“We both made our choices, I’m fine with mine.”
Charmaine Bucco says this to Carmela in Episode 3 – Anger, Denial, Acceptance.
Artie Bucco is Tony’s friend and wants to be loyal but, he is also envious of Tony… he’s ambitious and unsatisfied with life and, he knows Tony can help him get ahead in the world despite the risks. Being associated with the important powerful man can be an enticing thing right? His wife Charmaine is well aware of what it means to be mobbed up and warns Artie of the dangers all too often but, even for her it seems impossible to disassociate themselves completely… if nothing else, for the sake of their business they need Tony and his two families to keep eating at Vesuvio.
Dealing with people who you would rather not associate with is often a tension we must contend with in life right?