The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Christopher 

Columbus Day ignites tensions between Italians and Native Americans, and Bobby receives devastating news about his wife.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Michael Imperioli (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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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
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano (credit only)
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny 'Sack' Sacramoni
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Storyline

Paulie gives Johnny Sack a call and tells him about the joke Ralphie made at his wife's expense. Johnny lets his displeasure be known. Ralphie ends his relationship with Rosalie Aprile so he can move in with Janice but Janice's reaction isn't quite what he expected. Many in the crew, especially Sylvio, are upset when they hear that Native Americans are going to disrupt the annual Columbus Day parade. Their first attempt to do something ends up with several of them going to jail. Tony thinks they're over reacting but feeling he has to support his men, he gets in touch with man in charge of a large Native American-owned casino to see what could be done. Uncle Junior's trial starts, the first Soprano trial in 16 years. He's upset because he's learned that the FBI had an undercover agent in his doctor's office. There are problems at the church when a guest speaker insults some of the wives, including Carmela. They are taken aback however when they learn that Karen Baccalieri is killed in ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

The mention of Frankie Valli's name and his apparent friendship with the New Jersey mob in the final scene foreshadows the appearance of the real Valli as a cast member in Season 5, when he begins his portrayal of a New York crime-family capo. See more »

Goofs

Father Intintola's pastry changes during his confrontation with Gabriella Dante in his office after the Italian women's pride luncheon speech. It is shown cracked open when Mrs. Dante enters to accuse him of disrespecting Carmela Soprano and is then shown complete and untouched. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano Jr.: [Anthony Jr. tries to convince his father that Christopher Columbus was a slave trader] It's in my history book.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: So, you finally read a book, and it's bullshit.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)
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Performed by Alabama 3
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Those Italians, huh?
6 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

During its first season, in the beautiful The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti, The Sopranos dealt head-on with criticisms raised at it for conveying negative stereotypes, the fun of the show being that it was the mobsters themselves who chastised Hollywood's depiction of Italians. The theme resurfaces 38 episodes later, in the aptly titled Christopher.

Wait, forget that last part: the title has nothing to do with Chris Moltisanti, despite the fact Michael Imperioli co-wrote the episode with Laura Marino; it is actually related to Christopher Columbus, who becomes the subject of a heated debate. The controversy rises from Native Americans' decision to boycott Columbus Day celebrations, on account of the famous explorer contributing to genocide when he first came to America. Silvio, however, perceives this as anti-Italian discrimination and enlists Ralph's help to settle things. Speaking of Ralph, he also gets dumped by Janice when she lays her eyes on Bobby "Baccala" (Steven Schirripa), whose wife has died in a car accident, and indirectly upsets Johnny Sack after the latter is told by Paulie what Ralphie said regarding Ginny Sack's ass.

The death subplot notwithstanding, Christopher is one of the funniest stories in the show's run, although the humor stays pitch-black as usual: just like in the aforementioned Season One episode, the writers' way of satirizing Italian-American culture is priceless, especially when Ralph tells the protesters the most famous Native American actor of all time was actually a "ghinzo". The best bit, though, occurs when they manage to throw in a stab at the tensions between Italians themselves: as Furio points out, those from the North of Italy, like Columbus, have always looked down on those from the South, treating them like peasants ("terroni" is the word they use in the mother tongue). Bottom line: don't insult these guys; they're already too busy bad-mouthing each other.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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New Jersey, USA See more »

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