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'Feed the Beast' recap: 'Tabula Rasa'

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Feed the Beast

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
1
run date:
06/05/16
performer:
David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess
broadcaster:
AMC
genre:
Drama

So, as it turns out, having a gang war take off outside of your newly opened restaurant isn’t exactly good for business. While the soft open of Thirio went well, the Tooth Fairy’s machine-gun-led actions kind of put a damper on Thirio’s prospects. There’s nobody in the restaurant, and the kitchen staff is throwing out good food. Plus, Tommy has a few things on his mind involving Rie and Dion, meaning that the tension is even worse.

Tommy can’t take it any more though, so he just straight up asks Dion, in front of his whole crew of cooks, if he slept with Rie. He tells him about the videos he found on her computer, and how it looked like it was more than just cooking. Dion is furious that Tommy could even think he’d do such a thing. He adamantly denies it, forcing Tommy to apologize for being so paranoid and frantic.

With that out of the way the two best friends need to come up with a way to drum up publicity for Thirio. Pilar has some ideas, but, as usual, nobody’s really a fan of them. That’s when Tommy has his own idea. He wants Dante DiPaolo, a famed food critic, to review the restaurant. The problem? He knows Dion, and the two had some sort of falling out years ago.

So, Dion doesn’t want to go grovel for a review, but as Tommy points out, he had to do the same with his father to get funding, so now it’s Dion’s turn. Getting a review won’t be so easy though. When Dion and Tommy visit Dante during lunch, Dante rips into Dion, exposing a past of working together before Dion stole a number of his recipes. Dante walks away from the impromptu meeting with seemingly no interest in heading to Thirio.

At the same time the Tooth Fairy is looking to collect the drugs he had Dion store away for safekeeping. When he sets a meeting place Dion shows up with a duffel bag, but he comes clean: He doesn’t have all the coke because he sold some of it in order to keep paying off his debt. For one reason or another, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t punish Dion for this, but rather presents him with a business opportunity.

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The Tooth Fairy shows Dion a patch of land near Manhattan that looks out over the water and the New York City skyline. He tells Dion that he wants him to create a restaurant right here, to abandon the Thirio experiment and get in on something real. He says that together they could rake in the dough, and that would buy Dion his freedom. With Thirio heading in the wrong direction, it may not be a bad option. Plus, Aidan’s still struggling with money, and his accountant is recommending he kill the money-wasting venture that is Thirio.

NEXT: Trash Cake[pagebreak]

With the idea of Rie and Dion out of his head, Tommy decides it’s finally time to start paying attention to Pilar. With another night of Thirio being empty, Tommy prepares a surprise night in the rooftop greenhouse for her. They share food, wine, and start making out with each other, their previous grief apparently completey gone now.

Things are just getting hot and heavy when Dion shows up with some good news and bad news. The bad? They have to stop being all intimate and such. The good? Dante has shown up at the restaurant and is looking for a meal. Sure, he shows up 15 minutes before closing and is basically out for revenge, but it’s something!

From there the kitchen staff hurries to put together a meal, as all of their prep work is already in the garbage. Dion and his staff manage to put a few things together, but it’s hard to tell if Dante is enjoying the meal. He’s on his phone the entire time he’s eating, and the plates keep coming back with food still on them.

Finally, Dante makes it through his meal, but he wants dessert. Dion doesn’t have anything to offer though… at least until he remembers the chocolate cake sitting in the garbage can. He pulls it out and delicately cuts it with a knife after picking off some clam and mint leaves. From there he manages to create something that actually looks good. Dante takes one bite and then gets up to leave Thirio.

That nearly sends Dion into a rage, but then the kitchen staff show Tommy and Dion Dante’s website. He’s been blogging the entire time, offering rave reviews of every single thing Dion put in front of him. It’s just the kind of boost they need, and only moments later the phone is ringing off the hook with reservations. Have I mentioned before how contrived this show can be? I have? Okay, cool.

Anyway, as always, it looks like Dion and Tommy are in a good place, but it can only last so long. Not only is TJ getting calls from his bully, and he just might retaliate with a gun because Aidan has been teaching him how to use one, but Dante drops a bomb during some friendly post-dinner conversation. Fueled by bottles of wine Dante tells Tommy, with Dion sitting right there, about a time Dion snuck away into some room with a “hot black chick” and kept him up all night with the banging headboard.

The crudeness of Dante’s description isn’t the problem for Tommy; it’s that the “hot black chick” was probably Rie, and the look on Dion’s face all but confirms it. Now, the question becomes did Rie and Dion have a relationship while she was with Tommy, or sometime before? We’ll have to wait until next week to find out. Thirio’s in good shape, but its owners sure aren’t.

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