She tells him the downstairs party is the place to be, and it’s working fine with him sequestered in a locked room. She actually seems to get through to him by invoking the prospects of free time and financial stability. Who knew that was all it would take? Hanging out with the mannequin has convinced John that he doesn’t want to spend his remaining years staring at the rotten ceiling, and he has an epiphany.
Well, fuck you, too! I didn’t want you to live here ANYWAY. –ceiling
After a successful night, Gordon gathers the staff and learns they made $1,400 in two hours, which is more than the past four days combined. John says Shay opened his eyes to a lot of things, and makes a big speech about how he needs to change. I’m guessing the reason Tina looks like he wants to kill John is because she’s been telling him the same shit for years, to no avail. Gordon warns everyone to brace themselves for tomorrow.
I never really thought of Gordon as an exhibitionist, but I’m starting to think the man took this job because he has some kind of unrealized desire to literally show his ass on TV. We’re treated to another pixilated bum, as he steps into the shower. Gotta bring the viewers in somehow.
Does the cameraman get paid extra to take these shots, or does he pay for the privilege?
The next morning, Gordon lets the staff into the recently locked front door and takes them up to look at his renovated guest room. He’s pulled up the carpet and installed a wood floor, changed the walls and décor, and upgraded all the linens in the hotel, to the tune of $75,000. That’s a lot of towels. Tina can hardly believe it. They see he’s redone all the rooms, and they all look much better and modern, while still retaining the antique charm. Then Gordon takes them downstairs to show them the room he transferred into a pie room. He’s giving them his own recipe and gotten them an ice cream maker, so they can stop serving sloppy bullshit and start serving something people want to eat. The irony of a Brit providing the Americans with their own signature pie recipe notwithstanding, everyone is stoked. And Scooter, bless his sweet, ambitious heart, is actually moved to tears.
He’s just so excited to cook real food!
Gordon gives him a big cuddle, and it’s just adorable. The staff seems much more proud and happy, and everyone is excited to work there. Business seems good that night and the pie is a hit. And now I want pie.
AND WHERE DID THESE PEOPLE COME FROM?!? THE DOOR WAS LOCKED! IT WAS LOCKED!