This week's episode of Hell's Kitchen was a prime example of misleading previews.
Last week, the show teased that someone would return to the show. I immediately thought about Julia and Melissa from last season. No such luck. There were no additions to the Hell's Kitchen crew this week. And according to previous previews, Louross and Corey were suppose to become romantically linked. No such luck on any romantic hookups. Corey informed viewers during a confessional that she had a boyfriend, and that she was only flirting with Louross to advance in the game. (She's quickly becoming a true reality television villain.)
Anywho, I actually enjoyed the episode without the payoff promised in previous previews. Once again, Gordon Ramsay's antics were enough to fill an entire hour with plenty of excitement.
This week, the contestants had to cook for a Sweet 16 birthday party. The men won the precursor challenge leading up to the event, so a majority of the their menu was used during the dinner service. The women were punished by having to decorate for the party. (A pretty easy punishment, if you ask me.)
The real fireworks occurred during the party, when several contestants began to falter.
I'll start with Matt. He overcooked the fish, to the frustration of Ramsay. As a result, Bobby took over for Matt. (Did I mention that Matt whined most of the episode about not getting any respect from his teammates? This will be important later.)
Roxann undercooked the steak for the birthday girl. (Big mistake!) Ramsay was furious. He even had to step in and cook the steak. (How embarrassing.) I seriously thought that Roxann was going home based on this, but Ramsay had other plans.
Shayna screwed herself by being consistently slow. She moved like a tortoise during the prep session. She continued the snail's pace during the dinner service when she was assigned to prepare garnishes.
Queen nasty Corey was none-too-complimentary of Shayna.
"She is overweight, and she can't move very fast," Corey said. (Ouch! That was mean. She really didn't have to take the pettiness to that level.)
Ramsay shocked everyone during elimination when he sent Matt to the women's team. (Did I mention that Matt asked Ramsay to do this?)
"They don't know what they inherited," Ben said with a laugh.
Ramsay wasn't much nicer than Corey in his final words about Shayna.
“Her heart wasn’t here,” Ramsay said, “That’s why she’s going back to something that she’s good at. Changing diapers.” (Yikes! Ramsay sure knows how to insult a person.)