“Million Dollar Listing New York” pulled a shocker in its season finale. The depressed and anxious Luis Ortiz realized what had been eating at him. As we learned, real estate was his third career, after skate boarding and films. He was ready for a change and that time at the open house when he contemplated being a realtor until he was 50 years old was his moment of clarity.
He broke the news to Ronita and she tried her best to get him to slow down and think it through. She thought it was his depression talking and that he’d regret it. She might have been concerned about losing her job after years by his side, building the business to this point. He assured his faithful employee that he was comfortable with his choice and told her not to fret. RECAP of “Ryan’s Wedding” part one, includes a happy Luis, but the “happy” couple is far from that.
Sure enough, when it came time for him to turn down a dream offer from a developer he spent years chasing, he suggested the businessman interview Ronita instead. Luis is setting her up for a big time career that he knows will work out. he called his mother and informed her that he was happy again, because he’s just a guy that needs to challenge himself before he gets too comfortable.
But, was he comfortable? He had no social life, no significant relationships outside his business and he’d been coming apart for the better part of a year. When he couldn’t work himself into a better frame of mind it was time to quit. That’s bad for us, because Luis is the soul of “Million Dollar Listing New York”. He’s the comic relief and passionate heart of the show. Fredrik’s got passion, but it’s about being #1. Ryan Serhant’s wired the same way, and while he’s got a sense of humor, it’s more deprecating humor, making the joke first so no one can hurt him by beating him to the punch. There may be a reprieve in store, and it might just be that Luis will exit the business but stay on the show, at least for a while. More on that below.
Fredrik finally got his head out of his rear end and Derek made him realize that while he mourned the lost pregnancies and desperately wanted a child, that Kai was as much his son as Derek’s. Eklund made the connection between what was in his heart and what was right in front of him. Being a parent is a state of mind and if he had a child, willing to be parented, why didn’t he take advantage of it? Oh yes, and he sold the number of units to the seaport location demanded by the developer, including the penthouse, after weeks of angst in London. To celebrate, he and Derek bought a mansion in Connecticut as a weekend and holiday getaway place.
Ryan went back to the developer who fired him and got a 30-day reprieve to sell out the building. He did so using one of his favorite techniques, combine units for a buye then talking the developer into a package deal. After he came face-to-face with Fredrik to hash out who was truly the more successful of the two, they found that after five years they had nothing left to fight about. Each made amends and Ryan felt better for it. The long-suffering Emilia, his fiancée has stuck around, waiting for the wedding in Greece. She’s his rock and so patient it’s unfathomable.
We got a preview of what is in store for this autumn, and it’s all about Ryan having to put up or shut up. He can no longer put off plans for the wedding and Emilia has no idea the pressure and stress she’s in for. When the two quarrel about him always being too busy for other things, it looks like the situation could take a turn for the worse. Luis was in the preview, talking to Ryan about a bachelor party. Could we be in for more Luis after all?
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