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A&E to Rerun Maine College Episode of 'The Sopranos' Jan. 24

Story posted January 17, 2007

During its first season, HBO's The Sopranos featured an ongoing storyline that dealt with Meadow Soprano's search for the perfect college. In the memorable fifth episode, titled "College," Meadow traveled to Maine with her mobster father, Tony, to visit Bowdoin, Bates and Colby.

The A&E television network is now airing edited episodes of the award-winning drama on Wednesday nights. Fans can see how Bowdoin briefly entered the Sopranos' universe when the episode "College" airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2007. (Check your local cable listings.)

In the episode, Bowdoin appears to have the inside track with Meadow and Tony during their college tour. But the visit to Maine is not without incident. After denying his true profession to Meadow, Tony tracks down an enemy and executes him (this is The Sopranos, after all).

Tony is then forced to do some soul searching outside the Bowdoin admissions office (the scene was not filmed at Bowdoin), where he is haunted by an inscription on the wall quoting Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: "No man ... can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one may be true."

Noting Tony's interest in the inscription, a student informs him that Hawthorne was a famous Bowdoin graduate.

Bowdoin is also mentioned in a later episode as Meadow's college application process continues. While Bowdoin is on the shortlist, ultimately, she attends Columbia.

While the episodes of The Sopranos airing on A&E are edited for strong content, viewer discretion is advised.

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