Chez Soprano. Carmela and Rosalie enter to the sounds of a ringing phone. Carmela answers, and is quickly informed about Karen Bacala's death. Her and Rosalie share a tearful hug. Farewell, Karen Bacala. We hardly knew ye, but your husband was everyone's favorite fat guy. Fade to whi whoops. Wrong show.
The next day, Silvio, Christopher, Furio, and Patsy are playing cards in the Satriale's back room, reminiscing about the dear departed Mrs. Bobby. Tony comes in and mentions that the same thing happened to a friend of his. In keeping with the show's ethnic theme this week, he makes sure to point out that the other driver was Oriental. Then he smacks Patsy across the back of the head, and yells at him for getting arrested while Junior is on trial. Silvio quickly takes the heat for everyone, declaring "This is something that hits home. I can't turn the other cheek on this." But could you at least turn to a different shirt-maker? Preferably one who doesn't normally combine old tablecloths with Hefty bags when making his product? Tony dismisses everyone else, and he and Silvio sit down to discuss the issue. After detailing his contributions to the Italian-American Anti-Defamation Coordination Council at length, Silvio explains that everyone wants Tony to get involved in this one. "As your consigliore, I think the guys, and myself too, we need your leadership on this." Tony agrees to participate, but insists that they "use [their] brains." Silvio assures him that they will, claiming, "this battle will be won on a PR level. Hearts and minds." Inspired by this little pep talk, Tony gets up to call Boon for assistance, which unfortunately leads us directly into a close-up of Peter Riegert clipping his nose hair. Tony asks him to take action against the Native-American protesters, but Boon claims that his "hands are tied on this one." Tony slams the phone down on him in mid-sentence.
It's psychiatry time. And if you thought Linda Lavin was bad last week, wait until you get a load of Janice's New Age, neo-hippie, feminist shrink. After the Roma Maffia thing, I'm actually kind of surprised they didn't cast the actress who played Vera. In fact, let's just call her Vera, shall we? Janice has apparently told Vera all about Joey Pants, and she's bemoaning the fact that she seems to be repeating the mistakes of her past (although she does claim that Richie is in the "Witness Protection program," rather than in the sausage casings that are hanging on the back wall of Satriale's). "It brings me back to my childhood," she cries. "Where I had no love, and no support, and where I was shamed and ridiculed for being artistic." You know, as opposed to now, when she's also shamed and ridiculed for being artistic. Vera draws a connection between Janice's need to seek her father's approval with her need to seek Tony's approval, and then tells her she needs to make a change in her life. "God grant me the strength," laments Janice. "She will," replies Vera.