Tim wants us to "Face it." "We don't have all the things that the Strip has: we don't have the volcanoes and the pirate ships and all that, so it's tough. But whatever we've got to do...those are the kind of guys we want," he says. The kind of guys that will put the Nevada Gaming Commission's collective mind to rest regarding the Nugget's Mafia connections. The kind of guys that don't care about volcanoes and pirate ships as long as there are babes, liquor, and gambling to be had. You know, those things you can't get anywhere in Vegas except at the Golden Nugget. We see the "vintage Caddy" rolling away from the Strip as some canned and crappy trip-hop plays, with a little Godfather Theme thrown in. They should have caught a ride on the Kombat Cam, it's much faster. These guys are hilarious, I like them so much: John is very Paul Sorvino, and Mike looks like he invented something long ago and now teaches high school art. I'm going to call them R.I.C.O. and S.U.A.V.E. So S.U.A.V.E., whose idea apparently this little detour Downtown is, apologetically notes, "It's a little seedy down here..." "Whoa!" yells R.I.C.O., "looks like we're entering Tijuana!" And it kind of does. They drive past what looks like a bail bondsman-slash-delicatessen. Check-cashing services are theirs for the asking. "Do you realize how much I gotta love you to come downtown for you?" asks R.I.C.O. "This is such a garbage area we're going into." I love that. All in all, it's a lot like last week with the Trash Heap, because R.I.C.O. would rather be downtown with the volcanoes and pirate ships, and he's totally mugging for the camera, while S.U.A.V.E. just wants him to be cool while they get a bunch of stuff for free. They discuss that there is a big difference between "Uptown" and "Downtown." "It was like going through like a change of times, like a time warp," says R.I.C.O. "Bail bonds and buyin' jewelry and stuff like that. That's not really what Vegas is, but...obviously it was what it was," he interviews. He thinks such interesting thoughts and expresses them so delightfully. I love R.I.C.O. "I'm not feeling this, I'll be honest with you," he says to S.U.A.V.E., who in interview talks about how the Strip places (he mentions the Venetian by name) had simply started to seem "too plastic." S.U.A.V.E. understands about the volcanoes and the pirate ships and how empty it all is, and he has convinced R.I.C.O. to take a walk on the classier, old-school retro vibe side.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: C+ | 414 USERS: C+
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