Tony gets a phone call from Hesh, explaining what happened to him and Eli.
Cut to a hospital, where Eli is in rough, rough shape. Tony walks in with Christopher and Vito, and greets Hesh and his daughter. The daughter leaves to get Hesh a drink and, of course, Vito makes a request too, like, who asked you? God, he's annoying this season. Hesh fills the guys in on what happened, and Christopher misunderstands and asks, "Chinks did this?" Hesh thinks that Christopher is being a smart-ass, and then tells Vito that it was his cousin, Phil, who did this. Hesh says that he has "some money on the street over there," and Phil's guy, Jerry (whom Vito calls "The Hairdo") thought that Eli was "some independent shy trying to poach his customers." They all bemoan Eli's fate, and Tony orders Vito to "send someone to Brooklyn" to talk to Phil about Jerry's actions. Vito immediately whips out his cell phone.
Carmela and her father, Hugh, wander around the spec house with the building inspector. He inspects the lumber as Hugh blathers on about gables. The building inspector reports that he can't reverse the stop-work order, because Hugh used utility-grade pine, which is below code. Hugh wants to talk to some guy named Pudgie Walsh about it, and is informed that he's retired. Carmela asks if there's anything they can do. The building inspector, who either doesnt know or doesn't care whom Carmela is married to, says that they can appeal it further, but that he'd recommend "starting over with the proper lumber." The inspector leaves, and Carmela yells at her father, who dismisses the whole thing as "bureaucratic bullshit." Carmela reminds him that she hired him to do a job, and Hugh says that he thought they were partners. He storms out, saying, "To hell with this. No good deed goes unpunished." Carmela's mouth tightens even more than usual, if that's possible.
The guys (Tony, Vito, Christopher, Silvio, Paulie, and some other guy who I thought was Ray Curto, but it's not) eat at Vesuvio. Paulie calls for menus in the most Paulie-like way possible: "Ho! Artie! Menus!" Vito rejoins the table, pocking his phone. Tony asks if he was talking to Phil, but Vito says that it was his wife. Why do I think he's lying? Tony says he wants the Hesh thing settled. Artie arrives with menus, as requested. Christopher says that he could recite the menu in his sleep, and Tony also waves him away. What's with the abuse of Artie? Not that I disapprove, since Artie's a weasel, but it's curious. Artie leaves; Silvio asks if Artie got the bread from "the bread museum," and Vito disparages the antipasto. Tony bitches that now he has to go through Ginny's brother to get to Johnny Sack, since Phil won't return his calls. Paulie is disgusted, but Tony says he has to use back channels. Tony throws down his silverware, peeved, and says he can't catch a break. Wow, after he was just telling Carmela how lucky they are!