Episode 16 “Toodle-Fucking-Oo”

Dr. Jennifer Melfi returns back to Sopranoland this episode, after being absent in the previous. Her return makes for an interesting dream sequence, an amusing encounter with Tony Soprano’s crew, as well as a closer look at her own mental issues. Before we get to all of that, I’m going to talk about one of the main characters of season 2, who makes his first appearance in this episode.

Richie Aprile Is Back In His Members Only Jacket

Less than 10 minutes into episode 16, we’re introduced to the infamous Richie Aprile (members only jacket & all), who’s just been let out on parole after a 10 year stint in jail. We quickly learn that Richie is related to Adriana La Cerva and that he wants back in on the mob action. Richie will serve as a great enemy for Tony Soprano during the course of season 2, causing much agida for the street boss of the family.

Back When Beansie Could Walk

It’s apparent that Richie has a whole agenda together for what he wants to do, as he has Adriana drop him off near an old friend’s pizza joint. Richie attempts to shakedown Peter “Beansie” Gaeta, who also makes his first appearance in this episode. Through Beansie’s encounter with Richie, we learn right away that Richie’s got a short temper and that he means business.

Was Hunter Really A Bad Influence On Meadow?

Taking a few steps back, the first scene of the episode shows Tony Soprano rolling up to Livia’s house as he finds out that Meadow Soprano has been partying in her grandmother’s house. This storyline reveals to us the hypocrite that is Janice Soprano. As Tony & Carmela struggle with how to deal with Meadow, Janice tells them to go easy on her.

Janice Admires Meadow's Work

After seeing the way that Meadow & her friends trashed her mother’s house, Janice is screaming for someone to punish her niece. We’re really starting to see why Tony Soprano can’t stand his sister. His bitterness towards Janice for leaving him to deal with his family in New Jersey is becoming more obvious with each episode of season 2.

Paulie Walnuts Hittin' On Tony Soprano's Psychiatrist

One of my favorite scenes in this episode is when Dr. Jennifer Melfi and her friends walk by Tony and his crew while they are eating at a restaurant. It makes for a great scene because we as the viewers know Jennifer & Tony’s working relationship. It doesn’t help the situation since they are currently ‘on the outs’ and we know that Tony would never introduce her as his psychiatrist to his mobster friends.

This scene features an appearance of Johnny Sack. Early on, Johnny didn’t have too much of a rule in the show, besides to show up occasionally at get together scenes like these. Makes me wonder whether David Chase had the New York vs New Jersey families storyline planned out all along, subtly adding Johnny Sack in so that we know there are ties between to the two families.

"Toodle-Fuckin-Oo!"

Not only does Tony Soprano put on a mask during the encounter, but so does Melfi. As she exits, the title of the episode is born, “Toodle-Oo!, ” she says to Tony. Cut to the next scene and Jennifer Melfi exclaims, “Toodle-Fucking-Oo?!?”

Elliot Kupferberg & His Water Bottle Make Their First Appearance

And with that line, we soon learn that Tony’s psychiatrist also sees a psychiatrist, aka Dr. Elliot Kupferberg. This scene marks Elliot’s first appearance. I’m not a huge fan of Elliot, but I think it’s an interesting way for the writer’s to convey to us Jennifer’s insights in dealing with Tony, since this show is not told from her point of view.

Richie & Tony Discuss "Feech" La Manna

During a meeting at a mall, the first mentions of “Feech” La Manna are brought up, as Richie Aprile reminds Tony Soprano that he was the one that stood up for Tony & Jackie (Aprile) when they robbed Feech’s card game. Feech won’t make an appearance on the show until season 5, but I believe this is the only time a character was mentioned a few seasons before being introduced to us, the viewers.

The Heat Is On

Soon after, the tension between Tony Soprano and Richie Aprile begins to build. Richie Aprile is one of my favorite characters to have gone head to head with Tony Soprano because he’s old school and unlike most of the other mobsters, he’s not afraid of Tony Soprano one bit and he shows it, right to Tony’s face.

