Cut to a funeral, with Father Intintola presiding. The Soprano clan, along with Carmela's parents, are in a mostly empty church, mourning the dearly departed "Febbie." Febbie, we're told, was a devoted father, a supply sergeant in the Pacific theater, and a devout Catholic. Say what you want about Father Intintola, but he's got that priestly funeral drone down perfect. Bobby Bacala, Junior, and Burt Young enter, and Tony looks especially pleased to see Burt. I guess they knew this episode was going up against the Oscars, what with all the stunt-casting going on. Burt did get nominated for Rocky, after all. On the other hand, Sylvester "Yo" Stallone actually snagged a nomination for Best Original Screenplay on that one too, which shows you just how truly weird the world can be. Anyway, that's why I keep wanting to refer to Burt Young as "Paulie" before realizing that I can't. Also, we need to talk about the cough. Burt coughs a lot. I mean A LOT. It's sort of an omnipresent, omni-directional phlegm spray. It may also be omniscient, and possibly omnipotent. It's the Zeus of coughs, so to speak. We get some subtle foreshadowing as Father Intintola explains that Febbie was frail and wracked with pain from cancer, over a shot of Junior sitting stoically in his pew.
Episode Report CardAaron: B- | 929 USERS: C+
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