Waking Bob Newhart
Our streetside espresso cuts the brain-fog nicely, and this morning's chilled cannoli isn't half-bad, but easily the tastiest thing on our al fresco table today is all this blog-post feedback from "Sopranos" addicts. Theorizing about the finale is proving to be one provocative parlor game. Will the feds flip T.? Will Carm put her hubby in harm's way? And can the show really whack Tony when there's so much rabid fan hope for a feature film (Czech Interior Decorator on May 31, 2007 at 5:41 PM and Mark on May 31, 2007 at 3:02 PM)? Oh, we're deep into Geekville now. And it's delicious.
Under an awning that almost says Satriale's if we squint just right, we pore over your hundred or so e-replies, which in turn spur us to riffle through our reporter's notebook for clues. Agent Harris, eat your heart out.
One blog-poster mentions the Suzanne Pleshette plot twist from the "Newhart" finale, which gets us to thinking: Maybe our best leads lie in TV's other big finales. Lessee here...
** Lead actor wakes up in bed next to another woman, a la "Newhart"? (Bob on June 1, 2007 at 9:40 AM ET) Check. Tony Soprano's already done that often -- as recently as this season's Vegas-trip episode (the one so chock full of fall-of-Rome references).
** Stuck in jail, waiting to be bailed out, a la "Seinfeld"? Check. Tony opened this season doing just that.
** Lead actress jets to Paris, only to return home to her Mr. Big, a la HBO's "Sex and the City"? Roger that, too (when Carmela bon-voyaged to view Notre Dame).
Hm, our television leads prove fruitless. Further proof that not only is HBO not TV, but "The Sopranos" isn't even traditional HBO.
Prompted by the previous episode, we Google Yeats's "The Second Coming," reading it like a road map. Birds flying from the parent. The desert. Rocking cradles and the rough beast of end-times. Metaphor for metaphor, it's like reading William Butler Chase, but still with no clue where Tony Soprano will slouch next.
Our notes from a David Chase chat remind us of his love for classic rock. We plumb "Comfortably Numb" (again with the grown children flying the coop!), but like Pink Floyd, we begin to want "just the basic facts." With the penultimate "Sopranos" airing this weekend (reportedly titled "Blue Comet" and involving mistaken identity), we're still hungry for your tips, your thoughts, your theories. One blog-poster (Joan on June 1, 2007 at 9:16 AM ET), in fact, writes that the Post's Sopranos site has become like "some sort of of very cool (smart) club of Sopranos addicts."
Well then, consider this your support group -- especially for those us still in denial over the series's end. Besides getting the most accurate tips for the finale, sometimes it just helps to have the sponsors . . .
--- Michael Cavna
TV Editor, Style
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