Scene: Phone Conversation Between Tony and Paulie
Tony: What if he flipped?
Paulie: Who? Carlo?
Tony: Well? You there?
Paulie: His kid, the imbecile.
Paulie: He got picked up yesterday, Patsy told me, for selling ecstasy.
This is the beginning of the end for Tony. Jason Gervasi has been picked up for selling ecstasy and Carlo Gervasi is cooperating with Law Enforcement in the interest of saving his son. Furthermore, Jason Gervasi is good friends - partners in crime, so to speak - with Jason Parisi, Patsy's younger son. Jason Parisi may be somehow involved in the ecstasy situation - we just don't know. That Patsy told Paulie, of course, means Patsy has some degree of knowledge regarding Jason Gervasi's problem. Perhaps Carlo simply informed Patsy, or perhaps Patsy is well informed due to Jason Parisi's involvement.
Scene: Meadow's Bedroom
Carmela: Mead, they're gonna be here in... Miss Hunter?! Long time no see.
Hunter: How are you, Mrs. Soprano?
Carmela: Oh my God, when was it? It was right around when you quit college.
Hunter: You're being kind. I was kicked out for partying and drunk driving.
Carmela: Well, I didn't want to say, but... Well, that was always you. So, what are you up to now?
Hunter: I'm in my second year of med school.
Hunter: Yeah, I completed undergrad at Purchase and got my act together.
Carmela: Yes. They're gonna be here, Meadow.
Hunter was previously perceived as a negative influence on Meadow. The unexpected and conspicuous return of Hunter symbolizes the return of a negative influence to Meadow's life. The fact that Hunter has managed to orchestrate an impressive, if not rather improbable, life turnaround serves to illustrate that while she represents the negative influence, she herself is not the negative influence. Fortunately, we don't have to wait long for a clue as to who the negative influence actually is. As Carmela says, "They're gonna be here, Meadow."
Scene: Parisis Visiting the Sopranos
Donna Parisi: A man took a horse to a vet and the vet says to him: "Why do you have a long face?"
Patsy: "A horse goes." There's no man.
Donna: Right. Right. A horse goes to a vet. And the vet looks at his face and he says to him: "My friend..."
Patsy: A horse goes to the doctor. The doctor says, "Why the long face?"
Patsy: Can't tell jokes.
Rarely in the course of human events has so short a joke met with so tortured a fate. We know little about Donna Parisi, but we know this: in matters of communication, she is one challenged individual.