Man, this episode has PopePhilly written all over it—we get to see Gordon strip once again as he changes into his chef jacket, and he has Giulian cook up some dishes from the current menu and then three new ones of his own creation, designed to be both tasty and affordable. Then Gordon lies, says he cooked the new meal, and gives them to Robert to taste. Predictably, Robert loves “Gordon’s” meal, and votes that as the one that should be on the menu. When Gordon reveals that Giulian is responsible for it, Robert actually sacks up and admits he was wrong, and that he’s been restricting Giulian’s talents.
I must say, this far surpasses the shit you usually send out of that kitchen.
Robert is scared after that, but hopeful, and regretful that he’s been shitting so copiously on his employees for so long. Gordon tells him he needs to tell the staff that, and maybe cut them a paycheck every once and awhile. You know, for morale. They gather the staff and Robert tells them that they’re valuable to him and Ari. Ari’s face sort of contradicts that, but I really just think he looks like that anyhow, no matter what’s being said. Robert says things will be different, and apologizes for the money and tip issues. He also apologizes for the communication issues and promises things will be different. Then Robert drops the antiques bomb, and everyone looks fucking horrified. Gordon assures the room that things will indeed be different, and Giulian and the rest of the staff show tremendous amounts of loyalty and heart, because they all offer words of support and gratitude, every last one of them agreeing to stand behind Robert and help fix the business. That’s very sweet of them. I’d have told him to get fucked ages ago.
Gordon takes Robert to a local brewery to mingle with the unwashed masses. Robert is visibly nervous, but insists that he’d love this crowd and their wallets zeal in his place. He stands on a chair and invites everyone to come spend money in his establishment. The crowd is full of people nice enough to applaud instead of making moosecalls and fart noises, and Robert unclenches a bit. Gordon asks how Ari felt about the staff meeting, and Robert says that his Finnish exterior hides a deep and caring heart.
Yes, I can totally see that.
It’s great that Ari is a sweetie underneath and not a total sociopath, but you should probably keep him away from the guests, and maybe people in general. They agree that Ari will work best in a behind-the-scenes capacity.
So now that that’s been established, Gordon is ready to do his thing. He kicks everyone out for however long, makes some changes, then brings the staff in to check out the new look. Right away you can tell the difference. Gordon moved a bunch of the shit out and rearranged what was left, adding some nice signs and yanking out the ridiculous bar. The dining room has been similarly redone, and they’ve gotten that sewer issue fixed so the rooms don’t stink of feces anymore. It’s the little touches that make the difference, you know. Amazingly, Gordon hasn’t had anything done to the rest of the rooms, because those are fine. Robert managed to keep most of his bullshit out of them, I guess, and clearly Gordon approves of the tub. He convinces Robert to lower the room prices to bring in business. Which means the middle class now has permission to set foot on the property, but times are tough, and Juniper Hill’s gotta do what Juniper Hill’s gotta do.
Welcome to Juniper Hill! I’ll be happy to serve you once I see your credit score and tax returns.