There are Sopranos fans who hate David Chase's dream-sequence episodes. I'm not one of them. Although "coma-sequence" episode would probably be more appropriate here. Shot in the gut by Uncle Junior (during a senior moment), a comatose Tony lives out a parallel life in his mind. In this world, he's a heating-systems salesman, whose ID has been switched with someone named "Kevin Finnerty" on a business trip. This alterna-Tony has no New Jersey accent. He's faithful to his wife. And when he gets blown off by the hotel staff or hassled by Buddhist monks, it never occurs to him to head-butt them. The fantasy sequence (which continues into the "Mayham" episode) inverts our image of Tony, showing him, on the borderline of life and death, meek, stranded, friendless and unable to find his way home.
(Directed by David Nutter; written by David Chase)
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