Inside, Boon is trying to convince Vondie that he's the one who should be handling the crackhead problem, because the police would be ineffectual. Vondie, however, doesn't want to get in any deeper than he already is. "Nobody mentioned anything about violence," he says. "We renounced it, remember? When Eldridge went into the codpiece business." Heh. Leave it to David Chase to dig up a historical nugget like that one. Boon insists that the problem can only be solved by "people of color," and proposes that Vondie use some kids from a gang outreach center he helps run to do the job. "When you think about it from a policing standpoint," he rationalizes, "it's just one group of recidivists beating on another." When even that still fails to convince Vondie, Boon asks Foreshadowing for some help in pulling on his coat, then adds, "Let me tell you something else. Guys like Tony? You don't fool around with these people. That's what their ex-girlfriends are for."
Hmm. It seems that the production staff has been using all the time they weren't actually shooting in Melfi's office to find all sorts of new and interesting places to put the camera. I like the new diagonal angle they've got going here. Tony wants to talk about AJ, but Melfi interrupts to say that she thinks they need to discuss his "angry tirade" from the previous episode. She chews him out for allowing his anger to "manifest itself in physicality," and remains completely unmollified by the basket of flowers that he sent. "You cannot have these outbursts and expect to redeem yourself with an FTD bouquet," she tells him. "We've been down this road before." Several times, in fact. Tony is quite apologetic, but he does repeatedly insist that he never laid a finger on her. "You loomed," she replies. "You threw my tissue holder." Heh. "Loomed" is a funny word. So is "tissue," for that matter. Anyway, Tony is still upset that she didn't tell him about Gloria (which I assume she was legally required not to), and tries to justify his behavior thusly: "I know what I did was wrong, okay? And you may not believe this, but I did exercise impulse control. And I have been controlling my anger. This thing with my son? I went to show him the old neighborhood, and we got accosted by these crackheads. One of them had a gun, and the other one threw a bottle at my car. Now it may not sound like much, but I let it go. I drove away." "In the future," replies Melfi, "I'd ask that you extend to me the same courtesy that you would a crack addict." Ooh, burn! Even Tony has to smile at that one, knowing that he's been caught. He settles back into the chair, and confesses that he's been holding a grudge against Melfi for the idiot shrink she referred Meadow to a few weeks back. When Melfi greets this news with nothing but a put-upon sigh, he's forced to admit that it's not much of an excuse.