On to Carrie: "I know I've had a rough start, I'm not going to deny that," she says. Yeah, four straight episodes. Then she crabs about Elise not being a team player. Elise starts yammering away about how she's sure if she asked her teammates who they'd rather keep, they'd pick her over Carrie. So Ramsay does put it to a vote, and the only person who votes to keep Elise is Elizabeth. Everyone unhesitatingly picks Elise to be sent home.
That sends Elise's mouth into 120 beats per minute territory, explaining that she can work on her attitude but you can't give someone common sense and talent. And she even takes a swipe at Carrie's age in an old-dog-new-tricks sense.
Anyway, Ramsay's made his decision, and he tells Elise to step forward. She starts crying instantly, and her team looks overjoyed, but it's a fakeout. He sends her back to the kitchen, and he eliminates Chino instead. "Three strikes, you're out, buddy," Ramsay tells him.
"I'm disappointed. My expectations were higher. I came here to cook, you know, and it's a shame that I didn't get to cook a little bit more," Chino tells us. Then he talks about not selling out, by which he means he's not going to start cooking at McDonald's? Probably a good thing, in terms of preventing an E. coli outbreak.
Ramsay tells the teams that things are going to get more difficult. "Now fuck off, all of you."
Jennifer, for one, is a little concerned about how things are going to be, now that Elise knows that almost everyone prefers Carrie to Elise. "It's going to be a bloodbath," she says.
And how does Elise see it? "Everybody hates a winner. I learned tonight I don't have any friends in the house. They don't know who they're fucking with." I would disagree with both the first and last sentence there.
And Ramsay's epitaph for Chino: "Chino took his time in Hell's Kitchen very seriously. The problem is he seriously couldn't cook."
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. One of his favorite Cure songs used to be "A Letter to Elise," but that's more or less ruined now. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at email@example.com.