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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/ 9/2006

For the Forgetful, a Sopranos Cheat Sheet

By Liz Kelly

Rumors are already flying about season six of "The Sopranos," which finally returns to HBO Sunday night. I don't want to get whacked for trafficking in rumors here, but Newsweek reported earlier this week that we'll see "a murder, a suicide, a maiming, a fatal heart attack and a shooting - all in the first episode." I can't effing wait.

I also barely remember where we left off. It's been 21 long months, after all, since we had a new episode. That's okay, though. We're on David Chase time and good things come to those who wait. Unless you're a stoolie.


Tough guys Michael Imperioli, James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt. (HBO)

Betting that I'm not alone, here's a quick, dirty overview of where the main characters ended up at the close of episode 65. For a fuller review (because I'm sure I'm missing entire plotlines here), the official HBO Sopranos site has in-depth synopses of each episode.

Tony: Troubled by dissension in the ranks, bedeviled by competing mobster Johnny Sack, rebuffed by Dr. Melfi and eventually forced to kill beloved cousin Tony Blundetto (We'll miss ya, Steve Buscemi). He and Carmela are separated for most of the season, but reconcile in the final episodes when he...

Carmela: ... buys a $600K piece of land for her to build a house on spec. In her quest for a "creative outlet," she also has a brief affair with A.J.'s guidance counselor.

Meadow: Pretty tame season for Meadow, but her new boyfriend witnesses strongman Vito Spatafore "servicing" a security guard and wisely decides he'd be safer as Tony's son-in-law.

A.J.: He's discovered his talent as a party promoter, clearing $600 on a kegger.

Junior: Increasingly muddled by Alzheimer's, but still manages to hatch an ingenious scheme to get out of house arrest by going to funerals every day.

Adriana: An unwilling FBI stoolie, she tries to flip Christopher and disappear into witness protection. Gunned down by Silvio.

Christopher: Battling addiction and fighting for his place in the organization, he makes the ultimate sacrifice by ratting out Adriana.

Janice: Tony's sis attacks another parent during a soccer game and starts attending anger management classes.

What did I leave out? Share your thoughts, predictions and rumors (clearly marked with "Spoiler Alert") in the comments section.

By Liz Kelly  | March 9, 2006; 10:04 AM ET
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Comments

i feel like i need some closure this season for adrianna....like maybe her body could turn up (bodies do that!) and the FBI would have to answer for bungling that one? i also think the women on the show need to know that ade died a violent death.

either way, i'm excited to ditch shark-jumping "desperate housewives" for the fabulous sopranos!

Posted by: awads | March 9, 2006 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What about "ROME"? What's the buzz on that gem?

Posted by: Fairfax | March 9, 2006 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey there, Fairfax. Last I heard, "Rome" was slated to return to HBO in 2007.

Posted by: Liz | March 9, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Sack: The newly minted Boss of New York busted by the feds in a dawn raid at his house, while meeting 1-on1 with Tony, after the FBI flipped his consigliori Jimmy. Since Tony was not named in the indictment, he is allowed to escape on foot. But Johnny might suspect Tony because of this...

Little Carmine: Bowed out of the New York Power struggle, reaching a settlement with Johnny Sack. Still has pretensions of stepping into his late father's shoes?

Phil Leotardo: Angry at being denied personal revenge against Tony B; underboss to Johnny Sack may try to step up with the boss in legal jeopardy. Likely target for the Soprano crew, especially since he was seen delivering a within-an-inch-of-his-life beating to...

Benny Fazio: Genial, smart, likeable, reliable Soprano soldier nearly killed by Phil Leotardo as revenge for the (briefly) continued breathing of Tony B. Loyalty beng tested as the whole mess was mostly Tony S.'s fault. Tony promises him a bump up, but is that enough?

Furio: Still in Italy in presumed seclusion, under threat from Tony S., and still, presumably, in love with Carmela. Wouldn't bet that we've heard the last from him.

Paulie Gaultieri: Double agent, spying on the Soprano crew for Johnny Sack, even entertained thoughts of bumping off Tony in a bid for New Jersey's top spot. Tony and Sil are on to him, and he gets quietly shut out of sensitive business, but the "family gossip column" situation has never been fully addressed.

Feech LaManna: Insubordinate and generally irritating "Old Moustache" quietly sent back to prison through Tony's machinations. But it's just a parole violation so we may not have seen the last of him.

Artie Bucco: Five years on, and he's still a friggin' mess.

Posted by: speak! | March 9, 2006 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Just bring it on! It's been too long and far between

Posted by: mommouse | March 10, 2006 11:56 AM | Report abuse

right on, awads - DH has definitely jumped the shark. I will be taping Grey's Anatomy, though. Counting the hours to the Sopranos premiere...

Posted by: novamama | March 10, 2006 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Great add on Speak!

Posted by: Tony Sop Jr. | March 10, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to the failed hit job on the Russian in the snow? That was so funny how the tables were turned. I thought sure the Russian would have exacted some revenge by now. I thought that story line was wasted. Continuity anyone?

Posted by: tony roma | March 10, 2006 10:14 PM | Report abuse

everyone forgets furio doesnt anyone remember what his uncle said in naples the only way to have a wife of a boss is if u kill the boss i think furio will try and kill tony in this 6th season out of love for carmella i also think all along melfi was a fed i think johnny sack will think tony set him up by the cops ...ect... use ur imagination

Posted by: chris petela | March 10, 2006 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I think the traffic cop played by Charles S. Dutton(spelling?)who stopped Tony and Carmella after their first meeting with Melfi, is the one who eventually takes out Tony. Zelman got his over-time knocked out and made the comment that he was "wound too tight" and basically he was a head case that nobody liked anyway........just a hunch, seems like a lot of time spend on an insignificant character....Furio is too obvious...janice is my second choice, she has the stones to do to her bro what she did to Richie

Posted by: jimmynahan | March 11, 2006 1:29 AM | Report abuse

I think we'll see much more of Dr. Melphi, one of the foxiest women on TV. She gets off on her inside view of Tony's world and I bettcha it gets out about her getting raped and Tony whacks the rapist. She is horrified but at the same time heady with her power through Tony.

