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46 Long 

Tony is getting fed up with his mother. Brendan Filone acts against Tony's wishes. Salvatore and Paulie try to track down A.J.'s teacher's stolen car.

Director:

Daniel Attias

Writers:

David Chase (created by), David Chase
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
Michael Rispoli ... Jackie Aprile
Al Sapienza ... Mikey Palmice
Anthony DeSando ... Brendan Filone (as Anthony Desando)
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
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Storyline

Christopher Moltisanti and his friend Brendan Filone hijack a truckload of DVD players but unfortunately the truck and the merchandise belongs to a company that is Uncle Junior's protection. He's not a happy man and it takes a sit down arbitrated by Jackie Aprile to calm things down. Christopher and Brendan don't like the results however. Brendan decides to go off on his own but it leads to a royal mess. Tony's mother has a fire in her kitchen, confirming in the minds of everyone except her that she can no longer live without some type of assisted care. They try a companion but that doesn't work. Tony goes back to plan A but continues to feel guilt over the situation. One of AJ's teacher has his car stolen out of the school parking lot and Tony decides to try and recover it for him. Big Pussy and Paulie are sent out to solve the problem. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

46 Long See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrison, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Caso briefly portrays Martin Scorsese in this episode. See more »

Goofs

When Tony is on the phone in the strip club, as he is talking to Serge he writes down his number on the back of his left hand. In the next shot there is no number on Tony's hand. See more »

Quotes

[about DVD players]
Tony Soprano: I hear there's not as many titles available as on laser.
Brendan Filone: You know, there's more coming, though.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: My internist told me the picture's not that different from laser either, Tone.
Brendan Filone: But the sound, way improved.
Tony Soprano: Good. 'Cause nothing beats popping up some Orville Redenbacher's and listening to "Men in Black".
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Connections

References Kundun (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Whiter Shade Of Pale
(uncredited)
Written by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher (uncredited)
Performed by James Gandolfini
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Brilliant Blend of Comedy and Drama, Even in This Early Second Episode
16 June 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This is a show that lives up to the acclaim that's been heaped on it over the years - it's profoundly novelistic and amazingly cinematic, even in its second episode. It's also deeply, deeply funny, with a refreshingly mature sense of humor that moves effortlessly from dark satire to overt jokes about the perceived appropriation of Italian culture and cuisine.

There's a classic A, B, C plot structure in episode 1x2, straight out of screenwriting school: In the A plot, Tony is dealing with his brash nephew Chris's raids on trucking shipments that are supposed to be protected by Tony's rival in the DiMeo family, Uncle Junior; in the B plot, Tony's mother Livia is struggling to live at home by herself, though she refuses to move to a retirement community; and in the C plot, DiMeo mobsters Big Pussy and Paulie Walnuts track down the stolen car of Tony's son A.J.'s science teacher.

All the plots are interesting, and the casting is perfect, right down to the ancillary characters. The A and B plots involve Tony directly, and ultimately this is his story, despite it being an ensemble show. Coursing through Tony's narrative, even in this early episode, is a sense of middle-aged ennui, along with a deep-rooted fear of being unable to protect and secure what's his. Tony is a perpetually stressed, emotionally fragile guy - and for me, that's really what the show is all about, more so than the brief flashes of brutal violence (of which there are several in this episode).

The writing, performances, editing and even the choice of music used here is so darn good; this is a rich show, as juicy and as ripe for analysis as any great American novel. It's such a refreshing show to watch in 2018, in an era of unoriginal reboots and self-important "prestige" shows on premium and streaming channels.

Watch "46 Long," and you can really see why this show would later cement itself as one of the greats.


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