With kids finally out of the house, Tony fills out the rest of the reversal by heading into the kitchen and angrily starting to make a sandwich. He opens the cabinet, sees a box of Uncle Ben's rice, and passes out right on the kitchen floor. I suppose that's better than landing in the fire. Once he hits the ground again, we immediately cut to later. Carmela has Tony seated at the table, and she's treating a wound on his forehead. She warns him not to "instigate" things with Meadow. "If you keep playing the race card, you'll drive her right into his arms." And a not-guilty verdict, but that's a different story. Carmela tells him to stay out of it, and to let her handle the situation. Tony muses on what his father would have done if either of his sisters had brought home an African-American, only that's not the word he uses. The scene ends with a full frontal shot of him in his boxers and undershirt, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss the robe.
Have you ever done something that seemed like a really good idea at the time, but turned out to be a huge mistake? You know, kind of like offering to recap a movie like Wonder Boys. Well, I think that's what happened here, as Tony heads over to Livia's house for one final chat. For those that haven't seen it, the entire scene takes place in Livia's den, with Tony standing and her in a chair. They've taken snippets and outtakes of Nancy Marchand from the past two seasons, digitally mapped them onto a stand-in actress, and grafted together a scene that not only isn't a very fitting farewell, it's actually barely even coherent. Plus Livia's hair changes in virtually every shot, and more often than not, her head is way too small for her body. It's all very sad, and I have to believe that it looked a lot better in the script than it did on the screen. I can just see the story meeting now
George Lucas: It's gonna look great!
David Chase: I don't know
George Lucas: Don't worry. We can rebuild her. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic actress.
David Chase: What about Jar Jar?
George Lucas: We don't like to talk about that one.