Then we find out that Giulian is making $400 per week before taxes. Seriously? Granted, I don’t know if he’s considered full time or part time (seeing as the kitchen is only open for two meals a day). However, that seems to be a pretty terrible paycheck if you’re cooking somewhere that serves a $59 dinner!
Why haven’t you quit yet?
Why has Giulian not started looking for another job? I know the market is bad, but I imagine “head chef at a luxury hotel” looks pretty good on a resume. Yes, it might be hard, but I’m sure that he’d find something! Future employers don’t need to know that he was working for an ass hole like Robert! I don’t know about you, but Giulian’s speech sounds totally scripted. “We’re surrounded by wealth and reminded of poverty.” Who the fuck talks like that? The entire exchange between Giulian and Robert just seems rehearsed. At the end of this little spat, Gordon walks out. I think he was pissed off about how unnatural that reading seemed.
Robert goes back to the RV…oh, sorry “motor coach” to vent to Ari. I’m not sure why anyone thinks that living in an RV is a “fantasy.” I could see if it was someone’s dream to travel the country in an RV. I don’t think that anyone has ever said, “You know, I want to own a great hotel. Then I’ll live outside in an RV. That would be awesome.”
There is a first time for everything, I suppose.
Gordon goes to meet with Lida, the former chef at Juniper Hill. We will call her “the smart one” because she actually quit a shitty job. She tells us everything we already know. She wasn’t paid on time, Robert didn’t communicate, and she spent a lot of her own money on supplies. However, we do learn that, if Robert had a private party with his friends, the hotel staff wouldn’t receive tips. Wow. I can’t imagine that. When I get something for free, I always tend to tip better! Bartenders at weddings with an open bar LOVE me! How the hell do you not tip at all for something like that? Wow! When Gordon asks if Lida would come back to the inn for dinner at the end of the week, she refuses.
Good for you, Lida. I’m not even saying that sarcastically!
I’ll give Lida credit for acting the way she did. She refused to go back because she didn’t want to end up in a fight with Robert or Ari. Good for her. It’s rare on reality TV to see someone acting like this. She doesn’t think that Gordon can fix Juniper Hill because people aren’t going to want to work there.
Gordon heads back to Juniper Hill and we get another round of staff members telling us how they don’t get their paychecks on time. You know, this entire episode could have been a lot shorter had they not kept going over the same issue again and again. We get it, Gordon. No no one here is happy. Are you really shocked to hear about the staff not being paid on time? You’ve heard at least six people say it!
Ryan, the man in charge of maintenance, takes Gordon down to the basement. The walls are lined with junk! Just more of Roberts collection. It’s like we’ve suddenly switched to an episode of “Hoarders.” Then they get to the office.
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Robert on TLC soon.
Then Ryan takes Gordon to meet the pigs. I know pot bellied pigs are pretty common pets. However, I’m pretty sure they need access to the outdoors. Keeping them in a basement is probably a bad idea.
The cutest part of the whole episode!
Now they go to the storage units. This is just insane! How the hell does Robert acquire all this stuff? Does no one in his life care about him enough to tell him to knock it off.
Gordon meets with Ari and they sit down to talk about Robert and the business. Ari (I keep wanting to type “Air”) explains to Gordon that he’s put about $1 million into the business. He hasn’t seen any of that investment back. Robert has spent his savings on art and antiques and so now Ari is supporting the business. I love that Gordon says, “Your biggest problem is fucking Robert!” Use “fucking” as a verb instead of an adjective (the way Gordon used it) and the sentence is still true. Robert is such an ass.
Word has spread about Gordon being at the inn (no doubt spread by producers of the show) and business has picked up for the evening. Gordon immediately sees that Robert and Ari know nothing about running a restaurant. Instead of staggering the seating of the guests, everyone is seated at the same time. That is definitely going to cause problems for the kitchen. Giulian is getting slammed with orders. Meanwhile, Ari is making fun of guests because they don’t immediately recognize a painting. Way to go, Ari. At the same time, Robert is giving a history lesson. Wonderful.
When Robert finally comes back to check on the kitchen, Gordon flat out tells him that the ticketing system sucks! Sara, the assistant innkeeper comes in as if on cue. Drinks haven’t been written down. As a result, they’ve lost about 30 of them. How hard is it to write down information? There is no excuse for losing alcohol!
I found a few of the lost drinks!
As a result of the terrible seating, Giulian is sending out over cooked food. When called in about the burnt foie gras, Ari just laughs it off. This is why you’ve lost $1 million Ari! Take the business seriously, for fuck’s sake! Gordon demands that no more tickets be taken to the kitchen for ten minutes to Giulian can catch up. He finally asks Robert to put down his phone and take off his jacket and act like a host. Gordon then flips out on Robert for not communicating with Giulian. Gordon is right. If Giulian doesn’t answer the question the first time, ask him again.
Thankfully, Robert decides that he can help take food to the dining room. Gordon also tells Giulian that he needs to be more aware of what’s going on in the kitchen. When he puts up dishes to be served, he has to make sure they are indeed taken to the dining room.
After dinner, Gordon gathers the staff along with Robert and Ari to talk about what’s going on. Sara pipes up first and tells us that there just isn’t any structure. Again, it all boils down to communication. While Giulian is trying to work, Ari interrupts with “I am the boss.” Gordon, being wonderful like he is, just says, “You can’t call yourself the boss if you don’t pay them!” I love you, Gordon! Robert also explains the late checks. He’d rather write a late check than write a check that will bounce. However, he never gives the staff any warning that the checks will be late. No one should have to beg for their paycheck!