The Story Of Ralph Cifaretto's Toupee vs. Frasier's Skyline
It's wig-snatching and body hacking vs. jazzing up the title card!
The Story Of Ralph Cifaretto's Toupee
The case for The Story Of Ralph Cifaretto's Toupee
"Joey Pants", who doesn't love him and who doesn't hate Ralph Cifaretto, his utterly putrid character on The Sopranos? Right from the jump, when he first oozed across my screen, I detested everything about this bastard, his demeanor, his accent, his teeth and then, there was the Tracee scene outside the Bada Bing. Cold-blooded psychopathy, right there.
He also had an annoying vanity about his style of dress that was so very different than the rest of the capos and made men. A little part of me likes to believe that Ralph's wardrobe with its preppy ways were inspired by Pablo Escobar's country club realness but less with the embroidered anchors and more the silk ascots. I said all that to say this, his biggest crime in all of New Jersey was his "hair".
Junior Deputy-in-Training Wig Cop was called up out of the ranks for this egregious follicle folly. I couldn't figure out if this was an intentional choice, an "it's so bad, it's good" way of thinking or if this was low budge in order to support the fake fingernail fund for the ladies of the cast. My joy was eventually doubled in this episode. First, with Tony FINALLY killing off Ralph (way over due, in this gal's opinion) and then the hilarious moment that leavened the seriousness: Christopher, who is going to use a saw to cut off Ralph's head (in his own tub) goes to steady it and ends up with a fistful of Chic Wig's not-so-finest syntheticals. Tony's delight at Christopher's disgust is "perfezione". Turns out, decapitation is easy, comedy is hard.
The case for Frasier's Skyline
Rather than an opening theme song, each episode of Frasier would begin with a few seconds of upbeat jazz as an outline of Seattle's skyline would get drawn on the screen. The show would have fun with the image, adding little features like lights and helicopters. Sometimes the additions would be part of the plot or helped to establish setting, such as a thunderstorm. Though not as elaborate as the couch gags on The Simpsons, it instantly established the playful tone of the half hour to follow.