302: “Proshai, Livushka” With Brodie Reed



Sopranos season three continues on Pod Yourself A Gun this week with a discussion of “Proshai, Livushka,” episode 302 and the second part of a two-episode premiere that originally aired March 4th, 2001. Our guest this week is Brodie Reed (named a “best up-and-coming comedian” by Vulture), host of the Dark Weeb and Male Gaze podcasts.

Brodie joins your regular hosts Matt Lieb from Newsbroke/AJ+ and Vince Mancini from Uproxx/FilmDrunk to discuss arguably the greatest Sopranos episode there is. In this episode (SPOILERS TO FOLLOW, DO NOT @ ME) Livia dies, we meet both Svetlana the gruff nurse and Noah Tenenbaum, Meadow’s film buff pseudo boyfriend, help AJ with his Robert Frost assignment, and try to understand Christopher’s position on fingerprints at a truly epic funeral for Livia (where Janice, against all odds, once again monopolizes the conversation). We tend to love the funny episodes and this one is surely one of the funniest.

I absolutely love this episode of the Sopranos (whaddya gonna do? …at least she didn’t suffer) and I hope you love this Pod Yourself A Gun episode just as much. Nay, twice as much. In fact if you don’t love it, maybe you should get some therapy.

As always, please leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts and/or wherever you get your podcasts.


301: “Mr. Ruggiero’s Neighborhood”



We open season three of Pod Yourself A Gun discussing the season three premiere of The Sopranos. Mr. Ruggiero’s Neighborhood, the 27th episode of The Sopranos, originally premiered on March 4, 2001, as the first part of a two-part season premiere, directed by Allen Coulter and written by series creator David Chase.

In the Season Three premiere, Agent Harris and his team concoct an elaborate new plan to wiretap the Soprano home now that Pussy is singing with the fishes instead of for the feds.

This episode is a bit of a meta look at the FBI as they, essentially, watch The Sopranos. Ay, da FBI is just like us! It includes the introduction of a braless tennis instructor from Iceland and a mash-up of The Police and Henry Mancini that, curiously, seems to be the main character of the entire episode. It’s full of extremely on-the-nose music throughout.

BADA B STORIES

-The FBI is buggin’
-Patty Parisi is chuggin’
-Tony is thuggin’
-Meadows roommate needs a huggin’
-AJ is shruggin’
-Waterheater is fuggin’… up

TRIVIA

The actor who plays Patsy Parisi teaches math and computer science at a community college now.

“Ruggerio” is a shout out to Angelo Ruggerio, who had his house bugged by the FBI and accidentally brought down the mafia

We hope you love it, and please don’t forget to give us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts. 


213: SEASON FINALE “Funhouse” with Nelini Stamp



Hello my dear podsiglieries. The season finale of Pod Yourself A Gun season 2 is here, which means Matt and Vince watched the season finale of Sopranos season 2. Curious how that works, isn’t it? This week, Matt and Vince welcome activist and Working Families Party organizer Nelini Stamp to the virtual Bada Bing (a zoom call) to discuss the end of Big Pussy, food poisoning, and much more. Hope you enjoy and we’ll see you in season 3! GABAGOOL!

Also, please don’t forget to give us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, and remember “our true enemy has yet to reveal himself.”

EPISODE NOTES–

S2E13 Funhouse

Premiered April 9, 2000

SYNOPSIS

In the Season Two finale, Tony has a series of ‘fever dreams’ that help to shed light on some of his problems–particularly his troubles over Big Pussy.

BADA B STORIES

-Pussy sleeps with the fishes

-Tony sick from two dishes

-Artie Defends his delicious

-Jersey sells phony minutes

-Carm wears mink from the riches

-Livia flies with her sis’s

-FBI creep cuz their vicious

-Meadow graduates high school

BADA C STORIES (AKA THE LAST 14 GODDAMN MINUTES)

-Livia gets caught

-Tony gets arrested

-Tony gets out

-Melfi gets real w Tony

-Meadow gets a degree

-Chris gets his button

-Scatino says bye


212: Knights In White Satin Armor, With Dave Schilling



Back when we started this crazy Sopranos rewatch podcast all those year ago, “Knights In White Satin” was exactly the kind of episode we had in mind. Episode 12 of season two, this one really is one of the greatest Sopranos episodes ever, easily a top fiver. It introduces all sorts of new and interesting characters, from Jackie Aprile’s son Jackie Jr. to Irina’s cousin, the one-legged chain-smoking Svetlana (one of my favorite characters in all the Sopranos canon) whose boyfriend romantically picked her up off the floor at the Gap store. But for the most part, episode 212 is an entirely self-contained miniature movie, with fully developed plotlines, complete character arcs, big twists, and satisfying resolutions. I bet you didn’t think Richie and Janice’s wedding was going to turn out like that, did you! If you’re a Sopranos virgin looking for one episode to get you hooked, check out this one, I’m friggin’ tellin’ you over heah.

