Das Sopranohaus. Tony and Carmela are in the kitchen eating breakfast, and ladies and gentlemen, we have robe. StR = 1,710. After the StTM adjustment, and an award of one hundred additional bonus points for pulling off the tricky robe trifecta of Tony, Gloria, and Joey Pants, the episode earns itself a solid A grade. Nice work, Dave. Anyway, Carmela talks about the British government's Mad Cow disease cover-up, and Tony responds with what is rapidly becoming the second half of the season's shorthand for "What are you gonna do?" -- the corny joke. This time it's "Maybe they didn't want to start a stampede." Carmela gleefully tells him that Meadow and Jackie Jr. have broken up, only she refers to them as "a former medical student" and "the Queen of Mean." Heh. Tony is thrilled to hear it. Carmela goes gossipy, and relates that she heard from Angie "Oh God Don't Make Me Spell It Again" Bonpensiero that Jackie Jr. has been smoking pot and cheating at Rutgers. "She would have been better off with that black kid," opines Carmela, and this time, Tony is noticeably more restrained in his disagreement. The phone rings, and it just so happens to be Gloria, calling from the dealership. She doesn't appear to be drunk, but I guess she's nonetheless not quite as "independent-minded" as Tony seems to think. Gloria delights in offering Carmela an opportunity on a new car, and makes sure to tell her to "mention it to [her] husband. Maybe he'll want to treat you." Carmela politely declines and hangs up before turning to Tony and saying, "What a nice woman." When Tony hears that it was a saleslady from Globe Motors, he suddenly stops chomping his Honey Combs, and demands to know how they met. Tony listens to the story of the ride home Carmela got, all the while pondering the potential consequences. When she's done with her tale, he suddenly hops up and walks straight out of the room.
Cut to the dealership, where his Suburban squeals to a halt. He comes inside and makes a beeline for Gloria, who's arguing with an annoying co-worker of her own. She shoos him away as Tony approaches, and Tony quickly grabs her arms and drags her back into her office. Throwing her against the wall, he starts ranting about her calling the house. Gloria looks surprisingly calm about being grabbed around the throat in the middle of her place of business, and just explains that she just wanted Tony to "see [her] version" of the whole tire-slashing incident. Gloria gets inappropriately loud as she claims that "it's just normal to be curious about the person that you love's significant others." Tony quiets her by saying, "No it's not. It's fucking twisted," and in Gloria's case, I have to agree. Gloria flips the switch from manic to depressive, and starts apologizing all over the place. "I realize it's on the margins for someone like you," she says, and I gotta think that throwing meat would be on the margins for just about anybody, never mind the whole Carmela-carpool thing. Tony grabs her throat again as a couple of oblivious customers wander past, and then throws a nod to their first meeting by instructing her to "tell [her] shrink that [she's] killed eight relationships now." He leaves her alone in her office, and the co-worker comes back for the required scene-ending shtick. He wants Tuesdays off so he can take his kid to see "Raffi," and we simply fade to black on Gloria's annoyed reaction.