In this episode, Phil, unaware that Paulie was wearing a wire, vouches for him to Ellen, a consultant for unspecified "Bosses" who order killings of anyone who threatens their business dealings (the Mob gone "legit"). Ellen, however, having a contact in the FBI, reveals to Phil that Paulie is indeed cooperating with the FBI. In fact, Paulie is with Jimmy that very evening. They are attending a lecture being given by Frank Serpico in Chicago about "Ethics and Survival." As a result, Phil is given an ultimatum: he must kill Paulie or Phil will be targeted for execution himself.