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Pass the fava beans and pour yourself a nice chianti, because our favorite cannibal is back when Hannibal returns for its second season on NBC. The show has been a surprising cult hit, with “fannibals” popping up on social networks like Tumblr and Twitter.
One of the ingredients to the success of this strange, macabre tale is the beautifully realized and atmospheric world of the show. Much of that world, from death tableaux to interior design, is created by production designer Matthew Davies.
Hollywood.com was lucky enough to talk to Davies about creating the world of the show and even got him to dish (pun intended) on his favorite death tableau:
How does production design help in creating the creepy world of the show?Every genre has its own aesthetic vocabulary, and Hannibal's world is especially rarified. The colour palette is tightly controlled, the death tableaux are carefully designed to invoke a kind of macabre beauty, and all our sets are designed from the ground up to meet the needs of character, camera, and narrative.
Can you talk about what went into making Hannibal's favorite rooms: the kitchen and the dining room?There is a lot of theater in Hannibal's world; the dining room has a baroque palette of deep cobalt blues, chocolate grays, and emerald greens. The language is laden with hedonistic excess, in addition to the vertically-stacked herb garden that grows from a massive 19th century etched mural, we have a gilt-framed painting of Leda and the Swan over the fireplace and themed floral displays that change and rotate throughout the episodes. If you look closely, you'll see that these displays include taxidermy animals, feathers, animal bones, insects, and other exotica.
The Kitchen is a professional chef's kitchen, all stainless appliances are working and the overall feel for performance is consistent with Hannibal's status as a master chef.
Additionally, Hannibal is intimately connected with a new environment: his bedroom. The walls are entirely upholstered with wool/cashmere suit fabric and the floors are antiqued, cerused oak. Either side the bed are old Japanese prints (Hannibal's aunt was Japanese) and the room is filled with other ephemera that true fans might recognize from Hannibal's literary past in Thomas Harris' novels.
There are a lot of over-the-top death tableaux on the show. What goes into creating those?With each new script, we meet with our showrunner Bryan Fuller to discuss how each tableau should look. Concept illustrators create finely detailed renditions for approval and then our Head of Prosthetics Francois Dagenais begins work, supported by Construction, Props, SFX, and Set Dec. Each tableau takes a couple of weeks to produce, and we will often re-shoot elements on special "insert days."
What was your biggest challenge so far on Hannibal?Time is our biggest worry on Hannibal: every episode shoots in just eight days. Imagine trying to shoot a feature film in eight days, coupled with immense set builds, SFX rigs, and planned VFX sequences.
On occasion, we've had as little as 48 hours to design, build, dress, light and shoot elaborate sets in studio. Conflicting actor availabilities, weather and all sorts of other obstacles often force us into around-the-clock schedules. At any time of the day or night, someone, somewhere is busting their gut to be ready for camera.
What's been your favorite moment working on the show?I really enjoyed the first season's episode in which we touched on human musical instruments - the prosthetics were macabre in the extreme and we researched and re-created an entire world of fabricating gut strings from raw material. The same episode also had a great fight sequence - I liked the spectacle of Hannibal's office becoming a fighting pit for the scene.
How do you use production design to visually tell the audience something about the characters?Think about it like this - in any single frame of the show, everything that is not the actors, is the design. It is quite literally everything that we know about the story and characters, other than what we perceive through performance.
It's the flesh on the bones; it's what makes the entire world of Hannibal feel plausible and yet so creepily peculiar. Bryan Fuller really believes that audiences demand good design in the shows they watch. I hope he's right!
Hannibal can be a pretty creepy show. What has been the creepiest assignment you've gotten on the show?We have scouted so many dark and disturbing locations, researched enough macabre story-lines for a lifetime's worth of nightmares, as well as pushed the envelope of television horror. We've had tapestries and totem poles of dismembered bodies, monsters and cannibals, killer pigs and dinosaurs. However, the creepiest place by far is inside Bryan's Fuller head. We're all his prisoners!
Hannibal returns to NBC on February 28 at 10 PM.
Gordon Ramsay is a world-renowned chef, but he's had more TV appearances than restaurants. It's hard to imagine how he has the time to sleep, let alone cook. Known for his despotic presence on popular shows like Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay is as entertaining behind the cameras as he is talented in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite Gordon Ramsay shows.
Ramsay's first show, Boiling Point, documents the intense eight months leading up to the opening of his first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which is now his flagship. Even then his temper was short and his voice loud, but I guess the world saw something they liked because a long TV career would follow.
Perhaps Ramsay's most famous show, Hell's Kitchen is where his volatile temper comes out the most. Acting like a drill sergeant, Ramsay constantly yells at the 18 contestants as they go through grueling elimination challenges to compete for a position as head chef at a high-end restaurant.
Kitchen NightmaresA fascinating look at middle America through the food industry, Kitchen Nightmares follows Ramsay as he visits restaurants across the country on the brink of closing and tries to save them over the course of a week. During his observations, he often makes shockingly disgusting discoveries in the kitchens, storage rooms, and service.
MasterChef is like the American Idol of cooking competitions. Thousands of home cooks from around the country audition for the three judges (Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot) until 16-18 are narrowed down. These contestants must go through elimination challenges each week until one person is named MasterChef.
Gordon's Great Escape
This show offers a unique look at Ramsay, outside of his fame. For the miniseries, Ramsay travels to the most remote villages of India and Southeast Asia to learn the recipes and cooking techniques of the locals. From fried tarantulas to balut, Ramsay is a good sport about even the weirdest foods. It's totally refreshing to see the usually arrogant chef as a humble student of little old ladies and men who have never heard of him.
The F Word
Despite its profane-sounding name, The F Word is actually quite tame compared to some of his other shows. The show covers a wide range of food topics, but its main premise involves Ramsay cooking a three-course meal for a restaurant of 50 diners, including celebrities who participate in challenges and the meal preparation.
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
For this show, Ramsay hand-selects 16 restaurants in the UK out of 12,000 submissions to compete for the title of Best Restaurant. The 16 restaurants consist of all different types of cuisines, from British to Indian to North African. Two restaurants of the same cuisine must compete, and the winners advance until one restaurant and cuisine remains as the winner.
Gordon Behind Bars
Proving that he's not afraid to step out of his comfort zone, Ramsay goes to a Brixton prison for six months and teaches the inmates how to cook and run a sustainable business that sells goods to the public. They form Bad Boys' Bakery, and their lemon treacle slice is still served at 11 cafes in London to this day.
Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait
Yet another side of Ramsay people probably don't know about is his activist side. In 2010, Ramsay played investigative journalist and explored the inhumane shark finning industry. Having great respect for the animal, his mission was to get influential restaurants in London's Chinatown to stop serving shark fin soup by exposing them to the industry's atrocious and cruel practices. Four leading Chinese restaurants have banned shark fin soup as a result.
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course
This is quite possible Ramsay at his best: in the kitchen. He guides viewers through elegant, gourmet, but easy-to-make recipes that you could "stake your life on." In addition, he offers helpful tips on everything from how to choose the right chicken at the market to which essential tools every home cook should have in their kitchen.
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Giving a child a knife sounds like the world’s worst idea, but Fox figured out a way in which it’s actually a great one. The network just inked a new deal with Gordon Ramsay to launch his fifth series next season, Junior MasterChef, EW reports.
Junior MasterChef is a spin on the summer cooking competition featuring young culinary enthusiasts. While giving kids age 8 - 13 free reign in the kitchen might sound like a disaster, we were on set with the Top 12 contestants and they know what they’re doing. In fact, we had never even heard of some of the ingredients they were using in their wildly complicated, mouth-watering dishes! Junior MasterChef will use the MasterChef judging panel of Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.
"We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with Junior MasterChef," Ramsay says. "Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action."
Ramsay and Fox signed a multi-year deal that, among the Junior MasterChef pickup, also renewed parent series MasterChef for an additional two seasons. Hell's Kitchen, currently in its 11th season, has also been renewed for a 13th. These three series join Ramsay’s previously renewed Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell on Fox’s schedule.
"Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on Fox," said network president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell. "He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon."
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Can you catch somebody else's crazy? There's always a limit to what the mind can stave off, isn't there? A point of no return, a tipping from one side to another. And the line between good and evil never looks as thin as in the mind of a potential serial killer. Especially one that has too many cooks in the kitchen.
Thursday night's new episode of Hannibal was all about that madness shared by two — folie à deux, for all you francophiles — and how they handle it. (In a word: differently.) It doesn't take much to teeter from one extreme to another, nor is it all that easy to deduce fact from fiction when you're unsure what's real and what isn't (a mind is a confusing place to be, eh?). Just look at poor Abigail Hobbs.
The daughter of serial killer Garret Jacob Hobbs and her subsequent story is quite a metaphorical potage (the episode's title): a thick soup. Good, bad, the truth, emotions, and rationale are jumbled together in a way that makes them entirely cloudy, complicated, and not at all easy to discern. Everything within Abigail seems muddled by her own experiences coupled with her extreme sense of empathy. She has many of the indicators of a psychopathic personality: she's incredibly logical (even during extremely emotional situations, like say, hearing your parents are dead and that you nearly died yourself thanks to your serial killer dad), withholds information in order to gain information, demonstrates emotions long enough just to prove that she has them, and is surprisingly, uncomfortably practical. "I think she's hiding something," said Dr. Bloom at one point. Which, duh, yes. Doesn't it drive you crazy that she's so ambiguous? That's why Abigail is largely both Hannibal and Will at once. It's a tangled web of perceptions that are incredibly complicated and pulling her in multiple directions. It's exhausting just writing about such mental horrors — imagine living it!
