Sometime later on, Diet Tony meets with Angelo and Frankie Valli in a restaurant that I'm going to assume is The Four Seasons whether it actually is or not. Frankie reveals that Angelo has spoken highly of Diet Tony, because they were like "Fric and Frac" back in prison. Apropos of almost nothing, I'd just like to announce that I live less than a block from Frick Park. But not, however, on Frack Avenue. That's two streets over. Angelo was also particularly fond of Diet Tony's now famous Jackie Gleason impersonation, and DT is easily persuaded to perform a quick bit for Frankie, who is considerably less impressed. And here's a sentence I never thought I'd write, by the way: Jackie Gleason is totally the new shaven pubic hair. Getting back to the business at hand, Angelo mentions that they've heard Diet Tony might be interested in earning a little extra cash on the side. "Somebody needs to go," whispers Angelo. "Anyone I know?" asks Diet Toe. Frankie insists that it's a New York guy and not New Jersey, and further adds that it's "a friend of a friend. Not a friend of ours." Wouldn't that mean the guy was a civilian? I'm just asking. In this case, however, it indicates that they're talking about a friend of Johnny Sack's. It seems Little Carmine was an old-school chum of the late Lorraine the Loan Shark (you know, from late December, back in '63), and now he wants the guys who whacked her taken out. Diet Tony considers this proposition for a long moment, and then announces that he can't take the job, because he wants to give his cousin "the benefit of the doubt," and Tony has been quite clear about his desire to remain neutral in the New York war. Angelo asks him to think about it, and then Foreshadowing arrives to take their order.
That same night, Carmela calls Tony, and basically swallows her pride in order to ask him to come to the party after all. I think it's a measure of how much Tony still loves his wife that that's the only thing he makes her swallow. Carmela insists that Pa really wants him there, and even though Tony worries that it's short notice and claims he made plans to go fishing with Silvio, he still finally agrees to make an appearance. Carm is especially interested in having him work the grill, because Artie is only doing the appetizers, as he'll really be more of a guest than a caterer. I wouldn't even let Artie scrub the toilets after one of my parties, but I guess it takes all kinds. Anyway, Carmela says that the day of the party (which is now tomorrow) will be "a madhouse" and "a living hell," because she's doing most of the cooking herself.