25. A Don Does Not Don Shorts
Episode Title: "For All Debts Public and Private" (Season 4, Episode 1)
It didn't take long for audiences to get used to seeing Tony Soprano scrounging for food scraps in his robe and/or fetching the paper in his underwear. But when his character was shown grilling up grub on the barbecue in a pair of shorts that would look more at home on a Midwestern tourist in Aruba, something just seemed amiss. Our omerta antenna went up—and not without reason.
In 2006, Chase told the New York Times that just a few episodes into the show's premiere he started getting indirect feedback from real-life gangsters, who overwhelmingly approved of Chase's take on mafia life. The one exception: "After about four episodes," Chase noted, "We heard, 'You're OK' With one caveat: 'We got word about those barbecue scenes where Jim would wear shorts. A don does not wear shorts.'"
Chase got the point. And even poked fun at the misstep in the fourth season when New York mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi—who received word of Tony's penchant for truncated trousers—made it clear to him that "a don doesn't wear shorts!"