Jeanette Kozlowski returns to review the new season of Hell's Kitchen, starring her favorite bad-boy chef, Gordon Ramsay.
8:03 p.m. "Jen is gone, and it makes me sooooo happy," says a beaming Christina. The remaining three seem rather pleased with a short-term victory. Corey gives Christina a heartfelt statement when she utters, "Congratulations, fucking beeyotch." And then there's Petrozza wandering around shirtless. Uh, double yikes!
8:05 p.m. Ramsay whips up one of his specialty dishes and unveils the mystery guests! Who makes Petrozza shriek, "OOoooh my gawd! Oh my gawd!" Find out who it is...after the jump.
8:08 p.m. The guests turn out to be everyone's parents! (Well, not Ramsay's, of course.) With a proper distraction, the British chef serves his complex meal. Now this is almost too cruel: He tells Petrozza, Christina and Corey to cook what they just ate. So entranced by the parentals (and Corey's beau), Petrozza and Corey didn't pay attention to what was consumed. However, Ramsay does prepare a sample dish for contestants to taste while trying to imitate it, which completely erases all the fun.
8:11 p.m. After 45 minutes, Ramsay wants each to list the ingredients each chef used. Christina strikes out by using something that sounds like the nosey neighbor from Mama's Family, Iola, and Petrozza forgets the purée. Corey scores points with the framboise syrup and by putting cream in the cabbage. But here's the kicker -- she chooses the wrong meat. This takes her out of the running. Christina prevails -- again!
8:17 p.m. Corey and Petrozza will hand-crush a block of ice while Christina goes on a tour of Los Angeles with Ramsay and her parents and eats a three-course meal. "I don't think there's been anyone who's won so many challenges," Ramsay says about the St. Louis native.
8:19 p.m. Jean-Phillipe inspects Petrozza's work, which is not up to par. Then Corey takes out all her bottled-up Jen hatred out on a block of ice.
8:22 p.m. For the last dinner service before the final, the three must take turns at the hot plate and take on the difficult task of plyaing Gordon Ramsay.
8:26 p.m. "When I hand you the reins tonight, it's serious," Ramsay tells Christina. He gives each one-on-one "assertiveness training," which leads to a lot of bad acting that Petrozza equates with "weird therapy."
8:29 p.m. "Good luck. This could be your last service," Ramsay reminds the gang. When he puts Petrozza in charge, he tests the 47-year-old by having a sous chef hand him risotto minus the peas. The poor chap doesn't realize it.
8:32 p.m. Petrozza calls out Christina on raw salmon. What is she doing? Maybe all her challenge wins put her too far in the comfort zone. Her lazy cooking puts the kitchen "at a standstill." Not good.
8:37 p.m. "Christina, she was just flopping around like a flounder in the fish station," Petrozza quips.
8:39 p.m. When Corey takes Petrozza's place, she stammers through orders. Now sous chef Scott switches the sauce on the beef wellington. Will Corey catch it? Yes, she does -- but too late! Ramsay looks slightly peeved.
8:42 p.m. Now it's Christina at the pass. It seems like Ramsay really wants Christina to do well. He coaches her more than the others. But how will he sabotage her? Potatoes with the wrong seasoning! Oh my! And she immediately catches the mint that should be basil.
8:43 p.m. "Honestly I don't know who should be in the final -- you make it hard for me tonight, so I'm not going to make it easy for you," says Ramsay. Corey did well on meat but failed at hot plate, whereas Christina did just the opposite. Ramsay calls Petrozza "careless" at the hot plate. He then asks them to nominate one person to go home.
8:50 p.m. During the elimination deliberation, it's obvious the trio has grown quite close. That's why it's almost painful to watch them call each other out. Corey nominates Christina because "she is like a deer in headlights." Christina nominates Corey because "I just don't see the leadership qualities coming out." Petrozza nominates Christina because "I think one day Christina will be a great chef but I don't think it's today, and I don't think it's gonna be tomorrow."
8:54 p.m. Another preview for this fall's Kitchen Nightmares shows up. Check it out below.
8:55 p.m. OK, hold your breath. The first person going to the finals is ... Petrozza. Now it's down to the ladies. Each states their case: "I show promise, strong leadership qualities, perseverance and aptitude to learn and pick things up and think on my feet," says Christina. "I am strong, I do want this more than anything, I know that I'm hard working and I'm never going to quit," Corey says.
8:57 p.m. Christina makes it to the finals! The choice should have been obvious, but FOX loves to toy with all of our emotions with editing and over-the-top music. Goodbye, Corey!
Next week: There's "surprise after surprise after surprise" in the finale, and Jen returns to say "I'm not bitter at all." Suuuure. And we can't help but be biased and root for the hometown gal from Maplewood, Missouri!
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