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1 Seasons, 10 Episodes

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After enduring a life-altering tragedy, two best friends decide to open a fine dining restaurant in the Bronx.
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  • Be My Baby

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    Be My Baby

    So, as strange as it may sound, Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 9 feels a little bit like an episode of Maury Povich. It's all about fathers – the good, the bad, and the murdering. 

    "Be My Baby" begins with a flashback to the day TJ was born. Unfortunately, the hazy, golden happiness that Tommy has always associated with the day he became a father is starting to fade.

    After doing the math regarding when Dion and Rie started sleeping together, Tommy is beginning to suspect that he isn't actually TJ's father – so much so that he orders a home paternity test! 

    Needless to say, I couldn't help but laugh out loud as I pictured Maury sitting across from dour David Schwimmer, preparing to ominously reveal whether or not Tommy is, in fact, TJ's father. Then again, Feed the Beast's entire first season has been so jam-packed with melodrama that it's characters' problems could fill quite a few weeks' worth of Maury.

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  • In Lies the Truth

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    In Lies the Truth

    Well, Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 8, titled "In Lies the Truth," opened with a flashback confirming the biggest, ugliest truth of all – Rie and Dion slept together, despite Dion insisting to Tommy that it had never happened.

    Rie and Dion's hookup was pretty steamy. Then again, as we've seen previously with Pilar...and Marisa...pretty much anyone's hookup with Dion is steamy. Sturgess has smoking hot chemistry with literally every woman on Feed the Beast. 

    Sturgess is just too good for this show. Watching him on Feed the Beast is like going to Chili's and being surprised when your cheap, greasy burger comes with a side of beluga caviar.

    Dion: Tommy hates me.
    Uncle Stavros: Hate, love -- that's family.

    • Permalink: Hate, love -- that's family.

    I can't imagine any of t...
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  • Tabula Rasa

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    Tabula Rasa

    On the previous episode of Feed the Beast, a shooting outside Thirio cast a dark shadow over the restaurant's impending opening night.

    Would anyone still want to eat dinner at this elegant, expensive restaurant in the Bronx after seeing its sign looming over dead bodies on the news?

    On Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 7, "Tabula Rasa," the answer is no. The only people who wander in on opening night are lost yuppies looking for a bar mitzvah in Westchester. Turn out, no one wants to pay hundreds of dollars for a high-end meal that may be interrupted by gunfire before the main course has been served. 

    This latest episode stands out for a few reasons. The first is that the Beast of the title, Thirio, has finally awakened, first with a whisper but by the end of the episode with a roar. 

    The hour is chock full of well-crafted cooking scenes that made my mouth water. The montage-style editing in these sequences highlights the various in...
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  • The Wild West

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    The Wild West

    In Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 6, Thirio opens its doors for a successful soft opening – but between an unexpected hookup, a visit from child protective services and a gang shooting, it wasn't exactly a peaceful one. 

    This episode is titled "The Wild West," a reference to Dion's repeated insistence that opening a high-end restaurant in the Bronx is the equivalent of braving the Oregon Trail. This comes up not once, but twice in this episode, and each time it made me cringe. 

    The scene that was simultaneously the best and worst thing about "The Wild West" was Pilar's passionate hookup with Dion prior to the restaurant's soft opening. Unlike everything that happens in the gangster scenes, it was something that I actually didn't see coming. 

    It was awesome to finally see Pilar grow a backbone and stand up to Dion, who has demeaned her and her ability to manage the restaurant since day one. (Though, to be fair, she did forget to get the liqu...
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  • Gimme a T

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    Gimme a T

    On Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 5, there are only six days until Thirio is set to open – and no one has bothered to secure a liquor license. However, this is the least of everyone's problems.

    In addition to the lack of liquor license – which would deprive Thirio of a substantial source of income via the sale of wine – it is also Rie's birthday for the first time since her death, and everyone is grieving.

    Not only that, one character gets a pretty bad leukemia prognosis, while another finds out he's going to be a father. Oh, and there's a severed head in someone's refrigerator. Hope that's not on the menu at Thirio.

    Just when I thought Feed the Beast was finally starting to find its footing to become an engaging show, it went and delivered its worst episode yet. There's just too much going on, and too much of it is utterly predictable, not to mention pointless. 

    Let's get straight to the absolute worst thing about this episode: ...
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  • A New Chef Threatens Tommy and Dion's Dream

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    A New Chef Threatens Tommy and Dion's Dream In this episode of Feed the Beast, "Secret Sauce," Dion struggles to make a payment to the Tooth Fairy, Aidan has money problems, Tommy and Dion butt heads with the new chef, and Pilar becomes acquainted with the Tooth Fairy.

