"Calling All Cars" is the 50th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 11th of the show's fourth season. Written by David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, and David Flebotte from a story by Chase, Green, Burgess, and Terence Winter, it was directed by Tim Van Patten and originally aired on November 24, 2002.
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Tony dreams: He is riding in the back of his father's old Cadillac, which is being driven by Carmela with Ralphie beside her. There is a caterpillar on Ralphie's bald head, then a butterfly. Tony at first sees Gloria sitting next to himself, then Svetlana. Tony discusses the dream with Dr. Melfi, who suggests that it signifies that Carmela is in control and Tony wants to square the changes in the lives of the others in the car with her. But Tony is growing dissatisfied with his therapy and rejects her interpretation. In the next session, he admits that Svetlana broke up with him because she thinks he is "high-maintenance," and too hard to cope with emotionally. This is after four years of therapy. Although Melfi tells him that he needs to continue, he states that it is over. She offers to shake hands; he kisses her on the cheek and leaves.
Sophia notices a cake in her father Bobby's car. When Janice asks him about it later, he tells her that he goes to Karen's grave every day, and he buried the cake on what would have been their anniversary. Janice says she understands his grief.
Sophia and Bobby Jr. wonder about their mother's ghost. After a Sunday dinner at the Soprano home, Carmela demands that A.J. play a game with the two children. He takes out a Ouija board and engages in a mock séance that terrifies them. When the children are back at home, Janice uses an internet chat program to direct them to their own Ouija board. When Bobby arrives home, his children are in a terrified state and he calls Janice for help. She tells him she had heard them using the Ouija board earlier in the day, but thought it would be improper to intervene. She uses the manufactured situation to encourage Bobby to move on and convinces him to eat his wife's last frozen baked ziti.
Junior starts to exhibit more symptoms of Dementia. However, at his trial the judge denies Melvoin's motion to dismiss on the grounds of mental incompetence. Bobby reassures Junior that they will get to a juror.
Tony has a sitdown in New York City with Carmine and Johnny, who demand 40% of the profits of his HUD scam. Tony walks out but phones with a counter-offer of 5.5%, which Carmine rejects. On Carmine's orders, Joey Peeps and an associate beat up "Vic the Appraiser," who works for Tony, and tell him to start working for Carmine. Vic later gets beaten up again, this time by Vito and an associate, to convince him to work for the Soprano family.
Alone with Silvio, Tony raises the possibility of reaching out to Carmine's son, Little Carmine, in Florida through their old friend Beansie Gaeta. He voices his suspicion to Silvio that Paulie is leaking information to Johnny, and they agree not to tell him about the trip. In fact, Johnny is still treating Paulie as if they are confidants, hinting that there might be a change of leadership in New Jersey. "Carmine won't forget you," he says.
In Miami, Tony meets with Little Carmine, who agrees to travel home and talk to his father. Tony threatens action against New York should negotiations fail to yield results.
That night, Tony dreams: He follows Ralphie to an old house. Ralphie disappears; Tony then sees himself as an Italian-American immigrant, coming for a masonry job at the house. Before he enters, he sees a female figure with a shadowy face resembling his mother walking downstairs. He enters — and wakes up short of breath, sweaty, and startled. He goes out to the balcony, into the bright Miami sun, and stares at the ocean.
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