Of course this all centers back on her relationship between both Hannibal and Will. Both see Abigail for what she is — teetering on the edge of becoming one or the other — and also see her capacity to swing in either direction. The duo ultimately see themselves within her and are forcing their own perceptions upon her: a killer with a need for acceptance, understanding, and release, or an overly-empathetic linked to the dark side by impulse, but wholly (and logically) on the side of good. But Abigail's story is not so simple, as the whole town crushes down on her with the belief (shared by Agent Crawford) that she committed or was an accomplice to her father's crimes. Let us never forget that the girl's father attempted to murder her. But there are clues scattered throughout the episode to point you in one direction or the other. Bryan Fuller is essentially asking his audience: are you a Hannibal or a Will?
When talking to Abigail, Will is quick to remind the poor girl that she brought out a lot of love and happiness in her father, as "he was loving right up until the second he wasn't." But, as she notes, that's "not all I brought out of him." Two sides of Garret Jacob Hobbs, meet the two sides of Abigail Hobbs: Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
We also learned the method to Hobbs The Father's madness: he never considered a kill murder (person or otherwise), as long as no part of them went to waste. Cue the stomach-churning realization that Abigail and her mother probably were fed the bodies of these young women. (This show might seriously make me go vegetarian.) Could Abigail really be the monster the public believes her to be? By ingesting these women, is she just as terrible as her father, or merely an unknowing bystander to the madness that lurked just out of view?
But Abigail is both analytical and unsure of who and what she might really be. So she, logically, keeps her thought process tempered throughout the episode. "So killing, even if you have to do it, it feels that bad?"
"It's the ugliest thing in the world." Will never directly agrees with Abigail's statement because we know he didn't feel bad about killing Daddy Hobbs. In fact, he liked it — but Will still has his empathy disorder, so we know he's acutely aware of all the ways it is terrible, regardless of how it made him feel. It's all about control — making sure the good always outweighs the bad.
Ultimately, it's hard to say whether or not Abigail helped her father murder these women — a point the episode makes quite purposefully to lull the audience into ambiguous moral ground. Is Abigail a serial killer? Was her father covering for her? We're not really sure. Personally, I think Abigail was a girl much in line with our hero Will: acutely aware of her feelings, but able to control it — unless she's pushed too far. But I know others will believe the opposite.
And suddenly the trees are lost within the forest. Ambushed yet again by brother Nicholas Boyle of copycat victim Cassie (the copycat, most in town believe, has to be Abigail), Abigail is thrown against the wall — an animal backed into a corner, afraid and already broken. Only seconds earlier, she was bowled over by the realization that the stuffing in her family's throw pillows was actually human hair — and so her fight or flight instincts kick in. Abigail stabs Nicholas Boyle, watching his blood pool around his body. She's in a daze as she walks up the stairs, hands sullied by the blood of her victim. It visually and emotionally felt identical to the moment Will shot her father — something I doubt was done by accident.
More shocking, though, were the moments that followed: Hannibal has found a new plaything, and finally it is ready for use. After knocking Dr. Bloom out against a wall (quite expertly, I might add), Hannibal rushes to Abigail's side to "fix" what has happened. He tells Abigail that she "butchered" and "gutted" Nicholas. (Something tells us that's what Hannibal plans on doing. Hannibal hates a rude boy almost as much as Rihanna.) But we all know that isn't true: she merely stabbed him. Still, Hannibal gives her a choice: go to the authorities and assume they'll use this as a reason to jail you as an accomplice to her father's crimes, or bury the body. She chooses the latter, and Hannibal knows — he has her right where he wants her. Ripe and ready: a serial killer is born.
But that's not all that's at play here. Hannibal is having quite a lot of fun toying with Will's oh-so-incredibly-accurate interpretations of the Minnesota Shrike copycat. He framed Nicholas for the murders (the bloody rock!), saying he "got away" when we all know he didn't. But Will was getting too close: he was so clearly on the nose that it both scared and excited Hannibal, who we saw watching from the corners of Will's classroom discussion. So Hannibal set out to prove (to himself? To Will?) that he is actually a killer above categorization. He truly believes he is a man above and beyond any mortal's capacity of understanding. His killing is a higher calling.
But of course we need to talk about the final scene of the evening: Abigail and Hannibal's office encounter. Ever think you've willed something into existence? Hannibal sure seems to have done just that with Abigail, who seems to be quietly relishing both her freedom and this newfound understanding of herself. She enters Hannibal's office not by utilizing stairs, doors, and hallways: but rather climbing over walls, attempting to be undetected. They'll keep each other's secrets (since she knows Hannibal was the one who called her father. She's perceptive and definitely not an idiot), but there will be no more climbing of the walls.
No wonder Will has nightmares.
A Few More Things...- When am I going to get the Homeland/Hannibal crossover episode of my dreams?- Dr. Bloom sums up dog lovers perfectly: "Dogs keep promises a person can't." And yes, you most certainly were trying to collect another stray, Will.- Kudos to actress Kacey Rohl on her handling of such an emotionally fraught, complex - Can we have a moment, too, for how batshittingly terrifying Mad Mikkelsen's depiction of Hannibal Lecter is, quickly? Never has an interpretation (sorry, Sir Anthony Hopkins) of the serial killer unsettled me more. You do creepy real well, Mr. Mikkelsen — now please don't eat - The Toyota Prius really is a great car for stalking. So silent, so unsettling!- Dr. Bloom has shown — yet again! — that she is the only sound mind and solitary person with Will's best interest in mind. Can someone please listen to her? Jeez. - The raven/stag specter has returned to haunt Will's nightmares. What are you, creepy thing?!- Also, Jack is the worst. What a selfish jerk, eh? "I am going to choose the opinion that best suits my agenda." Way to spell it out, sir. Jeez. Nary a remorse or worry about anyone's mental well-being, this one.
What did you think of this week's episode of Hannibal? Feed us your thoughts (ew) in the comments.
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In case you haven't heard, Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D this weekend to celebrate its 20 year anniversary (and make money). I know I'm aging myself here, but when I walked into a screening of the film last Tuesday, my thoughts were as follows: "just get through it." Because at age six, I ran out of the film before its conclusion, in what would be my first of many panic attacks. Why? Well A, because my parents shouldn't have been taking their six-year-old to Jurassic Park, but B, because of the terrifying raptor mess that ruined kitchens for me forever. It's why I tell my imaginary boyfriend I don't like to cook. Need a refresher? See below:
Now, 20 years later, that is still f**king terrifying. Thanks, Spielberg. I don't know how the man managed to convince a nation that T-Rex's aren't really that scary because as long as you don't move they can't see you (which, I'm pretty sure, is at least SOMEWHAT factually incorrect), but ever since JP came out it's been known that raptors are the dinos you don't want to mess with. Thanks, Lex and Tim, for learning that lesson for us. To feel better about being a grown woman who is afraid of a species that died out eons ago, I asked my colleagues to list movie scenes that terrified them both now, and way back when. Now, I feel much better about myself. Here's why:
Lindsey DiMattina is afraid of Bambi: "Watching Bambi run from the fire with his father was one of the most terrifying experiences I had as a 3-year-old. Since watching Bambi I have been horrified that a fire may one day destroy my surroundings and everything I love — and subconsciously, I think it has caused me to have OCD and neurotically check to see that my stove is off and that my curling iron is unplugged before I leave my apartment every day."
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Matt Patches is afraid of Doc Brown: "Caught up in the cartoonish nature of a live-action movie (Roger Rabbit) blew my mind as a kid, with the flurry of cameos only adding to the glee. Then Christopher Lloyd showed up and killed a anthropomorphic shoe. I handled that fine, both now and as a kid. What I couldn't handle is Lloyd's "Judge Doom" pulling off his face to reveal he was actually the maniacal toon that killed Eddie Valient's brother. The voice, the eyes, the hair... horrifying. Still horrifying."
Aly Semigran is afraid of pink elephants: "Hey kids, wanna know what a PCP-fueled fever dream might look like? Sure you do! The menacing, nightmare-inducing "Pink Elephants" sequence in Dumbo is unnerving on so many levels: from that chilling, vaguely threatening song, the terrifying imagery, and the fact that these terrible spawns came from the young, sweet mind of Dumbo who wanted to do nothing more than blow a bubble. Hold me."
Abbey Stone is afraid of an owl with a monocle: "Nothing gave me more nightmares as a child than the horror that is Rock a Doodle. Don't let the chipper trailer voiceover fool you with its talk of "newfound friends," rock star roosters, and "magical, mythical, musical adventure for the whole family," this movie is f**king terrifying. A grotesque owl with a monocle and a maniacal laugh turns a real life boy into an animated kitten and then tries to eat him? No thank you very much. The transformation scene at the beginning is the stuff that therapy thrives on."
Alicia Lutes is afraid of brooms: "Cleaning. Non-stop cleaning. Always cleaning, always throwing away, no matter what. The thought brings fear, anxiety, and terror to the mind of many a child the world over. It's so BORING and takes forever and is totally not fun. Mops and brooms?! Those are parents' tools — not kids. Being that I was of the really-can't-be-bothered-to-pick-up-after-myself brigade as a youth, the thought of an army of mops and brooms come to life was a nightterror of the highest order. Looking back on Fantasia now as an adult still makes me uncomfortable, but mostly because it confuses me why Mickey — king of all things wholesome and child-like — would dabble in the seemingly-dark arts. And with such a menacing, ploddingly uptempo soundtrack? No thanks, my dudes. Plus who wants to be chased by a bunch of cleaning supplies you thought you could control but actually can't? It sounds like a story for a therapist's couch. Or an overworked housekeeper. Or, you know, the fever daydreams that ensure I keep a tidy home as an adult. Instill the fear young enough and you're guaranteed an anxiety-ridden but highly-tidy adult existence."
