Back at Chez Soprano, Carmela is -- get this -- grating cheese. Damn, that's harsh. Funny, but harsh. Tony shuffles in carrying a duffel bag, and apologetically says that he's just there to pick up a few things. He checks the refrigerator out of sheer force of habit, but doesn't seem to find anything. He then calls AJ over from the living room so that he can make a family announcement. "I've been thinking about things," he says. "Me living out there. And I've decided it's probably not a good idea." Meadow comes downstairs at this point, and Tony makes things official by announcing that he's moving out of the media room. AJ asks if it's because he wanted to move out there with him, and Tony gently but firmly assures him that it wasn't. Carmela, however, is not at all happy to hear that AJ wanted to go with his father. Meanwhile, Meadow, who's looked incredibly nervous this whole time, pipes up to suggest that he and Carmela go back into counseling as she and AJ pile onto their father for a group hug. Carmela tries to make things better by promising that everyone will come to visit once Tony gets his own place, but the kids are already in tears, and nothing seems to help. AJ quietly asks if it's possible that they could still get back together, and Tony says yes, albeit without much conviction.
Upstairs, Meadow sits alone in her room, and has a "Shut up, Meadow" moment of her own as she thinks back to all the times she was rude to her parents. Tony is wearing a robe in the flashback, meaning this episode has established a new record with an StR score of 4,043. Given that the average episode is only 3,500 seconds long, I'm guessing that's a record that will never be broken. Unless, of course, David Chase decides to punish me for calling him arrogant with a two-hour season premiere in September. And for the record, Meadow absolutely does NOT kill herself here. That guy is smoking crack.
Over in the grown-ups' bedroom, Tony is packing up his clothes. Carmela breaks the awkward silence by admonishing him to be careful, and he grunts that he'll be staying at the Plaza on his way out the door. And then Carmela and AJ stand silently at the front of the house, watching as Tony drives away from their home, perhaps for the last time ever.
But instead of ending his season on a dramatic, if somewhat depressing note, David Chase elects to wrap things up by returning to Lawyer Bruce and his wife, as they sit on their porch and bicker over how to handle the music blasting from Tony's boat. Mrs. Lawyer Bruce demands that her husband refund the deposit, and complains that nothing they can do will stop Tony otherwise. Eventually she stalks inside, and Lawyer Bruce follows shortly thereafter. And as we fade to black, we're left to ponder: Is this supposed to symbolize once again the public's docile reaction to the show's mob violence? Or are we supposed to appreciate the fact that Tony and Carmela have separated, rather than constantly nagging each other like these two do? Or perhaps we're just supposed to enjoy the dulcet tones of good ol' Dino, as he sings us out of another Sopranos season. No matter what the case, we'll certainly have plenty of time to think things over.