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"Where's Johnny?" is the 55th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the third of the show's fifth season. Written by Michael Caleo and directed by John Patterson, it originally aired on March 21, 2004. It is the only episode of the entire series in which Edie Falco does not appear.

"Where's Johnny?"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 5
Episode 3
Directed byJohn Patterson
Written byMichael Caleo
Cinematography byPhil Abraham
Production code503
Original air dateMarch 21, 2004
Running time54 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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Guest starringEdit

SynopsisEdit

Sal Vitro is a gardener who has been working in a particular neighborhood for decades. Feech now tells him that the neighbourhood belongs to his nephew, E. Gary La Manna. Sal rebuffs him; Feech viciously attacks him and breaks his right arm before Tony B, who is with him, pulls him away, reminding him that he is on parole.

Paulie learns about the assault and tells Sal that, for a few percentage points, he can put things right. He visits Feech at his bakery, his legitimate business; Feech, raging, tells him to get out. Paulie then finds Gary at work in a tree, trimming it; his assistant, his brother Jimmy, is holding the end of the rope. Paulie hits Jimmy and Gary falls to the ground. Paulie empties his wallet, takes his lawn mower as a down payment, and tells him to give him a cut of his profits and to pay Sal's medical bills. Tony mediates a sit-down and rules that that Sal and Gary divide the neighborhood between them. When Paulie tells him, Sal tries to hide his disappointment. Paulie adds that he will have to provide free services at the homes of "some friends of ours," including Tony's lawn, and Johnny's, which is huge.

Tensions rise in New York as loan shark Lorraine Calluzzo and her boyfriend, Jason Evanina, collect debts and pass payments up to Little Carmine. They are attacked by three of Johnny Sack's men, Phil Leotardo, his brother Billy, and Joey Peeps. Phil submits Lorraine to a mock execution; "Next time, there'll be no next time." Lorraine, Jason, and Angelo meet Tony and Junior at Harold Melvoin's office to discuss the problem. Tony recommends that New York form a triumvirate of bosses with Johnny, Carmine and Angelo. Angelo says he is semi-retired and just wants to enjoy his grandchildren.

Tony meets Johnny at the Shea Stadium parking lot, telling him that Lorraine reached out to him. He acknowledges that he once had sex with her. Tony raises the power-sharing idea from the previous meeting, framing it as Angelo’s idea. Johnny responds with contempt, accusing Tony of empowering Little Carmine when he asked him for help during the dispute over the HUD scam. Later, Tony and Christopher have a sit-down with Johnny. When Chris tries to enter the discussion, despite Tony's strict instructions, Johnny shouts at them and leaves. Tony is furious: "Now I have to unfuck what you've fucked up!"

Tony mends fences with Artie Bucco, who is still holding a grudge over the loan incident. He offers Artie one of the bedrooms in his mother's house, since Artie has run into problems with his living arrangements; Artie declines at first, but agrees when Tony reminds him how long they have been friends.

Junior's dementia is gradually worsening. He keeps goading Tony, saying he "never had the makings of a varsity athlete." One afternoon, he wanders out in bathrobe and slippers, and drives to Bloomfield Avenue where his brother, Johnny Boy, once had a Soprano family hangout. Junior finds that the hangout is now a storefront church and is kicked out. Befuddled, he forgets where his car is and walks aimlessly. Bobby, alarmed, finds out he is missing. Janice is slow to help; Tony says that Junior is dead to him. Junior sits on a bench and is accosted by a homeless woman. He is discovered by police at night walking across a Newark bridge; he trips over and cuts his knee trying to run away. After Junior is driven home, Janice and Bobby discuss his condition with Tony, but Tony believes Janice is merely trying to dump her problems on him, mentioning her prior drug habits and wild lifestyle. When Janice slaps Tony, he starts choking her. As Bobby and Artie try to break up the fight, Artie gets hit in the eye by Janice's flailing elbow. Janice runs out of the house crying. Tony tells Bobby that if he wants more responsibility in the family, he should start by "controlling his wife."

Tony runs into Junior's neurologist, who explains that his insults and erratic behaviour may have been due to his infarcts (mini-strokes). Tony visits Junior. He asks his uncle asks why he always repeats mean things and not something nice. "Don't you love me?" he asks. Junior doesn't answer, and they both quietly tear up.

First appearancesEdit

  • Sal Vitro: a gardener helped by Paulie who becomes indebted to the DiMeo crime family.
  • Billy Leotardo: Soldier in the Lupertazzi crime family and Phil's younger brother. He was seen along with Joey "Peeps" and Phil during Lorraine Calluzzo's mock execution.

Title referenceEdit

  • Junior wanders away from his home looking for his brother, Johnny Soprano, and utters the question in the episode.

References to previous episodesEdit

  • In the pilot episode, when Tony describes Uncle Junior to Dr. Melfi, he says his uncle embarrassed him by telling all his girl cousins he didn't have the makings of a varsity athlete. Junior greatly annoys Tony by repeating this once again to the Sunday dinner guests in this episode.
  • The audiobook that Paulie listens to in his car is The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Paulie's curiosity about Sun Tzu was brought up in the previous episode, "Rat Pack".
  • When Adriana asks Agent Sanseverino how much longer she has to give her information, she mentions it took the RICO case of Joe Massino seven years to build.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Uncle Junior is seen watching the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm (featuring a scene between Larry David and Jeff Garlin) and is confused because he thinks he's watching himself and Bobby on TV. The scene in question is from the season 2 episode "The Doll" (2001).
  • When Janice stops by her late mother's house to tell Tony about Uncle Junior, he's watching the 1940 movie His Girl Friday. The TV screen isn't seen, but a snippet of dialogue between Abner Biberman, who plays a small-time thug, and Rosalind Russell is heard: Hi, Hildy. / Oh, hello, Louie. How's the big slot-machine king? / Oh, I ain't doin' that no more; I'm retired.

MusicEdit

  • The music played over the end credits is "Earth, Wind, Water" by Mitch Coodley, from The Metro Music Production Library.
  • When Paulie meets with Sal Vitro to discuss Sal's problem with Feech, the song playing in the background at the bar is "Let Your Love Flow" by The Bellamy Brothers.
  • When motivational speaker Tony Robbins is shown on television, the song playing is "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project.
  • The music being played at the Bada Bing when Tony hears about the cars being robbed is "Moving in Stereo" by The Cars

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