When last we left Gordon, he was attempting to reason with Robert and Ari, the tuned-out proprietors of Juniper Hill Inn who haven’t seen fit to hand out complete or timely paychecks in god knows how long. Does anyone else think the name Juniper Hill sounds a bit like a high-end mental ward? As in “Ah, yes, Reginald is feeling blue this winter. A turn at Juniper Hill will be just the thing.” In any case, what’s happening in the place carries its own brand of madness, and I’m amazed these two even have a staff left to shortchange and degrade.
Part 2 of the great Juniper Hill Inn rescue mission opens with Gordon reminding us just how insane things have gotten. Robert has actually sassed Gordon to his face, a move I personally would not recommend, and Ari and Robert remain snotty about withholding staff pay, firmly in denial that they’re doing anything wrong and that the employees can skip their broke asses off into the sunset if they’re so unhappy. Economic desperation makes people take a lot of shit, and Robert and Ari seem to be exploiting this, likely knowing that the small town can only support so many jobs. A $45 paycheck is better than a $0 paycheck, but I’ll bet the real kicker is hearing that kind of condescending bullshit from your boss when you rightfully request the money you earned. I’ve taken a lot of shit over the years at some pretty thankless jobs, but at least they’ve all paid what they agreed to pay.
Anyway, Gordon is determined to fix this place no matter what, and he enlists manager Ryan to get to the truth of the mater. Ryan says that Robert has been playing host to a bunch of friends, letting them stay and eat free for weeks at a time, and that’s a major reason there’s no money. You know, I get that sometimes people get into hotel management without really knowing what they’re doing, but this is just common sense. You can’t just give away $10,000 worth of food and lodging and then expect the money appear from nowhere. Ryan says that Robert walks around like he’s king of the castle, and everyone else is a peon, and Gordon remarks that they’re treating the place like a private club instead of a business. Then Gordon nearly craps himself when he learns that Robert even takes a share the servers’ tips for himself, on top of not paying them a wage. Okay, that really would be the last straw. I’ve never even worked for tips, and that makes me mad.
Gordon isn’t even trying to hide his absolute astonishment and disbelief. I love how he’s so quietly melodramatic on his “fix it” shows. He goes to talk to the servers, and once Barbara confirms that Robert takes an equal percentage of their tips to slide in his own pocket, Gordon marches straight out to the trailer to confront Robert.
I’m just going to call it a trailer until this asshole get a clue.