During dinner service, Gordon informs the group that not only will they work as a single unit, they’ll be competing against another team. And that team will consist of
No, just a few previous Hell’s Kitchen contestants: Russell, whom Christina seems to hate, to the degree that she hopes his station burns down; Jay, whom Dana hates; Kevin, who intimidates Clemenza; Paula, whom Robyn loves and threatens with employment application; and Bonnie and Virginia, neither of whom spark any reaction from anyone. Russell starts talking smack and Justin gets antagonized, determined to prove how amazing they are in the kitchen. Everyone is raring to go, and the fires have been lit under our current contestants’ asses. Christina and Clemenza are pumped for victory, and James opens wide those doors.
The Returning Chefs are going strong out of the gate, churning out the appetizers with no problem. Probably because they’re professionals, who know how to work in a kitchen. Meanwhile, the Black team has Robyn, who can’t manage to correctly dress a salad on the first try. Jesus H. Then she and Clemenza join forces to cook some unnecessary spaghetti that hasn’t been ordered, and the Returning Chefs are just giggling in the other kitchen while Gordon has a meltdown. They manage to move on to entrees, and Barbie starts doing her thing, rallying the troops into line. She’s very good at that, probably better than anyone else, and I think that’s going to put her in the top three, at the very least. The other kitchen has moved to entrees as well, and they hit they’re first snag when Jay serves up over-peppered bass. Kevin jumps on his station and saves things before it gets out of control. And that’s about the only issue they have.
Snooze. Also, way to be edgy with the Manic Panic. Takes me back to ’93.
Barbie has gotten the Black team rolling and entrees are going out, but there seems to be some issue with communication and timing, especially on Dana’s fish station. She’s running a bit behind, but doesn’t want help from Clemenza and Robyn because she doesn’t trust them not to fuck things up. I can’t say I blame her. Gordon forces her to accept their help, and it’ll probably help set the mood if you just picture Dana yelling absolutely every word she says for the rest of the episode. Sure enough, Clemenza ruins the scallops. Ever more scallops dying in vain for this show. Gordon yells at them and Dana kicks Clemenza off scallop duty and puts Robyn on the next batch. That’s really just a crapshoot.
The girl is hanging on by a very thin thread.
In the RC kitchen, Russell isn’t helping matters much. He keeps calling all the female chefs Sweetheart, like he’s a drunken Hunger Games mentor. The excuse that he’s from the South doesn’t hold, because if I remember correctly, Kimmie just called everyone Bitch. They don’t let it cramp their style, though, and the food continues to leave the kitchen. See, this is how professionals work—tell each other to shut the hell up, while barely raising their eyes from the task at hand.
“I swear, the fish was THIS BIG.”