High on my list of Things I Don't Need To See: Vito Spatafore dancing at a leather bar.From there, the review mainly focuses on Tony and Johnny, but that image of Vito in leather is unfortunately lodged in my head, so I had to lead with it. To read the rest of it, click here, then come back to comment. And since I didn't have enough time/space/mental energy to include all my observations, here are a few day-after thoughts:
Now, "The Sopranos" has had plenty of things way up on that soul-scarring list: Sean Gismonte going to the bathroom mid-robbery, Janice having sex at gunpoint with Richie, Janice doing things in bed with Ralphie that I'm not legally allowed to describe. But Vito going all Village People biker man may top them all.
So what happens now? I'm told that was a New York club, which makes sense: even Vito wouldn't be dumb enough to shake his groove thing at a Jersey bar. And since those two soldiers looked like they were about to tell someone, that means Phil Leotardo -- Vito's cousin-by-marriage -- knows. Does he kill Vito to defend his cousin's honor and the wiseguy code? Or does he hold it over Vito to use him in his quest for brotherly revenge on Tony? Assuming Phil's already been told, let's just say things are about to get mighty interesting across the Hudson River line.
The leather bar scene was a little cheap and over-the-top, even for a show that once had a character die on the toilet. This season's first four hours had done an impressive job of turning Vito into a creepy, unique character, but once the writers put him in that outfit, they turned him into a joke again. Loved the motel scene, scored to Jim Ed Brown's "The Three Bells," but there were ways to out Vito that weren't so Al Pacino in "Cruising."
But before we all bleach our eyeballs to cleanse them of that image, let's look at the center of this great episode: the wedding of Allegra Sacrimoni and the loss of face suffered there by both Tony and Johnny Sack.
- The Rusty-as-Dick-Cheney parallels were strong again. Also ironic that Johnny's so busy worrying about Rusty when his real enemy is Phil. Of course, the last time Johnny was a free man, Phil was his most trusted ally and Rusty and Little Carmine had just surrendered.
- So why were the marshals such dicks at the end of the wedding? Because one of them realized Johnny and Tony were talking business with the old people?
- This is actually the second time in two weeks the show has used that "Three Bells" song. When Paulie confronted Jason Barone last week, we got the verse about the birth of Jimmy Brown; when Vito checked into the motel, it was Jimmy Brown's wedding; as I understand it, the bells ring the third time when Jimmy Brown dies. Anyone want to speculate both on the meaning and on what kind of scene might be accompanied by that third verse?
- Loved that Johnny and Ginny have another daughter who looks anorexic and hates that all the rest of the family ever talks about is eating.