Melfi asks if Tony had "these feelings of loss more acutely" before he collapsed. Tony clearly thinks that's a stupid question and says he doesn't know. Tony walking with a spring in his step towards the deserted, placid pool, then looking dismayed. Enter a family of ducks from the underbrush, quacking, and Tony smiles all happily and picks up a handful of bread crumbs and offers them to the ducks as he tells Melfi in VO that a pair of ducks landed in his pool a few months ago and stayed for mating season. Tony gets into the pool, still wearing his bathrobe, to swim around with the ducks. Tony needs a hobby. ["I thought the ducks were his hobby!" -- Wing Chun]
Close-up of an unfortunate-looking teenage girl making a "whatever" face out the window at Tony as Tony VOs that his teenage daughter's friend had come to drive his daughter, Meadow "Bratso Rizzo" Soprano, to school. The friend makes a snide comment about Tony and the ducks and walks over to the breakfast bar, and Meadow gripes that the whole yard "smells like duck poo, it's, like, embarrassing." Shut up, Meadow. From the sink, Carmela "Drama" Soprano nags the girls -- ironically, in light of the recent revelation that Jamie Lynn Sigler suffered from anorexia during the first season -- that they have to have something besides cranberry juice for breakfast. The girls roll their eyes at each other. Enter Anthony "New Jersey Fats" Soprano, Jr., a.k.a. "AJ." Carmela croons, "Happy birthday, handsome," and kisses him on the cheek and says disbelievingly, "Thirteen!" Meadow with the zinger: "Yeah, he doesn't act it." "Shut up," AJ sulks, dipping a pastry into an entire pitcher of milk. Meadow's ugly friend asks if the ducks "just made a home in your pool and did it," like, get over it, Ugly Friend. Meadow tells AJ to "get out of here, you're so gross," and AJ makes a face at her. Carmela offers the girls leftover sfogliatelle (yum!), and Meadow sneers, "Ugh, get outta here with that fat." "One bite," Carmela says. "Shut up, Meadow," I say. Ugly Friend sucks up to Carmela by asking how she stays "so skinny"; Carmela wanders over to the window and watches Tony in the pool and says, half to herself, "Him. With those ducks."