Tony's gambling losses are getting out of control. Phil is officially named boss of the New York family, and Nancy Sinatra helps him to celebrate. Tony goes to Hesh, complaining that Phil is copping an attitude. Hesh asks about the $200,000 bridge loan, and Tony grudgingly gives him the vig. Finding no sympathy there, Tony goes and bitches to Melfi that no one will cut him some slack. Melfi proceeds to give Tony a speech about how she can't cut him any slack when it comes to missing appointments, and that he needs to decide if he's going to continue therapy seriously or not. Tony continues to taunt Hesh with anti-Semitic remarks and intimidation, while grudgingly making payments, causing Hesh to worry about his future. Then, Hesh's girlfriend dies (in her sleep? Or not?), and Tony shows up with the loan payoff in a shopping bag and weak condolences. Cold-blooded. Vito's son, Little Vito, is acting out and dressing like a goth. Vito's widow, Marie, goes to Tony and asks for $100,000 so that she can move away from the area. Tony says that he'll talk to the kid, but takes the problem to Phil, figuring it's a family issue and not a Family issue. Phil says he'll talk to the kid himself. He takes Little Vito out for ice cream and encourages him to stand up and be a manly man. Little Vito continues to act out, so Tony has a sitdown with the kid and takes a gentler approach, acknowledging that Little Vito loved his father, no matter what, but then out of frustration resorts to physical intimidation. Little Vito gets bullied in the shower after gym class, and decides to take a shit in the shower and then step in it. Tony decides to send Little Vito to a camp in Idaho, which Marie reluctantly agrees to. They kidnap Little Vito from his bed in the middle of the night, which seems a little dramatic. Carmela finds a buyer for her spec house â her cousin Brian and his wife, Janine -- even though Carmela worries that the construction on the house isn't up to snuff. Carmela makes a bundle, and Tony tries to convince her to bet some of it on the Jets. Carmela's upset that Tony considers the money partially his. Tony wins on the Jets and blows up at Carmela for preventing him from winning more. He insults her business acumen and accuses her of stealing from him again, so she throws a vase at him and gives him the cold shoulder. Tony finally sits her down and admits that he's been losing money gambling, but promises that if anything happens to him, she'll be fine. Carmela sobs that she can't help worrying about him every day, because of all the possibilities out there. Tony tries to convince her that, cosmically, after surviving a gunshot wound, he's up. AJ proposes to Blanca and she says yes, reluctantly. A few days later, Blanca breaks up with him because she doesn't "feel it." I don't blame her, but what in the hell was that whole relationship about?
Tony and the guys are at a casino, playing roulette, and Tony hits big. There is much cursing in both shock and disappointment from the other guys. I do like how they all wear suits to go to the casino, since most people were jean shorts and t-shirts with flip-flops these days. It seems classy to do it mobster-style. Tony decides to let his winnings ride. All of it. The rest of the guys seem a little nervous about that decision, except Silvio, who supports his boss. The wheel spins and...Tony loses. He tries to hide how much losing that much money hurts him as the guys commiserate.
Cut to a cemetery, where two boys are breaking bottles and generally causing mayhem while dressed as goths (still? really?). One of the boys is Little Vito, son of Marie and the late Big Gay Vito. Little Vito steps things up by knocking over the headstone for one David Hackel (the real-life writer/producer of Becker, among other shows), to the amusement of his friend, who looks like The Crow crossed with Adrien Brody. But then, cheese it! The cops! The two boys run away.
Tony and Silvio sit in the front room at Satriale's as Tony checks the odds for that day's horse races. Silvio spots Marie Spatafore walking in and grumps, "Ooof. Look at this mezza-morta." Marie enters, and Sil leaves to let her speak to Tony alone. Marie -- played by Elizabeth Bracco, whose voice is distractingly like that of her sister, Lorraine -- thanks Tony for all he's done for her since Vito's death. She sniffles through a rundown of Little Vito's troubles, including an accusation that he killed a cat, and that he's now seeing a social worker. Tony looks taken aback at exactly how messed up the kid is. Tony reassures, "Well, in a way, it's to be expected with Vito passing and all that entrailed [sic]." Marie gets to the heart of the matter: she wants to move to Maine, and needs $100,000 to make it happen. She reminds Tony that he promised to help her if he could. Tony asks if she's talked to Phil, and Marie downplays the family connection (she and Phil are second cousins). Tony offers to talk to Little Vito, and fill in the father role he's missing. That's not the answer Marie wanted, but it's the answer she's getting.
Tony heads to the back room, where Silvio is busy gluing a lamp back together. Was this the end result of one of Tony's rages? Or does Silvio just enjoy simple home repair? You make the call. Tony reports on his conversation with Marie, and Silvio agrees that a move won't help matters. Silvio thinks they should get a dog. Tony, probably thinking about the cat rumors, quickly says that's not a good idea. Silvio stays silent as Tony bitches that he doesn't know why this is his problem, and that he thinks Phil is responsible, since he whacked Vito in the first place. Tony gets to what may be the heart of the matter: that he's taken a real financial hit, since Vito was his best earner. Silvio continues calmly brushing glue onto ceramic pieces as he agrees that Marie's troubles are not Tony's problem.