Gordon Ramsay's Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 20
Contestants' Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 33
Contestant Quote of the Night: "Stick your finger in there and touch everything."
Last week: The previouslies covered the entire season so far, which happens again tonight. Petrozza and Christina designed "every detail" of their new restaurants, which involved planning menus and design, and then having their signature dishes judged. Petrozza won, and he got to pick first from the returning chefs. Petrozza got Bobby and Ben, and Jen got Corey and Louross. That left Matt and Jen, with Petrozza to choose. Okay, go!
But first, I am going to editorialize a little. I don't normally get into the complicated producer-based conspiracy theories, but I'm just going to throw this one out there. You know how you sometimes have a contestant who drastically outlasts his or her competency level, and it seems like all they have going for them is a hard core of self-delusion? Like Matt this season: he should have been gone a few episodes earlier, but he keeps being dragged along. The standard theory is that the obnoxiously incompetent contestants are being kept around because drama equals ratings, but I have a different idea. I think someone thinks it's more fun when you get to the end of the season and the potential pool of sous chefs includes crazy people. Crazy people who hold grudges are even better. So when there's someone who might get eliminated around the middle of the season, I think it's possible that someone with the title "producer" might gently suggest they be strung along for a few extra weeks, just so they can come back in the finale and cause havoc.
It's just a theory.
Okay, now go! Petrozza interviews that Matt's a lunatic and Jen can be a bitch. I still think you go with Jen, because she can at least cook. Indeed, Petrozza selects Jen, because she's slightly less crazy than Matt. Naturally, she is oblivious to how she is viewed, interviewing "I definitely know that the reason I was picked second to last is because how strong of a leader I am and they don't wanna be outshined by me in their kitchen, but that's gonna happen anyway." Yikes! Christina interviews more rationally, "Thank god Petrozza picked Jen. I don't trust her, I don't like her, I don't want her on my team." She also thinks that Matt can be managed and has the potential to cook well.
It is ten hours until the service, and there's a barrage of braggadocio [Ed's note: Nice alliteration! -- LG]. Bobby thinks Petrozza's fun to work for, and Ben thinks it's a good team, even though he's never worked with Jen. Jen still thinks she's the most well-rounded and strongest chef around. On the other team, Matt interviews that he has no respect for Christina because "you gotta earn it." Then she strokes him a bit, talking up his risotto and telling him that it was an inspiration, and all of a sudden he looks like he's in love with her. Christina puts Corey on meat and Louross on apps, while Petrozza is more freeform. Apparently nothing is prepped, and Jen is appalled that nothing is written down. She describes his notes as "chicken scratches", although they look fine to me.