Tony takes Meadow on a trip to Maine to visit three colleges she is considering. The pair first visit Bates College, and Meadow makes a joke about the school’s well-known sexual atmosphere. On the drive from Bates to Colby College, Tony is taken aback when his daughter asks if he is “in the Mafia”, and his instinctive reaction is to deny everything. When Meadow proves skeptical, he relents and admits that a portion of his income is from illegal gambling and other activities. Meadow admits to taking speed to study for SATs, but after Tony reacts angrily, will not state her source of the drugs. Both seem relieved by this mutual honesty on difficult topics.
Later, Tony spots a familiar face from afar at a gas station: Fabian Petrulio, a former member of the DiMeo crime family who turned FBI informant and was relocated under the Witness Protection Program. Despite Meadow’s obvious alarm and suspicions at his agitated reaction (chasing a car through oncoming traffic), Tony resolves to locate the man, confirm his identity, and personally execute him, all while continuing his trip with Meadow. Tony leaves his daughter at a college bar while he tracks down Petrulio. He confirms Petrulio’s identity when he sees a bust of Ronald Reagan in Petrulio’s office, similar to those Petrulio had created while in prison. Tony fails to realize that his snooping has not gone unnoticed; carrying a handgun, Petrulio in-turn tracks Tony and his daughter back to the roadside motel where they are staying. However, the presence of two elderly bystanders prevents Petrulio from taking a shot at an unsuspecting Tony.
The next morning, Tony drops off Meadow for an interview at Colby College, and leaves to ambush Petrulio at his “Frederick ‘Fred’ Peters” travel agency. Tony strangles him with a length of wire as Petrulio pleads for his life. During his drive from Colby to Bowdoin College, Tony is met with more skepticism from his daughter, and after arriving at Bowdoin, is struck by a Nathaniel Hawthorne quote on display in the admissions office: “No man… can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one may be true.”
Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, Carmela has been at home recovering from a case of the flu, and is paid a surprise visit by Father Phil while A.J. is at a friend’s sleepover. Father Phil and Carmela relax with baked ziti, wine, and the film The Remains of the Day. Carmela’s emotions are spurred when Dr. Melfi phones to reschedule Tony’s appointment, revealing to Carmela that her husband’s psychiatrist is female. Carmela pours out her heart to Father Phil about her marriage and her fears for her children and her soul, and then takes communion with him. Carmela is nearly driven to kiss the priest romantically, but the moment is lost when his stomach revolts, presumably against his alcohol consumption. The Father sleeps it off on the sofa until morning. Tony and Meadow return the same day, but Tony’s inquiry as to what Carmela was doing spending her evening alone with another man is turned around when she mentions her conversation with Dr. Melfi, putting Tony on the defensive.
Starring in “College”
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
Paul Schulze as Father Phil
Tony Ray Rossi as Fred Peters
Oksana Lada as Irina Peltsin
Lisa Arning as Peter’s Wife
Ross Gibby as Bartender
Mark Kamine as Admissions Dean
Michael Manetta as Gas Station Attendant
Keith Nobbs as Bowdoin Student
Luke Reilly as Lon Le Doyene
Sarah Thompson as Lucinda
Olivia Brynn Zaro as Peters’ Daughter
James Spector as Kid #1
Corrine Stella as Woman
Anthony Tavaglione as Lance