Mob Experts on The Sopranos, Week 11

Parsing the Dream Sequence
Talking television.
May 17 2004 1:04 PM

Mob Experts on The Sopranos, Week 11


A dead horse in a dream? A reference to a gun behind a toilet? ("Don't come back with your cock in your hand"—subtle, huh?) Tony sees dead people (Sixth Sense redux). Like Scrooge, Tony's dream takes him on a tour of Mafia past, present, and very near future. He sees what will happen if he doesn't wise up. But, Jerry, we're going to have to send you back to the New School. You're missing all the symbolism, man. Tony's dream puts him in the saddle moments after he is fornicating with his best friend's wife, and Carmella's ultimatum that the horse must go—because of "the shit and the stink"—is a double entendre, a reference to both the horse and the whores that Tony philanders with. And, by the way, you were disappointed that Christopher only described Billy Leotardi's murder? You're demanding too much blood and guts. We had just seen one of the goriest and most graphic murders in the show's history—the murder of Angelo in the trunk of the car. The eloquence of last night's episode was in the jarring contrast between the grisly reality of Angelo's murder and the swirling abstractions of the dream sequence.

To tell you the truth, I still like the story of King George III better. Even if King George were alive today, he wouldn't be loafing in bed at the Plaza watching channel 35 and ordering cheap whores on the phone. Kind of pathetic, don't you think? Next Sunday night I'm tuning in to PBS.


Jerry Shargel

Gerald Shargel has represented many high-profile clients, including John Gotti. He is a practitioner in residence at Brooklyn Law School, where he also teaches.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 PM Should You Freeze Your Eggs? An egg freezing party is not a great place to find answers to this or other questions.
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.