Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: Frank Renzulli
Junior’s dream has become Tony’s nightmare.
After years of playing second fiddle, Junior Soprano finally became the new Boss of New Jersey and proceeded to drive everybody crazy. Not only did he refuse to honor any deals made during Jackie Aprile’s reign, he also didn’t let any of his newfound wealth trickle down to the guys below.
So Tony’s fellow capos told him they’re tired of his uncle “eating alone” and they wanted Tony to do something about it. If that weren’t enough, Junior – after a heart-to-heart with Livia – decided to tax Hesh.
Hesh had never been taxed before – certainly not when Tony’s father was running things – and Tony didn’t want him taxed now. So what’s he going to do about it?
In a time-honored Soprano family tradition, Tony went behind his uncle’s back.
He arranged a meeting between Hesh, Junior and New York capo Johnny Sack, ostensibly for Hesh and Johnny to get Junior to change his mind. Junior wanted to appear magnanimous and keep the New York bosses happy so he cut a deal with Hesh.
What Junior didn’t know was that the whole thing was an act: Tony and Johnny Sack planned the whole thing in Johnny’s Manhattan restaurant.
Chitchat with Johnny Sack was not the only reason Tony was in the restaurant. He and Carmela “celebrated” their 18th anniversary, although Carmela cried over more veal than she ate. Carmela knows Tony’s therapist is a woman, and she realizes that she’s jealous of Dr. Melfi in a way she’d never been with Tony’s goomahs. She may have reason, because Tony’s been having erotic dreams about Melfi and even attempted to kiss her at the end of a session.
Tony’s been suffering a side effect of his Prozac – impotence – and to put it delicately, the dreams about Dr. Melfi are the most stimulating thing in his life right now.
But at least Tony got Junior under control, and he even proposed a loving toast to the new Boss at his initiation dinner. It was a touching thing to see; in fact, it was seen by a lot more people than Tony had intended. The whole thing was recorded by the FBI.