Kelsea Stahler is afraid of unicorns: Truth: The Last Unicorn still scares me. Other truth: This may or may not mean I'm a wimp. Living trees? Flaming red bulls chasing beautiful unicorns? Old hags? The "great unknown"? Christopher Lee playing the same character he plays in everything? And why are all these creatures trying to destroy that beautiful Mia Farrow unicorn? Admittedly, this movie is too much of a cartoon to be truly scary, but the memory of my childhood nightmares inspired by this movie (see: me as unicorn fleeing various barnyard animals engulfed in flames) are enough to deliver a spooky feeling at the mere mention of the movie.
Michael Arbeiter is afraid of Fred... No, not that one: "In the early 1990s, before I developed a taste for slapstick humor, I’d often find myself at odds with Drop Dead Fred. A family friend would play the video on repeat, delighting in the dark humor, while I amounted nothing but tremendous horror over the scene in which Rik Mayall’s head is squashed in a refrigerator. The clip isn’t quite as terrifying as I remember, but it does trigger vivid memories of intense anxiety…"
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Christian Blauvelt is afraid of a cartoon pirate: "Everything about Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan is terrifying. Everything. His protruding, Leno-esque chin. His Dalí mustache. His impossibly broad Captain Morgan hat. The fact that he imprisons fairies in glass jars. That one of his hands was severed and replaced by a hook! Peter Pan was the first movie I ever saw in a theater—back in the day when Disney actually used to re-release their classics for big-screen distribution. Hook scared the living daylights out of me. You can only imagine the sheer terror that overcame me when I first saw Hook “for real” at Disney World, shortly after seeing the movie. Just the memory of seeing this character seemingly leap off the movie screen and into real life is something I will never get over."
And, Finally, Kate Ward is afraid of David Bowie: "Labyrinth's sexual assaulting, ahem, "helping" hands were bad enough. But nothing quite burned into my brain like the movie's Firey characters, whose gangly limbs were only less terrifying than ability to decapitate one another… for fun. I still lose my head every time I watch it."
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JT on The CW: The CW will air a new one-hour special, Target Presents the IHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake, featuring performances and interviews with the musical superstar, as well as an exclusive eight-minute world premiere of Timberlake’s new music video. The special will air on Tuesday, March 19, at 8 PM ET/PT with an encore of the airing on Friday, March 22 at 8 PM ET/PT. [The CW]
Abbie Cornish Would do Anything For Klondike: Limitless and Sucker Punch star Abbie Cornish has officially joined Discovery's first scripted mini-series, Klondike. Unfortunately for stoners, it's not about the delicious ice cream treat. Instead, Klondike will follow "the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they undertake the next, gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs." Cornish will play the female lead, Belinda.
Mandy Moore Replaced by 30 Rock Staple: In today's... interesting... casting news, 30 Rock alum Kristen Schaal has replaced Mandy Moore as Louise in ABC’s pilot adaptation of the BBC comedy Pulling. She'll join Jenny Slate and June Diane Raphael as dysfunctional women dating in their 30's. It's not strange at all that Schaal, a respected and well-known comedienne, is joining these other two respected and well-known comediennes — it's strange that Mandy Moore was going to be there in the first place. Guess she'll have to find another walk to remember... [Deadline]
New Girl's Old Fling: Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of New Girl. A flashback episode airing in late April will feature the stories of how each of the New Girl gang lost their virginity. In that episode, O'Brien will play Jess's prom date, a gorgeous, romantic, guitar-playing 18-year-old who promises a memorable "first time" for Jess, who wants to lose her virginity to someone special. [TV Guide]
Spader Lands Thrilling Role: James Spader just landed a role in the NBC thriller pilot The Blacklist. He will play Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former Army intelligence officer-turned-wanted criminal who turns himself in with the intention of giving up all his fellow accomplices. The catch? He wants to work with rookie FBI agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone), a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection. Red is said to reject the “spy” label, instead preferring to be thought of as a broker who arranges deals for criminals — for a price. [EW]
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Everyone at Sundance is always looking for the next Little Miss Sunshine or Beasts of the Southern Wild, that breakout hit that will make millions of dollars and maybe win an Oscar or two. This year that hit seems to be Fruitvale. What they're missing is that beyond quality buzz, there are crazy trends that run from movie to movie. I'm not talking about "sex" or "coming of age stories" or "non-linear narratives that will bore you to tears." Those are at Sundance every year. I'm talking about the things that are a little bit more specific and totally odd.
Below is a list of things that I saw in at least three movies (OK, some only have two movies, but they are so specific they need to be mentioned.) Let's hope it doesn't say too much about us as a country that porn, shootings, and snake bites are all on the list:
Porn: Sex tends to be on everyone's minds in Park City, but this year there was a specific focus on the porn industry specifically. The official selections include Lovelace, the biopic about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace; The Look of Love about British porn magnate Paul Raymond; and Kink, a documentary about porn site Kink.com (I'm not including a link for your work computer's protection). None of these really disparage the porn industry, but rather look at it as a whole and what effect it has on us. Even Lovelace which shows its star reluctantly having sex on screen doesn't denegrate the material so much as her abusive relationship. Speaking of the effects of porn, we can't fail to mention Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction where he stars as a guy addicted to porn. It's played for laughs, naturally.
Magical Realism: Long used in literature this is when the world in a story seems normal but is actually infused with supernatural elements. Stoker uses this to great effect, creating a lead character with super powers who lives in a place where logic doesn't really apply. It will give you nightmares. Escape from Tomorrow shows a man going crazy in Disney World until you realize that he's not the one insane, it's the malevolence of the park and its magic forces that are trying to do him in. One of the many unnecessary elements of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is when the ghost of his mother tells him to go to Bucharest. That starts off the whole movie so without it we wouldn't have the story. Oh, if only we could have kept this whole thing from happening.
Female Directors: There were more female directors in the U.S. Narrative competition this year than ever before and half of the directors were ladies. And a big congrats to Jill Soloway for taking home the director's prize for Afternoon Delight.
Ecstasy: Like many modern movies, there was tons of drinking and pot smoking (and in Kill Your Darlings there was speed and heroin and all sorts of other things) but ecstasy really made it into the mainstream this year. An anxious woman and her uptight brother solve many of their problems with the drug in Touchy Feely and the problems start for the title character when he goes on an E binge in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Three crazy drug fiends in Crystal Fairy are on the search for an intense psychedelic. For the first time ever, there were more drugs in the movie at Sundance than at the parties.
Women Having Inappropriate Relationships: This was the year of intergenerational, completely inappropriate, sexual relationships for the ladies. The two mothers in Two Mothers are best friends who have sex with each others' sons. The teacher in A Teacher has sex with one of her students. The lifeguard in The Lifeguard has sex with an underage kid. Strangely these are all females transgressing against the norms so that the movie can look at their psychology. If a man was doing this, it would be seen as predatory and the only exploration would be when he goes on trial.
Beat Poets Behaving Badly: Much has been made about Daniel Radcliffe's gay sex scene in Kill Your Darlings but many fail to realize that this is just one of two movies about the beat poets this year at Sundance. Darlings follows Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac when they were young. Big Sur follows Kerouac and a host of other writers when they're middle aged. Two seems to be a lot, but the beats are having a resurgence. It was just two years about that James Franco (another Sundance trend) played him in Howl.
Housewives as Hookers: We saw two movies where bored housewives turn to prostitution to liven up their lives. In comedy Afternoon Delight Katheryn Hahn tries to help herself by "rescuing" a prostitute. She finally has a breakdown after going along with her to turn a trick. In the drama Concussion, Robin Weigert plays a lesbian housewife who turns to turning tricks to spice up her boring suburban life. Both of them use this transgressive act to find out more about themselves but in Concussion it seems that prostitution saves the main character where in Afternoon it ends up almost ruining her life and marriage.
Jane Lynch as a Pscyhiatrist: There were a lot of people in two movies at Sundance, but there was only one person who was in two movies playing members of the same profession. Glee Emmy winner Jane Lynch was a caustically honest shrink in Afternoon Delight and a scatter-brained earth mother psychiatric researcher in A.C.O.D.. Lynch could have just phoned it in on both of them, but she manages to make both of them distinct characters. The only trait they share is that both characters get all the best laughs.
Screwing on Kitchen Counters: We see it in both Lovelace and A.C.O.D.. Only one couple gets caught.
Juno Temple and James Franco: The official "Sundance Darlings" of the year. Temple was in three movies: Afternoon Delight, Lovelace, and Magic Magic. Franco was also in two, Lovelace and Interior.Leather Bar. and produced a third, Kink. Parker Posey will be presenting them with a trophy.
Snakebites: Perhaps the strangest trend of the year. Two movies feature characters being bitten by a snake: Mud and Toy's House, complete with slow motion shots in both of the victim being rushed into the emergency room. It was like the same scene in two vastly different movies. There were also warnings about snakes in both Prince Avalanche and Big Sur. Was this year's theme all about Eve or something?
