|The Sopranos episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Alan Taylor|
|Written by||Frank Renzulli|
|Cinematography by||Alik Sakharov|
|Original air date||February 14, 1999|
|Running time||50 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.
- Vincent Pastore as Pussy Bonpensiero
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante *
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri *
- Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr. *
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano *
- Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano
* = credit only
Also guest starringEdit
- Al Sapienza as Mikey Palmice
- Paul Schulze as Father Phil
- Oksana Lada as Irina Peltsin
- Tony Darrow as Larry Boy Barese
- George Loros as Raymond Curto
- Joe Badalucco, Jr. as Jimmy Altieri
- Vince Curatola as Johnny Sack
- Freddy Bastone as Batman
- William Conn as Old Man
- Maurizio Corbino as "John" the Waiter
- Sylvia Kauders as Old Woman
- Salem Ludwig as Mr. Capri
- Prianga Pieris as Mechanic
- Salvatore Piro as Sammy Grigio
- Christopher Quinn as Rusty Irish
- Dave Salerno as Card Player
- Frank Santorelli as Georgie
- Donn Swaby as Guy on Bridge
- Sonny Zito as Joseph "Joey Eggs" Marino
"Junior Soprano is the new boss. And he ain't respecting old arrangements." Mikey's words. Junior sends Mikey to beat up the leader of a card game, even though he is protected by Jimmy Altieri. Junior's tailor tells him that his 14-year-old grandson killed himself, high on drugs sold to him by Rusty Irish; Junior has him killed, even though he is Larry Boy Barese's top earner.
Prompted by Livia, Junior informs Hesh he must pay tax, though he never has before. Hesh goes to Tony, who goes to Johnny Sack, the underboss in New York's Lupertazzi crime family; they present a proposition to Junior: Hesh agrees to pay, Junior reduces his demands. Junior's capos are resentful because Junior is keeping too much money for himself; Tony speaks to Junior, nudging him, and he passes some money down.
As a side effect of his medication, Tony has lost his libido, both with Carmela and with Irina, who are both becoming very discontented; but he is having erotic dreams about Dr. Melfi. He is in love with her. He tells her, walks over and tries to kiss her. She tells him, "You're feeling that way because we've made such progress." Carmela admits to Tony that she is jealous that his therapist can help him and she cannot. Tony tells her that she is his life, and they are reconciled.
- Rusty Irish: murdered by Mikey Palmice with help of Joseph Marino on orders from uncle Junior.
The title is a reference to Pax Romana (Roman peace) and related terms (Pax Britannica, Pax Americana etc.), which refer to a lack of conflict over a long period of time due to the unchallenged rule of a single dominant power, which Tony hopes to achieve within the Soprano family. Pax Romana was an era initiated by the Roman emperor Augustus, mentioned by Tony in his conversation with Uncle Junior.
- The song played when Mikey and his boys shake down a poker game which is under Jimmy Altieri's protection is "Willy Nilly" by Rufus Thomas.
- The song played when Mr. Capri fits Junior for a new suit is "When the Boys in Your Arms" by Connie Francis.
- While Junior visits Livia at Green Grove, some of the other seniors are singing to "I Whistle a Happy Tune".
- The song played as Christopher walks into the card game at Satriale's is "Coconut Boogaloo," by Medeski Martin & Wood.
- The song played during Tony's first dream featuring Dr. Melfi is "What Time Is It?" by The Jive Five.
- The song played when Tony meets with Johnny Sack during his anniversary dinner with Carmela is "Pampa" by Gustavo Santaolalla.
- The song played during the final montage and end credits is an instrumental version of "Paparazzi" by Xzibit, a song derived from Gabriel Fauré's "Pavane".
In 2015, Alan Sepinwall argued that "Pax Soprana" is "so fraught with discomfort and complications with both family and Family (and whatever separate sphere Melfi occupies) that it's nearly as compelling in its own right as last week's Very Special Episode." Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club wrote that the episode "isn't a tremendous hour of television like 'College' was, but it may be more significant."
- Sepinwall, Alan (July 8, 2015). "'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Pax Soprana'". Uproxx. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- VanDerWerff, Emily (June 23, 2010). "The Sopranos: "Pax Soprana"/"Down Neck"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 17, 2017.