Paul and Will exchange a look, and when Ramsay counts to three, they turn their handles -- and Paul walks through to the cheers and applause and confetti. He swears happily in celebration, and we see his brother shouting and clapping. Will's wife closes her eyes. Paul and Chris hug. Back up in the office, a downcast Will shakes hands with Ramsay, who's quite encouraging. Will heads downstairs and hugs Paul, who toasts Will in his victory speech. "If I had to win, I'm glad that I beat the best," he tells everyone, and then he thanks his team and reminds them that they didn't do it for him, for his mother. He hangs his own picture on the wall of winners while his brother and Ramsay watch, arms around each other. "Paul won tonight, because he's probably the most passionate, determined chef ever to enter Hell's Kitchen. He'll make a great head chef, because his enthusiasm is contagious," Ramsay tells us, adding that he's proud to "hand him over" to BLT Steak. Paul's last words? "I am a big deal!"
Hooray for outtakes, although there aren't many. By far the best ones are Ramsay ribbing Tommy over the age of his girlfriend, taken from when his team went shopping at Ted Baker. After Tommy asks if he can get something there for his girlfriend, Ramsay advises him to focus on himself first. "Let her graduate from high school, then you can worry about the presents." Hee! That's topped, though, by what happens afterwards, when Tommy fesses up to buying something for Kaitlin. "Where'd you go? Toys "R" Us? Baby Gap? How was it?" cracking up the rest of the chefs.
Finally, earning the satisfying finale an A: in the post-win celebration. Ramsay, Scott and Andi drink champagne with Elise, and Ramsay tells her to take this experience and run with it: "Just stop being such a bitch!"
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. Thanks for the season, Ramsay. Now [bleep] off on out of here. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at email@example.com.
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