Tony gets into the car, muttering, "Degenerate fucking gambler." The crowd doesn't seem to faze either of them, which strikes me as odd, until I remember this conversation I overheard once on the sidewalk when I came out of a hole-in-the-wall pasta joint on Mott Street to have a smoke, and I saw this guy getting the crap kicked out of him in the street, and a guy leaning on his car and watching the crap-kicking said to his friend, "Yo, why ain't that getting broken up?" and his friend said, "There's fights you break up, and then there's fights in Little Italy." So there you go. ["Ha! Uh...I mean, that's so wrong." -- Wing Chun]
Exterior shot of Centanni's Meat Market. In voice-over, Melfi prompts Tony to go on, and he says he had a breakfast meeting to consult with a garbage-hauling concern he represents. "Breakfast meeting" -- that's a good one. We enter the conversation in medias res with the boys sitting outside their hangout drinking espressos, and I should say right now that I've never understood exactly how the New Jersey Mafia operates, business-wise. We learned pretty early on growing up that, if some kid said his father "is in paper" or "works with the electricians' union," or we went over to the kid's house and found his dad at home watching old movies in the middle of the day -- well, we knew the deal there, and we didn't ask any more questions. Anyway, according to Big Pussy "Insert Nickname Here" Bonpensiero, a couple of Czechs, the Kolar brothers, have muscled in on one of their garbage routes. Tony doesn't see a problem and tells Pussy just to get the percentage from the Kolars, but Pussy says that's the problem -- the Kolars won't pay the percentage, under orders from their bosses back in Czechoslovakia. "Fuck yourself," as well as "fuck themselves" and "fuck ourselves," followed by a muttered "fuckin' garbage business" from Tony. Paulie "Grecian Formula" Walnuts chuckles. ["I would just like to note here, apropos of nothing in particular, how much I love Paulie. That's all." -- Wing Chun] Christopher pipes up that he'll see what he can do. Tony sarcastically asks if he's "over [his] stomachache" from earlier, but before he can needle Christopher any more, Silvio "Born In The USA" Dante walks up, and the rest of the boys all go "aaaayyy" all Fonzie-style and ask what he's doing there, and he says his wife sent him down for capicoll' and then he asks Tony if he went to school with a guy named Artie Bucco.