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I watched this last night as well and it was freaking hilarious and a joke of a program. Gotta laugh at what Fox thinks is good entertainment. I am not sure I can watch any more, unless I need a good laugh that is.

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It looked like they filmed last night's episode like the UK version, but edited the last few days of Ramsay's visit for the last 5 minutes because they wanted that climax with the confrontation with the douchebag Peter. Damn sensationalist Fox TV execs.

I would love to have seen him re-visiting the restaurant months later like on the UK version as well.

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Are Americans really as stupid as Fox thinks we are? Jlock and I have recently become obsessed with the British version, watching an episode pretty much every night (I think we are almost caught up now), but the American version pales in contrast. Ramsey seems so disconnected to the whole process; I think the narrator adds to that. So much better when Ramsey was narrating it himself so that it seemed all the work was his. And, why does that brutish, spoiled creep deserve a new kitchen? Is that really necessary? I felt so much more disconnected from the operation of the restaurant than in the British version. But, at least Ramsey didn't feel the need to undress in front of us in the U.S. version.

Given all that, I will probably watch faithfully as I am a sucker.

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Are Americans really as stupid as Fox thinks we are? Jlock and I have recently become obsessed with the British version, watching an episode pretty much every night (I think we are almost caught up now), but the American version pales in contrast. Ramsey seems so disconnected to the whole process; I think the narrator adds to that. So much better when Ramsey was narrating it himself so that it seemed all the work was his. And, why does that brutish, spoiled creep deserve a new kitchen? Is that really necessary? I felt so much more disconnected from the operation of the restaurant than in the British version. But, at least Ramsey didn't feel the need to undress in front of us in the U.S. version.

Given all that, I will probably watch faithfully as I am a sucker.

Ramsay wisely "pulled his punches" with Peter, IMHO. To get in Peter's face, screaming at him like he often did to participants in the UK version of the show, would have been suicidal. No one seemed to be able to stand up to such a tyrranical bully, and Ramsay, like everyone else realized that the only way to cope with him is to attempt to soothe him. My sense was that the mission of the episode was to try to "save" this business, and supporting the family and staff, many of who had resorted to passive-aggressive strategies to express their feelings about Peter, by providing the new equipment was the only way to do it. Peter, who seems to be pathologically narcissistic, entitled and explosive, appeared to have mended his ways in the last few minutes of the show. He probably was shown some of the footage shot previously, where his egregiously obnoxious behavior was on display, and he may have finally heard his father's pathetic plea: "Stop. You're embarassing me." I don't have a lot of hope for the future, however, unless the family can restructure the business to insulate it from Peter's greed. He appears to be a character-disordered personality, and like the tiger, cannot so easily change his stripes.

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I got the feeling that something other than what we saw caused the abrupt about-face; Peter just seemed to catch a clue way too suddenly given his previous behavior.

Maybe his, er, creditors sent their large or extra-large sized helper around for a chat (after having sent Small and Medium, who we saw). :angry:

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Just when I was really missing Joey on Top Chef.... thanks Peter B) !

Geez, not at all like the UK version. I could really do without all the dramatic music and (as noted by JPW) the "Extreme Makeover - Restaurant edition!" element of buying lots of fancy new appliances. I much prefer the more subdued, though oftentimes no less dramatic original version. But, like lackadaisi, I'm a sucker and no doubt I'll be tuned in next week :angry:

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Yeah, if he's going to limit his range solely to the wider NYC metro area, he might as well change the title to "Gordon's Guide to Guidos." :blink:

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I can't believe no one commented on last week's truly disgusting restaurant rehab.

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I can't believe no one commented on last week's truly disgusting restaurant rehab.
Wasn't that the "Indian" restaurant/sport bar? If so that was a rerun, and I believe it is the one that he and the producer are being sued over.

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I can't believe no one commented on last week's truly disgusting restaurant rehab.
I was too truly disgusted :blink: to think back on it - tax dodge, anyone??

Honestly, who would EVER set foot in that place, even with the fumigation, menu rehab, etc.??!? My main thought was why didn't they pick a place that actually DESERVED the help? Anyone who would let an establishment get to that state probably has no business being in the restaurant business.

Yes, it is the episode associated with the lawsuit.

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I was too truly disgusted :blink: to think back on it - tax dodge, anyone??

Honestly, who would EVER set foot in that place, even with the fumigation, menu rehab, etc.??!? My main thought was why didn't they pick a place that actually DESERVED the help? Anyone who would let an establishment get to that state probably has no business being in the restaurant business.

Yes, it is the episode associated with the lawsuit.

We walked by the place a few weeks ago out of curiosity, and there were a raft of positive reviews associated with the change in menu posted outside, and a reasonable number of people inside for 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon. But still, ew. Either the people inside hadn't seen the episode, or were a lot more forgiving than I would be.

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They are looking for people for next season. Maybe we could come up with a list of places that we think need help and send in the nomination.
bebo...? :blink:

(purely based on other's comments, and the potential hilarity of ramsay invading donna's kitchen space)

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bebo...? :blink:

(purely based on other's comments, and the potential hilarity of ramsay invading donna's kitchen space)

I was thinking the exact same thing last night after reading the Bebo thread. Can you imagine what that would look like?!

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They are looking for people for next season. Maybe we could come up with a list of places that we think need help and send in the nomination.
Perhaps Station 9?

Kitchen Nightmares is on my "must see" list. Unlike HK, I've learned more about what to expect from a restaurant in terms of service, freshness, decor, menu and such.

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Yay! A new season of the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares just started tonight on BBC America.....first ep looks like a doozy so far!!

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Yay! A new season of the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares just started tonight on BBC America.....first ep looks like a doozy so far!!

HEy thanks for posting this. I much, much, MUCH prefer the British version of this series.

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I used to get really irritated each time I'd read a post about the UK version being superior to the US version, thinking "well, don't watch the US show then!!" Of course, now that I switched cable providers and have easier access to BBC America, I return chastened. ;)

It really is a better program. The American version is so formulaic, so PC. The UK show is cheeky and unsanitized. And it showed Gordon in his skivvies in the "La Riveria" episode which is either a plus or a minus depending on your perspective.

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The Kitchen Nightmares marathon on BBC America today got me wondering about the long term success rate for these places. I do not have time to look them all up on the Internet, so I went looking for others who did the legwork. While I cannot vouch 100% for this list, I did spot check it. The results are mixed, at best. In all fairness, many of this places were seriously farked to begin with, and usually featured owners with either no restaurant experience whatsoever or serious personality disorders. Nevertheless, restaurants that apply to the D.C. casting call may want to bear this history in mind. I was considering offering a few suggestions as to who might consider taking the bait, but I did not want to give the impression of crapping on places that are already hurting.

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Gordon has seriously jumped the shark. I find him to be so odious as to be unwatchable.

For those of us that don't watch TV, can you explain? :mellow:

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