And, A.J., that whiny little, little .... teenager.... I hope he grows up and gets to be a full-fledged capo alongside his Dad.

Standing by......

Posted by: Marvin | March 11, 2006 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Predictions: Christopher cannot handle his role in Adrianna's death and goes back on dope - possibly leading to his demise by the end of the season. If anything happens to Christopher, the finger may point to Paulie Walnuts, who may also not make it through the season either. Expect to see more story line on Vito Spatafore's homosexuality. Expect to see Meadow in a more assertive role. Finally, I hope they do something with the Russian Mafia - everyone who watches the show thinks it's the single most wasted story line in 5 years!

Posted by: Jason Shapiro | March 11, 2006 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I love the music that accompanies the show. Here's a link to some possible content this season:

http://thisisbenslist.blogspot.com/

Posted by: BWM | March 11, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

There will be a Soprano's Movie as the call for it will be so loud and the money to be made so much that it will happen. Also, in a day and age of crap tv this is quality and Jim Gandolfini and company have done one hell of a job with the project. I salute them. This will be "classic" tv someday and will rank with the great shows of the past as true entertainment.

Posted by: Tom | March 11, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The real world would have had Tony S. dead by now and most of his crew, except for Silvio, in the river. I see Tony surviving,Furio bumped off,Paulie realizing he is backing the wrong boss,Dr.Melfi having an affair with Tony and Carmella enjoying her life as the Boss's wife. Phil will have Christopher knocked off and Tony will reciprocate and have Phil and Little Carmine disappear.

Posted by: VITO | March 11, 2006 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's my list of people who will probably get clipped before the end of the series.

Paulie - popular demand is too great, return of the russian!!

Uncle Junior - he's tried everything in the book to get off the hook with his legal problems ... except flipping.

Johnny Sack - Hopefully, by Tony's own hand in a way that's "undignified".

Phil Leotardo - fallout from a war between Tony and Johnny (remember Mikey?)

A.J. - The series is ending and he is still too young to really get involved, but stupid enough to try.

Tony - Either Christopher or Silvio do it.

Posted by: bigeman | March 11, 2006 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Sack will certainly conduct "business" and expect Pauli to be put into a crisis situation as a result.

The bigest question is how Tony S reacts to the New York crime boss's vacuum and can he keep his crew under control? Hunch is that he forms a coalition with Little Carmine and Phil will be sleeping with the fishes.

Furio and Carmela...? fa geta bout it!

Posted by: ugotz | March 11, 2006 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Tony Roma--

So right about the russian mobster...I was waiting for them to come back and take revenge. That was two seasons ago, right? A gem of a storyline, unfortunately abandoned. Prove me wrong, David Chase!!

Posted by: Nikki | March 12, 2006 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Silvio was flipped when he got taken in, rememeber that funeral? They laid gambling charges on him. He made bail so fast his soup was still warm when he got home.
He didnt kill adriana, cause we didnt actually see her dead body.
Sil and Adriana convince Chris to flip, chris persues his dream of becoming a writer/douche bag.
At this point, New York and New Jersey crew is taken apart...

Posted by: prdgy | March 12, 2006 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The show, like most good fiction, is full of red herrings. I can say with total confidence that:

The Russian commando will not come back

Adriana is really dead and they will not find her body

Uncle Junior will not flip (that's ridiculous)

AJ will not join his father's business

Furio will not be back

The cop (charles dutton) will not be back

The only thing that David Chase has shown us again and again is that the show is totally unpredictable.

Posted by: Porigie | March 13, 2006 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Anthony jr. will follow his fathers footsteps for sure but not be a success. Chris is a psycho its no telling what he could do he will probably end up back on H or kill paulie or possibly get wacked himself. I think Phil Leotardo will becoming acting boss of nyc and end up getting cliped for the thing that happened to heshs son-in-law. I think Veto might try to wack meadows fiance. but im not writter all i know is season 6 is going to be the most exciting yet.

Posted by: devin | March 21, 2006 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Vito could get into hot water now that Tony has come to and I heard through the grapevine that Carmela may end up the boss.

Posted by: LocoLee | March 28, 2006 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or has Michael Imperioli had some cosmetic surgery on his nose. Unless they are using better lighting or makeup it appears that the bump has been shaved down a bit. Any ideas?

Posted by: JustCurious | May 6, 2006 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"everyone forgets furio doesnt anyone remember what his uncle said in naples the only way to have a wife of a boss is if u kill the boss i think furio will try and kill tony in this 6th season out of love for carmella i also think all along melfi was a fed i think johnny sack will think tony set him up by the cops ...ect... use ur imagination

Posted by: chris petela | March 10, 2006 10:38 PM"

yeah i am confused on this as I AM CHRIS PETELA!

Posted by: the real chris petela | June 29, 2006 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"everyone forgets furio doesnt anyone remember what his uncle said in naples the only way to have a wife of a boss is if u kill the boss i think furio will try and kill tony in this 6th season out of love for carmella i also think all along melfi was a fed i think johnny sack will think tony set him up by the cops ...ect... use ur imagination

Posted by: chris petela | March 10, 2006 10:38 PM"

yeah i am confused on this as I AM CHRIS PETELA!

Posted by: the real chris petela | June 29, 2006 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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