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Army of One 

Ralphie issues his final decision on the fate of Jackie Jr., Anthony Jr., faces military school after getting expelled, Paulie and Ralphie have a financial conflict while the FBI assigns Adriana meets a new "friend."

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Dr. Jennifer Melfi
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Christopher Moltisanti
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Junior Soprano
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Silvio Dante
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Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
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Janice Soprano
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Artie Bucco
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Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)
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AJ gets into trouble at school yet again, this time for stealing an exam. The result is expulsion and Tony decides he has to go to military school. The three of them soon troop off to the Hudson Military Institute for interviews but Carmela is against the idea. AJ's reaction gives Tony pause for thought. Jackie Jr. is hiding out and Ralphie comes under pressure to do something about him. Everyone will soon have a funeral to attend. Paulie's mother has a tour of the retirement residence but he is upset that Ralphie hasn't paid him $50,000 that he's owed. It takes a formal sit down to solve the problem but Paulie's not pleased with the outcome. The FBI is again looking at prosecuting Uncle Junior and hopefully Tony as well. They decide to send in someone undercover to cosy up with Ariana. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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20 May 2001 (USA)  »

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When Tony, Carmela, and AJ visit the military academy, Major Zwingli makes 3 references to sayings often overheard at Alcoholics Anonymous:

1.) He says to AJ: "That's what we call..'stinking thinking' 2.) Also to AJ: "We have an expression around here; "Keep it simple". 3.) The last thing he says to Tony and Carmela "One day at a time". See more »

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Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [opens the compact fridge, slams it and gives it a good kicking] I been dreaming of that fucking lo mein all the way the fuck over here. Now, who came in here and ate my shit?
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References The Phil Silvers Show (1955) See more »

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aka "Blur" aka "Circles"
Written and Performed by Aphex Twin
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Spectacular
29 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Another year, another finale, and just like its predecessors, Season 3's epilogue shows no signs of pandering to expectations: it's an adult, tragic tale of retribution, lost hope and much more.

First things first: the fate of Jackie Jr. With his safety completely linked to Ralphie's decision, the poor kid's hours are numbered, and ten minutes into the episode Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli) sticks a bullet in his brains. The murder causes great sorrow, especially when it comes to Meadow, who starts drinking and being rude to everyone. As if that weren't enough, Tony also has to deal with his other heir: A.J. has been expelled from school for stealing a test, and is punished by being sent to a military academy.

Whereas the previous series ended with a major death (Pussy), Army of One gets that detail out of the way immediately, so that it can focus on the effect Jackie's premature demise has on those surrounding him: the funniest scene is arguably the one where Jackie's sister proves a lot smarter than the grown-ups by not believing the drug deal story and insisting her brother was clipped by "some fat f*ck in see-through socks" (pretty much Vito's profile). There is also (unintentional) humor in Anthony's face-to-face with Major Zwingli (Tobin "Jigsaw" Bell), head of the military academy, although the laughs actually make the scene more tense.

The show's biggest victory, however, lies in the perfectly structured final scene: for once (barring the series finale) it looks like one of the seasons ends on a cheerier note than usual (without giving away anything: Dominic Chianese's singing voice is beautiful), while in reality the almost lyrical atmosphere conceals a heap of silent despair. Bravo.


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