On this week’s continued episode of Kitchen Nightmares, someone’s not cooperating with production, because when we last left Gordon, he was getting screamed at by Joe’s defiant ass, which has just filled the caramelized onion soup with RAWR onions, in what is either the dumbest or most sarcastic attempt at compliance ever caught on film. And he’s still doing it. He’s refusing to admit he’s wrong about anything at all, and starts throwing words and blame around like they grow on trees.
And just like that, Gordon sprouts horns.
Gordon threatens to leave, but Joe says he doesn’t want him to leave—he just wants Gordon to speak to him in a kind, supportive, and loving manner, because Gordon’s current approach brings out the insufferable douchebag in Joe, and forces him to do stupid shit. Gordon tells him Joe’s problem is he can’t take criticism because he runs the place like a dictator and no one on the staff will say anything for fear of losing their jobs. This is still not getting through to Joe, who just acts like Gordon knows nothing about food or fine dining or anything restaurant-related. Yeah, because Gordon’s the one begging Joe for help so his numerous restaurants don’t tank, right Joe? He keeps going on about the elk, and Gordon tries for a little longer to convince him he’s delusional. Joe finally relents that Gordon might have a point, but it’s not that he’s lazy. Well, if I remember correctly from last week, and do feel free to set me straight if I’m wrong, the problem was never that Joe wasn’t getting a lot of work done—it was that he was getting a whole lot of work done THE WRONG WAY. It’s not your effort, Joe, it’s the fact that you’re a crazy shit with a falsely inflated ego roughly the size of Madagascar.
Joe makes an impassioned speech about what he wants for his restaurant, and Gordon offers him a chance at an olive branch, starting the next day.
So, then. The next day, Gordon does the whole hidden camera trick with the staff, all of whom have either seen the show and know what’s happening, or are just scared the walls of the restaurant will hear their gripes tattle on them to Joe later. Finally, Amy says that Joe’s manner of berating and cussing out the staff in front of the customers drives people away. This is backed up by several other staff members, and we find out Joe won’t even let his servers take a compliment from a table. He literally will just tell them not to take the praise too seriously, and that they’re still fuck ups. Wow. Tom thinks the food sucks, but his hands are tied, and then the floodgates just open, and everyone starts in with the Joe stories. To sum up: Joe is an egomaniacal asshole. Which we already knew, but come on—these details really do make it worse. Gordon can barely believe what he’s hearing. I feel so sorry for that staff.
That’s very informative. You’re all fired.