2. Dr. Melfi Shows Tony the Door. End Scene.
Episode Title: "Made in America" (Season 6, Episode 21)
Even some of The Sopranos' most loyal fans had a problem with the series finale. While much of the negative hoopla surrounded its fade-to-black final moments (we'll get to that in a minute), Dr. Jennifer Melfi's quick and rather callous cutoff as therapist to Tony in many ways degraded what was easily the show's most important relationship; the whole premise of the show was "gangster sees a shrink."
Yes, Jennifer and Tony's therapy sessions could occasionally feel like easy narrative devices (a simple solution to get some exposition) and, yes, they could sometimes be a little boring (there, we said it). But The Sopranos was originally just as much Jennifer's story as it was Tony's, and their sessions were cathartic for both. In a way, their characters were eerily similar: outwardly accomplished in their chosen fields (she, psychiatry; he, arm- and law-breaking) but inwardly struggling with many of the same dilemmas, like how to be a good parent and role model and issues of cultural identity.
After hours of eavesdropping on Jennifer and Tony at their most honest and vulnerable, the final break in their relationship comes with Jennifer showing Tony the door when she becomes convinced (at a dinner party where no one knows the meaning of "doctor-patient privilege") that he is merely a sociopath using therapy to become a better manipulator. When Tony—who is at his weakest and has a target on his back—protests, she stands firm. But there's no conversation, no resolution. It's a missed opportunity for some emotionally-charged drama between two accomplished actors. And a letdown for all. After seven years, they're done. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.