Tony and Meadow Soprano walking together after Meadow's sports game.

Sopranos Top 10: My Favorite Scenes with Meadow and Tony Soprano

Meadow and Tony Soprano. Where do I even begin? Well, for one, we know Meadow is proud of her close relationship with her father. Though that doesn’t mean she and Tony always see eye to eye. “Irregardless,” in both good times and bad, they made a great pair. Here are my top 10 favorite scenes featuring Meadow and Tony Soprano.

Meadow and Tony Soprano: The Pilot (Series Premiere)

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Meadow and Tony Soprano in an old church after Meadow's volleyball game. (S.01, E.01) "Pilot"

First, in this scene, Meadow’s irritated that Carmela isn’t letting her go skiing in Aspen with Hunter Scangarello. In typical teenage fashion, Meadow makes Carmela seem like the Wicked Witch of the West. Although, I guess it would be the East in this case, given they’re in New Jersey. Anyway, Tony decides to take Meadow to see an old church built by their Italian ancestors:

meadow is asking her father tony soprano what he is looking at.
Tony: Your great-grandfather and his brother Frank...they built this place ... Stone and marble workers. They came over here from Italy, and they built this place.

Meadow: Yeah, right. Two guys.

Tony: No, they were two guys on a crew of,you know, laborers. They didn't design it...but they knew how to build it.

Meadow & Tony Soprano go to College (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Meadow all of a sudden asks Tony if he's in the mafia, to which he vehemently objects. (S.01, E.05, "College")

Next, we have the famous Sopranos College trip. Soaked with that 90’s nostalgia, College is the most intimate Tony-Meadow episode that puts The Sopranos on the map.

Meadow: I've lived in the house all my life. I've seen police come, I've seen you go out at 3 a.m.
Tony: You never seen Doc Cusamano go out at 3 a.m. on a call?
Meadow: The Cusamano kids ever find $50,000 and a .45 while hunting for Easter eggs?
Tony: That stuff we talked about. How's that sitting with you?
Meadow: Not like I wasn't 90% sure already.
Tony: What about your brother? Does he know?
Meadow: I think so.
Tony: There was a time when Italian people didn't have a lot of options.
Meadow: You mean like Mario Cuomo?

Season 2, Episode 10, "Bust Out"

Then, we arrive at the end of season two. Meadow walks in and finds an inebriated Tony finishing his beverage. The dialogue is pretty magnificent and includes a key piece of Sopranos wisdom that resonates with me through the remainder of the series.

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Meadow & Tony chatting in the kitchen at night while he finishes a drink. (S.02, E.10, "Bust Out")
Tony: I tell people you're like your mother, but you're all me. Nothing gets by you. Tony: I know you think I'm a hypocrite...
          Meadow: Sometimes, we're all hypocrites.

Season 3, Episode 10, "To Save Us All from Satan's Power"

Tony opening Meadow's Christmas gift for him, which happens to be a Billy Bass fish. What a coincidence. (S.03, E.10, "To Save Us All From Satan's Power")

Here we have one of the classic Tony-triggering Billy Bass moments. As I’m sure you all know, Tony had a dream in season two where a fish told him in Big Pussy’s voice that he was a government informant. Now, whenever Tony sees Billy Bass, he thinks about his friend who’s “sleeping with the fishes.” It just so happened that this time, it was a Christmas gift from Meadow.

Season 4, Episode 2, "No Show"

Meadow and Tony Soprano having an argument face-to-face over Meadow going to Europe & taking a year off from college at Columbia. (S.04, E.02, "No Show")

Furthermore, while I don’t condone Tony’s lifestyle, I have to say I was on his side in this instance. In terms of intensity level, this up-close-and-personal nature was the closest Tony and Meadow had ever come to actual physical argument.

Tony: What do I mean? What do you mean? All these innuendoes. You inferring to me that I didn’t do everything I could to keep that kid from f**king himself up? That, yeah, knowing him and his family, that I didn’t try to be a better dad to him than his own dad, God rest his soul? That I didn’t try to protect Jackie Jr? That I didn’t smack him around because I was so frustrated? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?

Meadow & Tony talking about her new internship at the South Bronx Law Center in her dorm room. (S.04, E.04, "The Weight")

Furthermore, Meadow takes a sharp 180 from early season four into a seemingly mature, well-adjusted college student by mid-season. Look no further than here, where Tony questions Meadow after seeing her advise a young Muslim woman whose brother’s in trouble.

Tony: You wanna help people, that's fine. That's very noble. Really, I mean it. Just don't be a sucker, ok?
Meadow: You ought to know.
Tony: Oh I see. That's what this is?
Meadow: God, listen to you. Believe it or not, the world doesn't revolve around you.

Season 6, Episode 5, "Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request..."

Finally, I found this scene at Allegra Sacrimoni’s wedding between Meadow and Tony to be quite heartwarming. Long gone are the days of Meadow shouting “Mr. Mob Boss!” and wanting desperately to leave New Jersey. As Johnny Sack does the father-daughter dance to “Daddy’s Little Girl,” Meadow and Tony glance at eachother with that special Soprano sentimentality.

Conclusion-Meadow & Tony Soprano Scenes

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