At one point or another someone was going to have to tell Tommy that his kid was getting bullied and that Mr. Moran wasn’t responsible for the bruises on TJ’s body. It probably wasn’t going to be TJ because the kid doesn’t talk, and lord knows Mr. Moran is all about keeping things tense and hostile. So that leaves Dion to tell his longtime friend that TJ is getting bullied and that in order to keep Thirio alive, Tommy’s going to have to go to his father and apologize for accusing him of beating his grandson.
Tommy meets with the school counselor first to discuss what can be done about the bullying, but after that he goes to see his father along with Dion. The two quickly apologize and Mr. Moran, being his usual self, says that they have a contract and he never intended to go back on it. So he gives Dion a check for $75,000 for startup costs, and, suddenly, the two boys are off and running.
There’s just one problem: Tommy and Dion don’t really know how to run a restaurant. Sure, they know wine and food, but the business end isn’t really their strength. That’s when Pilar steps in and offers to help, despite the fact that she doesn’t really know how to run a restaurant either. She will seriously do anything to get in Tommy’s pants at this point. Is she aware that he’s not that attractive as a prospective boyfriend? He’s kind of a mess.
Meanwhile, the Tooth Fairy is bragging to his father that everything’s under control and that the stolen Asian shipment is proof of that. The elder Tooth Fairy isn’t so pleased though. He knows the cops will be looking for that shipment, that they can’t possibly move it now. So, he tells him to hide the coke in five different places for a few months until the heat goes away. That leads the Tooth Fairy to demand another favor from Dion, forcing him to hide some coke in his couch in Tommy’s place.
With the restaurant finally receiving some funding from Mr. Moran, Dion gets a little carried away with the spending. He starts buying expensive oven hoods and $700 frying pans. Plus, he’s throwing money at his old supporting chef crew and helping his friends pay for lawyers to handle immigration issues. That money’s going to go quick, but Dion insists that it’s all for the good of the restaurant.
Because Dion blows nearly all of the $75,000 in a matter of days, despite Pilar’s protestations, there’s no money left for Tommy to stock up on premium wine. Of course, Dion has a plan: They’ll just go back to Tommy’s old employer and rob his warehouse. Tommy wants nothing to do with it though, even as Dion tells him that they don’t have too many other options and that if they want to get a restaurant in the Bronx off the ground they’re going to have to get their hands dirty from time to time.
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Eventually Tommy realizes the necessity of the wine after Pilar organizes a tasting of similar but cheaper wines and Tommy recoils at the thought of serving such bile. He gets drunk with her, and the two have the most awkward flirty conversation before kissing. It doesn’t last long though as they both realize it’s too soon, that their dead partners still linger.
We do get a little backstory out of the romance though, including a story about how Tommy and Dion became friends because of their lack of parents. They had to rely on each other growing up, and that bond continues to this day. So, it doesn’t take much convincing to get Tommy on board with the wine-stealing plan when Dion calls from the warehouse and asks his friend what wine they should be stealing.
When a security guard stumbles upon them though, one of Dion and Tommy’s employees, a war veteran, ends up significantly hurting the guy, crushing his trachea and breaking his leg. When Tommy finds out, he’s furious. Apparently it’s one thing to steal wine but it’s another to hurt a guy in the process. Still, Tommy’s anger doesn’t last. He gets a sip of his wine and gets to taste Dion’s food, so everything’s good with him before long.
Things aren’t going to be so rosy and tidy for long though. Two bigger moments close out the episode and suggest that things are about to get a whole lot messier. First, the Tooth Fairy goes back to prison to meet with his father, and somehow this meeting is even worse than the last. The prison guard walks out of the room and an Asian gang member shanks the Tooth Fairy’s dad right in front of him, a clear retaliation for the stolen shipment.
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Then there’s Mr. Moran once again asserting his dominance. After Tommy and Dion spend all that money, and steal some wine, it finally looks like the restaurant is coming together and everyone seems legitimately happy. That is until Mr. Moran shows up with a man he insists will be Thirio’s head chef. Dion and Tommy are livid, but as per the contract, Mr. Moran can do whatever he wants with the place. Something tells me this is just the start of Tommy and Dion’s problems and that the contract is going to come back to bite them a few more times before this season ends.