Casa di Soprano. Tony, Christopher, and Joey Pants (if I can't get them to wear real thing, that'll have to do) are out back, grilling meat. Chris mentions his "minor setback," and AJ comes out to tell them dinner is ready. Joey is peeved at Jackie Jr. for being late, and wonders where "the little fuck" is. Tony says to watch the language around AJ. Sorry. Das Sopranohaus. Is that better? Joey Pants heads inside, but Christopher compounds his error by now talking business in front of AJ. Tony sends his son inside, and expresses concern over Jackie Jr. "He's the heir apparent," says Chris, but if he's the heir to the family hair I suggest he beg to be written out of the will. Tony tells Christopher to watch out for the kid, and to keep him out of the business.
Inside, Joey is still ranting about Jackie Jr., this time to his mom Rosalie. They all sit down at the table, and Adriana leans over to ask AJ if any of the football cheerleaders are "hotties." He snots that there are no cheerleaders for freshman ball, then storms off in a huff. In the kitchen, Carmela answers the phone thinking it's Jackie Jr., but is delighted to hear from Meadow instead. Despite the fact that she says, "Hi, Meadow" really loudly, AJ still asks, "Who is it?" Remember that later when Dad wants him to go to Harvard. Carmela asks her if she wants to talk to Tony, who's outside. "Burning a cross?" replies Meadow. Heh. Carmela says "I'm not sure I know what you're driving at," and pawns Meadow off on AJ. They have a scintillating conversation about boredom, and then Jackie Jr. beeps through on call waiting and AJ hands the phone off to Rosalie. I keep wanting to refer to Jackie Jr. as "Junior" before realizing that I can't, so I'm open for nickname suggestions, people. There's gotta be a JFK Jr. joke in there somewhere, right? ["How about 'JJ'? 'Dy-no-MITE!' Okay, forget it." -- Sars] Anyway, he tells her he won't be joining them, and when she protests, he says "fuck it" and hangs up. Wow, and we thought Meadow was bad for bitching about laundry last week. Carmela tries to console Rosalie, and mentions that she'll have Tony talk to Jackie Jr. and try to straighten him out.
The week is up, and Christopher heads over to see Paulie. Remember the lunch they had in the premiere? Turns out that's Paulie's apartment. He's sleeping on a cot against the wall when Christopher arrives, and the place does sort of look like it would belong to someone who's spent a lot of time in jail. Which Tony Sirico has in fact done. When Christopher tells him that he's two grand short, Paulie gets angry and declares that "this is unacceptable." Christopher doesn't know what to make of this sudden hostility. "What? Is it the shoes? It's the shoes, right? It's gotta be the shoes." He tells Paulie that he learned a valuable lesson, but Paulie's "not running a school here." He can have another few days to get the money, but it'll cost him an additional two grand as a reminder not to screw up again.