Sunday's musical sequence ends with Tony and his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) digging up what Junior, in his increasingly Alzheimer's-addled state, thinks is his cut of an old mob deal buried in his backyard. And there is Tony in his loafers digging, having a nonsense conversation with his feeble relative.
" ... you still, after all this time, cannot accept you had a mother who didn't love you," Melfi tells him.
The plot turn at the end of Sunday's episode precipitates a reckoning, which Chase and his writers render in a multi-episode, bathed-in-metaphor dream sequence. In "Sopranos" dream land, limbo is some identity-less, Costa Mesa office park sort of place, your wallet and briefcase mysteriously not yours, your hotel elevator broken, a stuffed animal sitting in a chair.
"Please bear with us," the sign on its chest reads.
It's a stunning construct, producing the best work from Gandolfini and the equally formidable Falco since, well, since the last time we saw them.
When: 9 to 10 p.m. ET Sunday
Ratings: TV-MA (unsuitable for children under the age of 17, with advisories for violence and coarse language)