As the Feds listen in and record, Tony calls George. I'm still not sure who George is, other than a retired wiseguy. Anyway, Tony asks George, who is a neutral party, to reach out to Little Carmine and arrange a sit-down between New York and New Jersey. Since everyone trusts him, George agrees to supply a neutral location and guarantee everybody's safety. Where is Tony calling from? Is his phone tapped? Or is George's?
A garage-style door opens in a warehouse and an SUV drives in. Paulie and Tony get out and are patted down. Tony shakes hands with George, who tells him that the representatives from New York are there, and they've been patted down too. Tony and Paulie sit down at a table with Butchie, Albie, and Little Carmine. George offers everyone a bottled water. Aw. George went out and got snacks for the occasion. I love George.
Cut to Butchie complaining that they didn't start it, and Phil's goomar is dead. Cut to Tony deciding that Johnny Sack was insecure and created constant tension in his Family. Tony urges Carmine to speak. Carmine says it didn't have to be this way. Butchie agrees that things have gone too far, and that Phil has changed. Has he? Or has he reverted back to who he was before? Because people don't change. Butchie agrees to call off the dogs; Tony wants a location on Phil. Butchie looks at Carmine and says he can't do it, but he won't prevent Tony from doing what he has to do, and presumably there won't be any retaliation if Tony does whack Phil. Tony has one last bit of business: he wants financial compensation for Bobby's death. Butchie agrees to come up with a number, and they shake hands on it. That was quick. I mean, there were a lot of cuts, so clearly the guys were there for a while, talking, but as a scene, it happened quickly. That's all it took? One sit-down? I guess many deaths, lots of fear and intimidation, and one sit-down. Butchie just seemed to flip awfully quickly, but I guess you could make the case that he didn't really want to kill Tony, and that he knew Phil was bloodthirsty, and he was scared that Phil would kill him instead. Plus, maybe Butchie wants to be boss? Everyone shakes hands all around and walks away; there's a beautiful shot of the table and empty chairs under a spotlight in the middle of the warehouse symbolizing...something, I'm sure. The end of an era?
The Sopranos move back into their home. Tony is carrying a canned ham. Good thing he grabbed that on the way out the door. You never know when you'll need a canned ham, especially since, from what we saw, the guys in the safe house ate takeout every night.