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Hells Kitchen 9/8 Spoilers

Someone had to start a thread for the 3 of us still watching.

I'm glad they didn't belabour the fingertip incident. I still shiver thinking about it.

I was REALLY watching for editting errors, it keeps me awake, but I saw none.

I don't understand why he is keeping Suzanne unless it's for the drama? I am so sick of people saying they messed up, so what? <shrug> and then saying they can cook. No, you can't. We have evidence. You'll be ready in ... 5, 6, 7 or 8 minutes? Pick one. Timing is kind of essential. Though I did think the women were a little mean about Suzanne trying to help. They told her she wasn't a team player so she tried. What else can she do? I have no hope for someone who can't time after this long but that's more the issue than her inability to work with the team.

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  1. I've just sort of given up on this show. Can't take the "drama" anymore, nor GK's screaming/swearing.

    :(

    1. Oh man, I still love. I do think they should include more JP. He's just and adorable little Belgian puppy - GR and him are very good together.

      When will people learn that a mandolin is a dangerous instrument? At least they didn't go looking for missing pieces of finger this year LOL.

      By far, stoner guy is the best. Man he can rock a kitchen - he grated on last nerve for the longest time, but crap, he has proven himself over and over and over again.

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      1. re: maisonbistro

        "You sauteed some meat and some onions...and put it inside a crepe.... JUST SAY THAT!!"

        LMAO!!!!!!
        I LOVE Tennile!

        Oh agree about the stoner guy - he's pretty good!

      2. If it weren't for Tennile and Van, the show would be very boring... Yelling at the camera during the confessional is a hoot.

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        1. re: dave_c

          dave, i so agree with you. they make me laugh. it's the only amusing part of t he show. GR's cursing and screaming has become so trite. Even the whole chorus of "Yes, Chef" makes me cringe. At least Van and Tennille have something amusing to SCREAM!

        2. I didn't get a chance to see it last night - was at a concert. In the previews, I do recall that Andy was the one with the fingertip incident; I take it that it wasn't serious?

          So what was the challenge? And who eventually went home?

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            Linda---Andy was booted. He was so pathetic. The guy who wears the ski cap with the monotone voice has managed to work in the kitchen with one arm. Andy gets three fingers stitched up (owww, yes) and can't even do a salad. Was embarassing for him and they needed to put him out of his misery. I can't believe he has his own restaurant . If I were visiting Boston, I'd want to stay as far away from his restaurant as possible based on his abysmal performance. What a bad PR move for someone who I heard was a pretty capable, if not talented, chef.

            Besides that, in a few words, Van and Tennille screamed, the red team said they hated suzanne, suzanne talked too much, the monotone ski cap dude with one arm was on fire working all sorts of stations and the bald guy did an ok job. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            1. re: HabaneroJane

              Ahhh, that must be why Andy hasn't updated his blog. :-) Sorry I missed it. I also wonder why someone would go on this (although I know of another Boston-area chef supposedly going on it for next season - it's already been taped) as most don't come off looking that well.

              Your summary is a good one - and probably could have been written by me even not having seen the episode! LOL Sounds like it might be Dave (monotone ski cap dude) and Kevin (bald guy) in the finals....unless Suzanne is kept for some reason.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Oh, and Gordon cursed and kicked people out of the kitchen. How could I forget that?!

                I think possibly Ariel could be flying under the radar and may have a shot. I also think Gordon likes Suzanne. He praised her for her crepe--they made crepes in the reward challenge...he loved hers. Baldie and monotone do have good shots as well. Oh and I forgot to tell you--they moved Suzanne to the blue team!

                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  Oh geez (moving Suzanne) - that should have at least made the Red Team happy. But obviously she wasn't the worst of the worst.

                  Ariel seems to have had a "nothing edit" - she just never seems to be there, except a few confessional comments about Suzanne.

                  1. re: HabaneroJane

                    I think Ariel is one to watch because they haven't made her look bad, like Paula last season. Under the radar until the end is the way to play it. But then again, last season he picked the most improved Danny vs the best who was Paula so who knows?

                    1. re: chowser

                      Except is there a "most improved" in the group as it stands now? Perhaps Dave.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Tenille? Wasn't she terrible at the beginning but is doing better now.

                        1. re: chowser

                          I cannot EVER see GR giving Tennille the win. Her attitude has been atrocious from the get-go, and Ramsay got a faceful of it when they went off on each other in the storage room.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            I don't think she has a chance either but he likes passion and from his own behaviour he has trouble telling the difference between passion and temper.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              I would have gotten rid of Tennille way back then but the drama with her and Suzanne was too good to pass up. I'd put Ariel and Kevin in the final. Dave is too Danny like. But, really, these people win and don't do anything else. GR would never let them run his kitchen, not even in his own home.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Agreed on the "win and then don't do anything else" - at best, they're a glorified line/sous chef at whatever location they go to.

                                Perhaps the HK1 winner, Michael, had the best idea. Take the money and run (although wasn't he supposed to have worked with GR in London?)

                                1. re: chowser

                                  I agree, it's pretty sad to see the "winner" Heather as Sous on this season.

                                  1. re: saeyedoc

                                    oh I have only ever seen one other HK series (the one when Roc (sp?) won)
                                    So are you saying that the sous - Heather is a previous HK winner???

