The Story Of Ralph Cifaretto's Toupee vs. Quark's Root Beer Analogy
It's wig-snatching and body hacking vs. an outsider view of the Federation!
The Story Of Ralph Cifaretto's Toupee
Quark's Root Beer Analogy
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 Quark's Root Beer Analogy
Many Star Trek fans (including myself) consider Deep Space Nine to be their favourite series. Not just because of the darker tone that many episodes took, but because the setting forced the writers to favour characters over action.
Few scenes show it better than this conversation between two character who, on any other show, would probably be considered villains; Quark, a hustler and petty criminal whose main motivation is the almighty
dollar latinum, and Garek, a spy in exile forced to pass himself off as a simple tailor.
For a show normally portrayed from the Federation's perspective, Quark's comparison of them to root beer is both uncannily accurate, but perfectly shows how Trek's antagonists see who we normally consider the "good guys".