Sopranos Top 10: My Favorite Scenes with Meadow and Tony Soprano
Meadow and Tony Soprano. Where do I even begin? The quintessential father-daughter combo, 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)
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: 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)
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?
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"
Meadow: Sometimes, we're all hypocrites.
Season 3, Episode 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"
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?
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.
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.