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"University" is the 6th episode of Season 3 of the HBO original series The Sopranos. It is the 32nd overall episode of the series. It was written by Terence Winter, Salvatore J. Stabile, David Chase, Todd A. Kessler, Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, directed by Allen Coulter and originally aired on April 1, 2001.

According to actress Ariel Kiley, who plays Tracee, the stripper murdered by Ralph Cifaretto, a lot of subscribers canceled their HBO service because of the episode.[1]

Episode cast[]

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Episode recap[]

At the Bada Bing, Tony receives homemade datenut bread from one of the strippers, Tracee, in gratitude for helping her out with her sick son. Tony graciously refuses the gift, partly because Tracee is having an affair with Ralphie. Meanwhile, at Columbia University, Meadow is becoming intimate with Noah when they are interrupted by her roommate, Caitlin, who is in the midst of an anxiety attack. After Caitlin calms down, Meadow goes to Noah's room and loses her virginity to him.

Later, Noah and Meadow plan to cheer Caitlin up by taking her out for her birthday. They spot a babbling homeless woman, who causes Caitlin to become upset again and flee to her dorm room. Tired of dealing with Caitlin, Meadow visits Carmela and talks about her relationship with Noah. When Noah gets a C- on a term paper, he blames Caitlin's repeated interruptions and his father, Len, files a restraining order against her. Meadow meets Len for dinner, where the topic of Tony's profession comes up. The following day, Noah breaks off his relationship with Meadow, telling her that she is too negative and cynical. She is left shocked and upset.

One afternoon, Tracee tells Tony that she is pregnant with Ralphie's child and asks whether she should get an abortion; he advises her to do so and not tell Ralphie about it. Ralphie becomes obsessed with the film Gladiator, and roughhouses with Georgie at the VIP lounge. Things become tense when Ralphie finds a length of chain and swings it at Georgie, severely injuring his eye. Tony angrily makes Ralphie take Georgie to the emergency room. Later, Silvio is shocked to find that Tracee, who has missed work for a few days, is at Ralphie's townhouse. He forces her to get into his car while Ralphie watches from the window in amusement.

During an early-morning party at the Bing, Tracee insults Ralphie in front of the other mobsters. Their argument escalates in the parking lot, ending with him brutally bashing her head into a metal guardrail, killing her. In violation of Mafia code, Tony assaults Ralphie, a fellow made man. Tony takes Tracee's death badly and becomes emotional during a therapy session with Carmela and Dr. Melfi. The other Bada Bing strippers ask amongst themselves where Tracee went. Georgie, sporting a bandaged eye, trains a new stripper in place of Tracee.

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