Later, Junior is sitting in his room when the nurse and orderly arrive with his medicine. Carter creates his usual distraction outside, which you'd think the staff would notice after a day or two. Junior takes his pills anyway, then goes back to watching The $10,000 Pyramid. After the staff leaves, Carter bursts in and asks Junior why he took the pills. Junior says that the administration is muscling him. Carter suggests getting a card game together, but Junior just gives excuses as to why it's not a good idea. Carter realizes Junior is just an old man, and he leaves.
Paulie and Tony head out to their rented fishing boat. Paulie walks slowly, like he's headed for the gallows, which he very well could be. Tony is jovial, but Paulie's not in a joking mood as he steps onto the boat. Tony starts up the boat while Paulie flashes back to Pussy's whacking, which I thought was a bit on the nose for this show. It's not like Pussy's death was a one-off subplot that most viewers don't remember, and it's not like it hasn't been referred to in many other episodes. Remember the talking fish? If they wanted to give a more subtle reference, they could have done something like when Pussy appeared in the mirror after Livia's funeral. I know a lot of people didn't like this episode, and I point to this scene as the biggest reason why â too on the nose. They've been ratcheting up the tension with the last few episodes, and I just felt like this was over the top, at least for this show, which usually trusts its viewers to be a little smarter than that.
Carter lies in bed in his darkened room, staring at the ceiling. Junior knocks and enters his room, then gives him some Hootie and the Blowfish CDs to cheer him up. Geez, that would make most people suicidal. Junior keeps trying to cheer Carter up, to get the old magic back. Carter starts talking about his father, whom he doesn't respect, and his grandfather, who was "a lion." Junior calls Carter "Anthony" before leaving the room. Carter keeps staring at the ceiling.
Back on the boat, Paulie cooks up some rigatoni and gravy and brings Tony a plate. Tony digs right in, but Paulie keeps rubbing his stomach. Tony glances over at a hatchet lashed to the side of the boat, like, WE GET IT, he's thinking about whacking Paulie. Tony makes a joke about a whale and Ginny Sack, and he tries again to get Paulie to admit that he's the one who told Johnny Sack about Ralphie's joke. Paulie just keeps rubbing his stomach and looking uncomfortable. Tony finally comes right out and asks if Paulie was the leak, and Paulie doesn't really answer. The thing that bugs me most about this scene (and maybe this was a directorial choice) is that whenever the camera's on Paulie, the boat is bucking like they're in the middle of a hurricane, and whenever the camera's on Tony, the sea looks placid. I mean, maybe it's meant to show the emotions each man is feeling, but it's distracting when Paulie is flying up and down and then Tony is barely moving. Tony complains that Johnny Sack thought he was better than everyone else because he didn't fuck around on his wife, and Paulie agrees that Johnny was "Mr. Broomstick Up His Ass." As with most of his other sentences, Paulie punctuates this one with a staccato "heh heh." Tony looks annoyed and asks Paulie if he's ever been tested for Tourette's, because it's like he has a tic when he goes "heh heh." Paulie looks worried and says that he does it when he's nervous.