Since we're all obviously expected to write our own Soprano's ending, here's mine:
Setting: Holsten's Diner, North Jersey
The guy in the bathroom comes out, stops when he gets to Tony and reaches into his breast pocket. Tony flinches for a second, thinking the end is finally here. Carmella screams 'NO!', A.J. dives under the table, letting out a Clay Aikin-like yelp as he smacks his head on the way down. (Carmella instinctively grabs her glass of ice water, compresses it to A.J.'s head while simultaneously shouting to the waitress that they better have Lincoln Log sandwiches on the menu).
Meadow gallops over from the doorway and warns the stranger that he better not f#%*@ with her family.
The man smiles at her, then strokes Tony benevolently on the head as he hands him a copy of The Four Agreements.
"It will change your life, Anthony. Read it and pass it on," he whispers before leaving.
Since he has heartburn from the onion rings and can't sleep that night, Tony sits up in his barca lounge and reads the book from cover to cover.
The next morning, as the sun streams into the kitchen, Carmela comes down to find Tony at the stove, humming as he fries her a Prosciutto omelet.
He pours her a cup of coffee and effuses about how he's been playing the game of life all wrong. Now he understands what he's meant to do with the rest of his years.
After he's cooked breakfast for the family and done the dishes, Tony hurries off to the hospital with The Four Agreements in hand, where he reads it aloud to Silvio, who of course, makes a miraculous recovery.
He and Tony both agree that it's time to take a different path in life and they leave the hospital to find Paulie and pass the book on to him.
Cut to the next scene. The Bada Bing has been completely renovated and turned into a holistic healing arts center. The interiors have been partitioned off to make way for yoga and meditation classes, reiki sessions, past-life regressions, and the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.
Tony looks around and takes in the new look: crystals in every nook and cranny, indoor windchimes, gold-framed photos of Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary and other icons on the walls, a few well-placed waterfalls, and a sitar player sitting cross-legged on a giant pillow reciting the OM chant.
Paulie walks in the door, strides over to Tony and with a slight smirk, hands him an envelope
"The travel agent told me it ain't Bombay no moo-ah..it's Mumbai."
Tony thanks Paulie for keeping an eye on things while he's away.
"Carm know about this?"
"Yeah. She's goin' with me."
They bear-hug and then Paulie looks wistfully after Tony as he disappears through the door then shakes his head.
"A month at an ashram...Marrone."
The credits roll in tandem with the George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."
....something like that.
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