In a lot of ways, this episode felt like an exact sequel to "The Ride." Tony's so unhappy with life that he has to do something, anything, to just feel again. He's in a similar place where he was at the end of the first season, when the only thing that could bring him out of his funk was getting shot.
Sounds mean, but I have to agree with the terrible things Tony said to Carm. It was all true. The house was built and financed with Tony's blood money, but all the profits are hers? Blah....
Disagree. Tony didn't make an investment; he made a payment so that he could move back into his house. I doubt that Tony getting a cut was at any time a part of the deal.
Way off topic, but, whatever happened to Albert?
I was hoping that was him at the beginning of the episode, watching the game. But once they went in for the close-up, it obviously wasn't.
He's been unreal this season and in a bad way. He has picked on everybody close to him minus Silvio but I'm sure that's coming.
Eh, I feel that the Sil v. Tony storyline was stretched out in Seasons 4 and 5, which culminated in that scene the two had in "All Due Respect." At this point, Sil probably just realizes Tony's a lost cause.
* No, Tony did not sneak into Hesh's house in the middle of the night and murder Hesh's girlfriend with an untraceable poison for absolutely no reason.
Well said. I felt the ending becomes the whole money/family thing. The point to me was that Tony could've paid back Hesh any time he wanted to, or put as much money on the Jets, but freeing up that money meant in some way admitting to himself that he was losing. But then, somehow, where he realized that 'he's up' universe-wise, he decided that he should do the right and honorable thing and settle his debts. I think he would've paid Hesh anyway, it just unfortunately coincided with his partner's death.
Incidentally, that's the beat in this episode that I felt was missing...at what point to Tony decide that he's 'up?' We see that he's losing, and then he gives Carm this speech, but how does he internally come to that conclusion? I don't know, maybe it'll be clearer on the rewatch.
That last scene, I feel, boils down to this...Hesh and Tony got so caught up in this "gimme gimme gimme" and money and debts and material possessions, that Hesh missed out on his last few days/weeks with his girlfriend. So yes, at the end, he gets his phone book, but what's the cost? He's alone now, and he got exactly what he wanted, but it wasn't what he needed. Brilliant, in my opinion.
Not to mention, to the best of our knowledge (and maybe I missed something), aren't those guys just Arab criminals? Where does the terrorist angle come from? Just because they're Arabs? I just remember them being involved in some gun dealings.
Well, we saw them involved with more 'traditional' Muslims for the first time today, and they were all congregating in a building with an armed guard. It's obviously not conclusive, but it's certainly interesting.