Paulie walks into Tony's room and finds Tony watching Kung Fu on TV. Paulie reports that Phil Leotardo is downstairs and wants to visit. Tony is distracted by the television, but then asks Paulie to help him out of bed so that he can go downstairs and see Phil. They slowly walk down the hall, Paulie rolling Tony's IV stand. Tony stops by his neighbor's room and apologizes for snoring so loudly. The neighbor, played by Hal Holbrook, says that he was "cutting farts like sonic booms," and introduces himself as John Schwinn, a former employee of Bell Labs. Tony asks what the guy's in for, and Schwinn says that he had a sinus infection, and that the doctors saw something in there they didn't like, so they are running more tests. Da Lux is rolled by on a gurney, and Tony thanks him for giving AJ a CD. Da Lux calls Tony "original G" and invites him to his room to watch the fight on satellite that night. It's like a pizza party up in there. Is that a hospital or a dorm room? And since when has Tony been Mr. Mingle and Meet and Greet?
Outside the hospital, Tony meets with Phil as Paulie stands by. Tony complains that Cinelli, which is clearly Johnny Sack's front company, intended to buy Barone Sanitation without so much as a courtesy call. Phil says that Tony was in a coma, and Tony asks if that means they can do whatever they want. Phil blames the whole situation on Johnny Sack's being in a panic state while in prison. Tony says that, whatever happens, he needs to be kept on as an employee of Barone, because he needs the W2 and the insurance. Phil thinks Tony's demands are ridiculous: 25% of the sale price, an annual salary until retirement age, plus skim from each route. Tony says that he doesn't want to argue, and counteroffers a reduced skim. He asks Paulie how many stops they base the skim on, and Paulie is off in his own world, and can't give an answer. Tony guesses that it's based on twenty-five stops, and says he'll reduce it to twenty, but that he needs to stay on the payroll. Phil cheerfully promises to deliver the message. Tony looks annoyed that Paulie, who walked away to take a call on his phone, isn't helping out with the negotiations.
In the elevator back upstairs, Tony accuses Paulie of having his head up his ass. Paulie confesses that his Aunt Dottie just died. Tony softens and offers condolences. He asks if they were close, and Paulie shrugs. Tony asks if it was his mom's sister, or his dad's. Paulie, with some venom, says, "Mom's." Tony asks how his mother is taking it, and Paulie is relieved to see that they've arrived at their floor so that he doesn't have to get into it. Tony keeps asking questions, with Paulie giving curt replies, and finally Tony looks at Paulie and says, "Maybe you don't want to talk about it." Paulie angrily says, "Yeah." Tony lasts all of five seconds before he asks another question about nuns.