Over at the high school, the Feds watch as AJ and his crew cut class. Even the marching band in the background sounds good on this show. The boys head over to the local convenience store, where they smoke cigarettes and drink peach Snapple. I remember when I used to cut class and do exactly that. Probably because it was last week. Another of their friends shows up, wearing a football jersey. The other kids all admire the shirt, especially AJ, who reaches out to touch it with an expression on his face that says he wouldn't mind catching a few passes from Jack McPhee if you know what I mean, and this time I know you do.
Meanwhile, the FBI is all over the Soprano house. They turn on the air conditioner and proceed to check sound levels all over the basement. They also search the fridge and read the mail. I ask the guy to hand me another beer while he's got the fridge open, but he just ignores me.
Cut to Meadow, sleeping in her dorm room. Combine that with the bong scene from the second episode, and you've got my entire college experience right there. Meadow's roommate enters, and the poor girl practically has the phrase "Poor Man's Joey Lauren Adams" stamped on her forehead. And the way Joey's career has been going lately, you'd have to be pretty poor indeed. Incidentally, who else thinks "The Poor Man's [insert celebrity here]" would make a good Fametracker? The roommate does the typical hick-in-the-big-city rant about how great New York is, then collapses into bed and passes out. With material like that, it's no wonder she's tired. We also get some set-up for a future drinking problem subplot, as Cheapy Amy tells us she had her last cocktail at 11:30 that morning. Careful. That's the sort of behavior that can get you named finger-cuffs.
Now we're barefoot in the park with the maid and her husband, who's played by The Poor Man's Yakov Smirnoff. She quizzes her husband with questions from the citizenship test, and he answers all of them with "Martin Luther King." That's better than saying "C" for all of them, I guess. She asks why he's so bitter, and he reminds her that back home he was an engineer with some kind of a grant for research. Now he's a cab driver. She's had it with his whining, and gets up to leave, but not before revealing that she's been pilfering silverware from the Soprano house.
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.