Ramsay shakes his head, and asks Clemenza for the nominees: Robyn is first, obviously. As for the second, he says they couldn't decide between himself and Brian. "So you failed at dinner service, and you failed at the assignment now," he says. JESUS, you Blue idiots! Ramsay orders all four of them to step forward.
"Unbelievable. One simple task, and we couldn't even agree on that," he says.
Robyn: She says she has passion and drive, and on redemption night, she proved she deserves to be here.
Brian: He's got heart and soul and he's capable.
Clemenza: He's a team player, he's given 100 percent, and he's learned from his mistakes.
Justin: He's never been so focused and he's pushed himself to levels he's never had to go to before.
Ramsay's decision: Clemenza, who is ordered to take off his jacket, and when Justin gets the same order, you know they're getting black ones, although Ramsay makes sure to clarify that they sure didn't earn them with tonight's service but on their total performance.
So it's properly down to Robyn and Brian. They both take off their blue jackets. "This by far is my most difficult decision," he says, then tells Robyn that her time in Hell's Kitchen ... (the pause gives it away) continues. He gives her the sole remaining black jacket. Clemenza looks stunned. Ramsay shakes Brian's hand, and he leaves, to applause from the survivors. "I think I had a shot at winning. I really do," he says, adding that it's difficult to lose it at this point.
Ramsay makes it clear to Robyn that he has reservations, and warns her to not make him regret his decision (that decision being to keep one of the remaining sources of conflict and discord). She promises him he won't, and he dismisses them. And then Robyn, to us, starts railing about all the haters. Clemenza says he's pumped up like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can see a few differences.
"Brian had a lot of energy, and he was a funny guy, but after tonight's performance, I wasn't laughing. And that's why he had to leave Hell's Kitchen," Ramsay tells us, and we're out.
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. It figures that on the two episodes he misses, Tiffany and Kimmie are eliminated, but when he comes back, Robyn stays. Come back, Montykins! Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at danieljdaniel[at]gmail.com.