Hell's Kitchen

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Day 10, Part II

Gordon Ramsay's Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 9
Best Champion Quote of the Night: "It's good to come home with quarter of a million dollars -- HOLLA!" --Rock
Best Ramsay Quote of the Night: "You know what it's like now? Standing on the fucking hotplate, where you're getting fucked from behind?"

And it's ROCK FOR THE WIN! Which means, of course, that Bonnie can reconsider being a teacher now. Now, I know I came down hard on Bonnie last week, but I will give her huge props for being an incredibly gracious and classy loser. Of course, the skeptic in me makes me wonder if she was as fine as she was with her loss because she just didn't want the win That Bad. Meanwhile, this episode -- like last week's -- really went on forever. Too much empty filler, not enough juicy swearing.

Bonnie and Rock led their chef teams back up to the loft to hold culinary powwows. While Bonnie opts for the slumber party approach of telling her "girls" how happy she is to have them all back with her, Rock drills his new underlings on the menu, stations, and prep. They elicit two very different responses from their teams. Brad announces to us, "We gotta to do the best we can for Rock," but Julia says, "Since this is Bonnie's kitchen, I'm gonna treat her just like I would treat a regular boss. Whatever she asks me to do, Imma do it, but I think Rock deserves to win."

The next morning, "construction" on the two restaurants continues, and with eight hours until service, the two teams do a trial run of their various dishes. Bonnie realizes that it's "humbling" for Julia to be cooking under her, but she notes Julia is going to have to deal with it. (Should I even bother to mention the contrivance that is the "Hell's Kitchen Designer" telling Bonnie that they've run out of wallpaper? Or Bonnie's worry that the wallpaper is bubbling WAY THE FUCK UP BY THE TWENTY-FOOT TALL CEILINGS? Well, let me ask you this: does it ever come to anything or even matter in Ramsay's eyes? No? Okay, then.)

Rock's prep goes fairly well. At one point, he even pulls Josh aside to give him a pep talk. He tells Josh that he himself has confidence in his cooking, and Josh just needs to have confidence in himself. It's all nice and leadershippy and very befitting a champion.

During prep, Bonnie notes that Melissa is overcooking the prawns, a comment that Ramsay parrots when he does a tasting of Bonnie's menu. Oh, and speaking of the menus, I caught Mr. HK Narrator calling Bonnie's chèvre salad a "shevra salad," which just au bon pained me. Dude, it's "shev" -- the "re" is silent. It's more prison yard weapon than it is a gas station, you know? Other items on Bonnie's menu include her "signature" egg fettuccine with sautéed Thai prawns and a dessert assortment of chocolate truffles. Ramsay is pretty complimentary about everything on Bonnie's menu except the aforementioned overcooked prawns and her dessert, which he determines to be too small for a restaurant dessert. He advises her to "do something with it," which we never see.

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