous, again becomes violent. He charges at her, almost punches her, but stops himself and punches the wall beside her head instead, smashing it in. He tells her he looked for women with different qualities from her in his affairs. She reminds him that he hardly knew most of the women he slept with, the strippers and cocktail waitresses, and walks out, calling him a "fucking hypocrite."
Tony calls Dr. Melfi but hangs up when she answers. She tries to call him back but his number is blocked. He finally tells the family he has decided to move out completely. Both children go to him and he embraces them.
Sapinsly calls Tony to say he will release him from the sale but will keep the $200,000 deposit. He offers to negotiate; Tony declines. Benny and Little Paulie take the speakers out of Tony's home theater, install them on Tony's boat, anchor it just offshore from the Sapinsly house and, at lunchtime, play a Dean Martin concert at high volume. The Sapinslys close the patio doors and try to ignore it. At night, as they sit peacefully on the patio, the music starts again.
- Credenzo Curtis and Stanley Johnson: shot by Benny Fazio and Petey LaRosa in the Meadowlands to ensure their silence about the canceled Carmine hit.
- "Whitecaps" is the name of the property Tony plans to buy for his family.
- Whitecaps also refer to the crest of waves which break into sea foam. Like the choppy waters, Tony and Carmela's marriage has become unstable.
- "Whitecaps" is the longest episode of the series, running 75 minutes.
References to past episodes
- Tony brings up Carmela's telling him he was going to hell when he was first being examined for an MRI for his collapses (this occurred in the show's pilot episode).
- When Johnny Sack and Tony meet at an OfficeMax to discuss potentially assassinating Carmine Lupertazzi, Johnny paraphrases a line from The Beatles' song, "Hey Jude," saying, "I'll take a sad song and make it better."
- Johnny Sack intimates that with Carmine's assassination there would be "differences between this and Castellano," in reference to the assassination of New York Gambino Crime Family Boss Paul Castellano by John Gotti, who subsequently became boss in 1986.
- When Tony first sees Christopher after the latter's release from rehab, he says, "Hey, Jack Lemmon! How's Lee Remick?" This refers to the film Days of Wine and Roses (1962), which deals with alcoholism and recovery.
- While in the pool, Tony responds to Carmela's complaint about the seats being left on the lawn being bad for the grass by quoting the Mulwray's Chinese groundskeeper's line about "very bad for grass" from the film Chinatown.
- When fighting with Tony in the pool house, Carmela says angrily, "Who knew? All this time, you really wanted Tracy and Hepburn."
- Johnny Sack says to Tony angrily, "Creeps on this petty pace...", misquoting Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, line 20).
- When explaining his decision to call off the hit on Carmine, Tony warns Johnny Sack they need to avoid causing a "shootout at the OK Corral," referencing the infamous 1881 gunfight.
- "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos is playing in Tony's truck when he runs over his golf clubs in his driveway.
- The song played while Tony and Christopher are at Nuovo Vesuvio is "Oh, What A Night" by The Dells.
- When Janice and Bobby are dancing in Junior's kitchen, they sing/hum part of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You, Babe."
- The song played over the end credits is "I Love Paris (Vegas)" by Dean Martin. It is followed by the instrumental piece, "I Have Dreamed" from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King and I, performed by Fantastic Strings.
- James Gandolfini won his third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode. Gandolfini also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the fourth season as well.
- Edie Falco won her third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode. For her role as Carmela, she also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series: Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and was the first female winner of the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, a feat that would later be accomplished by Julianna Margulies as well for The Good Wife in 2010.
- Mitchell Burgess, David Chase, and Robin Green won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on this episode.
- John Patterson won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series for his work on this episode.