The next morning, Tony heads for the elevators. There's a stuffed bear sitting on a chair nearby, holding a sign that says, "Out of Order. Please 'bear' with us." Seriously. He has to be in hell. It's not all about the fire and brimstone. I think it's just a collection of the most annoying things you can think of. Salespeople. Hotel bars. Cutesy signs with stuffed animals and quotation marks. Non-working elevators. Anyway, Tony decides to take the stairs down seven flights. I don't know if the number of flights is significant, but the season premiere did feature Burroughs talking about seven souls. The stairway railing is really bright red, and around the fifth floor, Tony's feet fly out from under him and he falls down to the next landing and hits his head on the wall.
Back in the real world, Carmela washes her face in the hospital room sink as Meadow sleeps. Carmela wakes Meadow and reports that Tony is the same, but that at least he made it through another night. Meadow checks the monitor near the bedside and points out that Tony's fever is down a bit, but it's still 102 or so. The doctor (played by Rachel Green's dad) walks in and checks on Tony. He exchanges a lot of medical terminology with the nurses. Tony's sister Barbara walks in and asks how things are going. There's a shot of the giant gaping wound in Tony's stomach, and it's very deep and very gross. The doctor inspects it, and they really turned up the microphones on the squishing sound the wound made. The doctor thinks everything looks okay. Carmela peppers the doctor with questions, trying to get more information, but the doctor is less than forthcoming and quite brusque. Carmela asks him about Tony's chances of coming out of the coma. The doctor says that Tony is in a medically-induced coma so that they can prevent seizures while they try to reduce his fever. Meadow points out that Tony's temperature is down some. The doctor says that they are looking at "the obvious negative outcome," but also "degrees of brain damage in the event he does survive." Carmela looks like the brain-damage thing is news to her.
Carmela and Meadow follow the doctor out of the room. Meadow asks what antibiotic Tony is on. Carmela seems kind of embarrassed that Meadow is challenging the doctor at all, and explains that Meadow volunteered in an ICU, and is thinking about a career in medicine. She is? Meadow adds, "Or law. I don't know." Janice walks in and says hello to the doctor, and seems quite jovial for someone whose brother is in a coma. The doctor (who is still wearing his giant Rachel's Dad Glasses) seems kind of put out that he actually has to talk to the patient's family, and says that they should keep talking to Tony and even play his favorite music. He reminds them, "Fortunately for him, he is at a level one trauma center. Or with his injuries, believe me, he would have been dead twelve hours ago." Sensitive! The doctor walks away, and Carmela calls out a thank-you. Meadow shoots her a dirty look and accuses Carmela of treating the doctors like rock stars. Janice interrupts to say that she's there to help, and that Carmela and Meadow both need to get some rest. Carmela tells Janice to go see Tony.