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Jun 23, 2010 08:21 AM

Hell's Kitchen TWO. HOUR. EXPLOSIVE. EPISODE. ! (Spoilers)

No post yet? I guess we're all experiencing Hell's Kitchen burnout, huh? Two hours last night, for what? To rush it through, perhaps?

Once again, Gordon's wife, AND mother joined him on the episode. As if they are there to babysit him. It's sort of made me squirm to see the wife there again. Not sure if I'm squirming for him or for her.

Regardless, a bunch of bumbling buffoons in the kitchen. I think when Gordon freaks out he should really be freaking out at the casting agents for picking these people, who, in addition to displaying no real culinary talent, are like waiting for water to boil. Zzzzzzz.

I can't recall most of their names, they are so unmemorable. I think I remember Fran, Benjamin and Nila? Naila? i dunno. The one that got booted in the second show was an arrogant ass who kept throwing the fact that none of the red team ever worked in fine dining except him. Really? That fine dining establishment may want to distance themselves from him as he seemed to be the worst of the lot.

Anyway, for some reason I can't stop watching.

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  1. Yeah, the family's been part of the show a bit too much already! Doesn't this make 3x his wife's been on the show?

    And lordy - bug-eyed Maria was probably the biggest train wreck. She just seemed completely helpless in the kitchen...although she did win last week.

    As for Scott? He seems to be all talk, no action. Even his overdub as he took the perp walk down the Hall of Shame was condescending. If you ARE that good and are such a good leader, Scott, why did you piss off everyone in BOTH kitchens? Ugh. Glad he's gone.

    Nilka frying chicken ahead of time? Oh yeah - ANYTHING pre-cooked is going to turn GR into a raving maniac. Dumb move.

    Thought Jason was going to be a goner when he got up into GR's face, (and I think he would have been gone if the Blue Team had lost that evening's service) but he managed to pull it out during the 2nd hour.

    And Jay got a *LOT* more camera time - interesting how when Ben was moved over to the Red Team (and boy, you could tell he was NOT happy about that, including on the previews for next week's TWO. HOUR. EXPLOSIVE. EPISODE. ! ), Jay's rivalry with Ben comes to the fore. Two Boston-area boys battling it out.

    Right now, I think it's between those two based on quality of food. I don't see anyone on the Red Team that's done well. Autumn has mostly done well only on the guy's team. When they get into one kitchen, I'm not sure that'll fly again.

    1. If this week was the "most explosive' episode ever. That must mean that next week is the 'most shocking'. And the week after it will be the 'most unforgettable' episode ever.

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      1. re: Withnail42

        The most shocking will be when someone finally steps up to the plate and proves they can cook! What a trainwreck!

      2. Every season the scripting on this show seems to get more and more formulaic. The Andrew character who was cast as the Hell's Kitchen Jeffrey Dahmer, the trip to the mud bath to showcase Dawn's body, arrogant, all talk and no cooking Scott, talking his way out the door, kitchen histrionics playing out in front the little kiddies in the dining room. My favorite of the misfits, though,, who I will miss, was the Maria character, with the rubber face and the motor mouth.

        Note to TV Guide: need to change the description in the listing from "reality" to "dramedy".

        Oh, and Gordon, if you are listening, BBQ night was bullshit.

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        1. re: ChinoWayne

          ChinoWayne I SO agree on "rubber face, motor mouth" Maria. Just before she was axed I said she was appalling in at least an amusing way. There she went, leaving us with the rest of the insipid insufferables and Gordon just collecting a paycheck.

          1. re: HabaneroJane

            Gordon’s Tirades™ are starting to get really tiresome.

            1. re: ChinoWayne

              yes an awful lot of wasted food being smashed with his fists, and plates broken tossed into the trash.

              1. re: smartie

                That's something that really bothers me. Wasting lots of food. Most of it purely for dramatic effect. It getting to the point where I just don't want to see it and don't watch the show as much.

