Once a connection has been established, and Bobby Bacala has departed for greener pastures better known as "We'll Get To Your Subplot In The Next Episode, I Promise," the assembled bosses begin discussing the new Pants predicament they find themselves in. Junior asks some fairly intelligent questions about the situation, but Tony remains principally concerned with finding out who's been talking amongst his crew. He even goes so far as to make an eminently reasonable compromise: "You tell me who told you about it, and we'll bring him in here. He corroborates what you're saying, I'll give you [Joey] on a platter." Except with the back problems, you'd probably have to carry Tony Sirico in on a platter, so that's probably not going to happen. Johnny refuses in any case, and tries to point out that in the past, he could have had Joey killed for far less. "Is nothing sacred?" he wonders. "I mean, what happened to this thing? For God's sake, we bend more rules than the Catholic Church." Carmine is emphatic, however, that "no one is getting clipped." Once again, Johnny storms out of the meeting, and everyone is left sit in awkward silence. Everyone except Junior, that is, who at least has his big bucket of olives to keep him company.
The next morning -- or more accurately, the next afternoon -- Tony is awakened by the ringing of his own cell phone. It's Carmine, and Tony quickly claims to be wide awake and "doing something." I guess dons don't sleep late, either. Without ever actually saying so, Carmine orders Tony to have Johnny Sack killed, so that the Esplanade deal won't be upset. Dun dun DUN!
Bada Bing. Tony laments to Christopher, Silvio, and Joey that he's known Johnny Sack for twenty years, and now he has to see him killed, all over a stupid joke. Everyone turns to stare at Joey. "For Christ's sake!" he exclaims. "You guys never made a joke about Ginny Sack?" They're all quick to deny it, so I'll just tell you to click here to see just as quickly that they're lying. Joey keeps right on insulting the Sacks, asking of Johnny, "Who does he think he is, Sir Walter Raleigh?" I totally don't get that reference, by the way, because even though Raleigh was imprisoned and executed in part over comments that he may or may not have actually made, that would still make Joey, not Johnny, the closer analogue. So who knows? I'm sure I'll be getting email about it, though. Tony goes ballistic, and demands that Joey head back to Miami, where he can hide until they clean up the mess that he's made.