As always we have your hosts, comedian Matt Lieb from Newsbroke and film and culture critic Vince Mancini from Uproxx, and we also welcome sportswriter Dave Schilling (ESPN, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, The Guardian), currently of the Full Court Chat podcast. We go through every plotline in Bada B Stories, countdown our favorite scenes, and explain those bits you may have missed. We hope you enjoy it, but in case you don’t, va fongool.

Don’t forget to give us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, and please, say hi to your mothers for me.


211: House Arrest, With Bobby Bigwheel



In season 2, episode 11 of The Sopranos (aka episode 211) everyone is trapped. Junior is trapped in house arrest and trapped in his old body, Dr. Melfi is trapped in a spiral of alcoholism, and Tony is trapped with Richie Aprile in his family and in being the boss. It’s both probably the most Scorsese episode and the first episode where Dr. Melfi’s storyline is one of the better ones. Dr. Melfi’s son, the intellectual Napoleon Dynamite, even makes a brief appearance, in a scene that is an absolute masterpiece of classic Sopranos comedy, where every character is equally terrible.

Joining us this week is Twitter-lebrity (*dodges tomato*) and huge Soprano-head Bobby Bigwheel, helping us talk through all your favorite Pod Yourself A Gun segments, from Bada B Stories, Da Real Gangsta, It’s The 90s, Malapropism Corner, and Gabba Va Vongool. We also answer your listener voicemails.

As always, your Pod Yourself A Gun hosts are Matt Lieb from Newsbroke and Vince Mancini from Uproxx. You can leave us an email at frotcast@gmail.com or a voicemail at 415 275 0030. Don’t forget to leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts. We hope you love every minute of it, and until next week, don’t stop believin’.


210: Bust Out, With Nando Vila From The Young Turks



Episode 210 (season 2, episode 10) of The Sopranos originally aired on HBO on March 19th, 2000, when Julia Roberts was burning up the screen in Erin Brockovich and Vladimir Putin was just a week away from his first election. “Bust Out” saw Tony and his crew running a classic “bust-out scam” on Tony’s high school pal turned degenerate gambler, David Scatino, played by Terminator 2‘s Robert Patrick. The plan involved the gang running up huge debts on Davey’s sporting goods store’s lines of credit with no intention of paying them back. It’s a smaller-scale version of the same basic business model currently employed, fully legally, by private equity companies.

Almost 20 years and one month to the day since it first aired, Matt and Vince are joined by producer and TV personality Nando Vila (The Naked Truth, Happy Ending, The Young Turks) to discuss this episode in Pod Yourself A Gun 210. We provide the cultural context in The Wayback Machine, run through storylines in Bada-B Stories, translate slang with Stevie B in Gabba Vafongool, identify cultural reference points in It’s The 90s, and figure out who “Da Real Gangsta” is. Along the way, we discuss our favorite and least favorite scenes and try, desperately, unsuccessfully, to get Matt to stop saying “tiddies.” It’s fine, The Sopranos was an R-rated show, why shouldn’t our Sopranos rewatch podcast be an R-rated show?

As always, ours is the first and only Sopranos rewatching podcast on the internet and if you disagree with us you are wrong and a liar. Please leave us a five star review on iTunes because we love you. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, leave us voicemails at 415 275 0030, and subscribe to our other podcast at patreon.com/frotcast.


209: From Where To Eternity, With Emily Fleming From Good Mythical Morning



This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, the internet’s first and only Sopranos rewatch podcast [citation needed], we’re going back 20 years and one month to March 12, 2000, the premiere of “From Where To Eternity,” episode 9 of season 2 (209) of the Sopranos. Helping us discuss, we have Emily Fleming from Good Mythical Morning.

Written by Michael Imperioli, “From Where To Eternity” sees Christopher waking up from his coma after being shot by Sean Gismonte and Matt Bevilacqua, having been clinically dead for an entire minute. Chrissy claims to have seen a vision of hell, which is actually an Irish bar called “The Emerald Piper,” where every day is St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish win every bet. Meanwhile, Carmela hears about Ralphie Rutoldo’s Brazilian goomad and wants Tony to get a vasectomy, and Pauly has his own run-in with the supernatural, thanks to a psychic and later a priest. Later, Tony and Big Pussy decide what to do with Matt Bevilacqua.

