Tony sits in Melfi's waiting room, reading a magazine. He finds a steak -grilling recipe he likes and tears out the page. I used to work in the library in college, and I HATED it when people did that instead of paying for the copies. Assholes. Melfi calls him in, and they take their familiar positions. Tony starts out by asking how much money she makes, then explains that he's wondering because Meadow has announced she's not going to be a doctor. Melfi just glares at Tony and gives short responses, especially when Tony mentions babies (JUST LIKE THE STUDY!). Tony explains that Meadow is interested in civil rights right now, but he hopes she'll end up at a big firm handling white-collar crime. Tony senses that Melfi is pissed and starts buttering her up by talking about how Melfi has helped a lot of people, just like the people who are helping AJ. Tony tears up while talking about his son, and then gets angry and says that maybe he was too soft on AJ. Melfi mutters things under her breath and gets bitchy with Tony. He notices and asks what her problem is. Melfi changes the subject, and Tony asks why she's taking on a hostile tone. Melfi thinks he might be projecting, and continues picking a fight and pushing Tony's buttons. She even brings up that she saw Tony ripping a page from the magazine in her waiting room. Tony blows it off, and Melfi says, "I don't think I can help you." Tony asks what she means, and thinks this is all because he missed some appointments. Melfi launches into a rehearsed speech about how she can give him a referral to another shrink. Tony backpedals and makes excuses about why he's been a bad, bad boy. Melfi stands up to end the session (and the relationship). Tony stands up and says that he "chalks this all up to female menopausal situations." Melfi says he's not her gynecologist, and Tony responds with one of my favorite lines of the whole season, "You don't need a gynecologist to know which way the wind blows." I think Bob Dylan said that, right? In "Menopausal Homesick Blues"? Tony accuses Melfi of being immoral for cutting him loose while his family is in crisis. He exits her office, and then he unfolds the magazine page and puts it back with a flourish before walking out.
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