Forte arrives at their Cafe Metro location. As she pulls her hair back and puts on her apron, Debbie thinks it's a funny echo of the beginning of her career, when she was singing on milk cartons at Brooklyn street fairs. The ladies launch into their prep work, which is right up Teresa's alley as a cookbook author. Debbie tastes Teresa's famous roasted peppers, noting that Teresa seems more vulnerable and insecure than the table-flipping maniac she's heard about from the press. Though, admits Debbie, that insecurity "is its own kind of unpredictable thing. I think I expect the unexpected from Teresa!" Debbie continues her trash-talking spree by noting how "laid back" Cheryl is. By "laid back," she means sloooooow. Under her commentary, goofy music accompanies Cheryl taking about 20 minutes to separate two slices of cheese.
The next morning, Forte loads back up in the van to report for work. Victoria is conspicuously missing, and Aubrey is not surprised. Lisa jokes, "Maybe she woke up in the trunk of a Lincoln Continental." Once at Cafe Metro, the ladies roll out the red carpet, inflate balloons, and plaster up signs as Debbie checks the sound system. Victoria finally arrives, claiming she tore her cornea last night. She's not wearing an eye patch or any sort of protective gear, so it couldn't have been that bad. Plus, she tells Patricia, "I had a dream you won, so don't worry about it!"
Meanwhile, Paul is already being a prick to George over at Unanimous. He tells him curtly, "Pay attention, George!" George thinks he has been paying attention and, moreover, that Paul is a blowhard (though he says it more delicately). He has kinder words for Lou, who takes his shirt off in preparation to go outside and flex for the customers. Says George, "Impressive! If I were that shape, I would be taking my shirt off all the time." He lets out a big smile, and they're open for business! Penn barks and juggles, juggles and barks. Paul and Lou flex. The choppers arrive, and Paul starts ushering people into the store as they chant "Fuckin' good sandwich! Fuckin' good sandwich!"
Uptown, Forte is also open for business. Former Apprentice contestant Carol Alt stops by to hand out fliers and great customers. Teresa and Dayan greet customers. (Though, I am incredibly sad to say, when I stopped by and bought Debbie Gibson's Teen Dream grilled cheese, Teresa was nowhere to be seen. Bah.) Nor was Aubrey, who credits her "tendency to be heavily charming" as she brings street folk into the shop. One of those people is Wyclef Jean, who donates $15,000 to his pal Patricia. He joins Debbie and Aubrey in a performance. And by "performance," I mean a gratuitous display on mic-snatching one-upmanship (mainly on Aubrey's overly sex kittenish part). The song they sing, by the way, has six words blasted on repeat: "Take a bite, save a life." It's pure poetry is what I'm saying. ("Pure" in the sense of facile.)