Last night, we bid farewell to Million Dollar Listing San Francisco's debut season in a flurry of shouting matches, deals, and attempted emotional closings. And while the episode provoked the usual amount of eye-rolling at the dramatics of its star agents, it also inspired a few genuine giggles (although not ones that could challenge Justin's signature cackle). There were no new properties on the finale episode, so we had to focus on all of the drama this time around.
Andrew was back at venture capitalist Alison Davis' Tiburon estate, which he had listed for $20 million. At the beginning of the episode, he thinks he is going to lose the job because he rode a penny farthing bicycle into the home's indoor pool during a showing party. Instead, Alison decides that his antics are hilarious. She encourages Andrew and his nemesis, her son Louis, to work together to show the property. They become "best friends" and work as a tag team through a set of showings. Their efforts bring in a $17 million offer, but Alison turns it down, primarily because the owners want the property as an investment instead of as a family home. She is willing to keep the place on the market for years to find the right buyer.
A frustrated Andrew suddenly gets another offer, but it's an unconventional one: a family wants to rent the place for under a year while they are living in the Bay Area temporarily. Andrew takes the offer to Alison, and she agrees to it. The rent? A cool $100,000. Andrew gets a $100,000 finders' fee and goes away happy.
Justin is back at the Cole Valley firehouse, and it's a bust. Buyers continue to complain about the layout and the stairs, and the owner admits that the renovations she's planned to fix the problem would cost $100,000. She's not willing to do the renos herself or to drop the price, so they pull the condo off the market "until a better time." It's not clear when there will be a better time to sell real estate in San Francisco than right now, but whatever.
The show isn't over for Justin (and his hair) yet, though. He has a buyer who wants Roh's Potrero Hill property. The two are sworn enemies, so when they meet up to hammer out a deal a fight is almost guaranteed. Roh calls Justin arrogant, but Justin gets to throw out the better insults of the two. He calls Roh "tiny man," insults his "flower of a pocket square," and disdains Roh's choice of a strawberry lemonade beverage. Of course, they do a deal for $1.4 million, and both sides walk away claiming that they've won. And that's it for the negotiations, the properties, and the manufactured drama.
The closing scenes show Andrew surprising his fiancee Paal with his big new under-construction offices (which are already half-finished—really, Paal hadn't heard about this until now?), Justin admiring his hair and moving into a new apartment, and Roh having a picnic with his family and the clients who taught him to accept gay people. And with that, the first season of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco is over.
· Previous coverage of Million Dollar Listing [Curbed SF]