Moving right along to Melfi's waiting room, where Tony "Panic Button" Soprano reads the paper. As he turns the page, he notices on the wall across from him a painting of a red barn sitting in a field, with a tree on the left side and a fence in the foreground. He folds the paper and gets up to look more closely at the painting; close-up of the barn door, which seems to have a figure standing in it. Jennifer "Island Of Dr." Melfi comes out to invite him in, and he gives her an unnerved "how ya doin'" before following her into the office. Inside, they settle into their respective chairs; as Melfi adjusts the sleeve of her jacket, Tony asks too casually, "What's that, a trick picture out there?" "Which?" asks a puzzled Melfi. "The barn," Tony says, as if he's trapped her into admitting something, "and the old tree all rotted out inside." Melfi shrugs that it's "just a picture [she] bought" at a Provincetown gallery, which makes me laugh because it's exactly the kind of painting that vacationing New Jerseyans pay way too much for at Cape Cod craft fairs. Anyway, Tony doesn't believe her: "That is a special-made psychological picture. Like that what-do-you-call-it test. The Corshack." Like, ha ha. Not. Melfi asks if he thinks she's trying to trick him, then asks what the picture says to him. Tony, getting annoyed: "It says, 'Hey, asshole, we're from Harvard, and what do you think of this spooky depressing barn and this rotted-out tree we put here?'" "It's spooky and depressing to you?" Melfi wants to know. "Not to me," Tony says quickly, "but it's got that built right into it." He smiles, pleased with himself for (he thinks) not falling into the picture's trap. (For the record: the painting isn't particularly depressing. It isn't particularly...anything. It's just a barn and a tree, which, also for the record, has blooms on it and thus isn't "rotted out." Do with that what you will.) Melfi asks Tony, "How are things?" "Good," he chirps, adding that "a friend of mine's in the hospital," but other than that, he's having a good week. "What's he in for?" Melfi asks. Tony avoids answering directly, saying that first the doctors thought Jackie "Some Enchanted" Aprile had an ulcer, "you know, then this, then that." Melfi asks if Tony's worried about him. "Jackie?" Tony scoffs. "Jackie's so fuckin' mean, he'll scare that cancer away." "Your friend has cancer," Melfi says softly. Tony just raises his brows.
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