In 1997, Jürgen was approached by an “Italian Concert Promoter” regarding a big event for Tony in Sicily. This “promoter” turned out to be an undercover Agent working for the German CIA, and leading a secret sting operation to arrest "Mr. Big" (Godfather of the Gambaretto Mafia Family), who was under investigation in Berlin for both tax evasion and money laundering. In over their heads and caught between the Mafia and the German CIA, Tony and Jürgen were faced with the choice of either going to prison for Mr. Big, or having both of their families murdered by the mob.
“The Finellis” begins on the day Tony and Jürgen are released from a 15-year sentence in Moabit Prison in Berlin. No one meets them at the gate. Tony returns to his former home wanting to rebuild his life. Unbeknownst to Tony, shortly before his release, Tony's Russian Ex-wife Tina Finelli , a former model and stewardess had filed for divorce.
The scandal surrounding Tony's arrest ruined Tina's reputation. Alone with two children and no income, Tina turned Tony's mansion into a bed and breakfast. Now, as owner of Tony's former home, she lives there not only with their two daughters, Lola and Lena (now 27 and 20 years old), but with Tony's parents, Pete and Bea Finelli as well as his ancient, Sicilian grandmother “Nonna”. In short, numerous generations of Finellis are living under one roof.
Recently, the maintenance man in Tina's boarding house quit. Out of love for his family, Tony Finelli, the proud peacock, swallows his pride and takes over the job, hoping to rebuild his life, restart his career and reconnect with Tina and his (now grown) children. Take Tony's two left hands, add a helping of total inadequacy, and you have the perfect recipe for the comedic chaos that is "The Finellis."