The agents continue to discuss their inability to get Tony on tape. He's apparently quite paranoid about it, even though we've never really seen too much of this behavior from him. He won't talk on the phone or in the house. Skip points out that he sometimes talks business by the pool, but he's afraid of "parabolics." Now that is paranoid. Then again, you're not paranoid if they really are out to get you. He does, however, occasionally talk in the basement, because he feels safe with the noise from all the air ducts. They decide to bug the basement.
Cut to a pair of FBI agents in a judge's chamber, trying to obtain a warrant. At first I thought one of the agents was being played by Sidney Lumet, what with the Peter Bogdanovich and all. Turns out he's not, though. Oh well. Anyway, the rest of the scene is basically every episode of Law & Order ever, as the judge quizzes them and finally approves a dual-entry warrant -- once to scope the place out, and once more to plant the bug.
It's another sunny morning at the Soprano compound. FBI agents watch from outside, and overhear Tony bitching about proper coffeemaker maintenance. Later, Tony and Furio drive off, stopping only to give their itinerary to the agent watching their driveway. Well, at least he didn't stick a banana in their tailpipe.
Back at the office, the FBI has determined that they need everyone out of the house for two hours to plant the bug. They decide on Tuesday, because that's when Carmela has tennis lessons and the maid goes out to meet her husband for a picnic lunch. One of the agents wants to run the maid's husband through the anti-terrorism database just for kicks. See, I knew you got to do fun stuff like that in the FBI. They get to see everyone's private info. Wait a sec. I work in a bank. Hmm. I check some celebrity account balances. You know. Just for kicks. They decide to put tails on all the Sopranos, in case they come back home early.
Morning yet again. Tony comes down to fetch the paper. This particular episode has a vastly different editing style and feel than any other, and it's occasionally distracting. It's also much more fast-paced than your average episode. We're five minutes in, and I'm on page six with the notes already. Tony and the paper fade out and are replaced by AJ on a skateboard. He hops into a station wagon and heads off to school. The Feds follow, referring to AJ as "Baby Bing." Tony leaves as well, and he's "Father Bing," which is sadly as close as we'll get to Father Intintola this week. "Peter Gunn" kicks in on the soundtrack as we get shots off all the various Sopranos and their tails, including Meadow, a.k.a. "Princess Bing" (heh), at college. As the maid departs and leaves the house empty, the music fades seamlessly into "Every Breath You Take." Major, major props to whoever figured out that those two songs have the same beat and base lines, because they match up perfectly. Then again, this show has always had the best music on TV (with nary an ovary in sight), so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. ["Well, there's Annie Lennox in that one episode. She's not really an ovary, though." -- Sars] By the way, it's worth mentioning that here's where Tony sings Steely Dan in his car. First off, heh, because it's funny seeing the big guy crooning. Second, I SO CALLED THIS. Check the Season Two premiere recap. I don't mean to gloat, but I'm rarely ever right about anything, so I have to take the little victories when I can.