Ramir (Stephen Lobo) and Kate (Erin Karpluk)
Godiva's is a Canadian comedy-drama series that ran for two seasons (2005-2006). The title comes from the fictional Vancouver restaurant where the show is set.
This series provides examples of:
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played straight with Cordell, who Really Gets Around, but averted with Cordell's boyfriend, who wants a monogamous relationship.
- Arranged Marriage: Ramir almost goes through with one to please his parents, but ultimately walks out of the ceremony, causing his father to disown him.
- Asexuality: Martin barely shows any interest in women or sex, leading him to identify as asexual and form a platonic relationship with an asexual woman named Jane. However, it turns out that he just has low testosterone levels, and after starting hormone therapy he develops a libido. This causes his relationship with Jane to fail miserably.
- Carrying a Cake: A problem in the episode "Out the Door" when Daisy realizes that no door in the restaurant will accommodate the enormous wedding cake she baked for Ramir's wedding.
- Dancing Theme
- Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: At work, all the kitchen staff wear chef's whites while the waitstaff wear black. Subverted in that we are not meant to side with one group over the other, as is typically the case with this trope; this is simply how they are expected to dress.
- Ensemble Cast: There are ten main characters, and all of them get their own story arcs and lots of screen time. However, Kate and Ramir are a little bit more prominent due to their leadership roles.
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex
- Fauxlosophic Narration: The beginning and end of each episode featured either Kate or Ramir intoning something only vaguely related to the plot. Sometimes food-themed, as with Ramir's thoughts on the particular qualities of saffron.
- Food Porn
- Five-Man Band: The kitchen staff:
- Germanic Efficiency: Embodied by Mathilde Krauss, a dance company director for whom Jenna auditions unsuccessfully.
- Hookers and Blow: The original head chef of Godiva's dies of a cocaine overdose in the first episode.
- Improbable Food Budget: Averted: Ramir is determined to feature high-end ingredients like wild boar, ostrich, and sea bream on the menu, costs be damned. He finally learns that Godiva's cannot afford these items when Kate tells him that his ingredient bills make it impossible for her to give him a raise.
- Incompatible Orientation: Ramir's parents want him to marry Rajni, their friends' daughter. Ramir isn't interested, but when he meets her and finds her to be beautiful and smart, he starts to warm to the idea. He then finds out she is a lesbian. Interestingly, Rajni suggests that they get married anyway for their parents' sake — after all, they can just date whoever they want on the side. Ramir agrees, but later leaves her at the altar.
- Product Placement:
- Major Canadian brands highlighted in the show include Aritzia, Lavalife, and Westjet.
- Ramir often compares his menu to that of upscale Vancouver restaurant West.
- Kate mentions having worked at Canoe and Scaramouche, both extremely popular real-life Toronto restaurants.
- Ramir appears on the City TV program City Cooks.
- Food critic Deanna Reisner writes for the Georgia Straight followed by the Vancouver Sun.
- The show mentions Canadian celebrity chef Rob Feenie several times.
- Service Sector Stereotypes:
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Martin joins an asexuality support group.
- Villainous Gentrification: A major plotline in season 2 has Kate fending off property developer Garth Rutledge, who seeks to buy the block where Godiva's is located and turn it into a condo complex. Her warnings of Community-Threatening Construction to the block's other business owners fall on deaf ears, as all of them have accepted Garth's buyouts; even Godiva herself is willing to entertain his offer. Kate eventually prevails by making Godiva's profitable again, which renders Garth's plans impossible since he needed the entire block.
- Wedding Day: Ramir and Rajni's lavish Indian wedding.
- Welcome Episode: The first episode is this for Kate.