Artie shows up at the hospital with some food for Carmela. She thanks him as Paulie walks up and pretty much dismisses Artie. Bye Artie! Not that I'm sad to see him go, but he was on screen for about five seconds. Paulie compliments Carmela on her strength, and then asks when he can see Tony. Carmela says it's tough to sneak people in, but that she'll try to get him in soon. The conversation is interrupted when Carmela notices a news story about her family. They show footage of Carmela rushing AJ into the hospital, and then AJ cursing the reporters from Meadow's bedroom window with a voice-over claiming that AJ said, "Growing up Soprano, it's just plain weird." Carmela looks horrified.
Back at Casa di Soprano, Carmela storms inside, right past her parents, who are sitting on the couch watching a commercial for Big Lots. Carmela busts into AJ's room, where he's sleeping in bed. Carmela tosses off his covers and threatens to kill him for shaming the family on "national fucking television." AJ claims he was misquoted, and Carmela says that everyone is misquoted, which is why she told him not to talk to the press. AJ complains that Carmela looked like "a total asshole, dragging [him] around like [he is] five years old." Carmela seethes and then spits out, "You are a cross to bear. That's all you are. To your father, to me, to everybody." AJ curses, grabs his clothes, and stomps out of the room. By this point, Carmela's parents and Meadow have gathered in the doorway to see what's going on. Hugh asks Carmela what's wrong with her. Carmela screams at him and runs into her bedroom, slamming the door. Meadow comments that this had to happen, because Carmela is fried. In her room, Carmela sobs into a pillow.
Sil and Gab have a conversation in their giant bathroom. Gab wants to know if Sil gets extra money for his new responsibilities. Sil says that it's just part of the job, and that he's pleased Vito called him "Skip" the other day. Gab asks if Silvio would get more money if the position became permanent. What, their bathroom isn't quite big enough? They need to add yet another giant whirlpool tub so they can take side-by-side soaks? Silvio tells her not to go there. Seriously. It's not like he's VP of Operations, covering for a CEO on maternity leave or something. There's no HR department here, and there are no annual performance reviews. There are also no firings, unless you count getting whacked.