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"Down Neck"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Written by Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess
Directed by Lorraine Senna Ferrara
Production no. 107
Original airdate February 21, 1999
Guest stars

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"Down Neck" is the seventh episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos. It was written by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, directed by Lorraine Senna Ferrara and originally aired on Sunday February 21, 1999.



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Guest Starring

Also Guest Starring

  • Paul Albe as Contractor
  • Sherl Bernheim as Pearl
  • Madeline Blue as Janice
  • Bobby Boriello as Young Tony
  • Scott Owen Cumberbatch as Rideland Kid #2
  • Anthony Fusco as Father Hagy
  • Rob Grippa as Byron Barber
  • Jason Hauser as Rideland Cop
  • Michael Jordan as Rideland Kid
  • Greg Perrelli as Jared
  • Nick Raio as Wiseguy
  • Steve Santosusso as Guy
  • Tim Williams as Mr. Meskimmin

Episode recap

A.J. and his friends steal sacramental wine and turn up drunk and giggling at gym class. Tony and Carmela are called in to see the principal of A.J.'s school, Verbum Dei. The principal is accompanied by the school psychologist who tells them that A.J. may have ADHD (known at that time as ADD). The school is lenient in disciplining A.J. because of this, but are considering placing him in a special education class.

This incident prompts Tony to recall his own childhood when he first learned about his family's involvement in the Mafia. In therapy he discusses this with Dr. Melfi. Included in Tony's memory is the time his father wanted to move the family to Reno, Nevada, to manage a supper club for Rocco Altioro. Tony's mother refused and said she would rather suffocate the children than move. Tony, visiting his mother in the nursing home, asks her how Rocco is doing and she responds that Rocco is now a billionaire. Tony reminds her of the request to move and she denies that they were seriously considering moving or that she was involved in the decision to stay.

A.J. is punished by his parents and forbidden to watch TV, use the Internet or play Nintendo. He also has to visit his grandmother, Livia, at Green Grove. During one visit A.J. discusses his encounter with a school therapist. When Livia reacts negatively, A.J. informs her that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist, something A.J. learned after eavesdropping on a conversation between his parents. Livia is furious. Later, Livia is poised to pass on this information to Junior but Tony unknowingly walks in before she can say anything about it.

First appearances


  • Although the flashbacks are set in the 1960s, some modern day motor vehicles are visible in the background in some of the scenes.


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