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Real-Life Shrinks Debate New 'Sopranos'
AP via SFGate ^ | 6/5/7 | JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer

Posted on 06/05/2007 3:31:20 PM PDT by SmithL

NEW YORK, (AP) -- Therapists, we've long known, are among the biggest fans of "The Sopranos."

So pleased were they with the credible therapy scenes between Tony Soprano, pop culture's most famous mobster/patient, and the appealing Dr. Jennifer Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco, that the American Psychoanalytical Association once gave the show and Bracco an award.

But professionally speaking, they could only scratch their heads at the latest developments on HBO's hit drama, which aired its penultimate episode last weekend.

Just as Tony Soprano's life seemed to be imploding with dangerous speed — in short, just when he needed some really good therapy — Melfi and her own therapist made some highly questionable moves.

Not only therapists were distressed. Some patients were actually furious when they showed up for appointments this week, said one New York psychoanalyst.

"You wouldn't believe the outrage I am hearing," said Dr. Arnold Richards, who'd missed the episode, but was filled in by his patients. He was talking about a serious ethical lapse by Elliot Kupferberg, played by Peter Bogdanovich, at a dinner party full of therapists. Across the crowded table, the character callously revealed — over Melfi's protests — the identity of her star patient.

"Mind-boggling," pronounced Richards. "In 60 years in the business I do not recall ever being told the name of a patient in treatment."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: melfi; predictions; shrink; sopranos
pssst

its a fictional TV show

1 posted on 06/05/2007 3:31:22 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
I saw that and it was a crappy way for them to tie up the relationship. Her character has been rather subdued for the past two seasons and then she gets uppitty and terminates with him for fairly weak reasons. The shrink angle was a key element to how the writers illustrated Gandolfini’s character depth/(or lack thereof in some cases)

Final seasons often suck in terms of how they resolve characters.

2 posted on 06/05/2007 3:37:01 PM PDT by misterrob
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Place your bets: Does Tony live through next week?

I bet no

3 posted on 06/05/2007 3:39:19 PM PDT by SmithL (si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: SmithL

I bet he lives...cause how else will they get him into a blockbuster movie in the future.

My take, he runs off to Italy.

as for the shrink....she lost it, but she is human. the scene was great for showing tony’s true character, that hostility and disgust and just dismissing her “, yeah , after 7 years he can’t develope a relationship.

Great show! Great scene there.


4 posted on 06/05/2007 4:17:27 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in New Orleans and Philly!)
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To: misterrob
Final seasons often suck in terms of how they resolve characters.

Depending on the individual characters in their final seasons suckage may vary...

5 posted on 06/05/2007 5:52:30 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

I used to be a big fan of Oz but their story lines at the end were terrible. Just seemed to be about wrapping up loose ends more than anything else and that’s a rip off when you are talking about multi-seasonal characters.


6 posted on 06/05/2007 6:44:49 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: SmithL

That pretentious dinner party was more disturbing than any of Tony’s hits.


7 posted on 06/05/2007 7:45:26 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: SmithL
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I bet Tony lives but Melfi gets whacked or possibly kidnapped by Phil.

After the NJ/NY war hits the newspapers one of those dinner party guests will "out" Melfi to the tabloids and Phil will go after her to get to, or flush-out an underground Tony. They are apparently celebs in fictional Sopranoland on par with a John Gotti. What Tony would do next would reveal him definitively.

Who knows but... I can't wait.
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8 posted on 06/06/2007 6:13:12 AM PDT by MissCalico
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