Cut to Melfi sitting stiffly through the end of the story as Tony says he came back to Jackie's room later on and they all hung out with "a little booze." Melfi, trying to spin it positively: "That was nice of you to have a [tiny pause] party for your friend." Tony doesn't respond, looking around the room at Melfi's diploma. After a moment, he says, "Tufts Medical School...you're a doctor. What do you think? About Jackie?" She'd have to know more about his condition. Tony says a little impatiently that he already told her about Jackie's condition: "He's got cancer." What kind of cancer, she asks. Intestinal -- he had a tumor; they took it out; it's recurred. Melfi thought Tony said Jackie might go home: "They're not operating?" "Well, it's next to something vital," Tony says, realizing as he says it what that must mean. "I see." "You see," Tony repeats. From what he's telling her, Melfi doesn't think it sounds very good. Tony gets annoyed: "From what I'm telling you. Well, what the fuck do I know, I'm not a doctor." "You're angry -- who with?" Melfi shoots back. Tony snarls that Jackie has had chemo every day for three weeks and hasn't lost his hair, he hasn't lost a single hair, so Melfi shouldn't tell Tony how it sounds, because she doesn't know Jackie, and she doesn't know Tony, and she doesn't know what the fuck she's talking about. Huh. Ohhhh-kay. Melfi says that he's getting closer to his true feelings "about what's really going on here." Tony snaps that he just told her his true feelings. Melfi points out that he described the tree in the painting as rotted out, but "there's nothing in that picture to indicate that." Tony grouses that he knew the picture "was a fucking scam." Melfi won't back down: "Remember your dream? The ducks? It took on another meaning." She asks what happens to trees that rot. Well, we can consider that nerve hit: "Trees, ducks -- what the fuck are you, Ranger Rick?" Tony gets out of his chair, yelling something about how shrinks accuse their patients of lying while they pull scams on their patients themselves, winds up with "Fuck you!" and storms out of the office.
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