"So you're saying Terry's had some kinda mental breakdown then?" asked Tony.
"It looks like it Boss," replied Paolo, adding "but what do I know about such stuff?"
Paolo was surprised that Tony seemed to be confiding in him and asking his advice minutes after dressing him down for arriving late. He thought to himself that maybe it was Tony who was uncharacteristically 'close to the edge'. This could work two ways for Paolo, Tony could become dangerously unpredictable on the one hand or reliant upon Paolo's advice on the other, which would be perfect..
Paolo needed to take care.