Mystery Diners

The WORST episodes of Mystery Diners

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

What happens in the food world when a bad employee starts to take down an otherwise thriving establishment or when restaurant owners suspect someone of not doing their job appropriately? They call in the Mystery Diners. These undercover operatives go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras to find out what's really going on when the boss isn't around.

Last Updated: 5/5/2022Network: Food Network
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Getting a Leg Up
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#1 - Getting a Leg Up

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/2/2012

The owner of Pips on La Brea in Los Angeles named Derrick Pipkin has a problem with a waiter named Bob who claims he hurt his leg on the job the day Derrick was going to fire him for not doing his job. This former waiter has threatened a lawsuit. So to appease him, Derrick has made him a host. However, his lazy behavior has not stopped and Derrick wonders whether the injury is even legitimate. Derrick contacts Charles Stiles for help and Mystery Diners Shellene, Lukas, and Tracey go undercover to see if Bob is faking his injury. While posing as a damsel in distress, Tracy helps to prove that Derrick is right about Bob. During the confrontation, Bob is finally fired and told to take his leg brace with him. The narrator revealed that Bob "kept on walking" and Derrick hasn't heard from Bob since the taping of this sting. Pips has finished it's relaunch where business has never been better.

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Extra Curricular
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#2 - Extra Curricular

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/16/2012

Johnny, owner of Pina Pizza House in Downey, California, seeks the help of Charles and the Mystery Diners because he believes his "frat-tastic" college-enrolled waiter may not have his best interests at heart and that he may be taking the party off campus and into his restaurant. Mystery Diners Grant and Jill go undercover to see if the waiter is taking his job as seriously as he claims to be taking his classes.

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Valet Disservice
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#3 - Valet Disservice

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/23/2012

George, the owner of Los Angeles hot spot Ca' Brea, has recently received a few complaints that are surprisingly not related to the quality of his food or his wait staff's service, but about his valet service. Charles sends Mystery Diners Tracey and Hank undercover to show George just how detrimental a bad valet can be to a restaurant's business.

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Sleeping on the Job
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#4 - Sleeping on the Job

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/7/2012

Chef Marc, owner of Parma in Las Vegas, contacts Charles and the Mystery Diners for help after noticing disparities in sales receipts and inventory with his high-end Italian deli meats. Mystery Diner Shane goes undercover as a busboy and discovers one of Marc's employees is down on his luck and may be using restaurant supplies for personal gain.

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Singles Night
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#5 - Singles Night

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/14/2012

When Will, co-owner of Whiskey Dick's in Las Vegas, becomes concerned over a steady decline in female patrons, Charles and the Mystery Diners come in to investigate. Mystery Diner Shellene goes undercover as a waitress and learns that the manager is serving more than just drinks from the bar.

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Sour Grapes
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#6 - Sour Grapes

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/21/2012

Scott, the owner of Rhythm Kitchen in Las Vegas, suspects his sophisticated, but slightly arrogant, wine sommelier is somehow negatively affecting spirit sales. But could he also be selling his own wine to customers and keeping the profits? Charles sends Mystery Diners Chelsea and Hollie in as customers to see if something smells rotten.

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Love Hurts
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#7 - Love Hurts

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/18/2013

When two employees who recently broke up disrupt staff harmony and start effecting sales at Marche Bacchus, owners Jeff and Rhonda seek Charles for help. The Mystery Diners go undercover to get to the bottom of this lovers' quarrel.

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All In The Family
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#8 - All In The Family

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/17/2013

The owner of R&O's Restaurant in New Orleans is fed up with the lack of respect. The Diners discover big problems: the owner's niece Dee Dee who works as a waitress is rude to customers and staff, and the owner's nephew Chris who works as a busboy is coming in tired from college and getting only a few moments of sleep. During the confrontation, the owner fires Dee Dee for her blatant disrespect while telling her never to return despite being related. Dee Dee threatens to send her mother to confront him as she leaves. Chris apologizes while stating that he has college work to do and the owner is convinced to talk to his mother as well. The narrator revealed that Dee Dee has apologized for her actions after being scolded by her mother and has found another job. The nephew has a lighter work schedule to accommodate his college workload and has gotten straight A's in his recent semester. Another one of the owner's nieces named Amanda has been promoted to manager.

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Naked Lunch
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#9 - Naked Lunch

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/24/2013

After losing several sushi models, Bruce, the owner of Lotus on Flower in Los Angeles, fears that one of his best customers is behaving inappropriately during the restaurant's "naked sushi" dining experience. Charles sends in Mystery Diner Christine to go undercover as a model to discover who is encouraging the inappropriate behavior.

