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Boring Hell's kitchen? (no spoiler - nothing to spoil)

The only thing that struck me during the whole episode, was the first segment when they ran through all the contestants and their eliminations and "issues" - I thought to myself, "I've been watching this for HOW long"?

I would have bet the house and the car that the challenge was going to be tied after the first two dishes, and heck - what man would not pick a well cooked piece of meat (filet no less) over a piece of fish. The winner was obvious, even though I didn't find anything special to the meat dish - and twice baked potatoes in 45 mins - with all the other dishes? THere's a certain art to making a great baked potato and to me, cooking it fast (by whatever means) isn't the way.

And Lacey - oh how I have missed thee.... let me count the ways.

So next week, who's door is gonna open???? I think it's Paula - well, I mean, I hope it's Paula. I think she deserves it more than Danny.

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  1. I think Danny's team is the stronger of the two (even though he took Ben and Carol vs. Lacey!!!!). This is just the set-up for the show-down, no one got booted, so it has to be boring.

    1. Used to watch this show but have more or less forgotten about it this season. Can't remember the last episode I watched.

      And doesn't every challenge come down to the very last dish?

      1. I agree -- for a first-part-of-the-finale, it was a pretty banal episode. But then, if memory serves correct, most of the first-parters have been pretty much the same. Things don't start heating up until dinner service.

        I'd be happy if Paula wins, but I'm betting on Danny.

        1. Your second paragraph pretty much said it all, maisonbistro (betting that the COO would pick the meat over fish - hell, even Paula knew it!)

          Lacey's reemergence should make for a relatively interesting show next week.

          1. Well, it's certainly no Hen-in-a-Pumpkin finale. I have to tell you I could really care less about who wins this year. HK would have been better off if Lacey was on the finales.

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            1. re: bigmackdaddy

              Lacey and Colleen--that would be a ratings winner.

            2. They're going out of their way to make Danny look bad (a classy mounted fish?) so I think it's Paula. Is there any doubt that Gordon Ramsey has known who he's going to pick for a long time? Eliminations are done by ratings potential--contestants are kept on because they're train wrecks waiting to happen. The key to winning any of these reality contests is to look like a total doofus who people love to hate so they keep you on the show and then turn it around last minute and surprise everyone.

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              1. re: chowser

                Keep in mind - Danny won the "final challenge" at Borgata,and based on 3 of the 4 past seasons, that means Paula probably wins.

                Season 1 - Michael wins signature dish cookoff; Michael wins entire thing.
                Season 2 - Virginia wins signature dish cookoff; Heather wins entire thing.
                Season 3 - Bonnie wins signature dish cookoff; Rock wins entire thing.
                Season 4 - Petrozza wins signature dish cookoff; Christina wins entire thing.

                HOWEVER - going by the guy/gal/guy/gal past wins, it's time for a guy to win - so maybe Danny wins. :-)

              2. So who actually won Hell's Kitchen last night? Was it Danny or Paula, since I had to go mail some bills off, and missed the end.

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                1. re: HollyDolly

                  Two-parter, Holly. They picked their "brigade" from past contestants and were going to brief them on their menu. That's pretty much the way it ended.

                  Finale is next week.

                  1. re: HollyDolly

                    Danny won last night. His reward was getting the first pick of the chefs brought back to work at the finale. First pick meant he didn't get stuck with spacey Lacey.

                  2. Doesn't look like I missed much. There was a tornado about 100 miles away from my house (KC) and all the TV stations had in depth coverage. I think the thing killed a tree on some farmland in N. Missouri.

                    Hopefully, the local fox station replays the episode, or well, maybe not.

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                      1. re: chileheadmike

                        They also show them on the Real network the next Saturday night, which doesn't do you a damn bit of good to hear on Tuesday. A lot of the reality shows get replayed the same week on Real TV.

                        1. re: Bobfrmia

                          Hulu is on demand, so if it's on Hulu, you can watch anytime. The annoying fact I am finding, is that some networks, like AMC, only post the most recent episode on Hulu, and just episode summaries or trailers for other, previous episodes. You can find all the Hells Kitchen episodes, though, on Hulu, also the short lived Chopping Block.

                      2. The view out of all the poor souls who would theoretically be working under the winner was just sad as all get out. I'm not sure about Paula, but Danny is too darned green behind the ears to command respect in any kitchen, much less a kitchen made up of seasoned veterans, many of whom would know that stuffed fish don't belong on restaurant walls more than twenty feet from salt water.
                        One more "gosh, gee whiz, who'd a thunk that I could be king here?" from Danny, and we'd have been buying a new flat screen.

                        Paula, the unknown. for the not loose.

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                        1. re: shallots

                          Just watched the show (we had recorded it) and after this season, that's it - I can't imagine wanting to watch Ramsay again. I'm so tired of the guy. After watching this season and some of the F Word shows, I find nothing appealing about him. It all so seems so ridiculous.

                          1. re: SusanB

                            Speaking of Ramsay, What happend to Kitchen Nightmares, the US version? Maybe I am just missing it in the local tvguide in the paper,I never get to see it or never catch it when it's on.

                            Thanks LindaWhitt for the update. Will have to catch it tomorrow.

                        2. I am very disappointed that Paula and not Danny won the makeover.

                          I am dying to cut off that hair of his!

                          Paula *should* win, but with Lacey on your team, it's probably going to be an uphill battle.