Written by David Chase & Lawrence Konner
Directed by John Patterson
Yet another academic misstep by AJ forces his parents to seriously contemplate a military-school alternative. Although Tony orders Ralph to deal personally with the Jackie, Jr. situation, he seems to take Ralph's side in a money dispute with Paulie. Once again, the family gathers in Artie Bucco's restaurant, where Meadow is forced to reflect on what it means to live, and die, in the Soprano family.
Jackie Junior is in hiding and sees only one way out: Tony. "You gotta help," he says into the phone between sobs, "For my dad, if not for me." But Tony's been down this road before and doesn't care to make the trip again. "He's been dead two years, " he replies, "In fact, the expiration date was last week on all your bullshit with that."