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the sopranos and scissors

You Forget Something, Like My Cut? The Sopranos and Scissors

Tony Soprano is smoking a cigar while sitting on a farm with the grass and lake behind him.
Season 5, Episode 10, "Cold Cuts" - Speaking of cuts...

They say two things are certain in life: death and taxes. I say there are actually a couple or three: death, taxes, and disagreement over The Sopranos ending. 

This series finale puzzle is notable for its connection to certain phrases and objects that appear throughout the show. One example is scissors. And what do scissors do best? Well, they cut (verbs like “snip” and “chop” work, too).

janice and barbara soprano are sitting and talking out by the pool at the Soprano residence.
"Don't worry, you'll get your CUT." -Barbara
(S2, E1) "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office"

So, what’s my point exactly? Well, it was a fellow Sopranos super fan who brought the Made-In-America scissors to my attention in the first place. (side note-If you’d like to read his Paulie thesis, you can do so here). In any case, from that point on, I was picking up on another scissor or cutting reference in what seemed like every other episode. On that note, here are just some examples of The Sopranos and scissors:

Paulie walks into the back of the bing with a pair of barber's scissors.
Season 6, Episode 21, "Made in America"

"Paulie! Get the bolt cutters from out of the trunk!"

Tony Soprano, Paulie Walnuts, and Silvio Dante sitting outsider Satriales on a sunny day.
S1, E3, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance"

“I know one thing that no man wants to go through life without.” -Hesh Rabkin

“What? Oh…that’s a brilliant idea. Paulie, get the bolt cutters from out of the trunk!” -Tony Soprano

"Ally, what are you doing?!?"

Ally is walking slowly during the soccer game with Meadow Soprano
Season 1, Episode 9, "Boca"
'Small cutting' is the clinical term.

Isabella's Cutting Into The Middle of Things

Tony is laying down on his bed while having hallucinations about seeing an imaginary woman named Isabella.
Season 1, Episode 12, "Isabella"

“If I had an ounce of self-respect, I would cut your d–k off!” -Carmela

In Case of Emergency, Use Closest Pair of Scissors

Dr. Melfi is putting a pair of scissors up her sleeve in case she needs to use them for protection in her office.
Season 1, Episode 13, "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano"

“Do I have your word that I’m in no physical danger?” -Dr. Melfi

“I’m humbled you would take my word, yes.” -Tony

[Dr. Melfi takes a pair of scissors and puts it up her sleeve in preparation for opening the door to let Tony in].

"All cutlery stays right where it is."

Dr. Melfi and Tony are sitting at a table together in a diner.
S2, E1, "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office"

“Don’t yell. Don’t scream. All cutlery stays right where it is. How’s the bagels here?” -Tony

Danger: Carmela

Carmela Soprano is warning Tony not to be in a bad mood for their party.
Mope your way through this, I'll cut your throat.

I'm gonna tell him, no more cutting us out of the dream!

Jack Massarone is standing outside of his trailer at a construction site looking out to see who's there protesting.
Season 2, Episode 2, "Do Not Resuscitate"

“But somebody forgot to tell the Man. You know what I mean! Oh, yes, I’m gonna tell him! I’m gonna tell him, no more cutting us out of the dream! No more!” -Reverend Herman James

Finishing Tony's Bris

Tony and Carmela are arguing about him getting a vasectomy.
Season 2, Episode 9, "From Where to Eternity"

“I’m supposed to get a vasectomy when this is my male heir?!” (referring to A.J.

Richie Aprile Talks Scissors

richie aprile is sitting down in davey scatino's store talking about the price of scissors.
Season 2, Episode 10, "Bust Out"

“A lot of work to move picnic coolers. Coolers are like scissors: Everybody wants one, nobody has any idea how much they cost.” -Richie Aprile

Cutting Meadow Off

Carmela Soprano is talking to Tony about him cutting their daughter, Meadow, off while she is in college.
Season 3, Episode 3, "Fortunate Son"

“I don’t know what’s going on. But if you wanna make a big scene at your daughter’s new college, then comb your hair and come right along. Embarrass her. Alienate her. Or better yet, cut her off. Let her drop out and go to a state school. Or maybe move back in here.” -Carmela Soprano

Avoid the Deck of the Queen Mary - You Might Get Cut

Junior Soprano talking to Bobby Bacallieri in "Second Opinion"
Season 3, Episode 7, "Second Opinion"

“See, when we operate, we have to decide how much healthy tissue to cut around
the tumor.” -Dr. Kennedy

Pie-O-My Gets Her Cut of the Winnings

Tony Soprano is sitting with Pie-O-My at night in the stable as Pie-O-My lies down to rest and recover.
Season 4, Episode 5, "Pie-O-My"

“At least she stopped thrashing. That’s where the danger is. The intestines get twisted, and you have to cut.” -Veterinarian treating Pie-O-My

No Scissors, Bad Luck!

"No scissors, bad luck!"
-Rosalie Aprile
S4, E7, "Watching Too Much Television"

Doctor's Orders: No More Undercutting

Dr. Melfi is sitting in her office with her hair up and glasses on talking to Tony.
Season 4, Episode 11, "Calling All Cars"

“The most important thing is that you and Carmela are in agreement on the issues, that you don’t undercut each other or act at cross purposes.” -Dr. Melfi

"Barber scissors, right?"

Paulie Walnuts talking to his ma and Minn Matrone at the hospital.MA
Season 4, Episode 12, "Eloise"
"Precision cutlery, 46 years." 

Carmela Soprano's New Hair Cut

Season 4, Episode 12, "Eloise"

“Now, I know you need a break. Deep down, that’s probably the reason you got your hair cut.” -T

The First Cut is The Deepest

Season 6, Episode 3, "Mayham"
"You forget something, like my cut?"
-Vito Spatafore
S6, E3, "Mayham"

Welcome to the Chop Shop

Scene in The Sopranos Cleaver Movie
Season 6, Episode 14, "Stage 5"

“What if, instead of a pair of scissors, it was a meat cleaver?”   -Christopher Moltisanti

Finally...

Season 6, Episode 21, "Made in America"
"Anybody need some barber's scissors?
Paulie walks into the back of the bing with a pair of barber's scissors.
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