University
Episode 6 of 13 within Season Three. Item 32 of 86 overall.
Production number P306.
Mitchell Burgess - Story
David Chase - Story
Robin Green - Story
Todd Adam Kessler - Story
Terence Winter - Story
Salvatore Stabile - Teleplay
Terence Winter - Teleplay
Allen Coulter - Director
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Ralph Cifaretto isn't making any friends with his increasingly volatile behavior; Meadow is fed up with her roommate's neuroses, prompting her to spend more time with her boyfriend.

original airdate--April 1,2001

network--HBO

music--Theme song--"Woke Up The Morning" by Alabama 3

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" by Live
  2. "Inside My Love" by Minnie Riperton
  3. "Living on a Thin Line" by The Kinks
  4. "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC
  5. "Everybody's Jumpin" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  6. "Takin' Care of Business" by Bachman–Turner Overdrive

 

Deceased: Tracee: Bada Bing stripper murdered by Ralphie in the parking lot.

Title reference: Much of the episode revolves around Meadow's university experiences.

  • As the episode parallels the treatment of Meadow and Tracee, "University" is also a reference to the episode's theme.

Trivia: This is the only episode in the series co-written by Salvatore Stabile.

  • The story about a homeless woman wearing newspaper as underwear is based on a real thing experienced by Terence Winter on the subway, where a passenger was a similar homeless woman.
  • According to Ariel Kiley who played the victimized Bada Bing stripper, Tracee, many viewers were so offended by this episode's violence that they canceled their HBO subscriptions, a fact she didn't mind saying she was proud of, since demonstrating offensive violence was precisely the intent of her and her fellow actors on the show.
  • In this episode. Noah's dad is an entertainment lawyer. At dinner with Meadow, and son Noah, he mentions he had been dealing all that day with Tim Daly, formerly of Wings. Later in The Sopranos series, Daly came on board to play J.T. Dolan, a TV/film writer who is also Christopher's rehab sponsor.
  • According to James Gandolfini, David Chase wrote the brutal death of Tracee as response to all those who criticized The Sopranos by saying that it showed an aesthetic violence. Chase felt personally hurt by those comments, so he wanted to show how serous it was his intent to portray mobsters realistically.

 

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