On The Sopranos season 6, episode 15, “Keep in mind When,” the frame of the primary guy ever killed by way of Tony Soprano (Marcel Gandolfini) is located, spurring Tony and Paulie Gualtieri (Tony Sirico) to make a highway shuttle from New Jersey to Florida to avoid the FBI. On the way in which, they make a couple of stops and feature conversations that veer between camaraderie and pressure as Paulie’s long run throughout the circle of relatives is contemplated.
A kind of stops serves to reveal the display’s masterful command of tone. After reminiscing a couple of seedy motel with therapeutic massage beds in Virginia that they used to know, they force to its location most effective to in finding out it is been changed by way of a decent lodge. Lin-Manuel Miranda performs the bellman who’s strolling by way of after they pull over to ask if where is new. “I feel perhaps, I have no idea,” he solutions dryly. Paulie then asks if there used to be a motel on that spot, and the bellman offers him a protracted clean stare ahead of repeating “I have no idea” and strolling away, a lot to Tony’s annoyance.
With none overt jokes, Miranda makes a large affect simply by speaking the bellman’s sheer weariness via his frame language — additional spectacular stuff while you believe, as he advised LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, that he nonetheless wanted marks to place himself for the digicam again then. It is an early instance of versatility from a performer we now go along with sincerity and cheekiness, reasonably than the type of deadpan humor The Sopranos excelled at.