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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.

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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’.


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.


206: The Happy Wanderer, with Sean Keane



Hey everyone, hope you are having a great time locked in quarantine for the foreseeable future. Luckily for you, this means you get to enjoy some more of your favorite Sopranos podcast. This week, we invited Sean Keane (Roundball Rock podcast) to watch season 2, episode 6 “The Happy Wanderer” – which is Tony’s succinct little pet name describing all the obliviously joyful people he wants to murder.

This episode introduces us to David Scatino, the father of Meadow’s friend Eric and a local sporting good store proprietor who went to high school with Tony Soprano. David uses his high school connections with Tony in order to get a seat at the “executive game” where he ends up 45 boxes of ziti in the hole. Meanwhile, Meadow and Eric are rehearsing for cabaret night at their school and Meadow desperately wants to sing a solo rather than a duet.

Other Bada B-stories include:

-Tony is taking JRs executive card game

-Tony learns he had a retarded uncle name Hercules

-Chris cheats the fish market

-Richie gets put in his place by Tony

-Janice is pulling a Livia w Richie

 

It’s a fantastic episode of the Sopranos and an even more fantastic episode of Pod Yourself A Gun.


205: Big Girls Don’t Cry, With Rafael Shimunov



Hot off “Commendatori” last week, in which the gang traveled to Italy, the show introduced Furio, and we were treated to arguably the best Paulie Walnuts episode of the show, this week brings us an incredible Christopher episode.

In “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” originally aired February 13, 2000, Chris Moltisante has been signed up (by his girlfriend, Adriana) for a class called “acting for writers,” in which the teacher immediately informs the class that “the actor is an instrument for conveying ideas.”

As funny as Paulie in Italy was, Christopher in acting class might be even funnier, whether it’s crushing at improv, expanding his range with James Dean, or getting offended by the mere sight of one of his classmates’ dumb faces (could you blame him? Mitch from Hartsdale is the worst). Is David Chase better at making fun of therapy or at making fun of the arts? Meanwhile, Furio has come to America, Big Pussy has been passed over, and Richie Aprile has moved into Tony’s mom’s house with his sister, Janice. Once again, this is one of my favorite episodes and it ends with an all-time great tracking shot scene of Furio unleashing strangely humorous ultra-violence.

To help us discuss it all, we have this week’s guest, Rafael Shimunov, from JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) and The Jewish Vote. I hope he loves our dumb theme song! As always, you can email us at Frotcast@Gmail.com, leave us a voicemail at (+1) 415 275 0030, and support the show by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Frotcast.