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I just watched the pilot of the Sopranos.

In the pilot there is no mention of Jackie Aprile who is the boss of the family. There is also a scene where Junior Soprano snaps at Tony "You may run North Jersey but you don't run your uncle Junior"

Then, in the second episode we are introduced to Jackie Aprile and its shown that he's the boss.

Was there a change in the structure of the family between the pilot and the second episode? I believe there was a long gap between when the pilot was shot and when the second episode was shot.

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There was a year between the pilot and the rest of the first season being shot. – Bill the Lizard Oct 26 '13 at 2:19
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I'm going to answer this. Based on the following I've concluded that tony was in fact the boss in the pilot.

  1. No mention of Jackie
  2. Junior says "you may run north jersey but you don't run your uncle junior" to tony..North Jersey is the sopranos territory.if junior and tony were both caporegimes and at the same level like in the second episode this quote wouldn't make sense
  3. In the bada bing, while discussing the pussy malanga hit hesh says : "your uncle resents the fact that your the boss"
  4. Artie's wife Charmaine describes tony as the don of New Jersey
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It seems like they try to fudge it with this line in the second episode -
Tony Soprano: You know, you got a reputation for immaturity, and its not gonna be improved by not paying the tributes the acting boss demands of you.
Brendan Filone: Acting boss my ass Ton'. Come on, everybody knows you really run things since Jackie became the Chemosabe.

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No. Jackie Aprile was the street boss of the DiMeo crime family. However, Tony was a ranking caporegime: a captain of his own crime crew and with his own territory, but still answerable to the family's boss, Jackie.

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Hi. This doesn't address the question unfortunately, which is about the Pilot, and specifically was there a change in the family structure written in between the Pilot and the rest of the season. – iandotkelly Oct 25 '13 at 19:21
@iandotkelly Why does it not? Jackie Aprile has always been the street boss, even if he wasn't mentioned in the pilot. – System Down Oct 25 '13 at 19:29
The question highlights a quote that (out of context) appears to imply that Tony might be the boss. I'm not saying the question is great (as its hard to prove what the non-mention of Jackie means) but a compelling answer would address this not just make a statement that is the counter position with no evidence or analysis. Your answer is correct in the sense that this is how the writers intended his character by episode 2 - the question is asking whether this was retconned in. – iandotkelly Oct 25 '13 at 19:46
@iandotkelly - Which I have attempted to explain by "a captain of his own crime crew and with his own territory". – System Down Oct 25 '13 at 20:02
That's the thing though "North Jersey" is the DeMeo territory, not some part of it. – iandotkelly Oct 25 '13 at 20:11

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