Original Air Date: June 10, 2007
Starring: James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico
Also Starring: Timmy, Tommy, Terry
Directed by: David Chase
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains spoilers for this episode!
Synopsis: The noteworthy final episode of the long-running HBO series finds the Soprano family facing an uncertain future.
Featured Feline: Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is in a safe house with his companions and calls over an orange tabby cat, calling him “Baciagalup” (an Italian slang word for idiot or moron). He gives the cat part of his sandwich. When asked where the cat came from Tony explains he just showed up during the storm and that he already caught a mouse in the cellar.
Later when a deal has been made between the mob families, Tony and his pals are able to return to the Pork Store. Paulie (Tony Sirico) is shocked to see the cat there and wants to see him gone, calling him a snake with fur.
Tony has brought the cat from the safe house to catch mice and tells Paulie to “Leave him. He’s a good guy.”
Still later Paulie is concerned when the cat keeps staring at a picture of Christopher on the wall. Paulie is determined to get rid of the cat and even picks up a broom to swing at the animal before Tony walks in.
Tony asks Walden (Frank John Hughes) to give them some privacy. Walden takes the cat with him.
Near the end of the episode Paulie is sitting with Tony outside the Pork Store. Paulie explains why he feels the cat is a jinx. By the end of the scene, Paulie has agreed to the job Tony has offered. Paulie is left sitting outside the store and the cat wanders in and then lies down (this shot was done using a green screen since the busy city street made it too difficult to shoot with the cat on location).
The cat actors used for this episode were Timmy, Tommy and Terry, trained by Debbie Pearl for Paws for Effect. Many theories have been put forth to explain the deeper meaning behind the cat’s presence in this final episode but it’s for each fan of the show to come to their own conclusion.
Final Mewsings: Cats are confused by sudden endings.
Many thanks to T.j. Dotson for letting us know about this cat appearance!