Bing. Bobby calls Paulie into the back room, where Silvio tells him that there's a hit out on Phil, and it'll happen when he's at his goomar's on Friday night. Paulie asks if Tony knows about it, and Silvio and Bobby are offended that he would even ask. Paulie explains that he made it through the last gang wars "by the skin of [his] nuts," and he wants to make sure the boss knows what they're getting themselves into. Paulie does agree that Phil has to go. Silvio notes his concerns and asks if Paulie has a problem. Paulie just walks out. Does Silvio suspect Paulie of going over to Phil's side? That was a weird scene.
Melfi sits in bed, finally reading the study by Samenow and Yochelson. The key sentences that the camera focuses in on are: "The criminal's sentimentality reveals itself in compassion for babies and pets. The criminal uses insight to justify heinous acts. Therapy has potential for noncriminals; for criminals it becomes one more criminal operation." Melfi grimaces and puts the papers down sharply, as if they might harm her.
Bing. Corky, the addict that helped arrange the hit on Rusty Milio, comes in and tells Paulie that the Italians are outside. Paulie yells at him for his lack of discretion. In the bathroom, Paulie passes responsibility for the hit over to Patsy. So this thing has gone from being Tony's problem, to Bobby, to Paulie, to Patsy, to Corky, to the Italian guys. Meanwhile, Phil gave the order and Butchie informed the rest of the crew in one sitting. Is that an indictment of the unprofessional and untraditional ways the Soprano Family does business, or an indictment of the modern corporation with all its delegation and ineffective middle management? Who wrote this episode, Tom Peters? Outside, Patsy meets with the Italians. Paulie drives by, and then peels out quickly. Are we supposed to assume that everyone keeps passing the buck because no one wants Phil's blood on their hands in case things go wrong?