    Things are moving along at Thirio, but Dion and his merry band of kitchen misfits have yet to warm up to the new head chef, Kevin (Fredric Lehne). His ego is a bit unchecked. He's even stepping on Tommy's feet when it comes to the wine.

    Business as Usual

    Shockingly, Ziggy survived the brutal stabbing (19 wounds) but had a stroke during surgery. He's currently unconscious, and Patrick (aka the Tooth Fairy) is having a difficult time coming to terms with his father's precarious physical state. The doctor can't provide him with any guarantees, so he basically threatens to kill her if Ziggy doesn't pull through.

    Patrick still has a business to run, and that includes making sure Dion has put his drugs away for safekeeping. He's a...
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  • Secret Sauce

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    Secret Sauce

    At the end of Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 3, Dion had been replaced as head chef of his own restaurant and could do nothing about it because of the terrible contract he and Tommy signed with Aidan.

    On Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 4, titled "Secret Sauce," the two of them feel the repercussions of that bad decision in a big way.

    Like every other antagonist on Feed the Beast, Kevin, the executive chef hired by Aidan to oversee Thirio, is a cartoon character of a villain. He has no redeeming qualities. He's rude and dismissive to Tommy and Dion despite Thirio being their restaurant and their vision – and he's not even that good of a chef. 

    Kevin is generally a terrible person, which I guess makes sense considering that he was handpicked by Aidan, who is quite possibly the king of Feed the Beast's kingdom of terrible people.

    He also has terrible taste; he's obsessed with old-fashioned, cliched restaurant ideals like white cooks...
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  • Tommy and Dion Clash Over Money

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    Tommy and Dion Clash Over Money In this episode of Feed the Beast, "Screw You, Randy," Tommy learns the truth about TJ's bruises, Pilar offers to manage Thirio, and Tommy and Dion clash over Dion's exorbitant spending habits.

    Tommy learns from Dion that TJ's bruises aren't due to a beating by his grandfather, but rather the result of being bullied at school. Dion's kicking himself in the ass just a bit for not speaking up sooner since his silence has cost Thirio its primary investor.

    Mea Culpa

    Tommy, who apparently spent much of his childhood getting beaten up by everyone, including his father, wants to intervene. But Dion strongly advises that Tommy let TJ handle things his own way.

    Tommy can't let it go and has yet another unproductive meeting with TJ's school psychologist/guidance counselor. Without a name, she doesn't have much to go on, and she still has her doubts about Tommy's parenting skills. The fact that he's got some battle scars from his fight with Aidan also make ...
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  • Screw You, Randy

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    Screw You, Randy

    It might still be a mediocre melodrama overall, but Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 3 was the least mediocre of of the episodes that have aired so far.

    It helps that this was the episode that saw Tommy and Dion finally get their restaurant, Thirio (translation from the Greek: Beast) off the ground, thanks to an investment from Aidan and assistance from a motley crew of characters. 

    After the show began with two whole hours of Tommy and Dion getting into ridiculously repetitive fights, it was a relief to get to an episode where the anger, while still there, was balanced with the excitement of Tommy and Dion preparing to open the restaurant of which they have dreamed for so long. This boisterous buzz pervades every scene, giving Feed the Beast a spark it has missed thus far.

    The show's darkly comic tone is becoming stronger, which makes the more absurd elements of Feed the Beast much more palatable. If the show is laughing at itself, then it f...
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  • Tommy Reunites with His Father

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    Tommy Reunites with His Father In this episode of Feed the Beast, "Father of the Year," Tommy goes to his estranged father with a business opportunity, Dion hustles to make a deadline, Pilar is put in a difficult position and a violent confrontation occurs.

    Tommy may have decided to open a restaurant with Dion, but his attitude hasn't improved. He's still surly, still drinking and still hates his job as a wine rep. Talking about Thirio (beast) in the abstract and getting the money to make it a reality are two very different things, and one big obstacle stands between Tommy and Dion's Bronx-based Mediterranean restaurant: they've got no money. To get the funds, Tommy is going to have to deal with his father, whom he hasn't spoken to in 10 years, and the mere thought of facing his father has Tommy even more out of sorts than usual.

    Take This Job and Shove It

    Tommy may have a nose for wines, but he lacks the charm to move the product, according to his boss, Frank. Being a functional alcoho...
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