Kitchen Confidential: Dinner Date With Death
You know what? This show just isn't that funny. It's still entertaining in its own way. A good cast, great setting, and all that. But it's just not that funny. And coming after Arrested Development, that really stands out.
The plots tonight: John Larroquette plays Jack's old mentor, who is dying and wants to have a standing reservation every night at Nolita until Jack can kill him with a meal. Meanwhile, Jim, worried about being the "low man on the totem pole" in the kitchen, yells at a dishwasher, who turns out to be one large, angry tattooed man named Ramon.
I'd love to see this show stick around for a while, but the script really has to be more clever. It's just not that funny (I think I said that above). Steven has a few funny lines, and there are two oral sex jokes that push things for the 8:30 hour, but all the other dialogue is just stale. It just seems to meander, humor-wise, even if what we see on the screen is fast-paced plots and slapstick antics and quick edits and voiceover narration. It's not a bad show; it gets the vibe of the kitchen kinda right (though the dining room vibe is sorely underused). The problem is that it's just an ordinary show, and with this souce material (Anthony Bourdain's book) and the cast and a setting ripe for a smart comedy, right now it's a disappointing one.