312: Amour Fou, With Matt Christman From Chapo Trap House



Tony Soprano finally realizes he’s a mofo in this week’s Pod Yourself A Gun.

Matt and Vince are joined by Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House to talk about The Sopranos season 3 episode 12, “Amour Fou.” Alternate title: “Suicide by Capo.”

Jackie Jr. makes a move in an attempt to show he’s got balls big enough to get the respect like Scarface, but he should have stayed in watching Basic Instinct with his bro. Listen to the podcast for a non-exhaustive list of all the movies that feature a Sharon Stone nude scene. There are a lot.  As far as I know, she’s never done a seductive dance to a song by Little Steven and the Lost Boys (with lead singer Steve Van Zandt aka Silvio Dante), but Annabella Sciorra does in this episode. She deserves some kind of award for convincingly pretending to love that song. Did Tony’s mom ever dance like that? Is that how realized he was hooking up with his mom?

Before the crank wears off, leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. (-Written by Brent Flyberg)

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311: Pine Barrens, With Jack O’Brien From Daily Zeitgeist



On the latest Pod Yourself A Gun, Gloria throws things, the Russian gets away, and “the poo ass was dog.” This week Matt and Vince are thankful for their guest, Jack O’Brien from the Daily Zeitgeist, and season 3 episode 11 of The Sopranos, Pine Barrens.

This episode is so good, it’s a cliché to bring it up. As Jack points out during the podcast, saying “Pine Barrens” is your favorite Sopranos episode is like saying Michael Jordan is your favorite basketball player. It’s not a bad choice but come on – try to surprise me.

If you haven’t seen it in a while, you might remember this Steve Buscemi directed episode as the one where Paulie and Chris get lost in the woods. What you might not remember are Gloria’s London broil toss and Jackie Jr.’s Scrabble prowess. If last week’s episode was a reminder that The Sopranos is a soap opera, this week’s episode is a reminder that it is also a sitcom, because it’s got jokes.

Are some of the jokes too sitcom-y? Vince says yes. I say VA FANGOOL, Vince. What happened to Valery? Don’t ask David Chase. What is the geopolitical significance of Paulie’s satin finish manicure? Listen now to find out.

If you’re not going to share your Tic Tacs, at least share a five star review on Apple Podcasts. (-written by Brent Flyberg)

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310: To Save Us All From Satan’s Power, With Rachel Fisher From Hollywood Crime Scene



Tony’s got a list and he’s checking it twice on a very Sopranos Christmas episode.

On this week’s Pod Yourself A Gun, Rachel Fisher, host of the Hollywood Crime Scene podcast, joins Matt and & Vince to talk about The Sopranos season 3 episode 10, “…To Save Us All From Satan’s Power.”

That Jesus guy – he was the real gangster. He had wisemen wandering all across the desert to bring him frankincense, myrrh, and gold, just for being born. Marone! That’s a good earner.

Meanwhile, before the Satriale’s Christmas party, Tony has to schlep all over town finding a new Santa to replace the snitch friend he murdered, taking care of his good-for-nothing sister’s Russian, and transferring some “cannolis.”

In a truly delightful moment on the pod, Rachel explains to Matt and Vince that the cannolis Tony was transferring were not food. We also listen to some voicemails and discuss Jackie Jr’s motorboating technique. It’s a great mother-jumping episode.

Stop writing that contemporary Christian rock album and start writing a five star review on Apple Podcasts. (-written by Brent Flyberg)

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309: The Telltale Moozadell, With Samer Kalaf From Defector Media



AJ Soprano has never seen a gutter but he has seen The Matrix.

This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, Samer Kalaf, Managing Editor of Defector Media, joins Matt and Vince to talk about one of their favorite subjects: beautiful little idiot AJ Soprano. Samer sets the bar high for future guests by not only taking notes for episode 3 season 9, “The Telltale Moozadell,” but he’s actually seen all of The Sopranos.

The episode itself is near perfect (solid B+), and features a young Lady Gaga as one of the girls AJ is trying to impress when he goes all Fred Durst and breaks stuff in the school late at night (on his mother’s birthday?!?). The fellas learn from Vince’s wife that unlike young men, not all young women go through a needless destruction phase. Good for them, I guess, but everyone should get to break one window in their life just to feel that power.

Speaking of power, Gloria can’t resist the power of Tony’s raw, animal sexuality, even at the zoo, when he’s surrounded by gorillas with the exact same posture and body type. Can Tony resist the urge to recognize his mother’s traits in Gloria?

Resist the urge to break stuff long enough to listen and leave a five star review on Apple Podcasts. (-written by Brent Flyberg)

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308: He Is Risen, With Comedian Jason Webb



Thanksgiving and Jackie Jr are cancelled in the latest Pod Yourself A Gun.

Matt and Vince invite comedian Jason Webb to discuss a conveniently-timed Thanksgiving episode of The Sopranos, and Janice invites a narcoleptic Christian with a ponytail to dinner on episode 3 of season 8 – “He Is Risen.”

The episode reminds us that being in the mob is just as much about petty social slights as it is about doing crimes. There’s lots of gossiping, someone gets their feelings hurt over a declined drink invitation, and someone else gets uninvited from Thanksgiving dinner. So, it’s kind of like Thanksgiving with your family, until someone shits himself to death, and then it’s just like your family.

Naturally, watching the episode led to some conversations about how families in Jason’s neighborhood settle disputes with their stepdads, the chainsaw bear carvings industry, how to get someone so horny they turn into a dairy product, and a Saved by the Bell Mashup song.

