Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 Reviews of all of Seasons 3, 2 and 1 below Far from generating profits, Marcus Lemonis' TV show specializes in overruns.
Yet when Mike, who is listed as general manager, is forced to do it, the showdown is quality television.
Mike calmly and briefly (at least in the clips shown) explains Matt's shortcomings and why the employment arrangement doesn't seem to be working out.
"The Profit" originally was about observing flaws in small businesses and helping owners to correct them.
Rosy predictions are often made, and rarely if ever realized, about 1) an as-yet-unfinished and untitled product going to national grocery chains, 2) expensive hand-made goods landing highly iffy-sounding shelf commitments at regional retailers who require promises and possibly introductions to Lemonis' corporate network, and 3) Lemonis' teams getting ahead of the fashion scene and creating the next big apparel hit every quarter. These businesses frequently consist of bickering, distracted owners and low-wage workers whose paychecks seem at high risk of succumbing to management incompetence.
Green Tea (everybody wants vanilla, so let's throw 10 grand here and there at new flavors) and Grafton Furniture (let's hire someone to paint a ghastly mural on the front of the building) and Shuler's Bar-B-Q (does a part-time restaurant really need a gift shop of non-restaurant items? (The guess here is that the landlord, out of deference to the Barons' father, had been giving the brothers favorable terms and after seeing Lemonis enter the picture, decided the brothers didn't need his help anymore.) Surely, one would have to question pouring 6 digits of cash into a location that, according to what was later mentioned on the show, is subject to lease revocation at any time. It's a show about how floundering businesses can look really nice if unlimited amounts of money are thrown at them.
But as Lemonis spread himself thinner and thinner, the show became a shrine to excess. (See Amazing Grapes and Standard Burger and Inkkas and Wick'ed.) Then there are the quality businesses that got eyebrow-raising investments, such as Mr. 1, Car Cash, might've had the worst investment of all, as the seemingly happy ending of Lemonis' costly overhaul of the Baron brothers' prized location was undermined by an update in which the Barons got booted by their landlord.
An Amazing Grapes employee who was criticized in the first episode, Brian, vigorously and politely defended his actions in that episode and refreshingly appears to be on solid ground in the update. The amount of time it takes to run a second location or add new product lines is too much for many people.
In the original episode, Lemonis says, "I've spent well over 0,000" on the Amazing Grapes overhaul, which presumably is on top of the 0,000 to take a controlling interest and pay off the vendors. Many episodes of "The Profit" demonstrate that when enabled with money, especially Marcus Lemonis' money, a lot of businesspeople like to splurge.
Dan, the hardy wine boss who quickly won Lemonis' trust in the original episode, says wine sales on the Internet peaked at ,000-,000 in their best month.
But now, "There is no Web business." Matt is completely indifferent to Lemonis and the TV production.
By far the most interesting visit was Amazing Grapes. He knows the warts are the drama, so the problems get necessary airtime.