Part 1: Back in the restaurant, Richie is talking with the grandma Gloria (mom of the restaurant owner) character. He tells her of the first time he heard Sgt. Pepper on the radio. Richie is asked if he ever had any kids, and he replies, yes, two that he knows of who are now grown and an accountant and a solicitor. A girl comments that that sounds a bit boring, after what he does…and he replies well, they’ve seen what the music business does to you.Dennis comes in to talk about his ideas about the setlist, he wants Richie to open with a medley of all his best songs. The grandma character is more interested in looking at Richie’s rings on his fingers. She tells him a man with rings is “Very rock and roll!” Later in the episode, Dennis stuns the crowd at the restaurant when he walks in with “rocker” clothes: a leather jacket and rings on his fingers.
Part 2: A birthday is being celebrated at the restaurant and a woman is opening gifts. She opens a fancy scarf and Dennis’ wife Rita tells him that he should borrow that scarf, it would go well with his jacket. Richie laughs. Dennis pulls Richie away from talking to a girl about traveling through Belgium so they can talk about the current band they’re working on. Richie insists he wants to play covers, but Dennis tries to talk him into playing his own works. Richie breaks into song with “Suspicious Minds”. Dennis’ wife is getting more and more annoyed with Dennis wanting to be in the whole rocker scene.
Feb 12, 2014
No Robin in this episode. The plot of his storyline just involves Dennis’ wife getting mad at him for spending too much time around Richie and Gloria, and she kicks him out of the house. Gloria invites him to spend the night on her sofa. I have to wonder, where is Richie staying all this time, couldn’t Dennis stay with him?
Feb 14, 2014 part 1
No Robin. Dennis begs Rita to take him back and she does, admonishing him first for “hurting her so much”. I’m confused as to what he did that was so bad, he didn’t cheat on her. Just because he hung out with Richie, wanted to be a rocker, and flirted a bit with Gloria? Really? Come on. A guy’s got to have a little excitement in his life at that age!
Still no Robin. Rita and Dennis are happily back together and having a Valentine’s day dinner date when Gloria walks in and comments that oh, he’ll probably not need to sleep at her place again tonight. To which Rita gets huffy again and storms out, Dennis pleading that he only slept on the sofa. Drama, drama.
Part 1: Richie is in the restaurant working out the setlist of songs. He wants to open with Waterloo Sunset, but Dennis thinks it too melancholy and would rather he play original material. Richie says they’ll figure it out later, and he has to use the bathroom, Dennis rolls his eyes, but follows him. When the men have left, the restaurant owner warns Gloria that both of the guys are besotted with her and she can do what she likes with Richie, but leave Dennis alone, his wife Rita is getting suspicious.
Part 2: Richie unloads the van with his band at a club, the Hyde Working Men’s club. They complain how cramped is was back there. Richie tells Gloria she could have ridden up front with him. Robin's really cute in this episode with him and the other characters joking back and forth!
Just when I'd gotten lazy about checking to see if Robin's made a re-appearance as "Richie" on this show, I find out a week too late that his role started up again on Feb 5! Frantically I search YouTube for it, hoping whoever's been uploading recent episodes haven't already taken it down, but am out of luck. I get an inspiration and type the episode into a Google search and voilà! I find it on a video site called Daily Motion. This includes text at the bottom of the screen, but oh well, all the better for understanding some of the accents!
Not too much goes on in this episode, Richie just comes into the restaurant and meets with Dennis’ wife Rita and Gloria (the mom of the restaurant owner) and makes some small talk. He has bigger parts in the next few episodes, so stay tuned!