"Fortunate Son" is the twenty-ninth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the third of the show's third season. It was written by Todd A. Kessler, directed by Henry J. Bronchtein and originally aired on Sunday March 11 2001.
After the ceremony, Tony throws a big party for Christopher at Nuovo Vesuvio with food and girl-on-girl pole dancers from the Bada Bing. Paulie congratulates Christopher on being made and tells him of his responsibilities. Seeing as Christopher is now officially in the family, Paulie's sportsbook is now his but he will have to give Paulie a minimum amount of $6,000 (some of which goes to Tony from Paulie) each week or he will begin getting points added on. Christopher tells Paulie that he loves him and looks forward to working with him.
However, Christopher later finds out that the sportsbook is not bringing in as much money as anticipated. He reluctantly gives the sum of money he has to Paulie, who is far from satisfied. Paulie warns Christopher to give him the money by the end of the week with another $2,000. Christopher receives an idea from Jackie Aprile, Jr., who plans to rob a benefit concert at Rutgers University. Christopher puts Jackie behind the wheel as their driver and robs the ticket booth at gunpoint. Angered, Christopher then gives Paulie the remainder of the money he earned.
Tony asks Dr. Melfi where the therapy is going since he is still regularly passing out. Dr. Melfi plants the idea of a behavior therapist but Tony feels that he is not ready. Melfi becomes upset when Tony answers his phone during therapy. He claims that it is "his busy season" and has to take it. After learning that Janice stole Svetlana Kirilenko's artificial leg as a sign of revenge, Tony eats capicola and flashes back to his first panic attack. At the age of 11, Tony witnesses his father cut off the pinky finger of Mr. Satriale, who owned the pork store during the 1960s. At dinner that evening, Johnny Boy tells Tony that Mr. Satriale is a degenerate gambler that owed money, and that was his punishment. Tony then feels better but when he witnesses his mother and father become passionate as Livia cuts the roast, Tony passes out and claims to have "ruined" dinner. Melfi thinks that this is a breakthrough since several of his panic attacks have to do with the presence of meat. Tony claims it is a merely a coincidence but that he does find it strange that Livia got "turned on by free meat".
Jackie Aprile, Jr. rudely skips out on dinner at the Soprano's house, and Carmela arranges him a sit-down with Tony. Jackie shows up late to meet Tony, and shows general disrespect for him. Tony recognizes Jackie's belief that he had his uncle, Richie Aprile killed, but denies it, and claims Richie was a rat, and is now in the witness protection program.
A.J. becomes involved with the school football team, which makes Tony very proud, since he did the same in his youth. When A.J. recovers a fumble at a game, Tony becomes elated and would like his son to become more devoted to the sport. A.J. shakes it off, seeing as he would rather play Nintendo. Meadow continues not to talk to Tony while Carmela tries to get Meadow to forgive him. Carmela attempts to convince Meadow that she does not know anything about Tony and Noah's quarrel, but Meadow laughs it off, saying that everyone knows and the situation would never have happened if Noah was white. While touring the Columbia University campus, A.J. becomes dizzy and nervous, facing qualms about college. At football practice, after being elevated to defensive captain, A.J. passes out on the field. This is the first instance of what turns out to be a condition of having anxiety attacks that has run in Tony's family for many generations.