Gordon is rage driving, super pissed. He pretty much thinks Robert is a liar, and is condescending and unappreciative and crazy to boot. He can’t just leave the staff in that mess, though, so he hangs a violent U-turn and heads back to the Inn.
I think he had to go back for his suitcase, anyway.
He decided that the first order of business if to get Robert on board with reality and make him face the root of his financial problems, which is his out of control collecting habit. Gordon hires a crew to collect all Robert’s valuable antiques and display them in a room, so Robert can see with his own eyes just where the money has mysteriously vanished. He hopes it’ll be a wake up call, but I bet it’ll just spark that hoarder instinct and Robert will want to go shopping again. After presenting Robert with his pile of stuff, he sits down and essentially tells him how it’s going to be: Robert must have over $300,000 sunk into antiques, an amount he says would get them through two years of business if converted into cash. Gordon even brings in Amy, an auctioneer. I love how he just does this without even asking.
Gordon: “You’re getting rid of this shit whether you like it or not.” Amy: “More like not.”
Amy inspects the pile, then stops a few hearts when she tells Robert his stuff isn’t actually worth nearly as much as he thought. A lot of it is worn out, and the fact that it’s not a collection so much as an accumulation makes it tough to sell. Plus, and here’s the real bitch in the details, lots of his “valuable investment pieces” are fake. Remember that ostentatious Hannibal painting Ari was getting all elitist over in Part 1? Fake. And a shitty fake, at that. I guess Robert’s not the antiques expert he fancied himself. Imagine that.
The whole lot would only be worth about $25,000 tops, and that’s only if they can get an auction house to take it, which Amy incidentally is not about to do. So here’s Robert, thinking he’s been investing Ari’s million dollars into antiques for their future, when he’s just been buying a shitload of flea market furniture and rip-off artwork. Wow.
Robert looks like he might be sick, but at least he’s paying attention now, and Gordon is able to get through to him regarding the staff’s morale and justified anger. He says that if Robert can’t see the value in his workers and start compensating them accordingly, he might as well shut down now. Turn out, Robert’s actually paid more money to store his pieces than they’re worth. Wait. HE PAID $25,000 TO STORE THIS SHIT? WHO DOES THAT? I hope his employees appreciate the fact that Robert’s fake antiques had such a cozy place to gather dust while they decided how to live on a $45 paycheck.