At the FBI office, the agents are reviewing the video from the Soprano house. They select a location for the bug: a small goose-neck lamp on a workbench. One of the agents notices a stain on the floor beneath the water heater. At first I thought it was blood, which would have been interesting, but it turns out that the heater is leaking something important, and is destined to fail within six months. What I know about plumbing could be printed in thirty-six-point Times New Roman on the head of a pin, so I'll take their word for it.
Cut to FBI headquarters at Quantico. There's a great exterior shot that was last scene in the opening to Silence of the Lambs. Inside, the techs painstakingly assemble the bug out of a purchased lamp. They age the lamp to look exactly like photos from the Soprano house. They do a pretty good job, too. I'd be totally be fooled by that. Of course, now I'm paranoid and planning to disassemble all the light fixtures in my apartment. Or maybe I'll just wear tin foil on my head instead.
Morning in America. The Gipper is nowhere to be found, but there's Tony again, fetching the paper in his robe. Maybe they should get a dog. ["Maybe they should get a higher hedge. Put some damn pants on, T." -- Sars] The Fed out front announces that today's the big day. He watches Furio and Tony leave, and Skip follows them to the Bada Bing.
Inside, Gigi gives Tony a report on his stocks, which he's apparently getting off the internet. Before they talk any further, Tony tells him to turn off the computer, because "that cookie shit makes me nervous." Ha! Of course, without cookies, how will he know when there's new posts in the forums? Then again, if it means no more Premature-E ads (I only clicked once, I swear. Plus, it happens to every guy), I'm all for it. They discuss Parisi, who's becoming something of a problem. He's been drinking a lot, and telling people that he knows who's responsible for his brother's death. Silvio is engrossed in the TV. He's also wearing his do-rag, so I guess that would be considered a canopy bed-head. Tony finally gets his attention, and Silvio thinks the cops might have flipped him. Paulie reminds Tony that they "always have the option," but Tony doesn't want to kill Parisi just yet.
With the Soprano house now empty, the Feds prepare to move in.