The Restaurant, Season 2, Episode 4: Couples Therapy, by Betsy Wasser: In this episode of The Restaurant, Jeffrey’s task force orders new bar stools, Antonio makes pizza dough “like a woman’s ass,” the kitchen catches on fire, and in a bizarre turn of events, Rocco and Jeffrey wind up having a couples therapy session in the restaurant.
The Restaurant Taken Off NBC’s Menu… For Now, by Betsy Wasser: Just as Rocco’s on 22nd, the subject of NBC’s The Restaurant, is struggling financially, the show itself is struggling in the ratings. Read on to see what NBC has planned for the show.
The Restaurant, Season 2, Episode 3: Mamma Knows Best, by Betsy Wasser: Rocco spends much of this episode with the CIA. No, he’s not becoming a spy – he’s visiting his alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America. But meanwhile, Jeffrey is looking for a potential replacement for Rocco.
The Restaurant, Season 2, Episode 1: Where’s Rocco?, by Betsy Wasser: Rocco’s on 22nd is hemorrhaging money, and financier and half owner Jeffrey wants to turn it around. If the restaurant is crowded every night, then why isn’t it profitable? And the question on everyone’s lips is, “Where’s Rocco?”
The Restaurant, Season 2: Coming Back for Seconds, by Betsy Wasser: If you wondered whatever happened to Rocco DiSpirito, and his restaurant Rocco's on 22nd, the subjects of NBC's The Restaurant, you need wonder no more. With a second season of the show coming soon, viewers will soon see the next part of the story.
The Restaurant, Finale: Food as an Aphrodisiac, by Betsy Wasser: It’s the final episode of The Restaurant. Will Rocco finally become a likeable guy, or will there be many more jerk moments along the way? Who is the new blonde causing some bar jealousy? And why did Gideon return to go to the bathroom?!
The Restaurant, Episode 5: Mama’s Boy, by Betsy Wasser: Mama is sick – has Rocco been working her too hard? It doesn’t help that news comes about one of the chefs being beaten up in a bar fight and sent to the hospital. But wait – what’s the full story? And how does Pete do in his first big stand-up attempt?
The Restaurant: Reality TV or Irritating Infomercial?, by O’Sean Aieghlans: For a “reality” show, The Restaurant sure has a lot of contrived parts, not the least of which is the repeated appearance of advertisers’ products. But that’s not all that seems “unreal” here, as O’Sean Aieghlans discusses.
The Restaurant, Episode 4: Take This Job and Shove It, by Betsy Wasser: Things continue to be chaotic at the restaurant. The food is still cold and the staff are quitting at an alarming rate, while Gideon still isn’t allowed back to work. Can Rocco somehow turn it around?
Reality TV Hall of Shame: Rocco Dispirito: Elbowing His Way into a Hall of Shame Moment, by Betsy Wasser: Rocco Dispirito has shown viewers a lot about his personality on his show, The Restaurant. Unfortunately, a lot of what we’ve seen has not been good. The most glaring example of this occurred when waiter-turned-runner Gideon injured himself and Rocco handled the situation in such a poor manner that he has earned himself a Hall of Shame Moment.
The Restaurant, Episode 3: Cold Food and Cold Hearts, by Betsy Wasser: Another day, another demotion, as Rocco and the management are still dealing with labor issues by blowing them off. The NY Post food writer shows up, but does her food? All sorts of problems plague Rocco’s, but the wait staff thinks Rocco himself may be one of them. And how is Gideon’s arm? Does anybody care?
The Restaurant, Episode 2: Where Are My @#%^ Clams?!, by Betsy Wasser: Rocco’s has both its “soft opening” and official grand opening. Chaos ensues and no one’s positions are secure in the aftermath, except for perhaps Mama. And where are those @#%^ing clams?!
The Restaurant, Episode 1: One Grand Opening, with a Side Order of Stress, by Betsy Wasser: Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito (right) has seven weeks to open his new restaurant – but he doesn’t even have a location for it yet! In this first episode, we meet Rocco, his financier, his publicist, his new staff, and, of course, his Mama. Can he find a space and convert it to a restaurant in time for the first reservations?