So this guy walks into a psychiatrist's office, right? Stop me if you've heard this one before. The guy is of course Tony, and right there in the waiting room is Annabella Sciorra, peddling luxury cars on a cell phone and looking damn good doing it. Tony takes a seat beside her, and offers that he's there because he's "trying to quit smoking." Oh, aren't we all. "[I'm a] serial killer," she responds knowingly, and it was pretty funny until she stepped on it with "I've murdered seven relationships." They've obviously been double-booked, and Tony sports that little-boy smirk of his as he offers her his appointment. When Melfi appears, Annabella is finally persuaded to accept Tony's time slot. They share one last look while Melfi looks on, and it's obvious they want to chat more, but Annabella finally heads inside. Tony gives one last sly grin as Melfi closes the door behind them.
Over at the Aprile Abode, Rosalie listens as Carmela calls with an extended sob story about how sick her father is, and why they have to cancel Thanksgiving dinner. Joey lurks in the background, and looks quite pensive when he hears the news.
Back at Melfi's, it's now Tony's turn in therapy. No Carmela this week, so he apparently feels free to discuss a "management problem" he's been having. Melfi asks for specifics, which she really ought to know better than by now, and Tony explains that this individual caused the "early retirement" of another employee. When asked if the problem involves a personal relationship, he changes the subject by confessing that he's been reading Sun Tzu's The Art of War, as per Melfi's recommendation. He seems quite taken with it (and it is a pretty good read, by the way), and he's actually quite peeved when Melfi interrupts to ask if he's in any danger. That's also the second unusually inquisitive question she's asked this session, and I'm left to wonder whether her reasons for doing so might be more personal than professional. Tony continues, saying that most of the guys he knows read "Prince Matchabelli," but he still prefers Sun Tzu. I still prefer General Tso, myself. Tony then turns the conversation to his own personal rather than professional issues, and asks about Annabella. Melfi can't discuss another patient, of course, and suddenly the session is over. "It's getting late," says Tony. "Want me to walk you to your car?" Melfi declines, but she's clearly shaken by the offer. As I was I, since I was expecting the rape never to be even alluded to again.
To Spiti Soprano. The men are all gathered around the TV, watching the Detroit Lions play their annual Thanksgiving game. After the Lions/Steelers Thanksgiving coin-toss fiasco of a few years back, I should refuse to recap this scene too. But I can't, because not only is it too funny not to include, it also features, among other things, me. But more on that in a minute. Janice comes over, asking, "Who wants turtle?" and I don't know what ethnic group serves turtle for Thanksgiving, but thank God I'm Jewish. Because gefiltefish is so much more appetizing. Tony teases her about not even knowing who's playing in the game, but Janice actually knows quite a bit about the Lions, because she once waited on Barry Sanders while working at a Kenny Rogers. Mr. DeAngelis gets confused, and there's an extended argument about Colonel Sanders vs. Barry Sanders, and I'm just glad no one found a way to work Deion into that little scene. Janice's boyfriend, by the way, is passed out on Tony shoulder. He's also named Aaron, and while he isn't balding, he does have some pretty bad hair. Now I'm nowhere near vain enough to actually think that's a shout-out, but given what's happens next, and all the things I've written about the show so far, it would be pretty funny if it was. Tony gets up and heads into the kitchen, but when he sees Meadow, he immediately has a flashback to Tracee. He goes over to her, and she looks a little scared at his approach. "I know things haven't been so good with us lately," he starts, "but if anything were to ever happen to you…" Before he can finish, however, Carmela interrupts to call everyone to dinner.