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LAST NIGHT'S VIEW: Sopranos hit perfect note.


The Sopranos (C4) gets better and better. The latest episode of the everyday story of Mafia folk was a gem.

Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperiolo) burst into the home of his girlfriend and asked her to marry him.

"I've got the ring and everything," he said and produced a tiny box with a huge diamond.

She was impressed but her mother wasn't: "I bet it was in the jeweller's window this morning. I bet there's bits of broken glass in it," she said.

Mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) showed his caring side when he ordered Richie Aprile (David Proval) to have wheelchair ramps installed at the home of a guy he crippled.

Richie reckoned Tony was going soft but there were no hard feelings since he gave him a peace offering. It was a prized leather jacket he took off a rival gangster and it fitted Tony like a glove.

A glove several sizes too small, that is. Tony is so bulky he is best seen on a TV with a wide screen.

He accepted it with good grace but Richie was disappointed to find he was not wearing it when they next met. He was even more disappointed when he discovered Tony had passed it on to his housekeeper's husband.

Tony's wife Carmela (Edie Falco) wanted to make sure daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) got into the right sort of college and approached a reluctant lady lawyer for help. She made her a plate of home-made ricotta pie but it was the threats for afters that eventually did the trick.

It's Dallas with gangsters - a glossy American soap with its heart in its shoulder holster.

No episode goes by without some bloodshed.

It came at the close when hotheads Matt and Sean attempted to make a name for themselves by "whacking" Christopher.

He went down in a hail of bullets and ended up on life support.

ALSO in very poor health was Holby City (BBC1) without smug surgeon Anton Meyer in the operating theatre. The sooner he returns, the better.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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