Literally, in fact. And I do mean literally. "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" is playing over, well, scenes from an Italian restaurant. It's the perfect musical complement to an episode that's been all about the exposition. Tony and Carmela, Furio and the Dental Hygienist, and Brian and his wife are gathered around the table, enjoying their dinner. When the music fades, Tony is telling the story of how he proposed to Carmela. It seems he had a dream one night, in which his grandfather was seated at a table eating dinner. Then his grandmother appeared, wearing a blue dress, and poured a glass of wine for the grandfather, who then told Tony, "If you've got a good wife, you're a millionaire." The very next day, Tony went over to Carmela's house for dinner, and the scene repeated itself in real life, only with soda taking the place of wine. The day after that, he bought the engagement ring. Aww, how romantic. And interesting to boot. Now that's a story I wouldn't mind wasting an episode on. I'd love to see what Tony and Carmela were like at that age. It'd probably explain a lot. And by the way, don't think I didn't catch the irony on the whole "good wife = a million dollars" bit. Not only is Tony's financial future in doubt, but he's even ignoring the metaphoric riches he already has. Everyone around the table is suitably impressed by the story, and Furio mentions that his date is quite romantic as well. "She gonna clean my teeth for me," he adds. Is that what the kids are calling it these days? Furio also mentions that he's been admiring Brian's suit, which lets Brian mention that he got it from a guy "Mr. Soprano turned [him] on to." Carmela's not happy about that one, let me tell you. Brian doesn't care, however, and he proceeds to make a toast to Tony that's almost embarrassing in its immense ass-kissing factor. "Great tickets, great meal, great wine, and to Tony, for being a great guy I'm proud to call a friend," he says. Oh, yeah. This is never gonna end well.
Episode Report CardAaron: B- | 842 USERS: C+
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