Tony still has his two famiglia, but he`s now the sole Boss of the professional one, as Junior`s been indicted on twelve RICO predicates. So while his uncle spends his days sporting an orange jumpsuit and doing the perp walk, Tony is running the business "bunker style" and trying not to draw the Feds` attention himself.
"Life is essentially meaningless." Tony talking to Dr. Melfi? Livia to anyone who`ll listen? No, this time it`s Anthony, Jr. to his parents, upon being caught driving ? and crashing ? his mother`s car. An unrepentant A.J. has been reading Camus and Nietzsche and come to the conclusion that God is dead, existence is pointless and his upcoming confirmation in the Catholic Church is an exercise in absurdity.
Tony`s lawyer, Neil Mink, warns him that while he dodged a bullet on the Bevilaqua matter, the Feds are still gunning for him. The government has devoted considerable resources to investigating the Soprano organization, Neil tells Tony, "and sooner or later, they`re going to want a return on their investment."
It`s not a rhetorical question. And it`s going to have to be answered soon because he`s rapidly running out his string with Tony. He`s still selling drugs on his garbage routes and started trying to horn in on other capos` hauling contracts. And while Richie continues to contend that his future brother-in-law is not giving him due respect.
Things are going pretty well for Tony. Business-wise, things are great: the Webistics scam and Scatino bust out yielded, as Junior might put it, some serious sponduliks. A current venture involving the sale of bogus telephone cards is proving to be highly profitable as well. Richie and Janice are gone and soon Livia will be, too.