In a bit of life imitating art, Lillo Brancato Jr., who played Matt Bevilacqua, was later involved in a botched burglary of his own in which an off-duty police officer was killed. Brancato spent four years in prison and is apparently back to acting.

Anyway, we play all your favorite segments, from Bada B Stories to It’s The 90s, and Malapropism Corner to Da Real Gangsta. We hope you enjoy it, and as always, if you don’t, va fongool. Please don’t forget to leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts, you make a you mama so a proud.

 


208: Full Leather Jacket, with Karl Hess



Hey, everyone, it’s time for your favorite Sopranos podcast ever, Pod Yourself A Gun. The world’s ONLY Sopranos podcast (that’s not hosted by a former cast member nor by people who respect prestige TV). This week Vince and Matt are joined by comedian, podcaster, Cooking Channel TV show host and huge Sopranos fan Karl Hess as they discuss Sopranos season 2 episode 8 (208) “Full Leather Jacket.” AKA the most Seinfeld-ass episode of the Sopranos of all time. It’s mostly about how Richie Aprile gives Tony a jacket as a gift and Tony insults him by not wearing the jacket. Seriously, that’s like the biggest storyline in the episode. It’s bizarre and forgettable and a pleasure to talk about with Karl. Here is a bit more info on the episode.

SYNOPSIS:

“Although Richie is miffed at Tony for forcing him to build a ramp for the pizza-parlor owner he paralyzed, he decides to make a peace offering. Unhappy with their lowly status as Christopher’s lackeys, Sean and Matt decide to pledge their allegiance to Richie–through a violent, unexpected act.”

BADA B STORIES

-Richie wants to give Tony a jacket
-Meadow wants to go to Berkeley
-Carm wants a letter of rec to Georgetown for Meadow
-Matt and Shawn want respect
-Chris wants to marry Adrianna
-Tony wants Richie to build a ramp for Beansy

We hope you enjoy it! And please remember to give us a review and 5 stars on the Apple podcast app.


207: D-Girl, with Brandie Posey



Hey everyone! Another week into the Coronavirus quarantine and your boys Matt and Vince have nothing but time to Zoom chat about The Sopranos with all of their friends. Lucky you! This week our guest is comedian Brandie Posey of the podcast Lady 2 Lady. This is the first time she has ever watched an episode of the Sopranos to completion and boy did Matt and Vince pick a perfect one. From season 2, episode 7, “D-Girl,” which originally premiered February 27th, 2000.

This episode isn’t just one of the funniest episodes of The Sopranos so far, it’s incredibly relevant to both Brandie and Matt’s life mired in the drab realities of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Whom amongst us hasn’t had the fate of our careers decided by a 20-something executive with no creative bone in their body and who name drops constantly? Very relatable.

SYNOPSIS
With Anthony Jr.’s confirmation approaching, Tony and Carmela find their son’s growing apathy a cause for concern. Meanwhile, Christopher’s interest in show biz is reignited when he meets a well-known filmmaker through his cousin’s girlfriend.

BADA B STORIES
-Chris meets Amy Safir, his cousin Gregory’s fiancee
-AJ’s existential buffoonery
-Chris meets Jon Favraeu and llearns what it means to be used by Hollywood
-Big Pussy is forced to wear a wire to AJ’s confirmation

Hope this makes your quarantine a little bit more tolerable. Enjoy! Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and subscribe to bonus content at Patreon.


Check Out ‘Made Women,’ Now Available



Good morning, Podsiglieres. We know how much you love Pod Yourself A Gun, for the laugh-out-loud comedy, the intense drama, and the staggering insights Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini lay out each week. But this week we’re drawing your attention to Made Women: A Sopranos Rewatch Podcast.

Hosted by Sopranos cast members Drea De Matteo who played Adriana La Cerva, and her best friend, entrepreneur and New Jersey native Chris Kushner, Made Women is taking listeners straight back to the New Jersey Turnpike for a deep dive into the iconic mafioso world that truly changed the course of television. Each week, Drea and Chris will unpack a different episode from the series, exploring themes and ideas from the show while also relating those themes back to their current lives. Made Women will feature lively discussions, special guests, exclusive insider input, stories from behind the scenes, and so much more. So, after you check out this clip that we’re about to play, go ahead and click the link in this episode description or search Made Women on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream audio content to subscribe for free and be sure to catch new episodes every Monday!

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