        2. i enjoyed the original hell's kitchen uk and it's the only one i could watch. the following seasons with gary rhodes, novelli and marco was all boring and nothing like the original. the american version is abysmal and downright atrocious. i try but could never bear to even watch a single episode beyond two or three excruciating minutes.

          it's sad how my idol gordon ramsay hasn't decided to stop selling out - now he drags his wife and mom into the fray. according to the michelin guide, he's the third greatest living cook/restaurateur today and he wastes his time on extremely stupid reality tv?!?!?!?

          gordon doesn't need all this showbiz crap and really must go back to the uk, stay in his flagship restaurant and not be seen or heard until he gets his third guide book star back. it won't take long and it will be a walk in the park for him. it'll clear his mind and help him wash off the stench of reality tv.

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          1. re: epabella

            changed your tune?

            this show is an embarrassment and worst of all, a complete bore.

            1. re: epabella

              I'd be curious to know who the two chefs are that are rated above him.

              1. re: Withnail42

                according to the guide most great chefs admire (some great chefs have become haughty), joel robuchon is at the top with the most accolades, alain ducasse is second, ramsay is third. that's why it's foolish of him to waste his time on reality tv. he's too good for it. familiar with the idiom: "castings pearls before swine"?

                1. re: epabella

                  It might be foolish in *your* opinion, but obviously not in Ramsay's opinion as he continues to do the various TV shows. And to Ramsay, his own opinion is the one that counts.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    sure, and he has all these people misunderstanding him and they actually believe in the beelzebub persona. those who really know him may say he's difficult but all respect him and not hate him. america's most respected travelling chef deeply admires ramsay - just ask tony bourdain.

                    1. re: epabella

                      I think most people who've read anything about Ramsay are aware that the nasty persona he portrays on the U.S. HK is just one small part of him and his persona. And we're fully aware that most people who work for him do respect him after a long time of learning from him - but not *all* respect him. Just as not "all these people" misunderstand him and believe that this is the only way he is. But he's chosen to put himself out there like that. He's ALLOWED himself to be portrayed like that. And based on things I've read, it's not dissimilar to how he can treat his staff at times. So it's not a made-up persona. It's part of him.

                      But that still doesn't respond to the question of him doing these shows - Ramsay obviously *likes* doing them for the money, for the exposure. So while *you* think he shouldn't stoop so low as to do reality shows, Ramsay disagrees with you.

                  2. re: epabella

                    I'm not sure where you are getting your information but Michelin does not rank chefs.

                    1. re: Withnail42

                      I think it's perhaps the number of Michelin stars they've received overall in their careers.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        It's the number of Michelin stars they currently have. It's a silly was to evaluate talent, IMO, because it supposes that a chef with 2 two star restaurants is better than a chef with just 1 three star restaurant.

                        1. re: bookhound

                          It would be funny if they put the stars in one column and the restaurateur's debt in another!

                          1. re: mnosyne

                            the message board poster debts are also going to be really funny. much funnier since most of them gloat at the misfortune of others.

                          2. re: bookhound

                            "t's a silly was to evaluate talent, IMO"

                            tell that to robuchon and ducasse. and you're just contemptous of ramsays success, hence you belittle his achievements.

                            1. re: epabella

                              For the record Michelin does not give stars to chefs. They are awarded to the restaurant. The 'rankings' you talk about are nothing more than a personal perception. That is not what the book is all about.

                              1. re: epabella

                                Please cite where I belittle Ramsay's success.

                  3. Fran should be on the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

                    I liked that Siobhan (sp?) recovered from her health scare by smoking cigarettes. Nice touch.

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                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Ha! Fran is so RHNJ. And yes! She almost collapsed from toxic poisoning from cleaning fluids and then had a nice smoke to recover. Do these contestants realize how dumb they look?!--->>>rhetorical question

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        And while the delicate one was relaxing with her cigarette, the scene cut to the rest of the red team coughing on the fumes from the chemicals, and scratching their arms through their hazmat ensembles. That was a nice touch.

                        I always imagine the HK contestants later watching footage, and getting *really* angry with the editing people.

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          I thought the exact same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!