Hey, remember when I said this episode didn't really lend itself well to a whimsically humorous recap? And have you noticed how whimsical and (occasionally) humorous everything has been since then? Well, the fun's now over, and the worm is officially about to turn. From here on out, it's all high drama (except for a brief kneecap-related interlude), so bust out the hankies and your latent feelings of moral superiority and hunker on down. I'm going in.
Melfi's office. Tony enters and makes a big production out of shutting off his cell phone. Since she never mentioned her discomfort from last week, I can only assume that Tony was sensitive enough to notice himself. Or something got cut. Melfi seems ready to run with the determination she gained from her last session with Dr. Bogdanovich, and quickly moves to refer Tony out to a behaviorist. At the first sign of disappointment from Tony, however, her resolve fades, and she quickly backtracks to just offering to bring in some literature for him. Knowing he's won (yet) another battle, Tony smiles.
Later, Melfi is heading down a stairwell, talking to Richard on her cell phone. They discuss her attempts to drop Tony as a patient, and while they chat, a nondescript guy in a red hat wanders past. Eventually, she hangs up the phone and heads out into the underground garage. Just as she reaches her car, the guy jumps out and grabs her, threatening to cut her with a knife. Melfi has obviously taken self-defense courses, because she slams her heel right into his foot and breaks free. He's too quick, however, and quickly subdues her and drags her into the stairwell. He throws her down, rips at her clothing, and, well, rapes her. It's painful and uncomfortable and it goes on seemingly forever, and I really have no idea how you recap a scene like this. They've got a wide-angle lens on. The wall in the background needs a new coat of paint. Lorraine Bracco gives a phenomenal performance. And finally, just as you're about to change the channel because it's too uncomfortable to keep watching, the guy runs off, leaving Melfi crying in the stairwell.