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Hell's Kitchen: Day 2 - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 9th 2008 12:37AM

Hell's Kitchen

(S04E02) "I'm done. I'm done. I'm done. I'm done." - Petrozza

Here's a tip if you ever find yourself in the position of being a contestant on Hell's Kitchen. If you have to choose two people to go up for elimination, don't choose them for "strategic" or "personal" reasons, at least not this early in the game. And if for some reason you do choose them for those reasons, DON'T ANNOUNCE IT TO EVERYONE. But that's exactly what happened tonight, in one of the more stupid moments by a contestant in the short history of this show.

Remember, whoever you choose, Chef Ramsay has the final say on who goes home...

This week is the week the contestants go through the garbage. I worked in the restaurant business for over 10 years and I never had to do this, but then again I never competed for $250,000 and an executive chef position.

The men won the challenge this week, and their prize was a day with Chef Ramsay on a boat (Bobby mentions The Love Boat). There they were treated to champagne and a beautiful lobster lunch. In fact, the lobster meal was so beautiful that it's probably better than anything these chefs are going to prepare on the show this season. Jean-Phillipe serves the meal on the boat, and at one point Louross says that he looks "prestige." Louross is becoming the hip phrase-maker this year. The chefs get along famously with Ramsay, and it's always funny to see how nice Ramsay is to the contestants away from the kitchen and then how hard and nasty he is when they get back in the kitchen and screw up a short time later (yeah, I know, the time is compressed, but it's amusing to see the contrast). Meanwhile, the ladies are back in the kitchen preparing for the night's service.

The kitchen opens, and while the men actually get some food out on time, the women are drowning. They're all screwed up, they can't get the meals straight, they're sticking their tongues out as they cook. Jason says that "a room full of girls is useless. What are they having, a Tupperware party?" I doubt that any Tupperware party had this much swearing, but I've never been to a Tupperware party so I might be wrong about that.

Ramsay puts Craig and Roseann in the dining room and this leads to two for the more insane things I've ever seen on this show. Rosann actually holds tickets back because she's afraid of overloading the kitchen too much, which leads to the orders being two hours behind. Ramsay's jaw drops to the floor. What's even funnier is what happens to Craig. While carrying a chair across the dining room to a table, he whacks a blonde in the back of the head with one of the legs and doesn't even notice. Jean-Phillippe does and orders him to apologize to her. I wonder if Hell's Kitchen diners have to sign a waiver before they eat at the restaurant, in case they're injured or poisoned by bad chefs?

Of course, chaos reigns and so many things get screwed up in the kitchen (they get behind in orders, meat is served rare when it's supposed to be medium, the scallops are screwed up - this is the second week in a row that there's a problem with scallops, after last week's odd scene of Dominic just standing at his station holding raw scallops in his hand). Ramsay screams, throws food, closes the kitchen down, and the customers leave. He declares that both teams pretty much suck, but the men were the best of the badness. He chooses Corey to pick the two chefs who should be up for elimination.

And now we come to the part I mentioned at the beginning of the review. Ramsay tells Corey that it shouldn't be hard to pick the two women that should be up for elimination, but she surprises him by picking Christina ("for strategic reasons") and Jen ("for personal reasons"). At this point Ramsay is so stunned that he actually says "f**k me." Corey not only picks two people that probably shouldn't have been picked, but she announces her reasons why, which don't go over well with anyone. You know why you shouldn't tell competitors that you're picking them for strategic or personal reasons in this game? Because Ramsay has the final say in who goes! You might have to actually play alongside the person you just insulted or pissed off. Christina cries during her defense of herself (which the men laugh at), while Jen goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about why she should stay.

And guess what happens? Ramsay doesn't listen to Corey at all and picks Sharon instead! He says she should have paid more attention to her cooking instead of her makeup.

Something tells me Corey isn't going to be popular in the kitchen next week.

Corey's honesty was...
Brilliant19 (6.0%)
Foolish274 (85.9%)
Forgettable, it will have no impact on the game26 (8.2%)

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Glynnjamin

Basically this review told me all the things that I already know happen on the show:
There's a challenge, someone wins, someone is rewarded, someone preps the kitchen, there's a service, one team is bad, the other is worse, food sucks, Ramsay screams, throws something, "donkey" is yelled, Ramsay closes the kitchen and picks a "winner", two are set up to be eliminated, Ramsay picks the loser.

What I missed in this review (and missed cuz I didn't watch the show) was what the competition was, why they lost it, who fought with who, why that big black guy is still around after last week, and who did well during service.

Sounded rushed, maybe it was, I'll just download the show tonight.

April 10 2008 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevjohn

I missed last night's episode due to a stupid mistake setting my VCR. Yes I still have one of those. A few more incidents like that and I may actually consider moving into the 21st century and getting a DVR, although I'll probably just build my own.

I thought this was a pretty good review, until Michael pointed out a few shortcomings. Between the two of you though it became a great review. I feel like I didn't miss a thing. It was certainly a much better review than what we were given for the first episode of the season. Keep it up.

April 09 2008 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
h8rain

Tonight's episode is one of the reasons I actually like this reality show. Two decent people up for elimination, and Ramsay choses the worst one there, regardless that they were not chosen. Which should send a message to them that they need to chose the people that suck and need to go, and not people that are good and should stay.

April 09 2008 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I'm not saying I could write better than you when it comes to these summaries, but I have to say that compared to a lot of the recaps I read here, this one was not up to par. Especially since you say you worked in the restaurant business for over 10 years, I would think that'd allow you to comment a lot more on what happened.

The reason I say this is that your recap is like a summary that tries to cram an hour into 2 pages. You mention a quote in the beginning and never again mention how it came about (Petrozza can't name menu items to Ramsay two times in a row and is ready to leave and Bobby has to come out and help him). You fail to mention the drama going on in the girl's team (like Jen blaming Corey for their loss in the challenge which is crucial to understanding why she put her up for elimination or Sharon being seen as a Barbie that can't get anything done correctly and has little experience, which is mainly why she was cut). You also fail to mention that tensions become high in the men's team as Bobby and Jason argue over scallops, timing, and other things.

I am glad, however, that you discussed about what Craig and Rosann (no E) did during service, and about Corey's stupidity for saying why she did what she did.

I'm just saying, though, that not every recap has to be a quick summary of what happened. In any reality show, especially a high-stress, quickly-moving one like this, it's important to pull out what's happening between the contestants so people get a better understanding of why people hate each other and get someone to read it here and really agree with what you're saying. That's why I think your 10 years of experience could come in handy here...you have a unique perspective.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts. I may get flamed, but I see it as constructive criticism. I'll of course return for next week's review.

April 09 2008 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sarah

ditto

April 09 2008 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ORKMommy

I totally agree. If I miss an episode of one of my shows, I rely on TVS to bring me up to speed. If I hadn't seen last night's episode, I would be totally confused. This wasn't so much a recap as just your thoughts.

You mention the whole garbage thing, but you failed to mention that the task that the men won had to do with filleting and portioning fish. Aren't the competitions somewhat important to the show? The garbage picking was much less important than the fish competition!

April 09 2008 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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