by Ian Froeb
Jeanette Kozlowski returns to review the new season of Hell's Kitchen, starring her favorite bad-boy chef, Gordon Ramsay.
8:02 p.m. What will happen when former teammates collide? There's no doubt it will be Jen or Matt heading out the door tonight. Both have proved they are definitely not team players.
8:03 p.m. "We were glad to get rid of Jen and now we are getting her back," Christina complains. Corey has the same feelings about the sassy, loudmouth chef: "We are going to make her life a living hell."
8:04 p.m. "What in the hell is Matt still doing here?" shouts Petrozza. Heh. I was just thinking the same thing!
8:04 p.m. After all the teammate-swapping hoopla, Gordon Ramsay announces everyone is now on one team. Corey shakes her head: "It's going to be a three-ring circus because we have too many loud voices."
The rest of the episode -- with video! -- after the jump...
8:06 p.m. A silver case packed with $250,000 cash is used to inspire the chefs before their first individual challenge. Each contestant is given one ingredient and 45 minutes to prepare it in a "unique" manner. Per usual, Jen is overly confident going into the challenge. She says, "My food is a reflection of me: It's vibrant, it's creative, and it's bold!"
8:09 p.m. Matt serves up a roasted veal loin. "Nice," Ramsay says. Christina pan seared her sea bass. Ramsay nods. "So far, so good." Petrozza presents a chicken breast stuffed with veggies and an assortment of other goodies. Ramsay quips, "I have not seen on individual do so much with a breast." Corey's pea and lobster soup doesn't impress the chef. "I expected you to use the whole lobster." A thinly sliced rib eye, however, does. "It's a very dangerous dish, but you pulled it off," Ramsay says to Jen. Bobby's duck and soup isn't as good. "The soup is delicious, but the duck is tough."
8:11 p.m. Ramsay asks Christina and Jen to step forward...the winner is (after 30 seconds of dramatic music and a three-minute commercial break) Jen. Oh, no, I can almost see Jen's head inflate further right before my eyes. She exclaims, "I put my heart and my mind in that dish!" Watch as Jen tears up for the first time.
8:16 p.m. For a night in Vegas and dinner with Rock, Jen picks Corey to accompany her. "The fact that she picked me to go to Vegas just shows how fake she really is," says Corey. And for the losers? They must run back and forth picking up deliveries to stock the kitchen for the next dinner service.
8:17 p.m. In good spirits about the punishment, Christina is met with Matt's incessant whines. "You know what, Christina, fuck you!" Matt screams. Even Bobby appears scared: "Matt is like full metal jacket; Matt is gonna lose it!"
8:21 p.m. The bickering between Matt and Christina continues through the next morning. The pudgy sous chef is already becoming delusional: "I need to be the best tonight because I really need to send Christina home." Christina would have to set off a bomb in the kitchen to be sent home before Matt. It's obvious he's gone mad (further evidence in the video below).
8:23 p.m. Ramsay explains to the six remaining contestants what their biggest challenge will be this week. "We have double the amount of customers because we are cooking from one kitchen." And then (probably a choice made by producers), he puts Christina and Matt on the meat station.
8:27 p.m. And, of course, the duo continues to bash heads. "She's a nasty little bitch with a lot of cellulite on her ass." What does that have to do with anything? It appears Matt has run out of real insults and now he's just saying the first thing that comes to mind.
8:29 p.m. Petrozza takes heat from the big chef from having a dirty bottom of a dish. Meanwhile Jen remains in her bubble of bliss. "Without a shadow of a doubt, I know that I am a better chef then anyone here," she gloats.
8:30 p.m. Matt gives Christina the wrong orders, and he is communicating poorly with Corey. In turn, Corey gets picked on for taking too long with the vegetables.
8:32 p.m. Christina and Bobby are scolded for putting different meats in same pan. Isn't that cooking 101 material, guys?
8:33 p.m. Raw meat -- again! This time Christina is to blame. She says Jen told her it took four minutes to cook the meat. Jen comes back and says she didn't tell Christina four minutes. What a headache. Who do you think is lying?
8:34 p.m. Someone gets burned -- again! Corey tries to cook her hand and then refuses to go to the medic. See a clip of the action below.
8:38 p.m. Ramsay catches Matt tossing a few pieces of meat in his mouth. What a fool!
8:41 p.m. Corey can't tolerate it anymore: "Matt seems to be like a 5-year-old trapped in a 25-year-old body." As the 35-year-old tries "to be the best tonight," Matt delivers raw and overcooked meat. Bobby: "Something is really going to go fruity in his brain." Next thing Matt's whimpers something about a migraine. "You guys are a bunch of losers," Ramsay mutters.
8:43 p.m. Matt pushes Ramsay over the edge: "I've got no feelings in my hands, but I want to work through it." Then the British bully tosses Matt out of the kitchen and sends him to his room.
8:47 p.m. Ramsay then describes Matt as a "useless piece of shit." Jen a.k.a. little miss perfect burns rice on Christina's station. Ramsay continues his rampage by kicking out Jen, then Christina, and then everyone. A little overdramatic, don't you think?
8:48 p.m. "On the night that should have been our best, service turned out to be the worst," Ramsay says as the frightened chefs file downstairs. Matt asks for time alone, and Gordon says, "What I would like to see is a little more manliness."
8:50 p.m. When Matt discovers he will be put up for elimination, he breaks down: "I don't even care! You can all go fuck yourself. I'm going to go lay down because I am going to get the last laugh." And Bobby poignantly states: "Matt deserves to get kicked off the universe." By golly, he sure does!!
8:54 p.m. Matt and Christina are put up for elimination, but Corey confesses to Ramsay that she should go home. Ramsay barks, "Right now I'm not really worried about your emotions; I'm not Dr. Phil."
8:55 p.m. "I keep getting picked on," Matt whines. Ramsay asks him: "If you weren't the worst performing cook tonight, who was?" Matt immediately says "Christina," which is a complete lie.
8:58 p.m. Nothing that Matt could have said or done at this point would save him. Petrozza signs with relief when the New Jersey boy is eliminated. "I am relieved that Matt is gone; I will be relieved when Matt is in another state. You got to lock the door behind that guy."
8:59 p.m. In the end, Ramsay recites a nice poem about the crybaby. "There once was a boy named Matt, whose kitchen performance fell flat. He was far from neat; he was miserable on meat. So, I kicked him out and that's that."
Next week Enter boobalicious beauties, who make the remaining five "lie, cheat and steal" on the "hottest Hell's Kitchen ever." Uh, yeah.