Irregular Around the Margins
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"Irregular Around the Margins" is the 57th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the fifth of the show's fifth season. Written by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and directed by Allen Coulter, it originally aired on April 4, 2004.
|"Irregular Around the Margins"|
|The Sopranos episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Allen Coulter|
|Written by||Robin Green|
|Cinematography by||Phil Abraham|
|Original air date||April 4, 2004|
|Running time||52 minutes|
- James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
- Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
- Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
- Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
- Dominic Chianese as Corrado Soprano, Jr.
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri
- Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano Baccalieri *
- Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby Baccalieri
- Kathrine Narducci as Charmaine Bucco
- Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundetto
* = credit only
Also guest starringEdit
- Max Casella as Benny Fazio
- Joseph R. Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore
- Robert Funaro as Eugene Pontecorvo
- Lola Glaudini as Agent Deborah Ciccerone-Waldrup
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- Will Janowitz as Finn De Trolio
- Hill Harper as Stokley Davenport, MD
- Anthony Ribustello as Dante Greco
- Frank Vincent as Phil Leotardo
- Tony Siragusa as Frankie Cortese
- Joe Maruzzo as Joey "Peeps"
- Duke Valenti as Corky DiGioia
- Karen Young as Agent Sanseverino
- Rae Allen as Quintina Blundetto
- Frank Pellegrino as Bureau Chief Frank Cubitoso
- Frank Pando as Agent Grasso
- William DeMeo as Jason Molinaro
Tony has a mole removed, later determined to be a squamous skin cancer. Adriana is being treated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome caused by stress. Tony spends more time at Adriana's club and, with Christopher out of town on a cigarette smuggling job, is alone with her in her office. The two bond over recent problems and snort cocaine together. There is sexual tension: they are about to kiss—when there is a knock at the door. Phil and Joey have arrived for a meeting. Tony resumes his psychiatric therapy; he tells Dr. Melfi that Adriana is the kind of woman with whom he could start a new family, but he knows that would lead to problems with both Chris and Carmela; "I was able to control myself," he says. Melfi commends Tony for this "milestone"; he avoided doing something destructive: "That's growing. That's progress."
On the eve of Chris' return, they drive to Dover to buy cocaine. Tony swerves to avoid a raccoon, and his SUV flips over to the driver's side. Tony is released from the hospital unhurt. Adriana is bruised and has a head injury. Tony suggests a cover story to explain why they were alone together in the early morning: they were going to get something to eat.
Tony's crew and their associates play an unintentional game of "telephone" with the story of the accident. The details get more elaborate and lurid with each retelling; the final version is that Adriana was fellating him when the accident happened.
Chris learns of the accident from his crew and is immediately suspicious. At Satriale's he gets angry when Vito and his crew refuse to say what they have just been laughing about. A fight nearly breaks out when Chris throws his sandwich at Vito (an insult since Vito is now a captain). At a face-to-face meeting, Tony turns the conversation against Chris, telling him he does not deserve a woman as good-looking as Adriana. He swears on his children that nothing is going on. At home, Adriana admits that she and Tony were going to see her drug dealer, but insists that nothing happened between them. Chris slaps her hard and physically throws her out: "I never want to see you again!" He then relapses.
Chris, drunk, arrives at the Bing and empties his pistol into an SUV resembling Tony's before entering the club, where he is over-powered. Tony and his crew take him to a deserted country road, where Tony prepares to execute him if he doesn't acknowledge that nothing happened. However, at Tony B's suggestion, Chris is taken to the doctor who treated Tony and Adriana on the night of the accident. Though under pressure, the doctor freely acknowledges that Adriana's injuries show that she was wearing her seatbelt and sitting upright when the accident occurred. Chris, though placated, feels like a laughing stock: "I've got to live in the world."
Agent Sanseverino, believing the final version of the story of Adriana and Tony, wants Adriana to exploit their "relationship", and the FBI wants to plant listening devices in her club. Adriana verbally explodes at her and moves to get out of the car. As she is leaving, Sanseverino tries to warn her that by staying with Christopher she is protecting her abuser. "If it had been Christopher alone in the car with a woman," Adriana says, "I would have killed him."
Tony convinces Carmela that there is nothing between him and Adriana. In a show of unity, Tony and Carmela, Chris and Adriana, and Tony B and Quintina Blundetto arrive to dine at Nuovo Vesuvio, where most of Tony's crew are eating at other tables. Vito approaches them and shakes Chris' hand, wishing him a pleasant evening, and it seems that all fences have been mended.
- Tony's burgundy 1999 Chevy Suburban is last seen in this episode (he was last seen driving it in the closing scene of the season 4 finale). He had upgraded to a black Cadillac Escalade at the beginning of season 5 (and drives/is driven in a white 2003 Escalade from the middle of this season onwards).
- Tony tells Adriana that he's afraid a mole on his shoulder looks "irregular around the margins," a worry he's had ever since a cancerous mole was removed from his forehead.
- Allen Coulter was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on this episode.
- Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on this episode.
- Drea de Matteo won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode.
- Michael Imperioli won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.
- The song that plays during the meeting in the Crazy Horse, when Adriana comes in, is "Beat Connection" from LCD Soundsystem.
- The song that plays while Tony and Adriana use cocaine at the Crazy Horse is "Come for Me" by Little Steven and the Lost Boys. The band's singer, Steven Van Zandt, plays Silvio Dante on the show.
- The music that plays during the final restaurant scene is the aria, "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta?", from La rondine, an opera by Giacomo Puccini sung by Luba Orgonasova. The same aria was used in the pilot episode, when Tony got his first panic attack at the moment the ducks left his pool.