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307: Second Opinion, With Mike Isaac, Author Of ‘Super Pumped’



Paulie Wets his Beak and Tony Doesn’t Trust Jack Kennedy in episode 307 of The Sopranos

In this week’s Pod Yourself a Gun, author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, and New York Times journalist Mike Isaac (@mikeisaac) joins Matt and Vince to provide a third opinion of “Second Opinion,” the seventh episode of season three of The Sopranos. You may know it as the one where Paulie sniffs Adriana’s panties, but that’s because you’re a nasty little freak just like Paulie. As pointed out on this week’s podcast, The Sopranos writers really missed an opportunity to name the episode “Paulie Wets His Beak.”

In another episode that emphasizes that The Sopranos is primarily a comedy, Junior is easily impressed by a surgeon because he has a president’s name, and Carmela’s search for a psychotherapist of her own ends with the therapist rejecting her “blood money” for payment.

The appearance of a Big Mouth Billy Bass leads to a discussion of the death of ubiquitous American novelty gifts, and a retelling of Matt’s sordid affair with a Billy of his own. “The skeleton was still singing,” is a phrase that will haunt me for years.

Rewatching this episode inspired Mike to rewatch The Sopranos, which should inspire you to leave a five star review on Apple Podcasts. (-Brent Flyberg)

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306: University, With Brendan From The Frotcast



Are You Not Bread Pies Now? Pod Yourself a Gun covers The Sopranos season 3 episode 6, “University”

On this week’s episode of Pod Yourself a Gun, one of the surviving co-founders of the Filmdrunk Frotcast joins Matt and Vince to talk about The Sopranos season 3 episode 6, “University.” Brendan is on the show and Marone! He’s a big-a meatball!

The episode features one of the best one-episode characters in The Sopranos’ run, Tracee. Poor, sweet Tracee. Ralphie could never love her as much as he loved the movie Gladiator (remember when that guy gets hit with the spike thing and chunks of his head go flying? That was so phat). Really there are a lot of examples of men and boys being bad in their own unique ways in this episode. Ralphie is an absolute psycho, Georgie at the Bada Bing is making the girls do him personal favors to get into the VIP room, and we learn Noah is a limo-liberal f*ckboi.

Come to this week’s podcast for the titties and meat analysis you know and love, but stay for the premiere of what will be remembered as the Western canon’s most influential Sopranos-inspired Kinks parody song. Write the next verse and put it in a five star review on iTunes.

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305: “Another Toothpick” with Jay Gordon



Matt and Vince are joined by Sopranos twitter luminary and fsckd podcast host Jay Gordon (@jaydestro) to talk about one of his favorite episodes of the Sopranos, season 3 episode 5, Another Toothpick. Not only did Jay watch the episode in preparation for the show, he took notes and he’s not afraid to refer to them. Jay understands rule #1 of Pod Yourself a Gun: when you want respect from the pod, you give respect to the pod.

Like an Am/Pm on the Jersey turnpike, this episode has too much good stuff and a bunch of guidos. Carmela and Dr. Melfi finally meet face-to-face during a couples counseling session, Tony is bad in a familiar way (racism), good in an unexpected way (gives a dying man a sense of purpose), and Bobby Bacala Sr. takes Mustang Sally for one last ride with a Marb Red. On top of all that, we get Artie Buco’s disastrous friendzone-cementing dinner with Adriana. The scene is discussed at length in 2020 without a single utterance of the word simp, and someone deserves a Whitman’s Sampler for that restraint.

The star of the episode is a toss-up between Burt Young as Bobby Bacala Sr. and Artie Buco’s divorced-guy earring (he’s had it for years – he just doesn’t wear it a lot). Tell us your choice in a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts.

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304: “Employee Of The Month,” With Francesca Fiorentini



In this week’s episode of Pod Yourself a Gun, Matt and Vince are joined by Francesca Fiorentini (@franfio) from MSNBC, AJ+, and the Bitchuation Room podcast to try to find an entertaining but still respectful way to discuss Dr. Melfi’s rape scene in Season 3, episode 4 of the Sopranos, “Employee of the Month.”

It’s a polarizing episode from the gabagoolden age of the Sopranos with enough psychotherapy talk to really piss Vince off. The episode also features Ralphie Cifaretto and Jackie Aprile Jr. bonding over a beating, Janice’s definitely real plans to make a documentary about Livia’s generation and their music, Melfi’s Roman dog dreams, and Furio’s sensitive side. “We donna have-a the pope joke. Donna translate.”

Should Melfi have used Tony to get the revenge she wanted? Put your answer in a five star review on Apple Podcasts and/or wherever you get your podcasts. (-Description by Brent Flyberg)


303: “Fortunate Son” With Carey O’Donnell



This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, Matt and Vince welcome television writer and co-host of the Sexy Unique Podcast Carey O’Donnell (@ecareyo) to the pod to discuss episode 3 of season 3 of the Sopranos “Fortunate Son” – an episode in which Chris gets made.

“Fortunate Son” marks the beginning of what I would consider to be the gabbagool age of the Sopranos, which is the same as a golden age but better. In this episode, Chris gets made and struggles with the increased responsibilities, Tony discovers that much of his panic attacks are meat-based, AJ struggles with feelings of being a real dumdum, and Janice straight up steals Svetlana’s prosthetic leg in order to get back musical theater records. It’s a fantastic episode in the middle of a monumental season. See, sometimes we actually LIKE the Sopranos. Oh and Chrissy robs a Jewel concert in a Scream mask. Fucking epic.

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