Sopranos
From Where To Eternity

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"Hell is Irish people"

Paulie finds Silvio preparing to light a cigarette near an elevator. He asks what time Mikey was hit. Silvio says he doesn't remember. Paulie keeps wondering about the time as the elevator door closes.

Melfi's office. Silence. Tony breaks and says he used to cheat. "I'm not getting spayed. End of subject." Melfi says that Tony brought up the subject in the first place. Tony says that she asked him what was going on. Melfi says she heard about the shooting on the news and asks if Christopher is his nephew; she adds that she heard he was in critical condition. Tony says he'll be okay. Melfi asks if they found the person that shot Christopher yet. "No," Tony says. "Have you?" Melfi says she's not trying to pry, but she knows that Christopher is important to him. It's quiet for a little while. Tony tells Melfi how Christopher thinks he had a near-death experience. He says that it was some bullshit dream from the morphine, but now Christopher thinks he's going to Hell. Melfi asks if he thinks Christopher will go to Hell. Tony says that Christopher doesn't deserve Hell. Melfi asks who does. "The worst people," Tony says. "The twisted and demented psychos who kill people for pleasure." Child molesters. "The Hitlers." Not his nephew. Melfi asks Tony if he thinks he's going to hell. "You been listening to me?" Tony asks. "No. For the same reasons. We're soldiers. Soldiers don't go to hell. It's war. Soldiers, they kill other soldiers. We're in a situation where everybody involved knows the stakes. And if you're gonna accept those stakes, you've got to do certain things. It's business. Soldiers. We follow codes. Orders." Melfi asks if that justifies everything he does. Tony says that Americans didn't let the Italians in to help them. They needed subways built and worker bees to help the economy. He says that some of them weren't happy just being workers; they wanted to stay Italian and keep things that were sacred to them, like honor and family. Tony's leaning forward, squinting and sweating, carefully choosing his words. "And some of us wanted a piece of the action. We weren't educated like the Americans, but we had the balls to take what we wanted. And those other fucks, those other, the, the, the, the JP Morgans, they were crooks and killers too, but that was the business, right? The American Way." Melfi says that poor Italian immigrants have nothing to do with Tony and the way he runs his life. Tony asks why Melfi's all of a sudden taking some stand here, with morals and ethics and judgment on his life. He says that she's been telling him all this time that this isn't his fault and that it's because of poor parenting. "You pick now to act like Betsy fucking Ross when my nephew's in the hospital and he might not get out!" Tony stops talking and controls himself as Melfi simply watches him in silence.

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