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[S2E9] From Where To Eternity __EXCLUSIVE__

Feeling remorse over his cruel treatment of AJ, Tony attempts to bond with him, bringing him a pizza as an olive branch and speaking candidly and with a great deal of self-awareness about his own anger issues. This conversation is interrupted by a call from Pussy, who now has Matthew's location. Tony leaves AJ to eat the pizza by himself. He accompanies Pussy to personally kill Matthew. They beat him severely and take him to a garage, where Tony torments him, then feigns forgiveness, giving Matthew a moment of hope just before sadistically executing him. Tony and Pussy fire multiple rounds into Matthew's head and body. Afterward, they get dinner at a steak house, the same place they had eaten after Tony committed his first murder. Tony asks Pussy if he believes in God, which he says he does.

[S2E9] From Where to Eternity

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  • Tony returns home to find Carmella in bed. Following the brutal killing of Matthew, he seems more open to the idea of getting a vasectomy. Carmella tells him he doesn't have to and asks instead that he simply remain faithful to her. They then make love.Tropes: Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Matthew Bevilaqua cries and begs for his life up until Tony shoots him.

  • Asshole Victim: After all the crap he's pulled over the second season, nobody in-universe or among the audience is going to shed a tear for Matthew.

  • Bait the Dog: Tony gets a remarkably sympathetic scene when he speaks honestly to AJ, only for it to be cut short when he gets word of Matthew Bevilaqua's location and heads off to torture and kill him.

  • Bastard Bastard: Carmela's motivation for suggesting a vasectomy to Tony. She doesn't mind him enjoying Goomahs on the side, at least not yet. She just doesn't want him to have bastard children that she thinks will likely amount to no good, and bring shame to the family.

  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Tony invokes his rationalizations of his lifestyle when he has a therapy session with Dr. Melfi following Chris' Neath-Death Experience.Melfi: [on Christopher] Do you think he'll go to hell? Tony: No. He's not the type that deserves hell. Melfi: Who do you think does? Tony: The worst people. The twisted and demented psychos who kill people for pleasure, the cannibals, the degenerate bastards that molest and torture little kids. They kill babies. The Hitlers. The Pol Pots. Those are the evil fucks that deserve to die, not my nephew. Melfi: What about you? Tony: What? Hell? You been listening to me? 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 everyone involved knows the stakes and if your gonna accept those stakes you gotta do certain things. It's business. Soldiers. We follow codes, orders.

  • Bring My Brown Pants: Matthew wets himself after he is captured by Tony and Pussy.

  • Continuity Nod: Paulie's visit to the psychic has the spirit of Mikey Palmice mocking Paulie by asking if the poison ivy still itches.

  • Catchphrase: "I'm sorry T" is the very first thing the audience hears from Chris after he wakes. If there were any doubts that it was going to solidify as his catchphrase for the series, they were definitely removed afterward.

  • Cultural Posturing: Christopher is so fiercely proud of his Italian-American culture that he considers being in an Irish bar where it is Saint Patrick's Day every day to be Hell.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tony and Big Pussy reduce Matthew to a collection of cuts and bruises through an offscreen No-Holds-Barred Beatdown combined with Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique. Tony then manufactures the Hope Spot noted below, refrains from pulling the trigger for a few moments to savor Matthew's terror before he and Big Pussy finally fill him up with bullets.

  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Matthew desperately tries to talk his way out of his pending execution by placing all the blame for shooting Chris on the now-dead Sean. It goes without saying that it doesn't work.

  • Descent into Addiction: Dr. Melfi admits to Dr. Kauffenberg that she's been taking her prescriptions and drinking more than she should in response to the stress of treating Tony.

  • Divine Intervention: Carmela believes that her desperate prayer lead to Chris' recovery and his subsequent Near-Death Experience. Chris isn't convinced.

  • Foreshadowing: Chris' Near-Death Experience and vision of a Mundane Afterlife after getting shot will resonate with Tony going through very similar things in a future season when he gets shot.

  • When Chris wakes up from his coma, the first person he asks to see is Tony (and Paulie), not Adriana.

  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Carmela is seen holding a copy of the book Memoirs of a Geisha, before she reconciles with Tony and drops the demand for a vasectomy. It indicates a resigned acceptance that Tony is inevitably going to cheat on her.

  • The Friend Nobody Likes: How the other mobsters view Richie when he visits the hospital. Also has shades of Convicted by Public Opinion as they also to one degree or another suspect Richie of having something to do with Chris' shooting.

  • From Bad to Worse: Played with when Chris' heart stops and we see a team of doctors and nurses performing emergency surgery on him. Subverted in that Chris recovers soon thereafter. But while it lasted, it did keep the audience anxious about Chris' fate, and also acted as a setup for his Near-Death Experience and view of a Mundane Afterlife.

  • Get Out!: The psychic makes it clear that Paulie isn't welcome after he gets an impression that the many ghosts following Paulie are murder victims, and Paulie angrily grabs the psychic out of fear about the knowledge he has. Psychic: I'm asking you to leave, sir.

  • Hope Spot: Tony deliberately orchestrates a hope spot where he seems willing to hear out Matthew's side of the story, all just to make the despair hit harder when he kills him after all.

