For me, Sopranos is most effective when the episodes are most than a series of events in the unfolding saga of Tony's life. I don't watch Sopranos to see a soap opera. I watch it for the episodes where I carry something away at the end of the episode -- a feeling, a question, a feeling of temporary closure.
This episode didn't do that for me. It's one of the ones where you're watching and you're watching, and suddenly music is intruding onto the scene and then bam! Credits.
I *hate* that.
Yes, good writing. Yes, those hyperreal Sopranos characters. But would it kill them to make an episode out of it?