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13 January 2016 @ 09:14 pm
"Hell's Kitchen:" Season 1 Episode 2  
This episode began with the teams cleaning and preparing squid to Gordon Ramsay's specifications. The Red Team won, with Dewberry putting forth especially good work. As a result, when it came time for the main challenge (serving the people in the restaurant, again), the Blue Team were forced to cook with no air conditioning (Gordon Ramsay apparently got the idea from his own experience cooking in a kitchen with a broken air conditioner)! However, ultimately the Blue Team still won because (evidently) both Jeff and Dewberry slowed things up again (I didn't see that part because I couldn't find that piece of episode). So Dewberry was eliminated.

I'm noticing a theme here: so far, the focus has been more on whether the team members can work as a team than whether they can cook well. Both of the people who have been eliminated so far were good enough cooks but got eliminated because they couldn't be team players. Furthermore, Jeff, who was slated for elimination as well, highlighted his willingness to work as part of a team while trying to convince Gordon Ramsay to let him stay.

Jeff apparently suffered from kidney stones during this episode. I'm not sure whether I think that was real or fake, but I think it easily could have been real since kidney stones, to my knowledge, are more painful than actually dangerous. I'm a little more suspicious of the other contestants' reactions, none of which seemed to show much or any compassion for him at all. They were on the opposing team, so I'm wondering if that was an attempt to antagonize him?

It's also occurred to me that there's two contestants in particular that I think we're meant to dislike: Chris on Red and Andrew on Blue. Chris, at least, appears to have partly redeemed himself this episode by helping out his teammates, but Andrew is mostly just annoying and stuck up. Jessica, on Blue, isn't particularly sympathetic either. I'll be interested to see what becomes of them as the show goes on.
 
 
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