Hell's Kitchen: Season Finale
(S02E10) I think there should be a new rule imposed in the land of reality TV: no more two hour season finales! Seriously, they're sooooo annoying and tedious, because they just rehash everything that has happened and contain all the same predictable twists and turns that we see in other seasons (or, in some cases, other shows). Of course, maybe we could have knocked the season finale of Hell's Kitchen down to about 90 minutes if they just took out the trivial asides and the damn 11 minute opening summary of every single episode from this season. I mean, if you watch the show, you already know everything that happened. I doubt someone is going to tune into the show 10 episodes in and say "hey, I wonder who will win Hell's Kitchen?"
And then, in the second hour, they have a recap of what happened in the first hour! Gah. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's down to Heather and Virginia...
Virginia and Heather get a visit from loved ones. Heather's parents show up, while Virginia gets a visit from her husband and mom. Heather is incredibly emotional, but that's really no surprise since Heather has become more and more emotional as the season has progressed. Don't really understand what that's all about.
Chef Ramsay brings the two women to Las Vegas to show them the town and the Red Rock Casino. He also has a challenge for them: make their signature dishes and ask 20 customers who's is the best. This being reality TV, micraculously, it's split 10-10. It comes down to one guy and his decision. He picks Virginia's Chicken over Heather's sea bass. Really odd, some of these food challenges, because what if you get customers who simply don't eat fish, especially sea bass, or simply don't like chicken? Whatever. Ramsay takes the two women to the top of the building to show them the view, then he pushes them both off. No, actually he gives them tickets to London so they can come visit him and he can show them the place where he started as a chef.
The three of them go back to Hell's Kitchen, and it's time to pick their teams for the final service. For some reason, Virginia picks Tom and Giacamo along with Keith. She explains that she wants to surprise everyone by picking people who aren't strong. Great people skills there Virginia. Heather picks Rachel (of course), and Sara, who hates her. Garrett is left last and goes to Heather's team.
In a really creepy moment, Keith and Tom say they won't work well unless Virginia guarantees them money. She seems shocked, but really can't articulate why it's so wrong, so instead she decides to give them $1000 if they win. Weird moment for sure.
Then there's a commercial for another damn Simon Cowell reality show, Celebrity Duets, and I really want to kick in my television.
Ramsay goes around and critiques the menus of both players and gives tips. Then he checks out the restaurant designs. Heather has a giant screen that would be too big at a football stadium. Her colors are light, sophisticated, but Ramsay doesn't understand the wipe off grafitti boards. He thinks that ruins it a bit. Virginia's waterfall seems to be finished. She has a desert/ water theme (though I don't really seem to see the desert part). Ramsay thinks it's cozy and well-lit (because ladies like to be well-lit, he says).
A few minutes before service, Ramsay reminds them that tonight, these people aren't their friends, they're workers. I really don't think they have to worry about the friend part. The captains address their teams.
Service beings and Ramsay tells Heather that there's a very imporant customer in the restaurant tonight (if I was Heather, I'd say "all of the customers are important chef"). It's the President of Red Rock Casino and his wife, but Ramsay doesn't tell anyone that.
Both teams are having quality control problems. A dish comes back to Heather cold and flavorless, and Virginia sends back food before it even goes out. It's funny how the losers are complaining about having to work hard and not getting anything for it. Um, don't they know how this show works?
Oh, and Tom acts very Tom-ish: first he stands around waiting for something, then he complains that he's a certain age and people are telling him what to do, like his ex-girlfriend, and then he cuts himself. It's like having Andy Dick's character from NewsRadio as one of your chefs. He doesn't seem to be sweating into the food, which is a good thing I guess.
Oh, wait, he starts sweating when he comes back and walking slow. Ramsay tells him to move his fat ass. To the camera, Tom says "I am what I am...and I'm not a bad looking guy." Huh?
Virginia has an entree returned to her, and realizes she has run out of snapper. Keith laughs at this. Great team member.
Service ends. Ramsay congratulates them both. They go back to the dorm and each says she thinks the other won. Ramsay tells them to come upstairs. There are two doors. Each player gets a key. The door that opens wins the game and the multi-million dollar restaurant at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas. And the winner is...