"The person joining Will is ... Paul!" says Ramsay. Paul and Will both seem surprised, while Elise is sobbing already. Paul and Will hug her and tell her she did great, while Ramsay brings her up and tells her she shouldn't be in tears now. "I've never met anyone so resilient in all my years as you. You're Teflon. Well done," he says. She's taken off her jacket, but he tells her to keep it because she deserves it. Elise montage! Blabbering, palate, fighting, tears and boobs! "After Hell's Kitchen, I'm prepared for any obstacle that comes my way," she tells us.
So it's down to Paul and Will, and Ramsay tells them their biggest dinner service is (unsurprisingly) yet to come.
OK, you know what shows with two-hour season finales need to stop doing? The "Previously on!" scenes at the top of the second hour. Few things aggravate me more than sitting through scenes from the show we JUST watched, including scenes that we saw LESS THAN A MINUTE AGO. I can't believe I have to get angry about this sort of thing!
Anyway, Ramsay tells the two finalists to start thinking about the magic they want to create for their final dinner service. They scuttle off, with Paul getting in a dig about how Will can always be his sous-chef. There is much man-hugging and roaring from the two guys, who seem genuinely excited for each other and to be facing off against each other. In separate interviews, Will and Paul scream at us about how happy they are, with Will calling himself, "Big Will" and Paul accusing me of not believing him when he said he was a big deal. Look, it's not that I don't believe someone when he says he's a big deal. It's that I don't like someone who calls himself a big deal.
Anyway, they toast some champagne, make love (I assume) and then work on their menus well into the night. Then Paul starts talking about how he's doing this for his mother, who died just a few months before he came out to be on Hell's Kitchen. I can't recall if he's mentioned his mother's death before now, so if I'm grateful that he and/or Hell's Kitchen spared us the overdone doing-it-for-a-dead-relative sympathy ploy that a lot of reality-show contestants use. Too bad for Will that he hasn't had anyone close to him die recently, so I guess he'll just have to do this for himself. Of course, his mother is in town, so it might not be too late to cut the brakes on her rental car.