I’ll admit it, I watch Desperate Housewives. Definitely a chick-flick-styled series, the Sunday night episodes are filled with the same rehash of Wisteria Lane nonsense that plaques few families in the realm of real life suburbia. In reality, people are not so stupid as to stick around a doomed lane of dysfunctionality. Most everyone would have moved by now. At times it is tough to decide if this series falls under the category of drama, sitcom or just plain hysteria.
Yet, last week the writing hit a nerve, a culinary bull’s eye. For amongst all of the foolishness of the last four seasons Tom Scavo’s pizzeria was on the ropes. His business had been slipping steadily since 2006 when the restaurant venture was written into the script.
It seems the economy has taken its toll on the Scavo’s culinary venture. As of last Sunday Tom was asking the waiters, bussers and pizza chefs to sit in the window and laugh and chatter – as though they were customers- in order to attract real customers in his T.V. pretend restaurant.
After a few tries at that, and realizing it doesn’t work that way, his wife Lynette pleaded with the play restaurant restaurateur to sell the place while they could still walk away with a little cash and pride.
Tom claimed he wasn’t going to fail. He would think of a solution. He knew with a little more hard work he could pull the place out of the doldrums. And then he called a family meeting. Lynette told her kids, three boys and a girl that they needed to be supportive as their father had probably decided to sell the restaurant.
Surprise. At the meeting Tom decided to let everyone know he let the entire staff go because he didn’t have the money to pay them. His plan was simple, his family would work the restaurant every night and together they could pull it out from financial ruin.
Sound familiar? Have you explored this plan in the back of your mind? Take heed, if you are that close to the end, do what Tom should have done…taken his wife’s advice and sold the business.