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The Sopranos The Complete Fourth Season
Season 4
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Season 4
No. of episodes 13
Disc release The Sopranos The Complete Fourth Season
Original run September 15, 2002 – December 8, 2002
Preceded by Season 3
Followed by Season 5
Source

The first season of The Sopranos aired on HBO from January 10 to April 4, 1999. The first season was released on DVD in region 1 on December 12, 2000, and on Blu-ray on November 24, 2009.

The season introduces DiMeo Crime Family Capo Tony Soprano and his family, as well as his troubled relationship with his mother Livia. Also troubled is his relationship with his Uncle Junior, who becomes locked in a power struggle with Tony after the death of the Crime Family Boss, Jackie Aprile. Tony also begins therapy sessions with Dr. Melfi after his panic attacks become more frequent. Meanwhile, Tony's daughter Meadow becomes aware of her father's true profession while preparing to get into college, and Tony's nephew Christopher attempts to write a screenplay about his crime life and anxiously awaits becoming a made man. Due to Junior's plotting of an assassination, Tony also gets embroiled in a plot against childhood friend Artie Bucco, a charming but obsequious restaurateur.

Starring Edit

Episodes Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers

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40 1 "For All Debts Public and Private" Allen Coulter David Chase September 15, 2002 13.43[2]
Tony lends Uncle Junior a helping hand as legal bills begin to pile up. Carmela wants to learn more about the family finances, though that is privileged information from Tony's point of view. Christopher gets information on the man who probably murdered his father. Adriana continues her "friendship" with an undercover FBI agent.
41 2 "No Show" John Patterson Terence Winter and David Chase September 22, 2002 11.21[3]
Resentment abounds when Christopher is made acting capo of Paulie's crew. Meadow slips into a depression, announcing that she will be dropping out of school and traveling to Europe. Adriana learns the truth about her new friend Danielle. Tony grows concerned when Janice and Ralph begin a serious relationship.
42 3 "Christopher" Tim Van Patten Story by : Michael Imperioli and Maria Laurino

Teleplay by : Michael Imperioli

September 29, 2002 10.97[4]
Sixteen years are on the line when the trial of U.S. v. Corrado John Soprano (Uncle Junior) gets underway. Silvio, intensely proud of his heritage, takes a stand to break up a Native American protest against the annual Columbus Day parade. Bobby Bacala suffers a devastating loss. Ralph's general popularity continues to suffer.
43 4 "The Weight" Jack Bender Terence Winter October 6, 2002 10.67[5]
Johnny Sack remains furious at Ralph after learning of an off-color remark about Ginny's weight. Carmela finds herself becoming attracted to Furio, who holds a housewarming party. Tony worries that Meadow will abandon the career he hoped for her after she begins volunteering at a legal practice.
44 5 "Pie-O-My" Henry J. Bronchtein Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess October 13, 2002 9.76[6]
Ralph invests in a race horse to which Tony becomes very attached. After a choice of self-preservation, Adriana meets her new FBI handler, Agent Sanseverino. Carmela's persistence on matters of finance strain her relationship with Tony. Janice strikes up a friendship with Bobby Bacala.
45 6 "Everybody Hurts" Steve Buscemi Michael Imperioli October 20, 2002 10.46[7]
Christopher's heroin addiction continues to beset his competence. Tony learns of a major development in the life of Gloria Trillo that moves him to a streak of good will. After a situation involving borrowing a large amount of money goes sour, Artie Bucco attempts suicide. A.J. is surprised by his new girlfriend's extraordinary wealth.
46 7 "Watching Too Much Television" John Patterson Story by : David Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and Terence Winter

Teleplay by : Terence Winter and Nick Santora

October 27, 2002 9.72[8]
After four months of incarceration, Paulie is released, and the family throws him a party at Bada Bing. Tony and Ralph express interest in a plan to scam a government department. Adriana desperately seeks engagement with Christopher, but only so that she could qualify for marital privilege.
47 8 "Mergers and Acquisitions" Dan Attias Story by : David Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and Terence Winter

Teleplay by : Lawrence Konner

November 3, 2002 10.97[9]
Tony considers starting yet another extramarital relationship, provided he's not breaking his own rules. Paulie is concerned with the welfare of his mother after she moves to Green Grove. Furio looks for counsel on how to deal with his feelings for Carmela.
48 9 "Whoever Did This" Tim Van Patten Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess November 10, 2002 9.83[10]
Uncle Junior falls upon a possible loophole out of his pending trial. Ralph is cast into despair when his son suffers a life-threatening injury. Tony seeks brutal vengeance after a suspicious stable fire. Christopher becomes involved in engineering a disappearance with Tony.
49 10 "The Strong, Silent Type" Alan Taylor Story by : David Chase

Teleplay by : Terence Winter and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess

November 17, 2002 10.68[11]
Tony plans an intervention to confront Christopher and his addiction. Furio tries to distance himself from Carmela. Johnny Sack tries to get in on the HUD scam.
50 11 "Calling All Cars" Tim Van Patten Story by : David Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and Terence Winter

Teleplay by : David Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and David Flebotte

November 24, 2002 11.12[12]
Tony considers reaction as opposed to proaction after he finds out that Carmine Lupertazzi wants a piece of the HUD scam. Uncle Junior's shot at avoiding trial is eliminated. Janice tries to steer Bobby Bacala away from the grief that continually plagues him. Dr. Melfi may lose a decidedly memorable patient.
51 12 "Eloise" James Hayman Terence Winter December 1, 2002 11.07[13]
Without notice, Furio moves back to Italy, causing anger for Tony, and heartache for Carmela. Carmine's restaurant falls victim to vandalism. Meadow's annual tea with Carmela becomes confrontational. Paulie and Silvio argue over feelings. Johnny Sack presents a potentially dangerous proposition to Tony.
52 13 "Whitecaps" John Patterson Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and David Chase December 8, 2002 12.48[14]
Junior's court case draws to a close. In an attempt to cheer up Carmela, Tony bids on a shore house for the family, but his efforts to save his marriage are swiftly undone. After a change of plans, Christopher is forced to deal with two would-be hitmen. Tony and Carmela finally face off when she finds out he slept with Svetlana.
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