At a restaurant table, Tony tries to sell Artie on the shylock idea again by saying that his aunts used to do it, and "it's the same as bein' a banker -- ya help people!" Artie makes a "yeah, pull my other one" face and changes the subject, saying that his daughter started crying when she heard the coach planned to leave. Tony says if Artie doesn't want to talk about it, that's fine, he has to go pick up Carmela anyway, but first he wants to ask Artie a question: "Why does your wife hate me?" Artie laughs, "Charmaine doesn't hate you," and he almost convinced me that he genuinely never picked up on Charmaine's loathing of Tony, but Tony sees through it, mimicking Artie's laugh and telling him, "Yeah -- you lie like I play the French horn." Before Artie has to come up with another lie, Tony gets annoyed by a guy at another table wearing a baseball hat, and Artie says that that shit always bothered him when he had his own restaurant. Tony returns to the subject of Coach Hauser, asking why the guy couldn't stay until Meadow finished high school, but he's still staring at the baseball hat guy and his giggling blonde girlfriend. Artie turns to look at BHG, then turns back to Tony and smiles tightly: "That burns my ass." Tony gets up and goes over to BHG's table and tells him to take the hat off, because "they don't sell hot dogs here." BHG says that it's his hat and he'll wear it where he wants. Tony keeps standing there. BHG looks at Tony nervously, then draws the hat slowly off of his head. Artie looks on approvingly. Tony thanks BHG and goes back to the table, and the waiter pours the two of them more wine and tells Tony, "Thank you." Artie mocks BHG some more. Tony pulls the waiter close and tells him to send BHG a bottle of Montepulciano -- mmmm, Montepulciano -- and then tells him to ask the valet to get the license plate number of the guys sitting behind Artie: "They look like cops." The waiter goes on his way; Tony smiles at Artie, and Artie nervously tries to look behind himself without moving his head.
Episode Report CardSars: D | 544 USERS: C+
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