|Kennedy and Heidi|
|Season 6 (Part 2), Episode 6(18) #83|
|Air date||May 13, 2007|
|Written by||Matthew Weiner and David Chase|
|Directed by||Alan Taylor|
"Walk Like A Man"
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"Kennedy and Heidi" is the 5th episode of Part 2 and 17th episode of Season 6 of the HBO original series The Sopranos. It is the 82nd overall episode of the series. Written by Matthew Weiner and David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, it originally aired on May 13, 2007.
Near the beginning of "Kennedy and Heidi", Tony Soprano and Christopher Moltisanti are involved in a car accident that leaves Christopher incapacitated. In a subplot, A.J. continues with his college courses and reconsiders his relationship with his friends.
A late-evening meeting is taken between the New York and New Jersey families regarding the removal of asbestos from a building project. Phil is upset because he was unaware that Tony was dumping asbestos. Tony states he should have known that this type of activity is status quo, and suggests there should be minimal repercussions. Phil disagrees, asking for a 25% cut of what they get for the illegal dumping, but Tony rejects his proposal. After the unsuccessful meeting, Tony and Christopher drive home along a winding road and talk about the events of the past year, including Tony's shooting at the hands of Uncle Junior. Christopher complains about the Escalade's stereo, changing from the radio to a CD. Tony eyes him suspiciously but keeps silent. Christopher swerves into the opposite lane, nearly hitting a sedan driven by two teenage girls named Kennedy and Heidi. Christopher's truck avoids the oncoming vehicle but veers off the road and rolls several times, coming to rest upright.
Tony, wearing a safety belt, suffers only minor injuries. Christopher, badly injured, has trouble breathing and coughs up blood. He asks Tony to "help me," and says he will never pass a drug test and will lose his driver's license. Tony notices that the infant carrier seat in the back had been impaled by a tree limb in the crash. Angry, shaken and distraught, he exits the truck, limping around to the driver's side. Christopher again pleads for help, asking Tony to "call me a taxi". He begins to dial 9-1-1 on his cell phone but closes it instead, reaches over and tightly pinches Christopher's nostrils, suffocating him.
Tony is rushed to the emergency room of Saint Clare's Hospital in Denville. A nurse calls Carmela and puts Tony on the phone. Carmela is horrified when he tells her about the accident. Largely unscathed, Tony is home the next morning, and is visited by the members of his Family who all lament the death of Christopher. Tony is ambivalent towards Christopher's passing, and has a dream in which he admits to Dr. Melfi that he killed his best friend Big Pussy, his cousin Tony and Christopher. In reality, Tony finds himself unable to discuss his true feelings about Christopher's death with anyone, only hinting to Carmela that he feels relieved.
During the preparations for Christopher's wake, Tony hears that Paulie's adoptive mother, Nucci, has died of a stroke. The Soprano family and associates attend Christopher's wake in morbid celebrity fashion, with Tony appearing noticeably disgusted by the ostentatious display of Mafia grief. Meanwhile, Nucci's wake is poorly attended, deeply upsetting Paulie, which he admits to Tony during the latter's brief appearance at the ceremony.
A.J. is spending time at Rutgers with Jason Parisi, Jason Gervasi and Mark Iscaro. The boy they tortured (in the previous episode) for not paying his gambling debts, Victor, is revealed to have had some toes amputated due to damage from the sulfuric acid that they used (Victor invented his own story, saying that the burns and amputation resulted from an accident with battery acid). Gervasi carelessly opens his car door, causing a Somalian college student to crash his bicycle. A.J.'s friends pick a fight with the bicyclist, call him a "nigger," and then beat him up. Although A.J. does not help his friends beat up the bicyclist, he shoves the youth away from him. The youth then falls to the ground where he is beaten. One of the kids then throws the bike into the path of an oncoming vehicle where it is crushed. The incident visibly disturbs A.J. and he later laments to his therapist.
A.J. tells his therapist he has begun taking college courses again and is taken in particular with one that deals with the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Displaying a show of interest, A.J. remarks that "nobody knew who started it." This, combined with (and in relation to) his experience during the morally disgusting beating of the Somalian biker, causes A.J. to exhibit symptoms of extreme distress. He ends imploring "Can't we all just get along?"
Fed up with the outpouring of grief over Christopher, Tony arranges to fly to Las Vegas on a private plane. In Vegas, Tony receives a phone call from Phil Leotardo, insincerely offering fake condolences for Christopher's passing, while providing no relief for the original asbestos impasse. He meets up with Sonya, a beautiful exotic dancer with whom Christopher used to spend time. He tells her that Christopher has died, and she begins to accompany him during his Vegas trip. The two have sex, smoke marijuana, and takepeyote. An inebriated Tony then wins a large amount of money on roulette while still high. Believing his recent bad luck has ended with Christopher's death, he mumbles happily, "He's dead" and subsequently collapses in a laughing fit on the casino floor. The episode concludes with Tony and Sonya looking out on the Nevada desert at sunrise. As Tony sees the sun flicker in the distance, he stands up to walk towards it. Both crying and laughing he exclaims, "I get it!"
In the penultimate scene, the asbestos is dumped into a lake.
- Six factors can be counted to have influenced Christopher crashing the car: the crash happens when he is high, changing the radio, Tony is asking him a question, the road turns in a curve, it is nighttime, and an opposing-direction car emerges.
- The episode has frequently been cited by critics and fans as one of the show's best and is noted for its thematic complexity and the plot twist early in the episode. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and won for directing.