"Oh, I went ahead and ordered something for the
table" - The final words from episode No. 86 "Made in America" on the
series finale of the popular crime drama THE SOPRANOS/HBO/1999-2007.
The final moments of this New Jersey mafia-based series are set in Holsten's, an
ice cream parlor/eatery located at 1063 Broad Street in Bloomfield, NJ.
Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) enters, he looks around the room then takes a booth and waits for
his family members to arrive. While he waits, Tony flips through the table-top
juke box and selects the song "Don't stop believing" by Journey.
As the song begins, Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco) enters the restaurant,
finds her husband, says hello and
sits on the opposite side of the table. Carmela picks up the menu that Tony just
placed on her side of the table and says nonchalantly, "What looks good, tonight?"
Tony replies "I don't know" and they sit quietly.
Then Tony ask where's Anthony
Junior? His wife replies, "He just called. He's on his way. Meds' (Meadow)
coming separately. She had to go to the doctor. Switch birth control." Tony
smirks. Then Carmela asks, "Did you talk to Mink again?" in regards to a decision relating
the family lawyer. Tony looks up from his menu and says 'It's Carlo. He's gonna
All the while, we are shown scenes of other people in the restaurant
(young lovers, a group of cub scouts, strangers). Some are seated. Some
enter the joint. Some pass by Tony's table. Some appear normal, Others
suspicious, possibly even threatening. Because of Tony's recent dealings with
New York "Family" and the FBI, he's a potential target for a hit, so he
is very wary of his situation.
Anthony Junior "A.J." Soprano (Robert Iler) arrives at the restaurant and sits
next to his mother. He looks off to a waitress and says "onion rings."
Anthony's mom asks "How was work today? and he complains about the mundane
nature of the job at Little Carmine's production company (getting coffee,
answering phone calls). His mother advises, "You may not realize it, but your are
making contacts." Tony Sr. adds, "It's an entry level job, so bug up."
Tony adds don't be sarcastic.
relents and says "Alright, focus on the good times." Tony warns, "Don't be
sarcastic." Looking at his father,
Anthony says "Isn't that what you said one time. Try to remember the times that
were good" Tony Sr. asks "I did?" Looking at his wife, Tony says, "Well, it's true
Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) still hasn't arrived. She was having
difficulty parallel parking her car outside the restaurant. Meanwhile, the
waitress drops off three glasses of what appears to be a cola beverage with a
straw in each glass. Junior takes a sip from his glass. The camera cuts back and
forth from the restaurant to Meadow's multiple tries to line up her car
properly. Her license is show as 39F LG (last letter not readable).
A waitress delivers a basket of fried onion rings to the table and Tony
announces, "Oh, I went ahead and ordered something for the table."
Tony, Carmela and Anthony each grab an onion ring from the basket and eat it.
Outside, Meadow finally parks her car, runs across the street and approaches the
entrance of the restaurant. The camera cuts back to the table.
As the song
lyrics from the juke box begin to say "Don't stop believing", we see a close-up of Tony,
apparently looking to see if his daughter is
coming. Suddenly, the bell on the entry door rings and the screen goes black. A few moments pass and we see the
credit: Associate Producer MICKIE REUSTER, followed by list of guest stars.
The ending of the series was very controversial. Many viewers believed that Tony
should have been punished for his crimes. Many anticipated a shoot out in the
restaurant where Tony and possibly his whole family would have been killed. But
there was not such slaughter, just the silence and the forbidding blackness of a
Some folks not satisfied with the original finale made their own. Many
of these were posted on YOU TUBE website. One shows the exterior of the
restaurant, then flashes of light as the sound of six-gun shots echo from inside
TRIVIA NOTE: In 2008, Senator Hillary Clinton, the then candidate for the
Democratic party presidential race, did a parody of the Sopranos ending for a
As in the final scene of the SOPRANOS, Hillary enters a restaurant and takes a
table. She is followed by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. When
Hillary asks where is Chelsea, Bill says she is "parallel parking." When the
waitress delivers food to the table it's not onion rings but carrot sticks.
Hillary says, "I ordered for the table." Bill isn't happy with the healthy
entree." No Onion rings?" Sympathetic, Hillary says, “I’m looking out for you."
The commercial was a front for choosing a campaign song for the campaign. When
Hillary was about to reveal the name of the song, the screen went black then the
message: "Find out the winning campaign song at:
The ad spot was timely, and cute, but in the end, Hillary lost the election race to
Senator Barack Obama. A lose that was probably as controversial as the closing
scenes of the SOPRANOS.
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