In the steam room, Vondie and Boon are still waxing nostalgic about their days as young liberals. They talk about voting drives and food co-ops and lots of other historical stuff that's probably quite interesting to anyone who lives in Newark or cares passionately about the plight of the oppressed. Seeing as how neither of those two apply to me, however, I'm not going to bother recapping what they're saying. When Joey starts talking about Cousin Brian's HUD scam, Tony excuses himself and walks out in order to avoid participating in any of those pesky incriminating conversations. Joey runs down the plan for Vondie, and this time we do get to hear details. They've got a urologist on the payroll who will buy four rundown houses for $125,000 each, and also an appraiser who will re-list them at $300,000 apiece. So all Vondie has to do is get his non-profit group to apply for a HUD-guaranteed loan, which Boon's office will support, and then keep the check and not make any mortgage payments so that the taxpayers get stuck with the bill. Vondie and Boon each get ten percent of the profit for their troubles, and the citizens of Newark, as always, get screwed.
Outside in the locker room, Tony is almost fully dressed when Boon emerges to join him. After last week's shockingly robe-free episode, I'm more than a little disappointed that Boon is the only one we'll be seeing in terrycloth this scene. He sidles over to Tony and proceeds to deliver the somewhat unexpected confession that he and Irina are now an item. They met at some fundraiser, blah blah blah, she had a problem with her landlord, blah blah blee, and now suddenly he "[cares] for her very deeply," and is separated from his wife. Tony outwardly seems surprisingly okay with the whole thing, and even wishes the lovebirds well, but it's also very important that you remember he's listening to a Chi-Lites song while simultaneously pulling on his belt here. That'll be important (and also painful) later on. Vondie and Joey enter at this point, and Tony and Vondie do a little bonding over their shared appreciation for Motown trivia so as to further draw attention to the plot-relevant music on the soundtrack. The scene ends with Tony assuring Boon one last time that he has no problem with the guy going for sloppy seconds.