Tony's still in a coma. Silvio is stressing out over being acting boss, and his asthma is acting up. Vito gives Paulie a tip on some drug dealers with lots of cash lying around, and they score a lot of cash (while killing three guys). No one seems very happy with Silvio's decisions on splitting things up -- Vito and Paulie are pissed about the drug money, and Vito and Bobby are pissed that Sil won't make a decision about the Roseville sports book that used to be Gene's. They keep bugging Sil, until he finally has to be hospitalized because he can't breathe. Christopher pays a visit to their writer friend JT (Tim Daly) because Christopher has an idea for a mafia slasher film, with hilarious results. Vito sees Silvio's illness as an opportunity to step up, and his conversations with his cousin-in-law Phil Leotardo only encourage him. Meanwhile, Carmela is trying to hold her family together and collect her share from Paulie and Vito's drug bust. She flips out when AJ talks to the media, and finally goes to talk to Melfi to try to regain some composure, in the process admitting that she knew what Tony was when she married him, and in fact may have married him because of it. PurgaTony (tm sallyrover) is still stuck in Costa Mesa. Finnerty is being sued by the monks, so Tony goes to see them and expresses confusion over his identity. He finds an invitation to a Finnerty family reunion in his briefcase and attends, only to find that the greeter at the door is none other than Diet Tony. While PurgaTony tries to decide whether or not he should go into the well-lighted house, real-life Tony is flatlining. PurgaTony hears Meadow calling to him from a distance and ultimately decides not to go into the light. Real-life Tony wakes up from his coma and appears dazed and disoriented, although everyone seems hopeful for his full recovery.
Paulie sits in his car, listening to exactly the kind of music that you probably think Paulie would listen to -- some sort of '50s doo wop. It's night, and the street is abandoned. Another car pulls up, and I totally thought Paulie was either going to get whacked, or whack someone. The passenger of the other car is Vito, who is with his driver. Paulie has apparently been expecting Vito, and is not surprised to see the "thin man." Well, let's not get carried away. Vito is much, much smaller, but I still wouldn't call him thin. Vito says that he was at the hospital with Carmela, and both men express admiration for the way Carm is handling the whole thing, and her loyalty. Paulie wonders who would take care of his mother if something happened to him. Vito hands Paulie a slip of paper and says, "Columbians knock off at noon. Then it's empty."
Paulie and some other guy -- whose name I do not know, but who I'm just going to call Biggie -- walk into an apartment building. Paulie says that the manager's unit is down a flight. They are interrupted by a maintenance man, who takes one look at Paulie and Biggie and starts running away. There's a hilarious shot of Paulie running down the hallway with this weird grimace on his face. It's just so odd to see Paulie being a bad-ass, given his ridiculous hair and his nylon warmup suit. It's like, he's running down the hall to kill someone, but you can hear the "swish swish" of his thighs rubbing together. Anyway, they catch up to the maintenance guy before he can duck into a room in the basement. Biggie grabs Maintenance Guy and sticks a gun in his face, asking who's in the room. The maintenance guy unlocks the door, and Paulie and Biggie burst in, guns blazing. There's a guy sitting at a table (which looks suspiciously familiar -- have the set dressers been raiding my mother-in-law's house for props?) counting money. Biggie uses Maintenance Guy as a human shield, causing Maintenance Guy to take two bullets to the chest. Paulie returns fire, killing the money counter. As Paulie and Biggie try to figure out what the hell they just walked in on, another guy (Baldie) runs through the door and attacks Paulie from behind with a knife. Paulie tells Biggie to shoot his attacker, but Biggie can't get a clear shot. Baldy and Paulie grapple for a while, and Baldy finally knees Paulie in the...er, walnuts. Paulie falls to the ground, allowing Biggie to take his shot. Baldy seems to be already dead, or well on his way, but Paulie is still pissed and picks up the knife from the ground before planting it firmly in Baldy's chest. Biggie notes that it was supposed to be empty in there, according to Vito's information. Did Vito set Paulie up? Interesting. Paulie is worried about his "fucking balls." Biggie starts looking for the cash they were promised, but can't find any, and wants to hightail it out of there, since they will probably attract attention soon from the noise that they made. Paulie ain't hearing it, and starts crawling around trying to find the cash. Biggie starts pulling the place apart, and can't believe that they risked their lives for only two grand. Biggie kicks a cabinet, which causes a dishwasher to fall open -- and the dishwasher is stuffed with lots and lots of cash.