Reluctant Smokers: Trying cigarettes as a way to express a characters road to transgression was seen in three movies, Afternoon Delight, Two Mothers, and Kill Your Darlings. This does not please our Mormon hosts in Utah.
Bad Haircuts: Everywhere you turned there was someone in follicular distress. Ellen Page had the worst, mousiest hair I've ever seen on camera in Touchy Feely. Evan Rachel Wood's red dye job and blunt cut were the worst thing in Eastern Europe since the Iron Curtain in Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Robin Wright cut the Penn off her name but never should have cut her hair like she did in Two Mothers. Amanda Seyfried fried her hair with a perm in Lovelace. No one knows why these awful things happened.
Shootings: It's odd that in the wake of all the school shootings lately three of the movies here (that were made far in advance) are about famous shootings. Blue Caprice takes a fictional look at what drove the Washington D.C. snipers to crime. Valentine Road takes the documentary approach to the shooting of gay teen Larry King by a school bully. Fruitvale, the festival's critic's darling, shows the last day of Oscar Grant, a San Francisco man shot in cold blood by police in San Francisco in 2009.
Chile: The South American country is having a moment. Michael Cera filmed two movies there: Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy. Oscar-nominated NO stars Gael García Bernal as a man who devised the advertising strategy that rid the country of their dictator in the '80s. We have a feeling that the jingle he composed for the ads will be covered by Lady Gaga in no time.
Dramatic Recreations: Three documentaries used creative solutions to how to create footage about the subjects of a film after they died. The Summit used both actors and the real climbers to recreate the deadliest exhibition to K2. Director Sarah Polley hired actors and make fake home videos for The Stories We Tell the heart-wrenching story of her mother's death of cancer and the effect her secrets had on her family. And Gael García Bernal (almost a trend himself) created the path of a Honduran immigrant to the United States in Who is Diyani Crystal. The effect in Summit and Stories was much more successful, by blending new footage and old movies to create something that the viewer can't tell wasn't shot when the events were unfolding.
Excellent Songs at the End of Movies: Does anyone who what the songs are that played as the credits rolled in both Touchy Feely and Stoker? I would like to download them both right now.
Unnecessary Punctuation: A.C.O.D., C.O.G., and The Way, Way Back are giving copy editors the world over agita.
Check out all of our coverage from this year's festival at Hollywood.com's Sundance 2013 hub.
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It's only been one year (well, in our time) since the last, uplifting Doctor Who Christmas special — "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" — and with the tragic death of the Ponds still weighing heavy on the Doctor's soul, we knew we were in for much different outing than the one that ended in human tears of joy. It was a great episode — filled with comedy, heart, fun familiar faces, much-welcome Doctor-isms, and a kick-ass twist — but of course, the biggest news this Christmas was the introduction of the new companion, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).
Kudos to Steven Moffat for bringing Coleman onboard for "Asylum of the Daleks," as her performance in that episode was so scene-stealing that it probably softened the brutal impact of Amy and Rory's unfairly cruel fate. I loved the Ponds, but I'm ready to usher in the Age of Clara — though it was pretty sweet that a major focal point of this episode was a pond, eh?
Clara's first adventure has me immediately drawn to the character. She's already displayed the bravery of Amy and Rose without the cynicism of the former and the occasional helplessness of the later (Aside: Rose Tyler is my favorite companion, ever. Don't bite me.), as well as the heartwarming empathy of Donna Noble. She's plucky, bright, and undeniably bombshell — I mean, Karen Gillan was gorgeous too, but it will be interesting to see how Matt Smith does with a companion-slash-sort-of-romantic-interest. I mean, she checked out his ass!
A lot of people lambasted the Tennant/Tyler romance, but I personally loved it. Smith certainly doesn't have Tennant's classicly handsome looks, and he's always seemed a bit more "alien" (in a good way!) than his predecessor, so I'm ready to see him stretch his Who-chops by taking on a human sort-of-romance. But I digress. On to the (very funny!) show!
There were three other major introductions tonight — we saw a revamped opening credits sequence (complete with the Doctor's face, channeling the old series), met the newly renovated TARDIS, and (begrudgingly) faced the new and not at all improved Doctor, who had been in a state of grumpy mourning for some time. "He prefers isolation to the possibility of pain's return," the Silurian Madame Vastra explained to Clara.
Vastra, her human wife Jenny, and the Sontaran Commander Strax (who should just be in every episode, ever, because he's goddamn hilarious) had gathered to do the Doctor's job for him while he watched the world from above, refusing to interfere in its affairs. That is, of course, until Clara uttered the magic word: pond.
What is the pond, you ask? Why, of course it's a frozen one, that contains the soul of the former caretaker for the children of Captain Latmier. It couldn't be a Christmas special without some typical holiday fare, so this year's villain, naturally, was snow. Not just any snow — evil, intelligent snow voiced by Sir Ian McKellan.
This snow was fostered by the sinister Dr. Simeon, the proprietor of "The Great Intelligence Company," and it was being investigated by the Doctor's cohorts while he moped in the TARDIS. He went out for an evening stroll one night, and voilà — out popped barmaid Clara and an evil snowman, both at the same time. Their future as Doctor and companion was seemingly written in the stars, as after he dodged her and her questions, Vastra made it clear that this wasn't the first time that they had met.
The Doctor had been using creepy worm-things to erase her memory after each meeting, but it wasn't going to work this time — she managed to stay hot on his trail, and when they met again, a bunch of snowmen (who really channeled the titular villain from the 1996 horror classic Jack Frost, which should never be confused for the Michael Keaton movie of the same name) popped up. The Doctor realized that they were doing so because Clara's imagination willed it, so when she imagined them turning to water, to water they turned. The Doctor was a grump, but he wasn't cruel — he wouldn't delete her memory if it meant rendering her helpless to the snowmen's attacks.
Of course, this meant that Clara would secretly follow him to his new-and-improved invisible TARDIS in the sky. (Aside: WOW did they change things up in there.
And I love how her first words were "it's smaller on the outside.") She didn't get past the front door, but it was certainly enough to keep the lady interested. And when she woke up the next morning and went off to her day job — new caretaker for the children of Captain Latmier — we learned that Latmier's daughter, Francesca, had been having nightmares about the dead lady in the pond. Sir Ian McKellan had earlier said that the drowned woman and the dreaming child would bring about the snow-tack, and Clara already knew that imagination could make things real (she had seen Nightmare on Elm Street), so she wisely set off in search of the Doctor.
Which leads us to the aforementioned magic word: Vastra and Jenny administered their alien version of a lie-detector test, which consisted of asking Clara a bunch of questions and demanding a one-word answer. When she summed up her current problem with the word "pond" the Silurian's face lit up — she knew that that would be enough to snap the Doctor out of his funk.
He jumped out of the TARDIS and into Simeon's lair, where he discovered the giant snow globe housing Sir Ian McKellan's "The Intelligence." He then ran over to Latmier's house, where the old, cranky caretaker had risen from the pond, made completely out of ice. If the snow blowing in the air via Dr. Simeon's machine melded with the ice-lady, then an intelligent ice-army would be born, signaling the end of humanity as we know it. Dun dun dun.
Here's where things got really cool: It was fun, but a bit confusing, when Coleman was introduced as Oswin Oswald — a completely different person from the future — in "Asylum."
And throughout the episode, it was clear that their personalities were similar. When she accompanied the Doctor to the TARDIS to regroup, and asked if it had a kitchen for soufflés (the dish that Oswin kept dream-making throughout her episode), it became clear — we were dealing with a version of the same lady, here. So it wasn't a huge deal (for us, not the Doctor or her adopted family) when the ice lady showed up and pushed Clara to her imminent death. Clara/Oswin — she's our new Rory! But more on that later.
So, the Doctor saved the world. He realized that snow doesn't talk, dummy, so "The Intelligence" was just the sad child that Dr. Simeon once was. As a child Simeon spoke hateful, lonely words to his snowman, and this somehow resulted in a parasitic snow that fed off of this deranged man's ideas. So when Simeon was bit by the gross worm and lost decades of ideas, the snow was defeated.
...OR SO HE THOUGHT. Ian McKellan's voice came back and — like a mad scientist — was all, "Muahaha, you were wrong, now I control him," etc. etc. Then Dr. Simeon rose from the ground like Frankenstein's monster, now filled with the spirit of Ian McKellan. "Winter is coming!" he proclaimed, in what has to be a shout-out to Coleman's real-life-boyfriend's show, Game of Thrones. (Yup, Clara is dating Robb Stark. Let that one sink in, ladies.)
But winter didn't come, this time — instead, the snow turned to rain. Well, not rain — tears. "The only force on Earth that could drown the snow — a whole family crying on Christmas Eve," the Doctor proclaimed. This meant, of course, that Clara was officially dying. Before she left this Earth, she uttered one phrase into the Doctor's ear: "Run, you clever boy. And remember." We've heard that one before. So a relatively happy Christmas for the Doctor, but a tragic one for the Latmiers.
The family mourned at the grave of Clara — or, more specifically, at the grave of Clara Oswin Oswald. A "ding" went off in the Doctor's head — kind of like the "ding" that sounds when a soufflé is finished cooking. It was the same girl! The Doctor joyfully departed the sad funeral to find his new companion — who, as we learned, lives in the present day. Clara 3.0 appeared by her past self's gravesite, as the TARDIS left to find her...
To be continued. Wow. I personally felt that this was the best Doctor Who Christmas special, ever. Your thoughts, human scum? (Can't help it, love that Strax.)
