It’s been a week since #RaceGate and the feeling inside the #ApresSki chalet of concierges is “battle ready!” Bobby Crowder is still spinning from being called a racist by Elise Wims. When the group heads into the office on Monday, Elise acts as if nothing has happened. There is a 5000 lb gorilla in the room as they try to haphazardly discuss new clients. Elise powers over any personal discussions and gets down to business. The clients want to create a sexy fantasy photo-shoot and hit the mountain to shred. Jim and Kendra are chosen to take the lead. Lynsey points out to Elise that the clients also want to hit the mountain, but she is more concerned with the photo-shoot and surprise proposal details. After double-checking the client preference sheet and seeing the couple’s desire to go snowboarding, Lynsey takes the initiative to make that happen. None of this is acknowledged by Wims.
The team of Elise, Jim Sced, and Kendra Larkin scouts a dream location in Whistler for the client photo shoot. Jim asks Elise if she has discussed/resolved the sticky situation with Bobby since the “race dinner.” Wims acts as if she and Crowder were two people at dinner having an argument instead of a manager and her subordinate. Elise defends herself by saying Bobby shouldn’t have played favorites and given Kendra the crappy job. Jim asks her if she plans on speaking to Bobby to clear the air. Wims says there needs to be an effort on both parts so if Bobby wants to walk around with a “stank attitude” that’s his problem and “I’m not going to kiss his ass.” Jim (and the audience) are left questioning Elise’s ability to manage the team.
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Bobby and Charlotte discuss #RaceGate and Crowder is still absolutely devastated by being labeled. He tells Charlotte that he called CEO Tamara Moore for a meeting since Elise ignored the situation when they were together that morning discussing clients. That is 100% correct protocol to use when you can’t get satisfaction with your supervisor and have no Human Resource manager to discuss the issues with. Anyone who feels otherwise is incorrect- it’s management 101.
Tamara Moore meets with Bobby over coffee to discuss #RaceGate. She’s visibly shocked when she hears Crowder’s story. It is painful to see a Manager fail on so many levels. Tamara needs to spend more time at Gibbon’s Life mentoring Elise Wims in the management of people since Wims has zero experience in the field. I don’t think Wims will listen to any performance feedback as a way to better her skills, but it still needs to be offered. #RaceGate should never have been perpetuated by a manager who by that title should know better. Watch the conversation below:
Bobby seems to feel better after the discussion with Moore, but she isn’t looking forward to the conversation she now has to have with Elise. Wim’s explosive temper is scary when directed at you during a heated situation. I hope that Tamara’s Zen can calm Elise during what’s to come!
Secondary clients are zip-lining with Lynsey and Bobby. Whistler has the world’s highest zip-line and the footage their individual cameras grabbed was insane. Adorable Bobby Crowder was terrified but put on a show of bravery so client Nic wouldn’t cancel the experience! Lynsey and Bobby knocked it out of the park. Lynsey is extremely efficient and quietly becoming a top player for Gibbon’s Life.
Meanwhile at the photo shoot, Jim and Kendra are working on making the luxury photo shoot/proposal happen. Elise walks in and tries to take over, which isn’t appreciated by anyone. Client Lauren looks like a porn model and Elise tries to direct the photographer to shoot her in a suggestive manner. Lauren and her boyfriend Colin want to pose without being barked at. Colin has a ring in his pocket and decides to propose in the bathroom? It’s gorgeous and beautifully lit with candles, but there is still a toilet in the corner. Lauren is oblivious and happily says “Yes” to marriage with Colin. The couple that flushes together stays together. Another success for team Gibbon’s Life and congratulations to Jim and Kendra for a great job.
Elise gets a phone call from Tamara asking if they can get together and talk. Wims immediate response to Moore is,”Is it bad?” If you are so amazing in your role as manager why would the first thought in your head be negative? Tamara’s conversation with Elise below:
Jim and Lynsey hijack newly engaged clients Colin and Lauren for the snowboarding they had their heart’s set on. Lauren calls Elise and asks her to get them a later flight so she and Colin can extend their day on the mountain. Elise agrees, yet doesn’t acknowledge Jim or Lauren’s initiative. After a great afternoon in the snow, the clients leave happy. Kendra, Jim, and Lauren were amazing, and the clients got the luxury experience they paid for. Kendra is really beginning to bond with her co-workers and it showed tonight.
Back at Gibbon’s Life concierges chalet, the team gets ready for dinner with Elise. Elise has chosen to wear an unfortunate bustier revealing a “Tit-Tat” of her name over her breast. You can’t stop staring at it until you look at her hand with a giant ring featuring a 6-inch cross. During the meal, Elise apologizes to Bobby for offending him, which he accepts graciously. She then begins to overly compliment Jim Sced, finally giving him the credit he deserves. Jim is upset that it has been a month since they began to work together and Elise is only now trying to make amends with the team. Elise again apologizes, but it falls on deaf ears. Jim releases the floodgates and unleashes a tirade on Elise that has been long overdue. Jim tells Elise that she makes him feel like shit with her attitude every time he walks in the door at work. A huge screaming match ensues with insults being hurled between Jim and Elise. The rest of the team sits silently, stunned by what has transpired. Elise needs to earn trust by her actions, not just apologize, but truly listen to her staff instead of ordering people around blindly.
That’s the cliffhanger folks! My prediction is Elise Wims will quit or be fired by episode 6. Who wants to take that bet?
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