Full Leather Jacket opens up with a great tune, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. Suddenly we’re having dinner with The Soprano family. Usually the family dinner scenes take place anyplace in an episode besides the first scene, which feels a little bit out of place. Speaking out ‘out of place’, the leather jacket that Richie Aprile gives to Tony Soprano, looks so out of place on Tony, it’s not even funny. Okay, maybe it’s funny to us, but definitely not to Tony and Richie. The episode title references the jacket, Full Leather Jacket, which is a play on words from the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film, Full Metal Jacket.
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FBI Warning! I find a lot of symbolism in the opening scene, as Tony and the gang attempt to watch a bootlegged copy of The Godfather Part II on DVD and the disc is stuck on the FBI Warning title. The symbolism here is not for danger of making illegal copies of Hollywood movies, but for the lives that these made men lead. It could also reference Big Pussy’s current status, as he’s a rat who’s working with the feds.
In November of 2008, I decided to finally take a trip to visit Holsten’s in Bloomfield, NJ – the restaurant where the final scene of The Sopranos was filmed. Over a year had passed since episode 86, ‘Made in America’ had aired, however I felt excited as ever to be in this building. Not only was it the first actual Sopranos location that I was aware of visiting, but it was the exact spot where Tony Soprano was last seen. My girlfriend Jackie, my sister Kate & her husband John came along for the trip.