Gordon has also turned the second dining room into a lounge, complete with an actual bar and games and stuff. He’s even seen fit to fill it with people, so they can see its potential. They’re ready to open for lunch service, but Ari is sort of prowling around, checking people in while Robert shuffles papers. Gordon knows that keeping Ari away from the paying customers is essential, and insists that Ari play to his strengths and stay behind the scenes.
Wait’ll he finds out his retirement fund went toward that fake elephant painting.
But this is sort of a backfire strategy, because when Ari catches Sara taking Ari’s besweatered poodle outside, away from the bar and the food, Ari starts snarling at her, pulling out his old “I am the boss” attitude. So the boss thinks it’s okay to let the dog eat at the table with paying customers? I can see why this place has floundered. Sara, though, shows a moment of backbone. She must be bolstered by Gordon’s presence, because she tells Ari to never talk to her that way again and then flees upstairs before his Finnish hands can wrap around her throat and squeeze the defiance out of her.
Gordon misses Sara at lunch and goes looking for her, eventually finding her in the midst of a nervous breakdown. She spills all to Gordon, and he’s so nurturing and sweet. It’s really adorable, especially when he’s usually screaming and calling people pillocks. He gets her to come downstairs and goes to make Ari apologize. Or at least agree to refrain from being an asshole until lunch service is over.
Best of luck with that.
Gordon rallies the troops and they get moving on lunch service, which has attracted lots of guests who you know are there hoping to get on TV. People are such camera whores. Steve the inspector is also there. Gordon gets up Giulian’s ass about communication, and we start to see the Hell’s Kitchen Gordy sneaking out. Any minute he’s going to yell RAWR and start throwing things. He drags Giulian onto the porch and yells at him for a bit, which seems to work.
That’s our Gordon!
Food is going out, people seem happy, and even Steve can see an improvement. Service is going well, and of course Ari picks that moment to take Sara aside and apologize. Amazingly, it goes fine. Customers are giving positive feedback, and Robert takes Ryan aside and thanks him for everything he’s done. He gives him an actual paycheck with a hundred dollar bonus, which will probably enrage the rest of the staff once this show airs.
Gordon packs to leave as all this is going on, and says his goodbyes in the middle of everything. Giulian says he’s just happy to get out without being smacked with a spatula, which I admit is always a valid concern with Gordon around. You just squeaked through by the skin of your teeth on that, Giuls. Finally, Gordon seeks out to see Ari, who wisely retreated to the motor coach to write out paychecks with god knows what money. I guess I can start calling it the motor coach again, since Robert seems to have come around and seems to give more a flying fuck at this point. They have a stiff goodbye, and Gordon bids adieu to Robert, telling him to keep everything functioning and keep Ari in the RV. That’s fucking hilarious. Gordon presents Robert with a Diamond Collection plaque, and tells him to keep up the good work and attitude. Gordon takes off, saying he’d lock Ari in the storage shed if he were him. Ha! He’d totally do that, I can see it now. And not another word is said about the piggies, so I’m assuming they just left them down in the basement. I hate loose ends.