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Cocktail Fail
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#10 - Cocktail Fail

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/13/2014

Fearing that a rivalry between her two flair bartenders is the cause of tension and missing alcohol, Sarra, owner of The Compass in Carlsbad, Calif., asks Charles to investigate. Mystery Diners Amanda and Chelsea go undercover to find out who's the real culprit.

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Dueling Food Trucks
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#11 - Dueling Food Trucks

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/20/2014

Marko and Brett own competing food trucks in San Diego, but put aside their differences to investigate revenue loss in both of their vehicles. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Seth and Corinne, who discover that their employees are turning a friendly competition into an all out war.

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Customer Concerns
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#12 - Customer Concerns

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/3/2014

Fearing that his regular customers have become too entitled, Larry, owner of 730 South in Denver, asks Charles to investigate. Mystery Diners Ariel and Conner go undercover and discover an employee may be creating the problem.

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Secret Pairings
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#13 - Secret Pairings

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/24/2014

When Peter and Delinda, owners of Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar in Colorado, notice discrepancies in their food costs — specifically their expensive wine and cheese — they contact Charles for help. Mystery Diners Taylor and Brent go undercover and expose some employees who are hosting their own events.

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Local Celebrities
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#14 - Local Celebrities

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/24/2014

A staff may be getting carried away with the digital shorts they produce to promote a restaurant and help is sent in.

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Food Cart Catastrophe
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#15 - Food Cart Catastrophe

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/17/2014

Rod and Linda, owners of a la carts Food Pavilion in Portland, Ore., hear complaints from their tenants about the new onsite manager so mystery diners are sent in to investigate.

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Something Smells Fishy
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#16 - Something Smells Fishy

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/26/2012

When Mario, the owner of La Traviata in Long Beach, California, becomes concerned over complaints with respect to the quality of his fish, Charles and the Mystery Diners discover that a recently hired chef may not be honest about what's in his high-priced dishes. Mystery Diners Rob, Shellene, and Lauren go undercover to find out what smells fishy.

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Raising the Stakes
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#17 - Raising the Stakes

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/9/2012

Ali, owner of a Moroccan-themed restaurant in California called Marrakesh, seeks the help of Charles and the Mystery Diners because he believes his manager may have a gambling problem outside of work that's affecting his ability to do his job. Mystery Diners, Rob, Scarlet, and Loree go undercover to see if the manager's extracurricular activities are taking a toll at work.

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Crooked Contest
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#18 - Crooked Contest

Season 11 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/20/2016

Rose and Tom of Belcourt Taps in Nashville contact Charles Stiles for help after hearing rumors that their songwriting contest is rigged.

Poaching Profits
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#19 - Poaching Profits

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/20/2014

The owner of Cookin' With Lenny Smokehouse in Los Angeles, fears that someone on his staff is using restaurant supplies to operate a competing catering company.

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Raw Deal
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#20 - Raw Deal

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/26/2014

Fearing that her employees are selling the secret recipes to her raw food menu, Sylvia, owner of Beets Cafe in Austin, Texas, contacts Charles for help. Mystery Diners Holly and Robin go undercover and discover an even bigger problem.

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Unhappy Hour
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#21 - Unhappy Hour

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/15/2015

Jorge, owner of Moreno's Cuba Cafe and Riviera Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., believes his staff is sneaking their friends into the hotel's free happy hour. Charles sends in Patrick and Tina to see how the uninvited guests are gaining access.

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Behind the Eight Ball
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#22 - Behind the Eight Ball

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/3/2014

Kent, owner of Uptown Billiards in Portland, Ore., believes the social media expert he hired to promote his restaurant isn't doing an adequate job. Charles sends in Mystery Diner Amber and discovers the customers are being hustled.

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Security Issues
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#23 - Security Issues

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/25/2013

The owners of Del Rossi's Cheesesteaks Co. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been hearing complaints about their recently-hired security guard they called "Fury" (who was a family friend) being too rough with customers and being bossy with the staff. The Mystery Diners not only confirm this, but also point to bigger problems with one of their cashiers taking advantage of Fury by sneaking into the kitchen and stealing from the restaurant. During the confrontation, the cashier is fired and Fury is reprimanded and put on probation. In his interview, Fury is remorseful for his actions and promises to change his attitude. The narrator revealed that the former cashier has paid for the items he stole. Fury has adopted a more friendly approach in his job.

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Skating On Thin Ice
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#24 - Skating On Thin Ice

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/14/2015

After noticing missing food and merchandise, Shauna and Joe, owners of Epic Rollertainment in Murrieta, Calif., contact Charles Stiles for help. Mystery Diners Kendall and Eliot discover an ever bigger problem when the roller rink closes at night.

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The Italian Job
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#25 - The Italian Job

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/30/2014

After a feud between his pizzeria and bakery threatens his business, John, owner of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, contacts Charles for help. Mystery Diners Andy and Arielle go undercover and discover the source of the tension.

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