"Pax Soprana" is the sixth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos. It was written by Frank Renzulli, directed by Alan Taylor and originally aired on February 14, 1999.

"Pax Soprana"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 1
Episode 6
Directed byAlan Taylor
Written byFrank Renzulli
Cinematography byAlik Sakharov
Production code106
Original air dateFebruary 14, 1999
Running time50 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"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.

Junior celebrates his promotion with a banquet; a waiter has a button camera, and the photos are pinned up in the office of the FBI.

First appearanceEdit


  • Rusty Irish: murdered by Mikey Palmice with help of Joseph Marino on orders from uncle Junior.

Title referenceEdit

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.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Tony speaks to Junior about Octavian, later the Roman Emperor Augustus.
  • Livia alludes to Rudyard Kipling's poem Gunga Din. He was a servant who carried water to soldiers in need.


  • 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."[1] 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."[2]


  1. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (July 8, 2015). "'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Pax Soprana'". Uproxx. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (June 23, 2010). "The Sopranos: "Pax Soprana"/"Down Neck"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 17, 2017.

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