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-Animation Domination: All four adult cartoon comedies will return to FOX Sunday Jan. 6 and hilarity is sure to ensue. Kicking off the night is The Simpsons (8 PM), followed by Bob’s Burgers (8:30 PM), and Family Guy (9 PM). Rounding out the two-hour block is American Dad (9:30 PM). And not to worry fans of The Cleveland Show, The Family Guy spin-off will rejoin the animation line-up the following Sunday on Jan. 13 (7:30 PM).
-Bring the Laughs Tuesdays: The giggle-worthy hit comedies return after their winter breaks Tuesday Jan. 8 with brand new episodes of Raising Hope (8 PM), Ben and Kate (8:30 PM), New Girl (9 PM) and The Mindy Project (9:30 PM).
-Stars In Danger: The High Dive: Celebrities will dive into this new reality series in hopes of scoring a “Perfect 10,” but we have a feeling most of them are going to belly flop. You can catch this two-hour special Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8 PM).
-Bones: Brennan, Booth, and baby will be back solving crimes with a special two-hour return Monday, Jan. 14 (8 PM).
-American Idol: The singing competition will return with a brnd-new set of judges: Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban with Ryan Secret hosting the chaos that is set to hit our TV screens. Season 12 premieres with two nights of two-hour episodes: Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8 PM) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8 PM).
-Fringe: The beloved sci-fi drama will return with its penultimate episode Friday, Jan. 11 (9 PM), and the highly-anticipated 2-hour series finale and 100th episode will air Friday, Jan. 18 (8 PM).
-The Following: This new psychological drama starring Kevin Bacon and is definitely the best new series of the year. The series premieres Monday, Jan. 21 (9 PM) and you can catch a 30-minute behind-the-scenes look, Inside the Following, a few days before the show debuts on Saturday, Jan 19 (12 AM).
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-Touch: Kiefer Sutherland returns to our homes with the second season premiere of Touch, Friday Feb. 8 (8 PM) with a special two-hour kick-off. The series moves to its regular time slot Friday, Feb. 15 (9 PM).
Which FOX show are you most excited to see again? Tell us you thoughts in the comments below!
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1. Once Upon a Time: If The Shoe Fits…
At the beginning of last season, ABC’s beloved fairytale drama reintroduced the world to the Princess Cinderella—aka Ella for short—and her Storybrooke counterpart Ashley Boyd. Since the show’s return, many fans have been hoping to see Ella, her hubby Prince Thomas, and their sweet baby girl Alexandra return to their TV screens now that the curse has been lifted. (They were Snow and Charming’s best friends after all…) To help get some magical answers, I spoke with the princess herself Jessy Schram to see if a return to Storybrooke is in her near future. The ABC actress exclaimed, “There is most certainly a possibility!”
“The second season is going so strong on it’s own right now and there are so many characters…but if a storyline came up I know that they wouldn’t mind sharing me and giving me back the glass slippers.” Squee! Just imagining another girls night complete with Ella, Snow, Ruby, Belle and Emma makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. Schram playfully teases, “There’s always a possibility, nothing is unknown in the land of Once Upon a Time.” Now if we could just somehow get the huntsman to come back in the same episode, then I’m pretty sure I would hyperventilate with happiness for at least a week. P.S. Exciting news for Once Upon a Time fans! I am leaving for Vancouver early next week to visit the set of Storybrooke and interview the cast! Send me all of your bewitching questions in the comments below, or feel free to pass along your enchanted tweets to @LeanneAguilera
2. Ben and Kate: Low Heat Lovin’In next week’s episode of the hilarious freshman comedy "Operation Crockpot" is officially underway! What the heck is that, you ask? Well Kate (Dakota Johnson) is still beyond interested in her ridiculously hunky next-door-neighbor—played by FOX comedy veteran Geoff Stults—but she wants to take things slow and let the romance simmer at a steady pace. No need to rush into anything when you’ve been on a small 57-month hiatus from sex, right? But of course Ben (Nat Faxon) is ready to stir things up and cause a mess in Kate’s kitchen of love. (Side-Note: Can anyone tell that my tummy is rumbling right now?)In between his quest to find a fun and spirited new job in time for Maddie’s (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) career day, Ben looks to the desperate housewives of his neighborhood to get all the gossip on Kate’s potential new beau. But my absolute favorite part of next Tuesday’s episode was learning that sweet little Maddie has got quite the way with words. You won’t believe her creative yet terrifying technique she uses to stop being teased on the playground. Warning: Don’t mess with Maddie or you may have severe nightmares.3. Revenge: A Hamptons HoneymoonNow that the Graysons have re-tied the knot—complete with a name-inspiring wedding dress and a super romantic police search of their home—it’s time to freak out wonder what’s next for the Hampton’s royalty. And there is no one better to help answer this question then their own on-screen daughter Christa B. Allen. In a recent phone interview I chatted with Allen about this season’s crazy over-the-top plans for Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) as a couple. Allen explains, “One of my favorite aspects is just how twisted you see Victoria get, and then Conrad in response to her. These are two people who have the sickest motives at heart. The way they use each other to get what they want, and then pit everybody else towards each other as well is just sick. and you can’t decide whether it’s coming from a place of love or sheer vindictiveness. You really can’t tell." The actress adds, “I still don’t know!“One thing we do know is that Conrad is once again in hot waters for the alleged murder of Gordon Murphy—crazy white-haired man. (Damn Emily you’ve still got it…) But Allen warns that you should never underestimate the lengths that Victoria and Conrad are willing to go to maintain their perfect facades. “The fact is that they are both two very strong individuals with very different agendas. In most cases the only one stopping them from getting what they want is each other, but they can only do it together. Apart, they’re nothing.” Looks like those new wedding bands are definitely not coming off any time soon. 4. Suburgatory: Getting High on LoveRemember back a few weeks ago when I told you that Tessa would be getting a football-playing fella? Well I just chatted with our favorite out-of-place suburbanite Jane Levy about her new beau and I’m just bursting to share the details. (Pssst! In case you couldn’t already tell, I love this show.) So what’s coming up for Ryan (Parker Young) and Tessa? Levy gushed, “They start dating! And like pretty soon too.” Last week fans saw an adorably sweet moment between the too and Levy says audiences can get excited for a “really really fun” upcoming episode. In a pretty uncharacteristic move, Tessa tries to fit in more with the Chatswin kids—the football girlfriends to be exact—even though their priorities in life could not be more opposite. Levy explains, “She tries really hard in this episode to fit in and make Ryan happy and just be nice and accepting and not judgmental or preachy, but she just sort of can’t help herself.”Tessa’s new friends are more like high school versions of Stepford wives and Levy laughs that it doesn’t take long for Tessa to crack. “There is a really funny moment where she’s up in the middle of the night with all these football girlfriends making banners and everyone is hungry and tired.” So what is their secret to staying so perfectly perky you ask? “They get through the night by sniffing their sparkly pens.” Levy reveals with a laguth. (My brain is so torn right now. Drugs are of course bad but I’m drawn to anything with glitter.) Luckily, it seems that Tessa is going to have stronger willpower. “She just can’t take it anymore” Levy says, “And Tessa turns into a little Norma Rae.” Anything involving a Sally Fields reference is amazing in my book!5. The Walking Dead: Do Not Eat While WatchingThis show seriously scares the beejeebers out of me (I’d like to thank Jimmy Neutron for embedding that term into my vocabularly) And I can only imagine that out of all the apocalyptic worlds, being a survivor on Walking Dead must be by far the worst. You lose limbs and family members, have to subsist on old canned food, and sometimes have to hang out with Carl. But you know what must really suck for TV-philes like us? Not being able to curl up in front of the tube for our favorite stories. This week’s all-new episode shows us what the citizens of Woodbury do to replace our modern entertainment — and to say it's brutal and disturbing is an understatement. Word to the wise: Do NOT eat anything while watching this episode unless you really want to see it come back up again later. (Sorry for the visual. But seriously, gross!)Now on to what really matters: Rick (Andrew Lincoln). After his wife Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) unbelievable death in last week’s tear-jerking episode, many fans are still in shock—and so is Rick. The widower is absolutely inconsolable and channels his loss and anger into a full-fledged rampage. His weapon of choice this week? An ax. And believe me when I say, I have never been more excited to see so much blood flying through the air. If this is his way to cope with the grief, then I say go for it and take no prisoners! As for Rick and Lori’s baby? He/she (you’ll have to watch to find out the sex) is perfectly fine, just very very hungry.Would you like to see Cinderella return to Once Upon a Time? Excited for the upcoming hilarity on Suburgatory and Ben and Kate? Intrigued to see how Conrad and Victoria are going to overcome their latest hurdle on Revenge? Tell me everything in the comments below! 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Chef Gordon Ramsay is back, and this time he's hitting the road, exposing restaurants that are barely staying afloat. He visits a small, family-run Italian restaurant in Babylon, NY.
Episode 2. Dillons
(AIR DATE 09/26/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits the Indian restaurant Dillons and attempts to revamp it to make it one of the hottest venues in town.
Episode 3. The Mixing Bowl
(AIR DATE 10/03/2007)
Gordon visits The Mixing Bowl, a small restaurant in Bellmore, NY. With the owner in the kitchen and an inexperienced manager running the front of the house, things are going downhill fast.
Episode 4. Seascape
(AIR DATE 10/10/2007)
Gordon visits Islip, NY, where a mother-son team is running their beloved family restaurant, Seascape, into the ground.
