Splishak wrote:I'm not so sure about that. If Tony and his crew make book for people in their neighborhoods, then they are connected into the world of gambling. What would that do for their future relations with other bookies if they just stiff one of them? I don't see that as a problem-free solution for Tony.
Fair enough. Stiffing the bookie does dry up his action, and he obviously wanted to continue betting.
Splishak wrote:It accomplished a few things for me. First and foremost, most everything about LV felt very powerful (and thus very entertaining) to me. By the way, no one has yet mentioned the connection between his father dying an his toppling the statue of the dead man saying something like, "Goodbye old dude!"
But it also showed some differences between Phil and Tony. Neither of them did a great job with the kid, but Phil was a complete zero. Two moments stood out for me in those conversations. When he was talking with Phil & Tony, he twice asked them point blank things like, "What's it got to do with me? or What am I supposed to do about it?" My sense was that if neither of them could answer him, he just wasn't interested in hearing anything else they had to say. And, after all, why should he?
In a way, the kid was right about his father's behavior not being his fault nor his responsibility. This connects with many other sub-plots in the show, you know, "the sins of the father being visited on the son". But more than that, it's about how the two men differed in their response. We know the kid has a point. How can he "fix" things about his father? But Phil just chose to mouth some stupid cliche, while Tony took a second to think about it and, I think he realized the kid was partly right and it also must have hit him on some subconscious level re his own father. Finally, Phil let the kid know exactly how much he meant to Phil when he told him, "there's no eating in my car". The fucker may have felt the kid was of little importance to him compared to his car. But it was very stupid for him to let the kid see that. What do you think the kid takes away from that?
In summary, we see that Tony is just plain smarter than Phil and has a greater emotional depth. If and when a final conflict comes between Phil and Tony, I think we know who will win.
If there is only one thing I want before the show ends, I want to see Phil get his. And by "get his", I don't just mean I want to see him killed. I do want that. But I want so much more from Phil.
The juxtoposition of Phil and Tony was an interesting part of the Vito Jr. story, but I wish it was done without establishing a whole new character at this stage in the show. Also, having Tony have a legitimate reason to beef with Phil could have come from anywhere, and this one did not live up to my expectations of the show.