Whacked By: His partner-in-crime, Rasheen Ray
For: Being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a failed assassination attempt on Tony Soprano.
Method: Took an accidental gunshot in the face, leading his partner to kind of be like, "my bad."
Why It's Memorable: Clayborn was one of the two unfortunate rubes hired by Uncle Junior and his and Livia Soprano's attempt to off their respective nephew and son, Tony. Tony, after tragically losing an entire container of orange juice when a shot missed him, showed off just how badass he was by holding Ray's arm out while he fired so he would hit his partner in crime from across the front seat of Tony's SUV. Then Tony started driving and shook off Ray before hitting a telephone pole. Ray has not again been heard from, and will likely return with the Russian from season three, Furio and Livia's ghost in a collective effort to finally bring Tony down in the last episode using an old-fashioned barrel filled with TNT.
"Create a little dysentery among the ranks."
Tracee the Stripper Prostitute
Whacked By: Ralph Cifaretto
For: Slapping Ralph.
Method: A brutal, awful, horrible, but kind of weirdly ridiculous beating.
Why It's Memorable: It's quite possibly the most horrific death in the entire series, partially because she was likely pregnant with Ralph's child. And it involves someone named "Tracee." With two e's. Certainly, The Sopranos was a show that bucked stereotypes.
Little Carmine malaprops:
"You're at the precipice of an enormous crossroads."
Whacked By: Janice Soprano
For: Punching Janice during an argument about whether he son is gay and generally being a dick.
Method: A gunshot in the chest and then another one in the head (just to make sure).
Why It's Memorable: For a couple reasons. One, it showed that Janice can be just as ruthless as her brother, and twice as ugly. Secondly, because of the meticulous cleanup effort, which involved Christopher and Furio taking the body to Satriale's Pork Store, cutting up the body and disposing of it, with no one else in the organization being the wiser. Also, Tony sent Janice to Seattle, which meant we got to go almost a whole season without seeing her. Whoo!
Carmine Lupertazzi malaprops:
"There's no stigmata connected to going to a shrink."