Hell's Kitchen

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The Rivalry

Gordon Ramsay's Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 52, which I think might be a new record
Contestants' Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 30
Contestant Quote of the Night: "Who sees something that needs to be done badly?"

Last week: A Sweet 16 birthday party, which meant the men rode around in go-karts. Matt acted like Matt, which annoyed Bobby, Ben, me, and everybody watching at home. Chef Ramsay shoved Rosann off her station. The women nominated Shayna, claiming that she was kind of slow, and Matt got put onto the women's team. Chef Ramsay insisted on Rosann stepping forward, then sent Shayna home. It's hard to have an opinion about that when Shayna had only started to get any camera time at all in the last two episodes.

As the contestants go back to the dorms, several of them are already getting out cigarettes. I don't want to make a big deal out of this, because I realize a lot of real-world chefs do smoke a lot (or as Bruce McCulloch once said, "These guys? Smoke.") but seriously, there is a lot of smoking going on in this show. These guys sure smoke. I think I'm just used to reality shows going to great lengths to protect me from the sight of people smoking. I have no idea what those blurs are next to everyone's hand on America's Next Top Model!

And in addition to smoking, they yell. A lot. In this case, Matt is shouting at Ben and Bobby, as well as anyone in the general vicinity. He does not take kindly to being "put out there to dry". Ooh! I'm sorry, Matt; you're very close to the correct phrase, but I can't award you full credit. In fact, I have to deduct points for your interview, where you stab your finger petulantly at the camera, saying "I don't hide behind anyone. And Chef Ramsay knew that." Well, no, actually Chef Ramsay directly told you that you were hiding behind Bobby.

I think the key word here is "petulantly," which is a fun word. It describes every word or action taken by Matt these days, especially when he's complaining that the other men are picking on him. After shouting at everyone, Matt stomps off (petulantly), leaving Jen to comment that if he thinks the men are manipulative, he has no idea what he's in for with the women.

In Matt's room, there's a three-ring binder on his bed, so there's a chance he's going to study the menu in an attempt to do better in the kitchen. Although it looks like he's rummaging for snacks, so who knows? Corey adds a complaint that she doesn't think it's fair that the women got rid of their weakest chef and then get stuck with Matt. She has a point.

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