As shocking as it seems, tonight is the Million Dollar Listing New York season finale. So soon? Mais oui! So let’s pack our bags. We have a LENNY freaking KRAVITZ launch in Paris and our flight is boarding. And if we’re lucky, maybe a very special friend will meet us at the airport…
We start things off in New York. Ryan’s driver is on vacation so he, gulp, has to drive himself. It’s rough. He might need to schedule another session with his counselor after this. And to make things dicier, he’s on the phone the whole time. He’s fielding offers and NYC traffic, all with a phone clutched in his hand. How does he not have bluetooth? It’s stressing me out. Fredrik calls to remind him he promised to attend his birthday party. Ryan didn’t realize it was in Paris when he agreed but Fredrik isn’t letting him off the hook. Sigh. Now he HAS to take a vacation to Paris. Life can be cruel.
Fredrik is already in Paris for his big LENNY freaking KRAVITZ launch. He originally planned to pack the party so he invited anyone with a pulse. By the time he got his thousandth RSVP, he realized these folks were only coming to see LENNY freaking KRAVITZ. What he needed were actual buyers so he canceled the whole thing and invited a small group of top tier brokers to a new event. While that sounds foolish, it’s actually quite brilliant. Nothing creates hunger like dangling bait and taking it away. The developer doesn’t quite get it, though. He interrupts Fredrik, mid-launch, to complain about the small crowd. Fredrik reassures him that the intimate showing will reap greater rewards than feting every Pierre, Paul and Jacques in Paris. But only if he can talk to the brokers instead of holding his developer’s hand. He literally pushes the developer away so he can get back to what he does best: sell.
Steve arrives at the LENNY freaking KRAVITZ launch with his top three buttons undone. Très European. When Fredrik comments on his luscious chest hair, he claims customs confiscated his tie. Yeah, right. Steve knows exactly what’s he’s doing. And he’s going to do whatever it takes to get into the LENNY freaking KRAVITZ building. He heads right for the developer and talks himself into a meeting. Uh oh. Fredrik isn’t going to like that. At all.
Before he can join the boys in Paris, Ryan meets with his eccentric client John. He really enjoyed working on the smaller listing but it’s time to finalize this sale and move on. After many showings, and hitting up bingo games to find the right senior clientele, he’s finally received a full price offer. But that’s not good enough for John. You see, John thought people would love his unique design quirks so much they’d start a bidding war. Now asking price just won’t do. He wants an additional $150,000. With no other choice, Ryan counters. The buyer’s broker is pissed. You don’t just raise the price mid-negotiation without other offers. It’s bad form. Ryan marvels at how brave John is to risk the sale to get what he really wants. It reminds him of a time when he was a risk taker too. So he clenches his balls and browbeats the buyer’s broker into a $130,000 increase. He finally feels the rush he’s been missing. This is living!
Fredrik gets a bunch of offers on the LENNY freaking KRAVITZ building but none of them are full ask. He’s dumbfounded. How can people think he’d be willing to negotiate so early in the process? He loses a few buyers but most end up paying full price. I mean, how many people can say LENNY freaking KRAVITZ designed their apartment? Steve has a buyer ready to go as long as Fredrik covers the 1.825% transfer taxes. While they negotiate the $70,000, Steve lets slip that he’s meeting with Fredrik’s developer the next day. Fredrik blows his top. I invite you to MY launch and you steal MY developer? Steve considers this normal business. And Fredrik does it all the time! But it goes much deeper for Fredrik. He’s threatened. He’s hurt. He can’t separate who he is from what he does so this is personal. He starts to cry. As he dashes away from the table, Steve hears back from his client. They’re willing to split the taxes. They have a deal.
Ryan has lunch with Emilia. Ever since working with John, he’s been thinking about what actually makes him happy. Building a team is what really gets him going so he wants to buy a brokerage firm. In Brooklyn. Emilia is cautious. She knows it means a lot more work for him and less Ryan time for her. For years. But she fully supports him. As long as they make an effort to spend quality time together. With a big grin on his face, he suggests they start with a trip to Paris. What perfect timing!
Derek gets to Paris. On a picturesque bridge over the Seine, he pulls out his phone and shows Fredrik sonogram photos of their twins. They’re going to be dads! After all the heartache of losing their baby last year, it’s really happening. Fredrik jumps. He shouts. He cries. I cry. It’s perfect.
Ryan finally gets to Paris but he spends most of the time on his phone, trying to buy his brokerage firm. Maybe visiting Luis will make him feel better. His apartment is adorable. Modern and antique at the same time. They’re joined by Fredrik and the boys sit down to share a beer. Luis gets emotional. He feels too much pressure to find his happiness. Ryan points out that even though he’s not happy in France, he’s proud that he did it. It took real cojones. Getting that support seems to lift some of the weight off of Luis’ shoulders. He now knows he needs a goal in his life. The boys beg him to come home and he actually agrees. His time in Paris has recharged his batteries and he’s ready to take on New York. With vigor.
Fredrik makes his sales quota, worth over $1 million in commissions, and he’s ready to celebrate his fortieth birthday. He has a beautiful table with a view of the Eiffel tower. He’s joined by Ryan and Emilia, his brother and sister in law, his pastor and her husband, and Luis with a magnum of champagne. After their big fight, Steve flew home early. He didn’t want to go to the birthday party of someone who called him a thief. But, surprise! He shows up to the full cast finale. They step aside and apologize to each other. Fredrik gives his blessing to take the meeting with his developer. Steve tells him his friendship is more important so he canceled the meeting. Fredrik is clearly touched. Then they party. Good food. Good drinks. Ryan jokes that they’re going to have a key party and the pastor isn’t amused. Fredrik feels so much love. Eventually they retire to the roof and dance. The Eiffel Tower glows in the background. And because this is Bravo, they have a cake fight.