We're back in the stairwell again. Melfi enters and heads up to her office, pausing for just a moment to wince at the spot where it happened. Don't you think she might have found someplace else to park? Or at least an elevator, what with the cane and all? Cut to Tony in the waiting room. She comes out to get him, and he's stunned by the scope of her injuries. Inside the office, she creeps slowly over to her desk, and hands him some papers. As she slowly sits and composes herself, I'm struck by her resemblance to Livia. They've got her hair straight for the first time in the episode, and it frames her face exactly the way Nancy Marchand's used to. Tony reads off the title from one of the pamphlets she gave him: "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Melfi agrees that the title leaves something to be desired, and then her cane falls and makes a loud noise. She jumps about two feet straight up, and Tony wonders if maybe she came back to work too soon. She reassures him that she's okay, but then there's a long awkward silence. "See, that's what's wrong with the world right there," says Tony, "An innocent person is driving along, minding their own business, and bam, some fucking asshole smashes into them." Melfi reminds him that he can't control everything. "No, but you can get pissed off," he answers. That's exactly what causes his panic attacks, she explains, and tries again to pawn him off on a behaviorist, who can teach him how to control those emotions. "Then how do you get people to do what you want?" he wonders. Even in the quiet scenes, Bracco and Gandolfini are superb.
Gerald Levin: Ha! Take that, West Wing! How's that pansy "Josh gets therapy" Emmy reel looking now, losers?
David Chase: Dude, calm down.
Gerald Levin: Sorry. It's just that between you and Buffy, they're really starting to piss me off. Plus, you just know they're going to go all Picket Fences on us and win for like fourteen straight years.
David Chase: Yeah, but Picket Fences doesn't get recaps, does it?
Carmela and Jackie Jr. wander through Casa di Soprano, looking for the pieces of a tea service that he's picking up for his mom. Tony comes in, and Carmela takes his not-so-subtle hint to leave the two men alone. Jackie takes the initiative and tells Tony that he agrees with the decision to not make Joey Pants captain. Tony gets even more pissed than he already was, and informs Jackie that Christopher spilled the beans about their little concert heist. Tony begs Jackie to stay out of the life, and just then Meadow enters. She greets Jackie with a warm hug, and completely ignores Tony. At first, he's just happy to see her with a guy he actually approves of, but eventually he asks if he gets a hello, too. "I need $200," she says, and I duck instinctively, expecting my mom to throw something at me just for having heard that. They start arguing, and pretty soon Jackie Jr., the maid, and anyone else within a five-hundred-foot radius knows all about Meadow and Noah. Carmela comes in and leads Meadow (and her laundry) away, and Jackie Jr. promises Tony he won't tell anyone about the [racial slur].