Fade back up on Carmela in the confessional. Much to Sars's dismay, she's speaking to a different priest than Father Intintoola (tm Sars, and maybe that will cheer her up). Not that it matters in the context of the episode, but the new priest is black, and apparently Carmela was referred to him by Father Tool Time because he's getting his doctorate in psychiatry from Seton Hall. "Psychology," corrects Father Notintola, and Carmela sobs and admits that The Tool told her that "[her] whole life is a lie." And now she's afraid that she's sick, and that she won't get to go to heaven. Despite the fact that she hasn't seen a doctor, Carm is convinced that she's got ovarian cancer. She lists her symptoms, and despite (or perhaps because of) my stated ignorance of all things gynecological, I think that sounds more like menopause than cancer. The new priest reminds her that "God doesn't punish people for the mistakes that they've made," and then mentions that he thinks her symptoms could mean that she's pregnant. "That's another possibility," admits Carmela, and they're both silent for a moment. The priest suggests adjourning to his office, and they do. Carmela now repeats her psychiatrist's advice to leave Tony, but of course, the Church doesn't approve of divorce. "My life is financed by crime," she says. "The psychiatrist called it blood money." I think this new priest might be a bit of a Buddhist, because he replies with the wise koan that "God understands that we all live in the middle of tensions." He encourages her to live only on what "the good part" of her husband earns (yeah, right). Then he basically tells her to just ignore the problem by not "crossing the boundaries" that make her feel uncomfortable. Carmela thinks for a moment, and then decides that that's something she can do. It's worth mentioning here that she's now got the ring completely covered up with her left hand. "Oh, and go see an OB/GYN," is the priest's final bit of advice. Maybe I should take it.
Episode Report CardAaron: A | 724 USERS: B-
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