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The Casino - Episode 4 Summary

'No Mickey Mouse, We Got Beat by the House' By Bucky Katt
Original Airdate: July 5, 2004

A quick refresher of those who are returning from previous shows:

Tim & Tom (T&T) – The owners of the Golden Nugget (GN) casino. Both are young, possibly bi-sexual and definitely dull.
Mark Burnett (MB) – The super duper executive producer who has become so arrogant that he thought that he could make even these clowns entertaining.
Matt Dusk – The cool jazz singer that doesn’t want his lounge show turned into a karaokee bar but is willing to stay at the GN despite his show becoming a mockery. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the national television exposure he is getting.
Tommy – The young blackjack dealer who wants to become a VIP host (cause you get to go party with rich people!) who had a meeting with Tim but Tim no-showed on him.
Monique – The GN floor supervisor who doesn’t care too much for young Tommy and isn’t afraid to make that clear to everyone.


We start off with T&T meeting for breakfast.

T: Uh, the camera crew is here – perhaps we should do something interesting.
Other T: Let’s race our cars to work! There is nothing that the average television viewer wants to see more than two rich middle-aged white guys race their Ferraris against each other to the casino that they own.
T: Great idea! And to make things better, let’s bet on it. How about $5,000 – after all we both just made that while we had this conversation!

So T&T run off to the parking garage to race each other to work. Amongst the mad rush of activity, they did have time to get driver side cameras installed in each vehicle, a cameraman in each vehicle and a helicopter overhead to track the race through the streets of Vegas. That MB sure is resourceful to have all that in place for an unscripted car race.

Speaking of unscripted, as T&T walk into the casino the first person they run into is Tommy - and there was a camera crew there to capture it all. What are the chances? Tim apologizes for missing the meeting with Tommy and reschedules it for later that day.

We next meet Eulisha, an aspiring singer, and her friend (whose name isn’t important because she does nothing but scowl) who is driving into Vegas in her new red Porsche with the intention of winning enough to pay it off. This is a woman who is receiving solid financial planning advice.

Next we meet Brian and his family who are checking into the GN.

Clerk: Since we are on camera we are going to upgrade you to a better suite then you had booked.
Brian: Well that is lucky. I hope that luck continues. Despite the fact that I promised my too young sons that we are going to Disneyland, we came here where I am going to gamble all our money and try and win enough to pay for a vacation to Disneyland.
Clerk: You are the worst parent I have ever met.

Tommy is off to his talk with Tim and Monique spots him on the way up. When questioned, Tommy tells her that he is in a hurry and that he will tell her later what is going on. Tim and Tommy have their meeting and Tim agrees to let Tommy work as an unpaid volunteer intern to the VIP hosts and to go report to his daddy. Tommy convinces himself that he got the position based on his own merits and not because of his daddy. I wonder if Tommy’s middle initial is W?

Tommy comes back down to earth when he shows up eight minutes late for work and then tells Monique that he is interning as a VIP host. She wasn’t too impressed with this turn of events. Tommy, dreaming about the beginning of his new life as a VIP host, then deals in a player who wasn’t actually in the game. Nothing makes you look like an up-and-comer more then that! So in a few short minutes he blew off his boss, showed up late for work, and made a careless blunder on a deal. That’s not exactly the trilogy of smart career moves.

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