Meanwhile, Clemenza is snacking on raw bread dough and infusing it with his own sweat. Justin tells him to stop eating the goddamn product, Clemenza tells him to relax, and Justin rightly says he’s not going to relax, because it’s the relaxed attitude that keeps causing them to lose. I just don’t know how anyone can eat the food in that restaurant if they’ve ever seen the show.
What, you mean this bread is for the customers? I thought it was snack time!
The Red team is confident going into service, and Dana says as long as Barbie doesn’t give attitude, they’ll be fine. Kimmie could probably stand to rein it in, too, but I’ll bet things will go much smoother without Tiffany there. Gordon says that no careless mistakes should be made at this point, and Kimmie is the one to watch on the Red team. He’s not going to let he slide an inch. Of course this only freaks her out, and we all know what happens when Kimmie freaks out: she falls the fuck apart. Will it happen this time, or will she keep it together? I’m thinking that if she does lose it after all this talk about her Southern heritage and it costs the team the win, she’ll be going home for sure.
But first: hugs for everyone!
The menu features fried chicken, catfish, and a crabcake appetizer. Since they pointed these out, I’m sure everyone will ruin them. Dana is solid on the crabcakes, though, and the Red team is off to a good start. But will someone please explain to me WHYYY Brian is on the fish station?? Do they have no memory of every other service ever? Sure enough, he immediately fucks up the fried oysters. After a reaming by Gordon, he gets his head on straight, but come on. Put that man on the meat station, or garnishes, or something—anything but fish.
Clemenza appears to be regretting all that unbaked dough.
The Red team has moved to entrees with zero issues, so of course Kimmie burns catfish for the very first table. Everyone yells about the Southern failure, and Barbie gives death glares all around. I’m sure you’ll all be shocked to learn that Brian also burned the catfish. Clemenza wants to know how he manages to always screw up fish. I think we’d all like to know, but the real question is coming out of Gordon’s mouth. He makes Brian eat the burnt fish and ask him what it tastes like. Brian’s answer? “Tastes like fish.”
GOLD. Brian is either the dumbest person on the show, or he has absolutely zero sense of self-preservation. Even Robyn, knows not to fuck with Gordon. Everyone immediately stops and waits for Gordon to eviscerate Brian, and after displaying a remarkable show of self-control by NOT doing so, Gordon kicks him out for being a smart ass. Brian storms out the front door, but James stops him and tells him to get back in there and fight for his right to ruin more seafood. Brian runs back in and starts working, then yells at Gordon that he’s not done. Gordon tells him to stop yelling and stop acting like a stupid fuck, then says he’s going to ask him the fish question again. If he can’t get a straight answer, Brian will be walking out that door sans jacket.
“Say fish again. I dare you–I double dare you, motherfucker–say fish one more goddamn time!”