The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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The Fleshy Part of the Thigh 

Tony goes home and returns to business, perhaps with a new frame of mind. Paulie receives a shock about his mother.


Alan Taylor


David Chase (created by), Diane Frolov | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny 'Sack' Sacramoni
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Vito Spatafore
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi


Tony has regained consciousness but is not yet feeling like himself. The owner of Barone sanitation has died and his son Jason wants to sell the company but Tony advises against it. The potential buyer is affiliated with Johnny Sack and Tony wants to make sure he gets the cut he thinks he deserves. Johnny Sack doesn't quite agree with the amounts requested. Tony makes it clear that Jason Barone is responsible for coming with the cash he expects. Paulie is shocked when his Aunt Dotty, a nun, tells him that she gave birth to him when she was a novitiate and that the woman he thought was his mother is actually his aunt. He feel that he's been lied to and somehow cheated of ever knowing his real mother. Bobby Baccala meanwhile enters into a strange pact with a rapper. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pastor Bob presents Tony with a copy of the book Born Again by Charles Colson, a key figure in the Watergate scandal who would later become a born again Christian while in prison. See more »


The "Spanish" they speak in the truck is wrong. It is actually Spanish literally translated from English. See more »


Bob Brewster: Some people would have you believe dinosaurs existed millions of years ago. It's just not true! God created the Earth six thousand years ago. And I tell my kids: 'You have to remember: dinosaurs and human beings lived on the Earth at the same time!'
Tony Soprano: What? Like the Flintstones?
Bob Brewster: It's in the Bible!
Tony Soprano: What about all that Carbon dating stuff? A lot of scientists would disagree with you!
Bob Brewster: I think you'll find those people all have an agenda, Tony: Evolution, which is Satan's plan to deny God! Evolution ...
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


The Three Bells
(Les Trois Cloches)
Music by Jean Villard
French lyrics by Jean Villard
English lyrics by Bert Reisfeld
Performed by The Browns
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A new look on life?
20 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After three emotionally dense episodes, this is usually when the creative team behind the show take it a bit easier and allow the characters to "relax" a little. No, sir: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh moves forward at a breathless pace, as if Tony's coma had never occurred.

Of course, it did, in fact the New Jersey boss sends most of the episode at the hospital, chatting to fellow patients (most notably Hal Holbrook) about life and all things connected to it. As he prepares to come home, he learns a part of his business isn't going that well and there's nothing to do about it since Johnny Sack is indirectly involved. Also in for bad news is Paulie who, after receiving a literal kick in the balls in the previous show, gets a metaphorical one when he discovers his dying aunt Dottie, a devout noun, is actually his mother and the woman he thought was his mom is his real aunt. Disgusted and enraged by the revelation, he vows never to speak to "Ma" again, taking it out on Tony instead.

Although he has been dealt with on a deeper level in other episodes as well, this is the closest the writers have come to fully rendering the complexity of Paulie's personality: his inner conflict is the final step in setting him apart from the trite "smiling hit-man" cliché and Sirico is excellent, letting every last hint of humanity in his character emerge to great effect.

That said, his misadventure is the only huge event of the episode besides Tony's return home at the end. Maybe The Fleshy Part of the Thigh is a "calmer" show: the real trouble will start in the next couple of episodes.

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