Episode 5. Olde Stone Mill
(AIR DATE 10/17/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay takes a trip to Tuckahoe, NY to help turn around The Olde Stone Mill, where restaurant owner Dean and his wife have poured their lives into renovating the place.
Episode 6. Sebastian's
(AIR DATE 11/07/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Burbank, CA, restaurant Sebastian's, which is in a state of pure chaos.
Episode 7. Finn McCool's
(AIR DATE 11/14/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay takes a trip to West Hampton, NY, where a family-run restaurant, Finn McCool's, is in serious financial trouble.
Episode 8. Lela's
(AIR DATE 11/21/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Pomona, CA, to try to rev up business for Lela's, an upscale restaurant in desperate need of clientele.
Episode 9. Campania
(AIR DATE 11/28/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay heads to Fair Lawn, NY, to visit Campania, an Italian restaurant that's losing more money than it's making.
Episode 10. Secret Garden
(AIR DATE 12/12/2007)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Secret Garden in Moorpark, CA, to help French chef and owner Michel try to put his restaurant back on the map.
Episode 11. Revisited: Gordon Returns, Part 1
(AIR DATE 09/04/2008)
Head Chef Gordon Ramsay revisits the kitchens of six restaurants that were once on the verge of disaster.
Episode 12. Revisited: Gordon Returns, Part 2
(AIR DATE 09/04/2008)
A year ago, businesses visited by Gordon, were about to close their doors due to rough financial times. Chef Ramsay stepped in to make some immediate changes, such as dramatic face-lifts, altered menus and decor. Now, chef Ramsey is checking on the changes he made to each establishment, in hopes that they have cleaned up their act.
Episode 13. Handlebar
(AIR DATE 09/11/2008)
Gordon Ramsay visits the Handlebar Restaurant and Lounge in Mt. Sinai, NY, with the hope of helping a couple serve good food to good people. Owners Bill and Carolyn LeRoy seem to be delusional when it comes to their outdated decor and head chef's lack of know how.
Episode 14. Giuseppi's
(AIR DATE 09/18/2008)
Gordon Ramsay visits Giuseppi's, an Italian restaurant in Macomb Township, MI that's absolutely terrible. A father and son run the kitchen and are constantly at each other's throat. With the kitchen in constant chaos, the lack of clientèle and other imperfections, this family may need to close their doors forever. Gordon orders the father-son team to have a cook-off, and the winner's dish becomes a special. To help with the relaunch, Giuseppi's hosts a bowl-a-thon to support diabetes.
Episode 15. Trobiano's
(AIR DATE 09/25/2008)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Trobiano's, an Italian restaurant, that's a half-million dollars in debt. When Chef Ramsay confronts Anthony it leads to a confrontation and Chef Ramsay walking out on the project.
Episode 16. Black Pearl
(AIR DATE 09/25/2008)
Black Pearl, a seafood restaurant in New York, NY, struggles to get out of debt. In the end, owner David still doesn't believe in any of the changes Gordon has tried to instill, which leads to a fight.
Episode 17. J Willy's
(AIR DATE 10/30/2008)
J Willy's Bar & Grille in South Bend, IN, is $1.2 million in debt and has contacted Chef Ramsay in hopes that he can help give them get a fresh start.
Episode 18. Hannah & Mason's
(AIR DATE 11/06/2008)
Hannah & Mason's, a French bistro in the quaint little town of Cranbury, NJ, seeks the help of Chef Ramsey. However, during Valentine's Day dinner service, Gordon stumbles upon the most disgusting thing he has ever seen in a kitchen cooler.
Episode 19. Jack's Waterfront
(AIR DATE 11/06/2008)
Chef Ramsay visits Jack's Waterfront in St. Clair Shores, MI, to help three local bodybuilders that have recently taken over the establishment. However, things get crazy between Chef Ramsay and the general manager, who seems to care more about drinking than keeping the restaurant in business.
Episode 20. Sabatiello's
(AIR DATE 11/13/2008)
The owner of Sabatiello's in Stamford, CT, is in debt. He calls on Chef Ramsay to help. But when Gordon starts criticizing the food, the owner shuts down the restaurant himself.
Episode 21. Fiesta Sunrise
(AIR DATE 11/13/2008)
A family-run Mexican eatery in West Nyack, NY, is in financial trouble. The family needs chef Ramsay's help to get their business back. When Gordon arrives and finds terrible conditions, he shuts the restaurant down before they even talk about change.
Episode 22. Sante La Brea
(AIR DATE 11/20/2008)
Sante La Brea considers itself a place for healthy food in a fun atmosphere. However, Chef Ramsay considers the business, a place with spoiled ingredients, fake seafood and a lack of customers. The staff is disrespectful to owner Dean, and doesn't listen to anything he says. Gordon teaches Dean how to lead, but when things get heated, the cops come, leaving everyone speechless.
Episode 23. Cafe 36
(AIR DATE 01/15/2009)
Chef Ramsay visits Cafe 36 in La Grange, IL, where husband and wife Terry and Carol are in desperate need of some serious help. With a lack of clientele and a head chef who doesn't care about quality, the couple's dream restaurant is now losing money.
Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love," but one restaurant, the Hot Potato Cafe, is tearing a family apart. Passion, motivation and spirit fueled the restaurant when it was founded two years ago, but all of these mandatory ingredients are now in short supply. Chef Ramsay is in disbelief at what he witnesses at the cafe, and once the poor attitudes of the owners are mixed in, Ramsay does something he has never done before.
Episode 2. Flamangos
(AIR DATE 02/02/2010)
When Chef Ramsay visits Flamangos in Whitehouse Station, NJ, he feels like he's stepped back in time and into the rainforest. This family-run restaurant is in desperate need of a total overhaul, and with one of the owners stuck in the past and resistant to change, it's nearly impossible for Ramsay to make any improvements. After working with the employees on new dcor, a new menu and even a new name, the owner remains skeptical and decides it might be best just to shut the doors forever.
Episode 3. Bazzini
(AIR DATE 02/05/2010)
Chef Gordon Ramsay takes on Bazzini Café, an Italian restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ, that struggles with slow service, poorly crafted dishes, a lackluster sous chef and a disappointing head chef. Even after Ramsay's suggested fixes, the environment in the kitchen is mayhem, forcing Chef Ramsay take charge during prime dining hours while Head Chef Paul Bazzini takes a backseat.
Episode 4. Mojito's
(AIR DATE 02/25/2010)
Chef Ramsay visits Mojito's, a Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn.
Episode 5. Lido di Manhattan Beach
(AIR DATE 03/04/2010)
Chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to revitalize Lido di Manhattan Beach, a failing Italian restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA, but upon entering the kitchen, he is so disgusted that he shuts the restaurant down. Owner Lisa is a business school graduate who took over the restaurant at age 23 without any prior experience in the food service industry. When Gordon gives Lisa the cold, hard truth about what could happen, she realizes she must institute his drastic changes in order to protect her investment.
Episode 6. Le Bistro
(AIR DATE 03/11/2010)
Chef Ramsay travels to sunny South Florida where he encounters a dreary situation: Le Bistro, a small French restaurant, is barely surviving and head chef Andy has no idea why. He refuses to believe there is anything wrong with the food, service or dining experience. When Chef Ramsay finds out that he and Chef Andy share similar culinary training, he is in disbelief. To revive the sinking ship, Ramsay has to plan a way out to get through to the stubborn chef.
Episode 7. Casa Roma
(AIR DATE 03/12/2010)
Casa Roma, a Lancaster, CA, family-owned Italian eatery, packs in the customers at the bar, but the restaurant stays empty nearly every night. With a clueless kitchen staff, outdated decor and inexperienced owners, Casa Roma is going to be one tough job for Chef Ramsay. The visit gets off to a bad start when the food for Ramsay's taste test takes over an hour and he falls asleep in the booth!
Episode 8. Mama Rita's
(AIR DATE 03/19/2010)
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Mama Rita's, a struggling Mexican restaurant in Newbury Park, CA. Owner Laura dreams of honoring her grandmother's cooking legacy, but finds the transition from a successful catering business to restaurant ownership challenging. With a chaotic atmosphere in the kitchen and a lack of leadership from management, this restaurant faces foreclosure if Gordon is unable to help Laura's cooking staff add some spice back into their business. In order to make real change, Laura is faced with a difficult choice between saving a friendship and saving her restaurant.
Episode 9. Anna Vincenzo's
(AIR DATE 03/26/2010)
Chef Ramsay visits Anna Vincenzo's in Boca Raton, FL, a family-run restaurant whose owner/chef, CeCe, is extremely resistant to change. Frustrated by the fact that CeCe will not listen to anything he has to say, Gordon walks out the door. Later that evening during a disastrous dinner service, food keeps being returned. When a showdown erupts in the kitchen, this time it is CeCe, who quits.
Episode 10. Revisited #2
(AIR DATE 04/09/2010)
Chef Ramsay pays a visit to Sante La Brea and Giuseppi's, two California eateries he helped during the first season, to see how the restaurants are fairing and if his recommendations are being followed. Ramsay also recaps his most memorable kitchen fights.
Episode 11. Fleming
(AIR DATE 05/07/2010)
Chef Ramsay visits Fleming, a once-popular Danish restaurant in Miami, FL, where a husband-wife team is in desperate need of help. With a stubborn owner who is in denial about reality and resistant to change with the times, the establishment is now barely surviving. After Chef Ramsay sees what is lurking in the cooler, he is forced to shut down the restaurant in the middle of dinner service. Time will tell if Ramsay will be able to make the much-needed major changes, or if the eatery will be forced to close its doors forever.
