Directed by: Tim Van Patten
Written by: Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and David Chase and David Flebotte
The mood in the back room of Carmine’s social club was anything but social. Carmine and Johnny had just informed Tony that they wanted forty percent of the H.U.D. scam take. “We share Zellman,” Carmine tells him, “Therefore any of the fruits of Zellman we’re entitled to.” Tony storms off, but later phones them with an offer of five and a half, which Carmine deems “unacceptable.” To emphasize his point, Carmine has his guys rough up Tony’s building appraiser. Angry and exasperated, Tony goes to Miami to discuss the matter with Carmine’s son, Little Carmine. Lupertazzi the younger assures Tony that he appreciates his dilemma and will “look into” the situation. “Fair enough,” Tony tells him, “But . . . if the proper response isn’t forthcoming, and in a businesslike time-frame, my next move will not be further conversation.”
Back in Jersey, things aren’t looking so good for Junior. Judge Runions denies his claim of mental incompetence, meaning the trial will continue. Bobby Bacala assures his boss that he has everything under control. “We’ll get to a juror,” he says, “We’re working very hard.” But as stable as Bobby is professionally, he’s having trouble on the domestic front. His grief for Karen is unabated and Janice is tried waiting for him to let go of “his dead, idealized wife.” She manipulates Bobby into believing it’s time to move on – and so in a symbolic gesture, he finally agrees to let Janice serve Karen’s last baked ziti.
While Janice is forging a new relationship, her brother is ending one. In a session with Dr. Melfi, Tony is more disillusioned by therapy than he’s ever been. Although Melfi points out the progress he’s made in their four years together – the easing of his panic attacks and severest bouts of depression – Tony remains unconvinced. “You’re no longer interested in changing?” she asks him, “In finding a way out?” After a thoughtful pause, Tony answers:
“No. I guess not.”