Directed by: Henry J. Bronchtein
Written by: Michael Imperioli
There are spirits in Essex County this week — and they’re anything but blithe.
To everyone’s relief, Christopher has survived the attempt on his life — but not before going into arrest and being clinically dead for a full minute. When he awakes, he calls Tony and Paulie to his side and informs them that during his minute ad patres he went to Hell: an Irish bar that exists in a perpetual Saint Patrick’s Day, and where his father gets whacked every day. If that weren’t bad enough, Brendan Filone and Mikey Palmice are best friends there and they gave him a message for Tony and Paulie: “Three o’clock.”
Never mind that Christopher has been hitting his morphine button like a hyperactive game show contestant going for the buzzer; Paulie finds this message highly unsettling. In his quest to divine its deeper meaning, he seeks counsel from a priest, a psychic and even JoJo, the Widow Palmice. He finally confesses to Tony that he’s certain he’s being haunted by the vengeful spirits of all the guys he’s whacked.
But Tony can’t be bothered with wiseguys who have already taken a dirt nap; he’s concentrating on someone he wants to tuck in with them: Matt Bevilaqua. When he finally gets word of Bevilaqua’s hideout, he and Pussy grab a few “tools” from the pork store “utility closet” and send Matt to join Brendan and Mikey.
So does this mean things will now be calm in Sopranoland?
Carmela has decided she’s had enough of Tony coming home with his shirts smelling like CK One and she wants him to bid his goomah goodbye. Dr. Melfi is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with her disgust for Tony’s “profession.” And while Tony has been dealing with the consequences of the move against Christopher, Janice has been pressuring Richie to make a move against Tony.
It doesn’t take a psychic to predict trouble on the horizon for Tony Soprano.