Episode 12. Sushi Ko
(AIR DATE 05/14/2010)
Chef Ramsay visits Sushi Ko, a family-owned restaurant in Thousand Oaks, CA. Owner Akira began his career at the high-profile eatery, and after working his way up to owner, he decided to open another location that has not been successful. With the restaurant struggling and Akira in tremendous debt, he has lost his passion for cooking, and it has caused major problems in the family dynamic. Now, Ramsey has to help Akira get back into the kitchen, or else the family will lose everything they have worked so hard for.
Episode 13. Revisited #1
(AIR DATE 05/21/2010)
Chef Ramsay pays a visit to kitchens past to see if the owners have implemented his changes to help their businesses thrive. Ramsay is in for a surprise when he drops in on Handlebar, Casa Roma and the most memorable establishment yet, Black Pearl.
Episode 1. Spanish Pavillion
(AIR DATE 01/21/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Spanish Pavillion in Harrison, NJ, a family-run business established in 1976 whose owners, brothers Michael and Jerry, have allowed their differences to compromise the quality of the restaurant. With a head chef consistently absent from the kitchen and an unhappy staff, Chef Ramsay is determined to transform the outdated ambiance and menu in order to keep the family business afloat. Eager to witness dinner service, Ramsay is shocked to see both owners spend more time engaging in heated arguments than paying attention to the raw meals being served to the diners. Later, Ramsay gives the dining room and the menu a modern makeover with a Spanish flair and encourages the brothers to put their differences aside in order to preserve the family legacy.
Episode 2. Classic American
(AIR DATE 01/28/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Classic American in suburban West Babylon, NY, a restaurant struggling to make ends meet with mounting debt and whose two inexperienced owners are fighting to keep their American dream alive. Owners Colleen and Naomi, former waitresses at Classic American, purchased the restaurant years ago, but their lack of business experience proves to be too much for the business to handle. Chef Ramsay has his hands full with a disorganized staff and a disappointing menu, but after observing dinner service, he realizes the restaurant's problems are rooted in the lack of leadership and communication in the kitchen. In the most emotional Kitchen Nightmares episode to date, Chef Ramsay is forced to stage an intervention with the staff and help the restaurant find its way with a modern spin on classic American fare. Chef Ramsay tries, if better communication and a new menu will be enough to keep the restaurant's doors open.
Episode 3. PJ's Steakhouse
(AIR DATE 02/04/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits PJ's Steakhouse in Queens, NY, determined to breathe new life and energy into the establishment. Husband-and-wife owners Joe and Maralyn have given up their home and belongings in order to preserve the memory of Joe's beloved brother, PJ, but the restaurant's inconsistent food, lackluster service, and uncooperative chef may prove to be too much a labor of love. Ramsay steps in to evaluate the restaurant's hospitality and food quality, but he makes startling discoveries within the restaurant's operations that force him to make tough changes. He gives the owners and chef one last chance to turn things around, but it all depends on Joe and Maralyn whether to adopt fresh professional outlook and a revamped menu to save PJ's Steakhouse.
Episode 4. Revisited #1
(AIR DATE 02/11/2011)
Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by laying the groundwork for their failing restaurants to succeed. It's been a while since Chef Ramsay first paid a visit to these restaurants, so he decides to check in with some of the restaurant owners he has helped in the past and find out if his advice has been put to good use.
Episode 5. Grasshopper Also
(AIR DATE 02/18/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Carlstadt, NJ, restaurant Grasshopper Also. Let us see if Chef Ramsay will be able to turn the restaurant around or if it will be forced to close its doors forever.
Episode 6. Davide
(AIR DATE 02/25/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Davide, a restaurant in Boston, MA.
Episode 7. DownCity
(AIR DATE 03/11/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits DownCity, a restaurant in Providence, RI.
Episode 8. Revisited #2
(AIR DATE 03/18/2011)
Chef Gordon Ramsay goes back to restaurants he has helped in the past to see if they are still following his advice.
Episode 9. Cafe Tavolini
(AIR DATE 03/25/2011)
A family run Italian restaurant whose owners' marriage is failing gets a visit from Chef Ramsey who tries to save the place.
Episode 10. Kingston Café
(AIR DATE 04/15/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits a Jamaican restaurant in Pasadena, California called "Kingston Café," where he tries to help the controlling owner save her business.
Episode 11. La Frite
(AIR DATE 04/29/2011)
Chef Ramsay tries to help a restaurant owned by a warring family in Sherman Oaks, California.
Episode 12. Capri
(AIR DATE 05/06/2011)
Chef Ramsay tries to clean up an Italian restaurant in Southern California run by a pair of volatile identical twins.
Episode 13. Zeke's
(AIR DATE 05/13/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits a New Orleans restaurant whose owners are a married couple who put more focus on the bottom line than on the quality of food or service.
Episode 14. Oceana
(AIR DATE 05/20/2011)
Chef Ramsay tries to clean up a disaster of a restaurant in New Orleans, where the owners throw tantrums and try to fight with the chef.
Chef Ramsay visits Plainfield, New Jersey, determined to breathe new life and energy into Blackberry's Catering and Family Restaurant. Disappointed by the lackluster service and underwhelming food quality, Chef Ramsay forces the owners to take a long, hard look at their restaurant and gives them one last chance to turn things around.
Episode 2. Leone's
(AIR DATE 09/30/2011)
Chef Ramsay visit Leone's Restaurant, a family-owned Italian eatery in Springfield, MA.
Episode 3. Mike & Nellie's
(AIR DATE 10/07/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Mike & Nellie's in Oakhurst, New Jersey.
Episode 4. Luigi's
(AIR DATE 10/14/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Luigi's, an eatery in Anaheim, CA, on the brink of closing its doors for good.
Episode 5. Revisited #1
(AIR DATE 10/21/2011)
Chef Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners transform their failing eateries by guiding them with the tools and expertise to turn their luck around. It's been quite a while since Chef Ramsay first visited these restaurants including Downcity in Providence, RI, a restaurant whose lack of leadership and business savvy ignited into some of the most dramatic and emotional moments in Kitchen Nightmares history. He'll also follow up with Classic American in West Babylon, NY, and Davide in Boston, MA.
Episode 6. Burger Kitchen, Part 1
(AIR DATE 11/04/2011)
Chef Ramsay pays a visit to Burger Kitchen in Los Angeles in order to revamp the bland menu and to revive the tired establishment with a fresh look and a renewed vibe fit for the hip Hollywood crowd. To Chef Ramsay's shock and disappointment, the restaurant's menu offerings failed to live up to Los Angeles' burger standards, and the inconsistent and uncooperative service puts him over the edge.
Episode 7. Burger Kitchen, Part 2
(AIR DATE 11/11/2011)
Tempers flare and emotions run high as Chef Ramsay continues his attempt to transform Los Angeles' Burger Kitchen into a successful burger establishment. Dissatisfied with the restaurant's progress in the kitchen and lackluster customer service, Chef Ramsay will stop at nothing until the menu and staff meets his standards of quality.
Episode 8. Greek at the Harbor
(AIR DATE 11/18/2011)
Chef Ramsay visits Ventura Harbor, CA, determined to breathe new life and energy into Greek at the Harbor, but the restaurant's inconsistent food, lackluster service, and uncooperative staff may prove to be too much even for him. He gives the owners and chef one last chance to turn things around.
Episode 9. Michon's
(AIR DATE 01/13/2012)
Chef Ramsay heads to the Peach state eatery Michon's Smoked Meats & Seafood restaurant for a much needed update. Find out if Chef Ramsay's advice and guidance will be enough to keep this establishment in College Park, GA.
Episode 10. El Greco
(AIR DATE 01/20/2012)
Chef Ramsay heads to the lone star state to give Austin, Texas eatery El Greco a much-needed update that would still maintain family-held traditions. Dismayed by the careless treatment of traditional Greek cuisine and sub-par service, Chef Ramsay must intervene before the restaurant owners are forced to shut El Greco's doors for good. Find out if Chef Ramsay's advice and guidance will be enough to keep this establishment open.
Episode 11. Revisited #2
(AIR DATE 01/27/2012)
Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by helping them refresh their menus, customer service and business outlook - but once he leaves, do restaurateurs stick with itfi Chef Ramsay heads to Southern California to check up on La Frite in Sherman Oaks, Kingston Cafe in Pasadena and Capri in Eagle Rock to see firsthand if his advice has changed the restaurants for good. He also visits Harrison, NJ, to find out if the owners of family restaurant Spanish Pavilion have mended their problems outside the kitchen, or if their disagreements are too much for their business to handle.
Episode 12. Park's Edge
(AIR DATE 02/03/2012)
Chef Ramsay visits Atlanta, GA, to help the owners of contemporary American restaurant Park's Edge refresh their menu and service. Although the owners of Park's Edge take pride in their diverse menu and innovative dining experience, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the restaurant's lack of cohesiveness in the kitchen, inattentive service and disorganized management.
Episode 13. Spin A Yarn
(AIR DATE 02/10/2012)
Chef Ramsay visits Fremont, CA, to help out 50-year-old steakhouse and banquet center Spin-A-Yarn. Despite the restaurant's rich history as an old-time hideaway and meeting place, the restaurant's bland menu and outdated decor are long overdue for visual and culinary makeover. Shocked by the restaurant's inconsistent service and disorganized kitchen staff, Chef Ramsay is put to the test to give the steakhouse a refreshed menu and ambiance.
