Hell's Kitchen - The Final Showdown

Last week: The previouslies covered the entire season so far, which happens again tonight. Petrozza and Christina designed "every detail" of their new restaurants, which involved planning menus and design, and then having their signature dishes judged. Petrozza won, and he got to pick first from the returning chefs. Petrozza got Bobby and Ben, and Christina got Corey and Louross. That left Matt and Jen, with Petrozza to choose. Okay, go!

But first, I am going to editorialize a little. I don't normally get into the complicated producer-based conspiracy theories, but I'm just going to throw this one out there. You know how you sometimes have a contestant who drastically outlasts his or her competency level, and it seems like all they have going for them is a hard core of self-delusion? Like Matt this season: he should have been gone a few episodes earlier, but he keeps being dragged along. The standard theory is that the obnoxiously incompetent contestants are being kept around because drama equals ratings, but I have a different idea. I think someone thinks it's more fun when you get to the end of the season and the potential pool of sous chefs includes crazy people. Crazy people who hold grudges are even better. So when there's someone who might get eliminated around the middle of the season, I think it's possible that someone with the title "producer" might gently suggest they be strung along for a few extra weeks, just so they can come back in the finale and cause havoc.

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