In the dining room proper, Joey Pants is still babbling about Gladiator. Out of humble respect for Djb and his stellar recap, I'll forgo the obvious Oscar joke here. Instead, I did a little research on the cinematic success stories of The Sopranos stars we've all come to know and love. The results were actually quite surprising. While many of them have been in the movies you'd expect (Goodfellas (x3) and Mickey Blue Eyes (x4)), they've also graced the unexpected (I Shot Andy Warhol (x3) and pretty much every Woody Allen film ever), the unlikely (Private Parts, Random Hearts, and Michael Imperioli actually wrote Spike Lee's Summer of Sam), and the downright embarrassing (The Search For One-Eyed Jimmy (x2) and Tales of Erotica). This week's easier-than-it-looks challenge will be to figure out just which one of our erstwhile cast members appeared in that last one. It's not who you'd think. There's nary an Oscar in the bunch, by the way, although Bracco did get a nom for Goodfellas.
Anyway, Pants is sitting with Tony, Sack, Paulie, and Gigi. Sack casually mentions the Mustang Sally hit, and Tony takes offense at the tacit interference. Tony explains that using Burt Young for the hit was Gigi's call, and Tony backed him up on it. Sack is quick to back down, but Joey Pants can't quite contain himself so well. He cracks up and asks, "What's he gonna do, gum the guy to death?" It would have been funnier if he'd said "cough the guy to death," but I still laughed. Joey begs to do the hit, but Tony isn't changing his mind.
Hmm, interesting. I'd heard of the band, but I had no idea Fountains of Wayne was an actual store. That sells fountains. Now that's funny. ["For the record, the band is named after the store, not the other way around." -- Sars] Anyway, Tony shows up sporting a length of PVC pipe, and at first I'm expecting another shakedown scene of some sort, but it turns out he's just shopping. When he notices that Cop Roc is working as a clerk, he laughs. Then he calls him "Shaft," which does little to endear him to an obviously bitter Cop Roc. Despite the slight, Cop Roc politely and patiently assists Tony with his pipe purchase, during which Tony suggests that he write up a nearby statue for indecent exposure. In preparation for next week's Bada Bing-centric episode, we're stripper-free this week, so I guess they had to work the nudity in somehow. Which reminds me to change the channel to V.I.P. Damn it! God really must hate me, because it's friggin' daylight savings time. Not only do I have one less hour to finish the recap, but V.I.P. gets skipped and I'm watching some sort of movie-of-the-week with Corbin Bernsen and Brenda Walsh. Now there's a challenge. Who can identify that one? Hint: They were on a boat. I think. Back on The Sopranos, Cop Roc explains that Boon got him transferred, and he's now no longer eligible for overtime. Tony feels guilty and claims he never told Boon to do any of that. This too does little to endear him to Cop Roc, who reports that Tony's pipe is out of stock.