Gordon takes the family into another room and accuses Nino of not taking responsibility for anything except cleaning. And really not even that, because nothing in the place is exactly sparkling clean. Nino clings to his photographic proof, and Michael and Carina inform him, for what I’m sure is not the first time, that cleaning does not equal restaurant management. Gordon tells Nino he needs to stop living in denial and breaking his mother’s heart and bank account. He goes to take a walk, and Nino immediately gets all cranky about being Gordon’s target. Michael jumps on the Gordon train and the whole things devolves into an argument between him, Nino, and Inge, who for some reason tries to remain neutral and stop them from yelling instead of making Nino face up to what everyone else has been saying to him the entire episode. This tells me two things: one, Inge was never the disciplinarian in the family or the restaurant; and two, this business trouble is partially her fault because she’s kept Nino in charge when he clearly is not fit to be.
Gordon suits up in his whites and descends upon the kitchen to fondle a chunk of weird, bread-shaped lasagna that was also made the week before. He makes Nino taste the nasty chicken, which Nino insists tastes good. The upside is that the food leaves the kitchen quickly; the bad news is that it returns almost just as quickly, having been deemed inedible by the customers. Carina rightly believes that it’s Nino’s responsibility to be in the kitchen and regulate the food quality, but that’s hard to do when having lunch on the patio during the midday rush is a much more appealing option. Meanwhile, Gordon is busy yanking everything out of the fridge and finding out that Friday is apparently the only day anything is cooked fresh in that place.
He drags Nino away from his lunch to point out all the things wrong in the walk in, but even when faced with rotten produce and strange buckets of pasta, Nino’s excuses keep flowing. He’s completely in denial, telling Gordon that it’s impossible to do everything right, and he doesn’t have the authority to run things because Inge won’t let him. Inge finally flat out calls him on his lie, and brings up Nino’s relapse and subsequent hospitalization, which he then says she uses against him to withhold management power. I’d use it against him to withhold a paycheck like Sam from last week, but that’s just me. Gordon shoos Nino away and promises Inge he will help her—but he knows this has to start with Nino.
The next day, Gordon lays out his master plan: Nino will keep screwing around as long as he thinks Inge will continue pouring her own money into keeping the doors open, so Gordon and Inge agree to fake a shutdown. They board up the front of the place and position Inge in front of it so Nino will see her when he arrives at eight o’clock sharp to not clean the ceiling bottles. I would laugh so hard if he just saw the boards, paused for a moment, and kept on driving, but he actually parks and confronts Inge, I guess pretending not to notice Gordon’s tall ass squatting covertly a few feet away.