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Comedians Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini watch every episode of The Sopranos and discuss it with friends, fans, actors, writers, TV critics, and anyone who loves The Sopranos as much as they do.

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Comedians Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini watch every episode of The Sopranos and discuss it with friends, fans, actors, writers, TV critics, and anyone who loves The Sopranos as much as they do.

    Pod Yourself 16: Toodle-F*****g-Oo, With Shereen Younes (S2E3)

    Pod Yourself 16: Toodle-F*****g-Oo, With Shereen Younes (S2E3)

    Pod Yourself A Gun, the world's only Sopranos rewatch podcast, is back with another fresh and wholly original hour of thoughtful Sopranos critique/offensive impressions of Italian-Americans and jokes about dick sucking lips. This week Matt and Vince watched season 2, episode 3 "Toodle-F*****g-Oo" or as Vince titled it "Hey We're Old School, Right?"

    This episode introduces Richie Aprile and Beansy into Sopranos lore and we see three generations of Soprano women (Meadow, Janice and Livia) flex their manipulation muscle.



    General themes include:

    -Old school vs new age

    -Dr. Melfi vs Jennifer Melfi

    -Lips vs tits

    -Can you beat a woman if she's not your wife?

    -You can't even beat your kids anymore!



    Matt and Vince welcome the hilarious Shereen Younes (of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast) who offers a MIND BLOWING theory regarding the relationship between Beansy and Richie. It honestly will change the way you watch the rest of season 2. Enjoy this episode you worthless bookyaks. GABAGOOOOOL!

    • 1 u. 8 min.
    Pod Yourself 15: Do Not Resuscitate, With Alison Stevenson (S2E2)

    Pod Yourself 15: Do Not Resuscitate, With Alison Stevenson (S2E2)

    Pod Yourself A Gun's Sopranos rewatch continues with episode 15 (season 2, episode 2), "Do Not Resuscitate." First aired January 23rd, 2000, this episode sees Tony deal with a race strike at one of his construction sites, Livia dealing with Janice, and Livia being caught in the web of one of her own manipulations (or is she??). Oh, and we also get the first appearance of Tony's long-suffering punching bag, Bobby Baccalá, and find out that Big Pussy Bonpensiero actually is working with the Feds after all.



    I watch all the episodes at least twice for this show, and this one probably gained the most so far from the second viewing. "Do Not Resuscitate" is easily the most subtle Sopranos episode up until this point and arguably one of the most subtle of any episode. As such, there's lots to debate and discuss!



    Do we believe, for instance, as Matt Zoller-Seitz speculates, that it was Livia who told Junior that the director of the Green Grove Retirement Community was spreading Sopranos secrets? And that when Junior told Tony and got the guy whacked, which became an excuse for Livia not to go back there, did she become the victim of her own plans, and thus the choking sequence when she found out about it? This is by far the most complex "fan theory" I will ever engage with but in this case I think it actually might be true.



    Our guest this week is Alison Stevenson, wonderful comedian and long-time friend of the pod who also has her own podcast about relationships and a Wednesday night gig on Adult Swim. As always, please enjoy this episode, and if you don't, va fongool.

    • 1 u. 6 min.
    Pod Yourself A Gun 14: Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist’s Office

    Pod Yourself A Gun 14: Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist’s Office

    In episode 14, season one of The Sopranos is over and season 2 begins!

    "Season Two opens with the aftermath of the federal crackdown: Junior's in jail, Melfi refuses to see Tony, Christopher's expanding into new business ventures, Pussy is still missing...and Tony's adjusting to life as the new boss. To complicate matters even more, Tony's free-spirited sister Janice arrives to take care of Livia."

    In "Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist's Office," which originally premiered January 16th, 2000, sees Tony making nice with Big Pussy, Christopher running a pump and dump scheme while getting deeper into heroin, and the first appearance of Aida Turturro as Tony's sister Janice, one of the all-time great TV characters and very triggering according to Matt. I think we all know at least one Janice.