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Wow - very interesting - I didn't realize that!
                                          Gosh!

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      Hi Linda, just in case you didn't know, if you miss an episode of Hell's Kitchen you can watch it on Hulu for free. I actually end up doing this every week because it conflicts with my 90210 obsession. ;-)

                      1. re: charmedgirl

                        LOL! Yeah, I'm aware of Hulu - I have done that for the first few episodes last season of "Heroes" and will have to watch the rest (quickly) to catch up for the upcoming season!

                    3. I think that mime camp has to be the worst reward challenge ever. I seriously would have rather done kitchen prep than have to deal with That.

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                      1. re: beachmouse

                        Ha ha, I was surprised people didn't run screaming from the mime. I'll never forget one Easter brunch at a hotel in Boston when a group of 5 of us (all adults) were amidst a ton of families where there was lots of entertainment for the kids, including a mime. He comes toward our table, my friend groans and I said "we're too old for mimes" and he says "I'm sorry you're too old to have fun". Broke him.

                        As far as HK, I was surprised the guys suggested they put someone else up for elimination so they would keep Andy, knowing he'd be gone if he was a candidate. They seemed fed up with him but Susanne must have rubbed them the wrong way too. You have to wonder if they give you a role and you play it, you're the bitch, you're the inept dude, etc. I think Kevin seems the most likable. I'll have to finish the season now but unless another Boston person is on, will skip it cuz I can't take GR.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          Joanie - according to my "sources" <g> another Boston chef is on next season. I heard if from someone who was told by that particular restaurant owner (and staff members read here at times). So since I haven't heard it from the horse's mouth, I'll wait to see if it's true.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            I saw you say that. I almost hope it's not true cuz that show is hard to take, but I'd have to watch the hometown boy or girl.

                        2. re: beachmouse

                          I said the exact same thing about the mime camp. how annoying!

                        3. And I'd been dithering about buying a mandolin.

                          So watching this has been worth something.

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                          1. re: shallots

                            I you use the plastic spiky gripper thing, your fingers are protected. It's when you think you can do it without and are in a rush that things can get, well, dicey. Sorry, I just had to.

                            1. re: maisonbistro

                              No professional kitchen I've ever worked in had a finger guard for those things.... go figure.

                              1. re: Blueicus

                                I know- but I don't think most people here work in professional kitchens. Mandolins are great great great tools, but need to be used properly - or else.

                          2. I'm still watching, I just can't think of anything to say.

                            1. OMG. the mandolin thing was SO painful to watch!!! DH cut himself last year on ours - learned his lesson about the finger guard, he did!
                              Mime reward - SUX - dinner in an empty resto... kinda weird to me.
                              Would have been happy for Suzanne to go home, but seriously Andy, get a grip! Kevin's in walking casts, Daves got a broken wrist (hand?) and they rock it out. It's called playing (working) thru the pain! ugh. so glad he went home.

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                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                I'm willing to cut Andy some slack because that kind of injury is supposed to be extremely painful for several days afterwards, and the kind of painkillers you need in order to make the pain manageable would probably not allow him to safely work a kitchen.

                                He should have skipped service altogether- Gordon had show that he doesn't like to eliminate someone who had to sit out because of an injury, and a day or two probably would have helped on the pain management front.

                                1. re: beachmouse

                                  I agree. Andy's terrible but I'd cut him some slack on that injury, too. It was his dominant hand and, having done that and having broken bones, the mandoline injury more painful the first few days than broken bones because it's incessant throbbing pain.

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    Looking back, I recall wondering how much dope they gave him at the hospital that he couldn't remember the night's menu...man... just the thought of that injury still gives me chills!!! yikes.

                                  2. re: beachmouse

                                    Have sliced a good quarter inch patch of finger pad off of my "pointer" finger of my dominant hand (yeah don't clean a meat slicer with a sponge while it is running, duh!) and also having had a broken wrist of same hand at a different time, I can say, OMG both hurt in different ways. The finger tip sharp thobbing pain (heart beat) for about 12 hours. and the wrist was 6 weeks of deep pain in the gut.

                                    Which do I think is doing better, the dude with the Cast!!!! they are really hard to wear and maintain, And that half-mitt to elbow one is SO hard to deal with! If something gets into it, easy through the palm area...how do you get it out? You can't.
                                    i think he is doing an awesome job, and I am hoping that (per previews) he doesn't get cut because of another injury!

                                    1. re: Quine

                                      I agree! while his voice/intonation really grate on me sometimes, I think he's super-gutsy keepin on like he is.

                                      1. re: jujuthomas

                                        Intonation, or lack thereof. Man, this guy sounds slow as 'fill in your favorite word'.

                                        1. re: Joanie

                                          I knew a guy once who sounded kind of like Dave... smoked WAY to much pot apparently. He was 19 and we called him "toast" because that's what his brain was. Sad really. Maybe that's why Dave's mannerism annoys me so much.

                                2. As far as who has a chance to win my husband's theory is that GR alternates between choosing a woman and a man each season which makes this the season of the woman.

                                  I really wonder if he gives a damn who wins. He doesn't have to work with them. The restaurant might not even care. The reward is probably written off as advertising and they don't actually have to let them be in charge of anything. This is publicity for Ramsay and a resort dining room. Since we can't actually taste what they cook as long as he doesn't pick a complete donkey then who can argue?