Episode 07 – Down Neck

down-neckA.J. and his friends steal sacramental wine and turn up drunk and giggling at gym class. Tony and Carmela are called in to see the principal of A.J.’s school, Verbum Dei. The principal is accompanied by the school psychologist who tells them that A.J. may have ADD. The school is lenient in disciplining A.J. because of this, but are considering placing him in a special education class.
This incident prompts Tony to recall his own childhood when he first learned about his family’s involvement in the Mafia. In therapy he discusses this with Dr. Melfi. Included in Tony’s memory is the time his father wanted to move the family to Reno, Nevada, to manage a supper club for Rocco Alatore. Tony’s mother refused and said she would rather suffocate the children than move. Tony, visiting his mother in the nursing home, asks her how Rocco is doing and she responds that Rocco is now a billionaire. Tony reminds her of the request to move and she denies that they were seriously considering moving or that she was involved in the decision to stay.
A.J. is punished by his parents and forbidden to watch TV, use the Internet or play Nintendo. He also has to visit his grandmother, Livia, at Green Grove. During one visit, A.J. discusses his encounter with a school therapist. When Livia reacts negatively, A.J. informs her that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist, something A.J. learned after eavesdropping on a conversation between his parents. Livia is furious. Later, Livia is poised to pass on this information to Junior but Tony unknowingly walks in before she can say anything about it.


Starring in “Down Neck”

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
Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
and Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano


Guest starring

Joseph Siravo as Johnny Boy Soprano
Laila Robbins as Young Livia Soprano
Rocco Sisto as Young Junior Soprano
David Beach as Dr. Peter Galani


Also guest starring

Paul Albe as Contractor
Shirl Bernheim as Pearl
Madeline Blue as Janice
Bobby Boriello as Young Tony
Scott Owen Cumberbatch as Rideland Kid #2
Anthony Fusco as Father Hagy
Rob Grippa as Byron Barber
Jason Hauser as Rideland Cop
Michael B. Jordan as Rideland Kid
Greg Perrelli as Jared
Nick Raio as Wiseguy
Steve Santosusso as Guy
Tim Williams as Mr. Meskimmin

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