    It's also the first time we meet Matt Bevilaqua, played by Lillo Brancato Jr., previously of A Bronx Tale, who would go on to do eight years in prison for his part in a botched burglary during which an off-duty police officer was killed. That's pretty dark, but the important thing to remember is that this episode is full of important trivia, some of which we remember. Give it a listen or va fongool.

    • 1 u. 3 min.
    Pod Yourself A Gun 13: I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano, With Laremy Legel

    Pod Yourself A Gun 13: I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano, With Laremy Legel

    This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we're discussing episode 13, "I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano," the season one finale of the Sopranos and thus the season one finale of Pod Yourself A Gun. In this episode, all of the Sopranos biggest season one storylines come to a head, and many to a resolution. Tony finds out his mother and uncle conspired to try to have him whacked. Carmela realizes Father Phil is a fuckboi. Dr. Melfi puts her cards on the table and tells Tony what she suspects about his mother. Tony becomes a physical threat to Dr. Melfi. Tony removes a suspected snitch from his crew and comes clean to his remaining guys about seeing a shrink.



    In one of season one's best episodes and arguably one of the best season finales of any show, we get a culmination of the themes introduced with a few intriguing questions left to explore. It seems to come from a time when prestige TV seemed to think it owed us more in terms of catharsis and closure. It ranges from dramatic and thrilling (Jimmy Altieri's death, Tony flipping the table on Dr. Melfi) to introspective and psychological (Carmela calling out Father Phil, Livia's psychosomatic dementia) to the kind of comedy that really only the Sopranos could do and maybe hasn't been done the same since (Mikey Palmice's death scene, one of the greatest in TV history, and one of the best lines in the show, "cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this!").



    To discuss this week's episode, our guest is Laremy Legel, former critic at Film.com, author of Film Critic, long time friend of the pod and Matt and Vince's co-star in Whoop Dreams, a documentary about the Gathering Of The Juggalos. He joins your regular hosts, Matt Lieb from Good Mythical Morning, The Star Wars Show, and Newsbroke on AJ+ and Vince Mancini, Senior Film And Culture writer at Uproxx. Please enjoy, but if you don't, as always, va fongool.

    • 1 u. 9 min.
    Pod Yourself A Gun 12: Isabella

    Pod Yourself A Gun 12: Isabella

    This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we discuss episode 12 from season 1 of the Sopranos, "Isabella" - where Tony is deep in depression about the disappearance of his friend (and possible snitch) Big Pussy. As we near the end of the first season of the Sopranos, and the first season of Pod Yourself A Gun, Matt and Vince have decided that all of you listeners out there deserve an episode of this show with NO GUEST and just the pure, unadulterated analysis of your loyal PYAG hosts. Just the raw s**t, no filler. And what better episode to do this than Isabella, which has zero nudity. That's right, ZERO.



    Bada B-stories:



    -Tony is depressed



    -JR puts a hit out on Tony



    -Livia is losing her mind



    -Tony meets Isabella, who may or may not be Tyler Durden



    Enjoy, please review and comment, email us at frotcast@gmail.com, voicemail 415 275 0030, and donate at Patreon.com/frotcast. We love you, and don't stop believin.



     

    • 55 min.
    Pod Yourself A Gun 11: Nobody Knows Anything, With Joey Devine

    Pod Yourself A Gun 11: Nobody Knows Anything, With Joey Devine

    It's time for another hilarious, informative, and not-nearly-frequent-enough episode of the world's premier Sopranos podcast, Pod Yourself A Gun. This week Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini are talking season one, episode 11, "Nobody Knows Anything." Our guest is Joey Devine from the world famous NBA podcast, Roundball Rock.



    In episode 11, which premiered March 21st, 1999, Pussy has a bad back and might be a snitch, dirty detective Vin Makazian is sick of the way Tony has been treating him, Junior learns new secrets from Livia, and we meet a smattering of new characters -- including Debbie, the madame with a heart of gold, Mikey Palmice's wife, the mysterious and wonderful bordello doctor known only as "Dr. Mop and Glow," and a reference to "the Jonas Salk of backs." This episode also marks the first time we hear Pauly Walnuts' Godfather theme car horn. So many things to discuss!



    Download it now and tell all of your friends.

    • 1 u. 8 min.

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