We next see Tony arriving at Pussy's garage. Have we ever seen this place before? I don't remember. Angie Bonpensiero is there working (though not on a script), and she's obviously surprised to be seeing Tony. She's even more surprised that he's being kind of nice to her. Tony explains the whole situation with Phil's car, and says that he'll be the one paying for the repairs. "Anything you can do to keep costs in line, would be a big help to me," he adds. I think most people who heard that would assume it means he doesn't plan on paying anything, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Although he does make a big production out of expositing that he's the one who gave her permission to take over the shop, so who knows? Angie is grateful for the business, and also apparently desperate and lonely, because her face lights up like a nuclear fireball when Tony offhandedly mentions that "Carm sends her love." "Please say hello," begs Angie, but Tony is already getting back into his Escalade to drive off. Incidentally, Tony's new driver is played by former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa. Yeah. Because what this show needs is more fucking Tonys. Bring back LT! Or at least Vinnie Delpino.
Livia's. Tony staggers drowsily down the steps in his robe, and opens the front door to find Carmela there, knocking furiously. Tony invites her in, although the living room is pretty much blanketed with empty pizza boxes, beer bottles, and small colonies of semi-sentient protozoa. "The girl called in sick," he claims. "Get a new one," suggests Carmela. The protozoa remain neutral on that subject. Tony motions for Carmela to take a seat, and then goes all faux-formal and inquires, "May I get you anything?" with a tone of perfect self-mockery. Heh. She declines his offer, and he collapses down onto the sofa and asks after her father. Carmela confirms that Pa is going to be just fine, and then hands over a newspaper she must have grabbed off his doorstep. Aww. See? Those two crazy kids really do love each other. But not as much as they love their subtext. Carmela tentatively brings up the birthday party, and it's obvious right from the start that Tony had completely forgotten about it. It's also obvious that Carmela totally knew he would forget about it, so her coming over here to disinvite him seems a bit disingenuous. Then again, everyone else on the planet seems to know about the party, so I guess she'd have to tell him eventually. Anyway, Tony takes the news pretty well, claiming that he had already decided when they "broke up" that he wasn't going to attend. He does, however, pull out a wad of cash and offer to contribute. Carmela, unfortunately, still hasn't learned to leave well enough alone, so instead of accepting graciously, she tells him that she'd rather he spent that money to go back to this therapist. Which only makes sense if she somehow thinks it's his last $250 on Earth, but whatever. An argument ensues, with Tony displaying his typical immaturity by retorting that Carmela is the one who needs a shrink, and Carmela displaying her typical shrewishness by bitching that she can't afford one. And then she leaves, and a particularly eloquent paramecium sidles over to Tony and asks if he can borrow the cash to get his cilia fluffed for a big date with a flagellate from over by the end table.