I was so nervous when I started chatting with people on skype. I started doing it a lot though, like 4 times a week. I did that for like 2 months. And that really helped overcome my inhibitions. But I always needed someone to drive the conversation, I sucked when I had to take control of the conversation.
Sorry, Dule, I never made it to season 9 so I never knew where to find english subs for those final two episodes. The sites I linked you to last time was just me guessing where you may find something ... that was it. I just goggled for subs for season 9 but couldn't find anything that would be of help.
Guess you now have one more reason to learn Italian :P.
I think tv shows are really valuable to understand how people say common things. Like when I was writing the Italian course for the forum, and other things too, you can't learn what feels like a natural sentence from reading classics.
One thing you might be able to find is videos from TEDx in some Italian cities. They may have subtitles.
The Italians have a certain way to view the world, fairly ironic and pessimistic. It's one of the things I really enjoy when I read blogs and things like that. You can really see it in the dialogues in this show too.