A slightly edited review of The Sopranos’ violent third episode.
“Denial, Anger, Acceptance”
Directed by Nick Gomez | Written by Mark Saraceni | 45 min
Creating a golem
By Colin Hart
9.2 / 10
Is Tony a golem? That is the central question of The Sopranos, or at least one of them. “Meadowlands,” the meditative follow-up to the climactic “Denial, Anger, Acceptance,” presents evidence as to both yes and no. To people Tony is involved with in business — like Shlomo Teittleman, the Hasidic Jew who calls him a “golem” — he is indeed a Frankenstein’s mobster, a malevolent specter that only ends up consuming you.
Teittleman comes to the mob for aid. He wants Tony and his crew to help get his abusive son-in-law to agree to a penniless divorce with his daughter. In return, Teittleman offers the Family a share of his local hotel business. Tony, Paulie and Silvio eventually get Teittleman’s stubborn and…
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