Episode 14. Charlie's
(AIR DATE 02/17/2012)
Chef Ramsay visits Charlie's in La Verne, CA to help the owners of the Italian bistro refresh its outdated look and update the menu's bland and unoriginal options. Displeased by the wishy-washy service, unappetizing dishes and old-fashioned ambiance, Chef Ramsay has his work cut out for him to turn the restaurant's luck around.
Episode 15. Café Hon
(AIR DATE 02/24/2012)
Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore, MD, and immediately has his hands full when he visits Café Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need not only of a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Café Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word "Hon," a term of endearment for Baltimore culture.
Episode 16. Chiarella's
(AIR DATE 03/23/2012)
Chef Ramsay visits the "City of Brotherly Love" to check in on family-owned Italian restaurant Chiarella's. Although the Philadelphia eatery boasts over 30 years of business, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the restaurant's outdated menu, sloppy service and disorganized staff. Find out if Chef Ramsay is able to infuse the restaurant with classic Italian flair and revive its lackluster dining experience.
Episode 17. Zocalo
(AIR DATE 03/30/2012)
Chef Ramsay visits the windy city to check in on Mexican restaurant Zocalo. Although the Chicago restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the disorganized staff and lack of service. Find out if he is able to revive the restaurant.
Episode 1. La Galleria 33, Part One
(AIR DATE 10/26/2012)
Located in the heart of the historic North End of Boston, and run by sister-duo Rita and Lisa, this Italian restaurant has proven to be a financial disaster, spiraling these sisters into a deep state of denial. From their hostile attitudes towards their staff and customers, to the tasteless recipes they serve, Chef Ramsay realizes these owners have lost control. Find out if Ramsay can take on these stubborn sisters.
Episode 2. La Galleria 33, Part Two
(AIR DATE 11/02/2012)
In the second part of a two-part episode, Chef Ramsay is at La Galleria 33 in the North End of Boston, MA, hoping to snap sisters Rita and Lisa out of their state of denial. When Chef Ramsay forces them to confront their staff about their shortcomings and take back control of their restaurant, a full-blown feud erupts, causing one server to up and leave. Luckily for these sisters, Chef Ramsay has a surprise up his sleeve. But will the owners and Head Chef Doug welcome the change or continue to be set in their ways? With a total revamp of the menu, decor and attitudes, find out if Ramsay can help Rita and Lisa achieve the success that their parents have seen in their own restaurant just a few doors down.
Episode 3. Mama Maria's
(AIR DATE 11/09/2012)
Chef Ramsay heads to Mama Maria's in Brooklyn. This Italian restaurant and pizzeria was passed down from mother to son more than 25 years ago, but has proven to be more of a burden than a family gem. The owner is exhausted from trying to make ends meet for his family, which in turn has taken a toll on the staff, food and overall performance of the restaurant. Chef Ramsay is disgusted to find 12 freezers filled with rancid and inedible pre-made meals and he reaches his breaking point when one diner needs an ambulance after eating a defrosted piece of seafood. When Chef Ramsay levels with this owner, he leaves him in tears. Find out if Ramsay's push was enough to wake this owner and save his family and restaurant.
Episode 4. Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
(AIR DATE 11/16/2012)
Chef Ramsay travels to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to help a desperate retired special education teacher, Jean, who put her entire life's savings into her failing restaurant. Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine has a gained a negative reputation in the community for the bad food and even worse service. Customers even say that Ms. Jean gets nasty if they have a complaint about the food. While Ms. Jean blames her staff for the restaurant's problems, they point the blame right back at her. With no system in place, Chef Ramsay tries to bring some sanity back into this restaurant and build back her customer base and reputation in the community.
Episode 5. Barefoot Bob's
(AIR DATE 12/07/2012)
Chef Ramsay strolls into to Barefoot Bob's, a quaint beachside restaurant in Massachusetts, to help Marc and Lisa, a husband and wife who opened the restaurant eight summers ago. Every winter, their relationship becomes frostier as their business freezes over, causing Lisa to become more and more closed off from Marc. With Lisa ignoring her responsibilities and Marc working seven days a week with no break, Chef Ramsay tries a calmer approach to help the desperate couple. But after seeing inches of dust lining the shelves, pounds of wasted lobster per plate, and clam chowder so thick he wouldn't paste his wallpaper with it, Ramsay heats up! Find out if he can bring this marriage and the restaurant back to life.
Episode 6. Revisited #1
(AIR DATE 12/14/2012)
Chef Ramsay revisits some of his greatest challenges on this all-new special episode. Back in Hampton, MD, with Denise at Café Hon, Chef Ramsay learn if the community is still at war with this previously over-controlling café owner. In Philadelphia, PA, Ramsay checks in on Tommy and Dina's family restaurant Chierello's, to determine whether both the menu and the couple's marriage are still suffering. Then, Ramsay pays a visit to Michael, the lazy owner of Leones in Montclair, NJ, to see if he is continuing to disappoint his mother with his unambitious attitude. Find out if Chef Ramsay's guidance was taken seriously or if his advice was tossed in the trash.
Episode 7. Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
(AIR DATE 01/25/2013)
Chef Ramsay heads to the historical Olde Hitching Post in Hanson, MA, where he faces off with stubborn owner Tom. In 2005, Tom bought the eatery for his oldest daughter, Andrea - yet more than seven years later, he still refuses to let her have any control. Andrea, manager Janice and the rest of the staff are tired of his controlling ways, but Tom makes no apologies for his motto, "my way is the only way."
Episode 8. Levanti's Italian Restaurant
(AIR DATE 02/01/2013)
Chef Ramsay travels to the town of Beaver, PA, and the family-owned Italian restaurant Levanti's, which is barely being held together by a brother and sister who spend more time tearing each other apart than building up their restaurant.
Episode 9. Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
(AIR DATE 02/15/2013)
Thirty minutes northeast of Los Angeles, in Monrovia, CA, Chef Ramsay finds a restaurant and family in desperate need of a change. Since its opening in 1997, the eatery has driven away both customers and employees with the constant yelling, bland menu choices and bleak, worn-out decor. Now, the only employees left standing are owner Sam's seven children, who are reaching a breaking point after working up to seven days a week with no pay. Aggravated with their father and each other, these siblings beg Ramsay to wake up their father from this living nightmare.
Episode 10. Nino's Italian Restaurant
(AIR DATE 02/22/2013)
Since its opening in 1958, Nino's of Long Beach, CA had been run by a well-liked and successful immigrant couple, but old age has forced them to retire and leave their family-owned restaurant under the misguided care of their eldest son, Nino. Afraid that Nino will run his family legacy into the ground, they call on Chef Ramsay to help, but Nino is extremely confrontational and has an excuse for everything.
Episode 11. Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
(AIR DATE 03/01/2013)
Located in the heart of farm country, Chef Ramsay meets Joe, the most pretentious restaurant owner he's ever met. Joe claims his restaurant is farm-to-table, but the so-called bistro, proves to be anything but. Joe runs his staff like a dictator and has trouble listening to any views aside from his own. From his hostile attitude toward the staff and customers, to the overpriced and tasteless recipes being served, Chef Ramsay realizes that Joe is in denial and resistant to change. Find out if Ramsay can take on this stubborn owner.
Episode 12. Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
(AIR DATE 03/08/2013)
Chef Ramsay is back in Ohio farm country, hoping to snap restaurant owner Joe out of his state of denial. Joe has remained defiant and defensive, taking great pride in deflecting the advice Ramsay has to offer. Joe is living in a fantasy world, which drives Ramsay to contemplate leaving the restaurant. With a total revamp of the menu and decor, find out if Ramsay can fix the bigger problems at play.
Episode 13. Yanni's
(AIR DATE 03/15/2013)
Chef Ramsay makes his first visit to Seattle, Washington, to Yanni's Greek restaurant. In the beginning, Yanni's saw great success, but with the changing demographic of the neighborhood, business has been very slow. Despite his family's concern, owner Peter refuses to face reality and make some much needed changes, which has the family at war. Distraught over the failing business and constant fighting, Peter's daughters beg Chef Ramsay to convince their father it is time for a change.
Episode 14. Prohibition Grille
(AIR DATE 04/26/2013)
Chef Ramsay is in for a challenge when he heads to Everett, WA, to visit the Prohibition Grille. Professional belly dancer-turned-restaurant owner Rishi is struggling to keep her business afloat and is in desperate need of help. As a result of her lack of prior restaurant experience, Rishi leaves control of the kitchen in the hands of her head chef, who is constantly preoccupied and gives little focus to the restaurant. Constant complaints from customers have Rishi worried, but will she take Chef Ramsay's advice?
Episode 15. Chappy's
(AIR DATE 05/03/2013)
Chef Ramsay heads to Chappy's, a Cajun-style restaurant in the heart of Nashville where he meets owners John (Chappy) and Starr. The couple's original restaurant in Mississippi was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, forcing them to move. However, since opening in Nashville, Chappy's hasn't found the same loyal customer base they once had. Find out if Chef Ramsay can help turn this restaurant around.
Episode 16. Amy's Baking Company
(AIR DATE 05/10/2013)
Chef Ramsay heads to Scottsdale, AZ, to visit Amy's Baking Company, which might be one of the cleanest restaurants in the history of the show. Cleanliness aside, Ramsay and the patrons find a number of issues with the food and service, but owners Amy and Samy refuse to listen to any critiques. With seemingly no boundaries, this couple has no reservations about yelling at customers that complain. Will this defiant duo listen to Chef Ramsay, or force him to walk away?