And then we cut to something that actually is happening in real life, even though it's still happening in Tony's dream. Diet Tony is firing away at Phil Leotardo in his car in the middle of a crowded city street. Tony pushes his way through the crowd, and finally gets to the front, where he has a clear view of the action. "I knew this was going to happen," he says. "Why didn't you stop him?" shouts a random civilian from the assembled crowd. Tony tries to pull out a gun and do just that, but he doesn't seem to be carrying one at the moment, and ends up just checking his pockets in vain. Battered and bloody, Phil Leotardo staggers out of his car, stumbles a few steps across the pavement, and then collapses to the ground. It's ridiculously over-acted, and yet no less hilarious, and then Diet Tony looms over him, cocks a finger, and whispers, "Bang." "You have any idea what you just did?" asks Fat Tony. "Why don't you tell them what happened twenty years ago," replies Diet Tony. In one of the hands-down funniest moments of the episode, Phil Leotardo puts his hand up from where he's lying in the street and waits to be called on. A reporter runs over and sticks a microphone in his face, and Phil grumbles, "What do I gotta count to before I can get up?" Hee! The reporter turns around to ask Tony, and it's Gloria again. Yay! "You're really dead," replies Tony, proving that he's smarter when he's asleep than when he's awake. Sort of. "But I got kids," complains Phil. "They got kids." And again with the humanizing. Can't we just have raw, wanton violence anymore? This is America, goddammit! An unidentified black male speaks up from nearby to say, "Yo, wasn't that Tony there the guy you were supposed to cap to prevent this from happening?" "I don't know," answers Fat Tony. "I guess not. I don't have a piece." This is all intercut with shots of the crowd watching attentively, and then Annette Bening raises her hand to be called on. "There's something Bugsy about him," she announces. We get a quick shot of Melvoin (of all people) in the crowd, and then Tony turns and runs away in fear. And just for the record, I went over the crowd shots with a fine-toothed HDTV comb, and I didn't see anyone else from the cast (past or present) that I recognized. No Jackie Jr. for you.
Episode Report CardAaron: A | 988 USERS: B-
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