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407: Watching Too Much Television, with comedian Greg Edwards



The many saints of who gives a sh*t about Newark?

LA Comedian Greg Edwards joins Matt and Vince for this week’s edition of Pod Yourself A Gun to talk about The Sopranos season four episode seven, Watching Too Much Television. Greg has known Matt since back in his college sketch comedy days, so we get a good story about Matt’s brother botching his one line as an audience plant. Really makes you wonder who the parents were less proud of in that moment: the son who can’t remember one line, or the son who is making sketch comedy.

This is one of those episodes of The Sopranos where it’s hard to tell if the characters are racist or the show is racist, but either way, Tony, Assemblyman Zellman, and his black activist friend Maurice conspire to defraud the Department of Housing and Urban Development and displace some crack dealers in the process.

The scam involves buying some property in Tony’s old neighborhood, so he takes AJ to Newark to show him an old church and teach him a little Italian-American history, but is reminded that while Tony might be a smart dumb guy, AJ is a dumb dumb guy. AJ is also, as Greg points out, inadvertently the moral compass for this family full of psychos. He’s too dumb to be malicious and that’s what makes him beautiful.

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404: The Weight, with Patrick Monahan From What A Time To Be Alive



Johnny Sack Loves His Curvy Wife

As a teenager, Johnny Sack was often teased by his friends for his attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) stunad might refer to as “chubby” or even “fat.” Then, as he became a made man and started to educate himself on issues such as feminism and how the mafia marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, no 90lb moles on their ass), he realized Ralphie Cifaretto needed to die. Hear all about it on the latest episode of Pod Yourself A Gun. Matt and Vince are joined by Patrick Monahan from the What A Time To Be Alive podcast to discuss season 4 episode 4 of the Sopranos, “The Weight.”

We are officially at the halfway point, folks. This is episode 43 of 86, and as discussed on the podcast, maybe a low point for the series. Still a watch-worthy episode with a great Furio shirt and the introduction of some hitmen who have a real elderly McPoyles vibe, but as Patrick points out, it’s the closest the Sopranos comes to making a Frasier-style farce where everyone is saved by their own grace. It doesn’t make sense for these sociopaths. For these reasons, the episode receives the lowest grade the podcast has ever handed out – a solid B+.

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403: Christopher, with Will Menaker From Chapo Trap House



In this house, we believe Columbus was a hero.

Put down your stinky cheeses and your cold wines, it’s time to talk about season 4 episode 3 of the Sopranos, Christopher, with Will Menaker from the Chapo Trap House podcast. Will joins Matt and Vince from Clinton Hill Brooklyn, home to Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. But on this podcast, the only Christopher we acknowledge is Moltisanti.

Written by Michael Imperioli, the actor who plays Chrissy, the episode is divisive even among Sopranos super fans due to its focus on identity politics and a ripped-from-the-headlines plot. Originally written for Paulie, the story focuses on Sylvio’s desire to see that Columbus, and by extension all hard working Italian-Americans hanging around pork stores, get the respect they deserve.

The woke mob came for Columbus, and all he did was cause enough pain and suffering to be disavowed by the psychos responsible for the Spanish Inquisition. The PC police are sure to come for Matt and Vince soon, so listen to this episode while you still can.

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314: THE BEST OF SEASON 3



Surprise gidruls!

What a terrible year it’s been. Solid B+ of a year, at best. And in order to celebrate our mass exodus out of this year, we have complied a Pod Yourself A Gun season 3 BEST OF! It’s got all your favorite clips, mash ups, shitty theories, and bad art analysis. It took a long long time to make so if you enjoy it please consider subscribing to our Patreon.com/frotcast, or just give us 5 stars and review if you hated it but appreciate the effort.

From Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, Brent Flyberg and everyone at the PYAG family, we thank you for listening to our Sopranos podcast. Not that you have a choice.

