||Robert Iler, Lorraine Bracco, Federico Castelluccio, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Michael Imperioli, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Nancy Marchand
When mobster Tony Soprano collapses after suffering a panic attack, he begins therapy with Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Tony's upbringing - his father's influence looming large on his development as a gangster, and more so that his mother, Livia, was vengeful and possibly psychopathic - are revealed. Tony's complicated relationship with his wife Carmela is also explored, as well as her feelings regarding her husband's Cosa Nostra ties. Meadow and Anthony Jr., Tony's children, gain increasing knowledge of their father's mob dealings. After ordering the execution of Brendan Filone and the mock execution of Soprano family associate Chris Moltisanti, Tony's uncle, Corrado "Junior" Soprano, is installed as the 'boss of the Dimeo crime family, following the death of previous boss Jackie Aprile, Sr. from cancer while Tony controls the family from behind the scenes. Junior eventually finds out about this deception through Livia, who also tells Junior that her son is seeing a psychiatrist. It is implied Livia tells Junior these things as revenge for putting her in a nursing home. Junior orchestrates a hit on Tony which goes awry, leaving Tony slightly wounded and one of his would-be killers dead. While in the hospital, Tony is approached by FBI agents who show him surveillance tapes of his mother conspiring with Junior to have him killed. Furious at Junior's plan to have him murdered, Tony responds to the attempt on his life with a violent reprisal, killing Junior's associates while going to confront his mother for her role in plotting his downfall. Tony arrives too late as Livia is wheeled away, having suffered a stroke. Before Tony can kill him, Junior is arrested by the FBI on non-related charges.