Over at the club, Adriana and Carmela are receiving instruction. Every time Carmela returns a perfect shot, the instructor criticizes her. Whenever Adriana screws up, the instructor encourages her. Hmm. It's actually a lot like the ESP test scene from Ghostbusters. If Dan Ackroyd shows up, this recap is gonna be a lot more fun than I thought. Alas, Dan, much as in real-life these days, is nowhere to be found. Spies Like Us II: The Russians Strike Back, anyone? The instructor continues gushing over Adriana while Carmela gathers loose balls from around the court. There's been a lot of discussion in the forums about who knows what about who wants to do who, but since I've read the spoilers and know how this all turns out, I'm gonna keep my mouth shut. Should be interesting, though. Suddenly, Carmela gets a phone call and rushes off the court.
At the Bing, Tony comes running out as well. They all head back to the Soprano house, where the Feds are freaking. After much yelling of "Abort" and "Pull out" (which also sounds like most every date I've ever been on), the FBI manages to escape undetected. Tony and Carmela head inside.
Looks like the hot water heater finally bit the big one. I consult my plumbing pin, but it doesn't say anything about how a hundred-and-twenty-gallon heater can fill a huge basement with knee-deep water, but okay, whatever. Carmela and Tony try to save what they can, especially boxes of pictures, but everything is ruined. Hey, one of the pictures is of them at the prom. That's interesting. I had no idea they were high-school sweethearts. Given the heavy Coppola influence over the show, I just assumed they met when he came home from the Army to attend his sister's wedding.
The Feebs, on the other hand, have no idea why everyone rushed home. They're not sure if they were caught or not. While they speculate about the appearance of a plumber's truck in the driveway, the surveillance expert leaves to go do a job at a mosque in Denver.
As part of their crack investigative plan to discover why Tony came home early, the FBI decided to dress up as utility workers and quiz Jeannie Cusamano. They ask her if everything has been normal over at the Soprano house. She says it's been normal for them. "They're in the mo " she starts, but then thinks better of it. "They're just different for this neighborhood, that's all." The Feds, who know exactly what she's talking about, do a pretty good job of looking dumb.