This is going to sound crazy — and you might not believe me — but the drama in this week’s episode of Feed the Beast hinges on Pilar making a huge mistake everyone must then overcome. I know, right? That’s a storyline you’ve probably never imagined in your entire life. Oh, wait, you’re telling me Pilar makes a mistake every single episode and it causes some sort of problem that must be overcome? Well, as you were, then.
“The Wild West” begins with Tommy and Dion doing a TV news interview to get the word out about Thirio’s opening. They’re prepping for a soft open with friends and family, which will be followed by the real opening the next day. Dion is doing his best to sell Thirio and the Bronx as the place to be, even as Tommy just kind of stands there all sad and stuff, because he’s Tommy. David Schwimmer’s calling in life is to play eternally sad people.
Of course, business problems always get in the way of the hype, so here comes Pilar to ruin Dion’s high. She says she has $15,000 on the books that’s unaccounted for, and unless he can find her receipts for the purchases — he insists all that money went to wine — Aidan won’t send any more money, meaning the kitchen staff won’t get paid. That sends Dion to good ol’ Uncle Stavros, who has no problem mocking up some fake receipts for Dion. Hell, he even gives him a pep talk about becoming a father, because he’s a brothel owner with a heart of gold.
If you’re wondering why Tommy is so sad in this particular episode, it’s because he can’t stop thinking about how Rie and Dion may have had something sexual going on. In “The Wild West,” he plugs in her laptop to send some photos to the news station for the Thirio segment, and when he goes into her files he sees a folder called “Recipes (Dion),” filled with videos of his late wife and best friend cooking together — and being super flirty while they’re at it. Do you not have another laptop, Tommy? Maybe it’s time to stop using your dead wife’s computer to send work emails. It’s called a trigger, dude.
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Anyway, after Dion goes to visit Marisa, telling her he’s ready to take on an active role as the father of their child, he heads back to Thirio and is confronted with the worst news. There’s no gas, which means no cooking, and it’s all because Pilar forgot to pay the bill. To be fair to the consistently incompetent Pilar, Dion is throwing money down the drain and Thirio is spending more than it should, so perhaps there wasn’t any money to pay said gas bill, but still, how does this keep happening?
After lying to the gas company, which brings to Thirio a technician who refuses to turn the gas on — because, you know, they didn’t pay their bill — Mose comes up with a workaround, connecting the restaurant to an outside gas line. Miraculously, he doesn’t blow the place up, and Thirio is back in business for its soft opening.
NEXT: Crumble in the Bronx