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Track List:

-Intro Song

-“Truly The Best Sopranos Song” with Brendan from the Frotcast

-Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House explains John From Cincinnati

-Alan Sepinwall from Rolling Stone calls us the lowest form of discourse

-“I Don’t Wanna Suck My Daddy’s Dick No More”

-Gigi dies on a toilet with comedian Jason Webb

-Chrissy is high at Livia’s wake with comedian Brodie Reed

-Livia’s final scene mash up

-Remember When John Phillips Died? with Francesca Fiorentini from The Bitchuation Room

-Remember When Tiger Woods was a beloved figure? with Mike Isaac of The New York Times

-Remember When Tucker Carlson merely leaned right wing?

-Remember Gary Condit?

-Remember Shaggy? with Jay Gordon from FSCKD Pod

-Matt needs to be coddled in order to talk about Melfi being attacked

-Pine Barrens with Jack O’Brien from The Daily Zeitgeist

-Vince get geo-political with the Russian

-Matt is sick of David Chase’s shit

-Alan tells Matt and Vince that David Chase may have listened to the pod

-Saved By The Bell/Killed By The Boss

-Sunshine deserved to die featuring Matt Christman

-Jackie Jr. talks about fashion and cream

-Paulie is doing proto-twitter discourse, with Rachel Fisher from the Hollywood Crime Scene podcast

-Noah Tannenbaum meets Barenaked Ladies, with Brodie Reed

-Meadow and Noah pretend to adult, with Carey O’Donnell from Sexy Unique Podcast

-Poor people fight their parents with Jason Webb

-Matt’s theory about the Meadow/Noah/Caitlin love triangle

-Carm gets the worst therapist, with Mike Isaac

-Ralphie is a good father

-Jackie can’t read Poe, with Samar Kalaf of Defector Media

-Matt’s story about Mariana

-Janice Soprano: Petty Godfather with Carey O’Donnell

-Jr Soprano’s tumor board

-90’s flashbacks with Rachel Fisher

-Matt tells Mike Isaac his Big Mouth Billy Bass story

-AJ Soprano likes to Break Stuff and so does Vince Mancini

-Gloria is a mess

-Gloria/Raffi mash up

-FUCK YOU SANTA!

-Core Ungrato aka Gabagool Va fangool!

-A Nice Voicemail

-Solid B plus

-Producer Brent Flyberg says hi!


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.”

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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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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


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.


Pod Yourself 16: Toodle-Fucking-Oo, With Shereen Younes (S2E3)



Pod Yourself A Gun, the world’s only Sopranos rewatch podcast, is back with another fresh and wholly original hour of thoughtful Sopranos critique/offensive impressions of Italian-Americans and jokes about dick sucking lips. This week Matt and Vince watched season 2, episode 3 “Toodle-Fucking-Oo” or as Vince titled it “Hey We’re Old School, Right?”

This episode introduces Richie Aprile and Beansy into Sopranos lore and we see three generations of Soprano women (Meadow, Janice and Livia) flex their manipulation muscle.
General themes include:
-Old school vs new age
-Dr. Melfi vs Jennifer Melfi
-Lips vs tits
-Can you beat a woman if she’s not your wife?
-You can’t even beat your kids anymore!
Matt and Vince welcome the hilarious Shereen Younes (of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast) who offers a MIND BLOWING theory regarding the relationship between Beansy and Richie. It honestly will change the way you watch the rest of season 2. Enjoy this episode you worthless bookyaks. GABAGOOOOOL!

Pod Yourself A Gun 12: Isabella



This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we discuss episode 12 from season 1 of the Sopranos, “Isabella” – where Tony is deep in depression about the disappearance of his friend (and possible snitch) Big Pussy. As we near the end of the first season of the Sopranos, and the first season of Pod Yourself A Gun, Matt and Vince have decided that all of you listeners out there deserve an episode of this show with NO GUEST and just the pure, unadulterated analysis of your loyal PYAG hosts. Just the raw shit, no filler. And what better episode to do this than Isabella, which has zero nudity. That’s right, ZERO.

Bada B-stories:

-Tony is depressed

-JR puts a hit out on Tony

-Livia is losing her mind

-Tony meets Isabella, who may or may not be Tyler Durden

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