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'Hell's Kitchen': Ramsay steps in during elimination

Previews leading up to this week's episode already informed us that two contestants were going to be sent home this week. I was just interested in how they were going to make their exit.

After Gordon Ramsay sent home Stacey, the girl's team was left pointing fingers at one another. I knew Autumn was in danger when the cameras focused on her teammates lamenting that she is "bossy." (This was totally a code word for them being intimidated by her.)

Meanwhile, the men's team sat around pumping up each other. They were really cocky. The freak of the group, Andrew, said that he's cooked much better food than what is served in the kitchen. (I hope Gordon Ramsay doesn't see that.)

The group was awoken extra early to go back to basics with Ramsay. They were responsible for cooking four different egg dishes—poached, sunny side up, scrambled, and soft boiled egg.

Everyone was paired except for Siobhan, who was on her own. Somehow the competition turned into a major dramatic point with the women. The cooking portion of the challenge was fine. Autumn told Siobhan that she and Fran would help her cook her eggs.  But when it came to the judging portion of the challenge, somehow it came out that Siobhan only cooked the soft boiled eggs. Ramsay was incensed. He stuck it to Siobhan, which resulted in Siobhan breaking down. Siobhan was beyond upset with Autumn. She essentially said Autumn bullied her into only cooking one egg dish.

The men won the challenge. Their reward was a helicopter tour of Los Angeles. The women had to clean a shipment of tuna as a punishment. Siobhan went up to the sleep area and cried. Autumn apologized to her.

While the men were enjoying the Los Angeles skyline from the helicopter, the women were struggling with the fish. There was a lot of moaning and groaning, but it was pretty much uneventful.

A little later during the prepping period, Siobhan showed that she didn't know how to cook mashed potatoes.

Fran and Scott were assigned to make tuna tartare tableside.

Almost immediately Ramsay kicked out Salvatore because he did not know the desserts being served during the dinner. (Ramsay eventually brought Salvatore back after he was able to memorize the desserts.) Meanwhile, Autumn oversalted the water to boil. Maria rolled her eyes when Autumn claimed that she didn't salt the water that much.

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Fran didn't know what table to serve. Mikey took 43 minutes to make his appetizer, which was the slowest in the history of the show. And guess what? The risotto was not cooked long enough.

 Nilka messed up with the cooking time of the garnishes. Salvatore made a good beef wellington. (It was a nice rebound from not knowing the desserts.) Jason did not cook the chicken correctly. Jamie incorrectly cooked the salmon. Andrew messed up on garnishes. (His mashed potatoes were runny.) Andrew didn't take Ramsay's criticism. He talked back to Ramsay, which resulted in Ramsay taking him out of the kitchen and into the restaurant to chew him out. Ramsay called him a joke to the restaurant industry. Andrew left the show.

Both kitchens were able to complete dinner service, but Ramsay was not happy. He singled out Jason, Mikey, Nilka, and Jamie for bad service. Then he said that no team won the competition. He tasked both teams to nominate a teammate for elimination.

While deliberating, Jason suggested Salvatore. At first it appeared that a number of his teammates agreed with him. But when it came time to put up a teammate, the men chose Jason.

The women nominated Autumn. Siobhan said Autumn was overpowering. Maria said that Autumn oversalted the water.

Autumn told Ramsay that the vote was personal, which caused Ramsay to ask the women who was the weakest cook in the kitchen. They all agreed that it was not Autumn, which made Ramsay groan.

Ramsay took Autumn off the chopping block. He replaced her with Jamie. Ramsay also called up Mikey.

Ramsay then eliminated Mikey.

"Mikey was all about appearance," Ramsay said. "Unfortunately for him he couldn't appear to cook." (Ouch!)

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