Tony and Carmela drive upstate to the dulcet tones of the James Gang. Carmela rifles through her bag and bitches that she only has one bar on her cell phone; she's worried that her broker might call, so I guess the spec house deal is still happening. One of the things I love about this show is that, on most other shows, they would have staged a conversation where someone asked Carmela, "What's this I hear about you trying to sell a house?" and then Carmela would recap everything from the first half of the season as well as what's happened since. But this show just drops a line about her worrying about missing a call from her broker and leaves the audience to fill in the blank. Tony's phone rings and he snarks, "Well, mine works." He picks up, and his lawyer informs him that Essex County has dropped the charges: "I told you it was a piece-of-shit case." Tony grins and passes the news on to Carm before thanking his lawyer and hanging up. Carmela is happy that the pending case won't ruin Tony's birthday celebration. I'm sure there will be many other things that could ruin Tony's birthday; first on that list would be Janice. Second would be Janice. Third? Probably something Janice-related. Tony pretends he doesn't want to celebrate his birthday, and Carmela calls him on the fact that he would also get upset if no one made a big deal out of it.
Tony and Carmela arrive at Bobby and Janice's lake house in some unspecified Adirondack location. It's beautiful. Carmela runs inside to pee. Tony giggles at the sight of Bobby in a tank top and shorts, and then takes in the view of the lake, admitting that it's pretty great. I was going to try to make a pithy comment about still waters running deep, but I think Tony or Bobby's waters are actually quite shallow.
Inside the house, Carmela happily greets little Nica, and also manages to say hello to Mercedes, the nanny. Tony comes in and also seems genuinely pleased to see Nica, a nice contrast between how he treated AJ's erstwhile stepson. Janice offers refreshments, and Carmela asks for a Pellegrino water. Janice goes into the kitchen and pours a Shoprite sparkling water, which is such a perfect Janice moment, how she agreed to get Carm a fancy bottled water and then just substituted something lesser while pretending it was the same. Tony busts Bobby's balls about his lawn care regimen, and Janice snarks that Bobby has enough lawn care duties at their new house (the former Sacrimoni home), especially since Tony let the gardener go. Janice and Tony do that thing where they smile but you can tell they are deadly serious about what they are saying, which I guess you might call passive-aggressive, but I don't feel like "passive" really does justice to the underlying anger. Janice claims that she and Bobby are really grateful for Tony's help, and Bobby tries to change the subject by offering Tony a beer. I'm sure adding alcohol to all this simmering rage is a great idea.