'Hell's Kitchen' Season 8: Make Mine A Double
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In another two-hour edition of Hell's Kitchen, the chefs had to mix cocktails, milk cows and create a ravioli dish worthy of making the menu, all while trying to maintain some semblance of order in the kitchen. The first three - got it. The last part? See the photo of Gordon? He's pointing to the way out.
The episode began with Raj whooping it up, literally, in the Hell's Kitchen dorms, celebrating the fact that he was still there. . . in the Hell's Kitchen dorms. While the rest of the blue team plotted to have him stuffed and served as a main coarse, Trev said that as the only one who hadn't gotten into an argument with Raj, he had the ability to turn him into a team player. He becomes the Raj Whisperer, speaking softly but firmly, leading him along with kindness rather than criticism.
That lasted as long as the surprise breakfast challenge. With the girls off enjoying their prize (Trapeze school and lunch in Santa Monica) Trev let Raj have it and the two ended up toe-to-toe, each daring the other to go for it.
Cocktails for Two
The dinner service twist was cocktails but it wasn't much of a twist at all. Trev and Sabrina were both pulled from the kitchen to be mixologists, We saw them whip up a few drinks, serve them and that was the end of their participation. Really not sure what the point was there. Without Sabrina, the girls handled service pretty well except for an over-salting issue, oh and Gail stood by and watched as a steak went up in flames, but that's not abnormal.
On the other side of the kitchen, Raj decided it was wrong to waste all of the food Gordon rejected, so he ate it. He also did that thing again, where he cooks entrees ahead of time just in case, and in doing so used up all the fish, so they couldn't complete the orders. There aren't enough question marks in the world to express my confusion over this guy.
The men ended up with the win anyway thanks to a few extra positive remarks on the customer cards. The girls put Emily and Sabrina up for elimination and Sabrina did her rap-star gangster routine explaining why everyone else deserved to go over her. Gordon listened patiently, then sent Raj home. Huh? A big surprise but the right decision. He should have been sent home the first week. Still clueless, the big man wandered off -- the wrong way -- then pondered why he'd been cut.
Whine and Cheese
With that whipping boy gone, the blue team inexplicably turned on Trev. Whether on purpose or by accident, he was pushed to the back of the line in the quick ravioli challenge and he made sure Gordon knew it when his food was praised. The guys took that win and got a helicopter ride up the coast and some much needed relaxing time which Trev destroyed with his whining. Up until then, I felt for him, but ruining the reward was unnecessary, so it was game on after that.
Back in the kitchen, the girls had to milk a cow in order to make fresh mozzarella. Like the cocktail twist, it was hardly worth the effort it took to set up the scene. During prep, Sabrina continued to annoy her teammates with one silly question after another. When it came time for service, she completely fell apart on the meat station waffling so badly about her timing that no one else could get their food to the pass at the same time.
Melissa also had trouble getting her dishes past Ramsay and Rob took a big hit over a burned pizza. It didn't seem like that big of an issue compared to what the girls were doing, but Gordon made him take the pizza into the dining room and eat it. The Hell's Kitchen version of 'go stand in a corner,' I guess. Boris got bored and decided to wash dishes during service, so Gordon sent him down to help the real dishwashers in the basement. (And aren't they they unsung heroes of this show.) Louis was the next to get thrown out. Then, after the girls were told to help finish serving the blue team's guests, they too were tossed out, leaving Gordon, Scott and Andi to finish. Nice to know no one was sent home hungry.
Even though the girls completed service, they still have to put two up for elimination. Melissa is a given, Gail is suggested, but Nona makes the decision to put Sabrina up instead. Boris and Louis go up for the guys and Louis is sent home. Very surprising. He certainly wasn't the worst in this bunch and he had a good attitude. I'm sorry to see him go.
The big question is, now that Raj is gone, is there any reason to keep watching Hell's Kitchen? Come back later today for more on that. In the meantime, tell me, did the right two go home?
Cr: Patrick Wymore/FOX