A palm tree problem.
In this exclusive clip from tonight, Feb. 25’s season finale of Mr. Mayor, Mayor Neil Bremer (Ted Danson) learns the city’s shocking budget for palm tree care. Although Neil asks Tommy (Mike Cabellon) for the figure, it’s no-nonsense deputy mayor Arpi Meskimen (Holly Hunter) who knows the specifics.
She declares, “50 million dollars a year, sir.”
Understandably, this shocks Neil, who had no idea that palm trees are so costly. “50?!” he exclaims. “Do you have any idea how many miles of bus lane I could buy with that? A bunch I’ll bet.”
In typical Arpi fashion, she reveals that she’s been trying to “call attention to this topic for years.” She continues, “Palm trees are not even supposed to be here. Most of them were planted for the 1932 Olympics to trick people into thinking L.A. wasn’t a waterless, scorpion graveyard.”
While perusing Arpi’s research on the matter, Neil realizes that “palm trees are expensive, dangerous and they shouldn’t be here in the first place.”