Guest poster John-John Williams IV recaps last night's Hell's Kitchen. Take it away, John-John ....
Last time we saw Chef Gordon Ramsay and contestant Joseph, the pair were heading toward a fist-fight.
"I'm not no [female dog]! I'm not no [female dog]!" Joseph kept shouting in the face of Ramsay, the head of Hell's Kitchen.
Ramsay's security quickly came out to make sure the hot-headed contestant wasn't able to land any punches against the potty-mouthed celebrity. The two exchanged pleasantries. And Ramsay kicked Joseph off the show.
I'm not sure that it was scripted. And it wasn't the resolution that many fans had expected or hoped for. But it was what it was, and Ramsay wasn't done eliminating folks.
The men's team still had Tony and Andy up on the chopping block. Kevin said Tony's inability to keep up with the fish station and Andy's inability to catch up quickly targeted them for elimination.
Meanwhile, Lovely and Tennille were making their case to remain on the show. Lovely gave some song and dance about the fact that she was inexperienced but dedicated. (Blah, blah, blah.) Tennille said she's a phenomenal chef and she needs the opportunity to show it. Andy said he needed another opportunity. Tony said he loves to cook, and loves to make things taste good.
Ramsay kicked off Tony, and the women were spared. Robert was reassigned to the men's team to balance out the numbers.
The contestants, who were still shocked by the exchange between Ramsay and Joseph, quickly went to bed. They weren't able to get much sleep. They were awoken by a fire alarm, but it was only a drill. The contestants soon learned that their next assignment was to feed a slew of firefighters an Italian meal of chicken Alfredo, meatballs and garlic bread.
Lovely was horrible during the meal service -- as usual. She couldn't even make garlic bread! Ariel quickly stepped in and helped. Andy also struggled with the bread. He slowed down the men's team in part because he used two of the five ovens available.
The women appeared to be in the lead, but an undercooked meatball was sent back to the kitchen. Even so, in the end, the women pulled out the victory.
For their reward, the women got to travel by helicopter to a spa for a day of pampering. The men had to clean the firefighter's trucks and equipment as well as the kitchen from the previous meal service.
The punishment was compounded by an injury to Dave, who hurt his wrist while cleaning the truck. In addition, Kevin twisted both his ankles while walking up the stairs. Both men went to the hospital for medical attention. Dave had a torn ligament and a slight fracture. Kevin had a severe sprain.
During the evening's dinner service Dave surprisingly volunteered to work as a server. Ramsay told Lovely that she was going to be a server.
Tennille continued her streak of bad cooking when she incorrectly prepared scallops. Meanwhile out in the dining room, Lovely was taking her sweet time getting orders from customers to the kitchen. Ramsay kept on yelling that it took her more than 40 minutes to bring an order back to the kitchen. (Unacceptable!)
The men appeared to be in the lead. But Robert forgot to cook some salmon, which resulted in the women's team finishing first.
Ramsay announced that the men's team won, which resulted in Ramsay tasking Ariel, who was deemed the best on the team, with choosing two teammates for elimination. Ariel chose Lovely and Tennille.
Ramsay told both Lovely and Tennille that neither of them was going to win the competition. He then told them that they were both safe this week because of Joseph's unexpected elimination. Ramsay later vowed that the next challenge would likely result in Tennille and Lovely running for the door.