harpo wrote: At least Paulie knows Tony has some kind of relationship with Agent Harris. His history of therapy probably doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in him. Easy to see how New York would decide ending Tony made business sense (besides allowing Butch to appear strong and "answer" Phil's murder). Tony and Butch agree in the sitdown to "come up with a number" as to what Bobby's life was worth, and the same viewing of someone else's life in cost-benefit analysis terms wouldn't protect Tony very well in the place he lands.
Well done Harpo! You really put some pieces of this jigsaw puzzle together. Makes the big picture even clearer.