The Sack Chalet. Tony and Johnny are out in front in the driveway, each admiring Johnny's brand-new Maserati. And to be fair, it is pretty sweet. It also cost about "ninety-nine and change," according to Johnny's presumably conservative reckoning. "You're spending like you're already on the throne," observes Tony, but Johnny just writes it off to "having a very good year." "And while we're doing car talk here," he continues, "Phil -- Madonna mi, he won't let that thing go." For a minute or so after hearing that for the first time, I kept myself amused with the mental image of Phil Leotardo flatly refusing to release his grip on the twisted wreckage of his car, and carrying that airbag-deployed steering wheel around everywhere like a sacred talisman or something. But then the guy shows up later on in a giant neck brace, which was almost as good. Johnny doesn't necessarily think that Tony was wrong to do what he did (although he does secretly believe that he'd have looked much cooler doing it in his Maserati), but he does want to send the message that he's loyal to the captains who are supporting him against Little Carmine. As a result, he asks Tony to pay for the repairs on Phil's car, and after being reminded that Johnny ruled in his favor on the racetrack thing, Tony agrees to do it. There is, however, one condition: the repairs have to be done at Big Pussy's body shop, so that Tony will be able to control the costs. Hmm. You know, you wouldn't really think that a place called "Big Pussy's Body Shop" would be doing automotive repair, now would you? They decide to go for a drive, and Tony has a hilariously difficult time folding his oversized frame into the passenger seat. That's probably why he gets a mischievous grin on his face before turning to ask what Ginny thinks of the new car. "With her knee, she has a little trouble getting into the seat," confides Johnny. Oh. Well, I can see how that ninety-five-pound mole might prevent her from bending it properly. Johnny and Tony squeal out of the driveway about eighty miles an hour, and if you were paying very close attention during that scene, you might have even spotted our old friend Sal working on Johnny's lawn. Hmm. I guess Imperioli and Sirrico don't get along in real life any better than Moltisanti and Walnuts usually do, because this episode somehow sees fit to give us Sal, but not Paulie. Then again, with all the stories and speculation we've heard about the paternity of the Blundetto boys, does anyone else think Sal VITRO might turn out to be the father?
Episode Report CardAaron: B | 825 USERS: B-
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