  • Hypocrite: Tony and Carmela accused each other of hypocrisy during their argument. Tony accused Carmela of being religious only when it's convenient for her. Carmela in turn calls Tony out on trying to justify avoiding a vasectomy by invoking Catholicism's prohibition against birth control measures (condoms included).

  • I Want My Mommy!: Once it's clear that Tony and Pussy are going to kill him, Matthew begins to break down and cry for his mother before desperately begging to Tony one more futile time.

  • Inadequate Inheritor: Tony holds out AJ as this, along with a You Are Fat dig at AJ, as an additional argument against getting a vasectomy.

  • Inn Between the Worlds: Chris dreams that Hell or Purgatory is an Irish bar where it is Saint Patrick's Day every day and he'll spend eternity getting beaten in card games.

  • Ironic Echo: Silvio tries to comfort Adriana by assuring her that Chris is a tough kid, and he'll be able to pull through it. He repeats his words almost word for word in a future conversation with Adriana, but with far different intentions.

  • It's Personal: Tony could easily assign any of his underlings to the task of whacking Matthew. Big Pussy even lampshades that fact to Tony, suggesting he and Furio could take care of it. However, given that it was Chris who was almost murdered by Matt, he insists on seeing to it personally.

  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Matthew didn't have a hope in hell of coming out of that concession stand alive. But Tony still grabs the opportunity to combine the beating of Matthew with questions as to whether or not anybody else was involved with shooting up Chris. Tony is particularly curious as to whether Richie was involved.

  • Leitmotif: "My Lover's Prayer" by Otis Redding recurs three times throughout the episode, twice at the beginning during Christopher's ordeal in the hospital, and again over the closing credits.

  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Did Christopher really see the afterlife, or was it just a Dying Dream?

  • A lot of viewers believe that the psychic scene confirms the existence of the supernatural in the Sopranos world, but the psychic could be using simple techniques to get information out of Paulie. It wouldn't be hard to assume, from Paulie's effect and general bearing, that he was connected to the mob, especially in Jersey. Also, note how the psychic pivots from talking about a son to someone named "Sonny" based on Paulie's reactions. And while knowing the detail about the poison ivy Paulie contracted seems like the most convincing argument for the Magic side, poison ivy can leave scars on people's skin after the initial rash heals, sometimes for months. Particularly if they scratch it a lot, and Paulie isn't known for his restraint. The psychic might have noticed the scarring and brought it up to see how Paulie would react.

  • Mundane Afterlife: Christopher's vision of Hell is an Irish bar where it is Saint Patrick's Day every day and Italian mobsters lose every card game. His description of the afterlife amuses Tony more than anything else.

  • Near-Death Experience: Chris has one during his heart attack and is technically dead. The description of a tunnel of white light before seeing not-so-pleasant visions of the afterlife is actually a pretty common theme in several documented Near-Death Experiences.

  • Not-So-Phony Psychic: The psychic Paulie visits has some uncanny details about some of the men Paulie has killed.

  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Tony really is unaffected by the warnings of Mikey's spirit (through Chris) that he'll haunt Paulie and Tony at 3:00 a.m. each night. He also invokes this on Paulie, who really is spooked out by the 3:00 a.m. thing, to try and get him to focus on the task of tracking down Matthew.

  • Pet the Dog: Pussy, Silvio, and Paulie do this when they console Adriana over Chris getting hospitalized.

  • Paulie also comforts his goomah's children when they are awakened by his night terrors.

  • Plot Armor: After his fate being the center of the previous episode's Cliffhanger, Christopher stabilizes and regains consciousness within the first twenty minutes of this episode.

  • Pragmatic Villainy: Tony manages to combine brutal revenge for Chris, and a test of Undying Loyalty for Big Pussy all in the same action. That's efficiency.

  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Carmela does this, genuinely fearful that emergency care in the hospital won't be enough to save Chris' life.

  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: One of the most memorable ones ever from Tony to Matthew. "'Cause that sugarless motherfucker, it's the last fucking drink you're ever gonna have."

  • Price on Their Head: Tony puts one out on Matthew. If anyone can bring in Matthew within five days, they'll earn points that can mean promotion in the Jersey mob.

  • Redemption Rejection: Carmela tries to convince Chris that his recovery and Near-Death Experience were Divine Intervention to give him a chance for redemption. She takes it further by stressing the need for Chris to come back to Christ and inviting him to join her in prayer to begin his redemption. Chris, who still likes being a Mafiaso even after getting shot up, responds by taking another hit of morphine to make himself pass out.

  • There Is No Kill like Overkill: In retribution for the attempt on Christopher's life, Matthew Bevilaqua is shot over twenty times by Tony and Big Pussy.

  • Unbroken Vigil: Adriana is the one character who never leaves the hospital while Chris is in a coma. Underscored by her frequently crying at his side.

  • Undignified Death: Matthew pisses himself and cries "Mommy" just before he is killed

  • Undying Loyalty: Tony can't shake his suspicions that Big Pussy is The Mole, so Tony has him come along for the slaying of Matthew, something an undercover mole would be forbidden to do. Big Pussy obliges, but it gets him in hot water with his FBI handlers later on.

  • Unfinished Business: If the psychic is to be believed, Paulie has a small army of murder victims following him around.


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