Sibling Rivalry

Jumping back to Janice Soprano, it’s great to see Tony Soprano lose it with Janice, tossing his bowl of Honeycombs to the ground as she laughs at Meadow’s punishment out loud to Tony & Carmela. We can see Tony’s anger, resentment and bitterness towards his sister come out, as he points at her face and exclaims, “You’re just here to pick the friggen’ bones!”

It would appear that Janice & Richie are both sending Tony Soprano’s nerves over the edge, however we have to remember he hasn’t had a therapy session for almost sixth months to a year at this point and it’s definitely starting to show.

A Bomb In The Bada Bing

For some reason, unknown to me, they bring back the same comedian who was telling jokes at Green Grove from season one, but this time he’s at the Bada Bing telling jokes for the mobsters at Richie Aprile’s welcome home party. Once again nobody is laughing, his jokes are atrocious, and Silvio yanks him off of the stage being immediately replaced by the Bing dancers. I love the awkwardness of this scene.

Richie Aprile Is A Bit Psychotic

Speaking of said party, Richie Aprile seems very unhappy with his situation still, even after receiving oral sex from one of the so called Bing dancers. He decides to go back after Beansie. By now we know that Richie is a monster and he’s willing to step over whoever it takes to get back into the game and he really wants things to be where they were at back before he was put into the can. It seems he’ll stop at nothing to get there. The scene of Richie Aprile running over Beansie is one that will stick with you for a while after initially watching it.

Spoiled Brats

It’s amusing to see how Meadow Soprano & Hunter Scangarelo treat the Soprano family kitchen as they supposedly cook. This scene really shows us how spoiled Meadow is and how she really isn’t afraid of her parents.

Richie Tries To Show Janice His Sensitive Side

Richie Aprile wastes no time getting reacquainted with Janice Soprano, seems he’s stalking her at her yoga class and is soon kissing Livia Soprano’s ass as well. This move on Richie’s part makes me wonder whether he’s really interested in Janice, or if he’s trying to get in closer to Tony’s family, but little does he know how much Tony can’t stand his sister or his mother at this point in time (okay, MOST of the time).

Dr. Jennifer Melfi Has Dream Sequences Too

My favorite scene from this episode is Jennifer Melfi’s dream about Tony Soprano having a panic attack and crashing his car into a truck. After seeing Tony in person, she couldn’t stand how she acted and soon after she’s dreaming about him getting into an automobile wreck. She’s guilty about not treating Tony and it’s starting to eat at her. I really enjoy how dream sequences in The Sopranos are usually interweaved right into the normal action so we usually don’t realize it’s not real until all hell breaks lose and/or somebody wakes up sweating in the middle of the night.

Tony Soprano Helps An Old Friend

The scene of Tony visiting Beansie in his hospital bed surprised me as Tony used his own handkerchief on Beansie’s nose when he couldn’t clear it himself. Seems Tony has a soft side for Beansie, similar to Artie Bucco. Tony choosing Beansie over Richie Aprile gives us more insight to this relationship as well. Tony does mention that Beansie is a good earner, but I don’t think that’s the only reason he’d choose him over Richie, Tony knows Beansie is a good guy.

Meadow Soprano Almost Loses Her Lunch

The final scene of this episode presents us with another infamous Soprano’s mystery; was it Carmela or Janice who ordered Meadow Soprano to clean Livia Soprano’s house? On one hand, I suspect it was Janice who talked Meadow into it because she was so disgusted with how it was left, but on the other hand Janice’s ridicule of Carmela’s punishment on Meadow might’ve caused Carmela to go harder on Meadow. Who do you think gave Meadow her marching orders?

Tony Trying To Figure Out This Mystery As Well

Either way, Tony Soprano is surprised to see his daughter cleaning the house as well and I’m sure as hell Meadow didn’t decide to clean it on her own.