Recap: Season 5 Finale Part One

But first, we see a wee-cap of this rollercoaster ride we call Hell's Kitchen Season 5, and watch as the other 14 chefs fall to Danny and Paula's talents, one after another. If you expect me to recap this recap of the episodes I have already recapped... think again, my friend. Because if you're reading this, you know what happened, right? Lacey was annoying! Carol was mean! Ben was loud! Colleen was inexplicable! Robert was awesome! Andrea was bossy! Et cetera, and so forth. Last week, Andrea hit her expiration date in Hell's Kitchen.

Danny and Paula are now the final two chefs vying for the ultimate reward: $250,000, and an executive chef position at the Borgata resort in Atlantic City.

To start us off, Ramsay tells Danny and Paula that their final challenge begins now. He splits the dining, projecting each of their faces onto either side of Hell's Kitchen. Gordon compels each of them to get creative and get working right away on their vision for a dream restaurant.

Danny and Paula hug and laugh as they run upstairs to get started. They are each so excited to be in the final two, and I couldn't imagine two more talented and positive chefs to watch in the end. They toast their success with champagne... and then keep on drinking into the night. Instead of getting a good night's sleep, they're still up and drinking at 2 AM! Morning comes quickly (6:30 AM) and Danny is HUNG. OVER. So is Paula, but she says she's a pro on the drinking front, so she's not too worried. Paula rushes to write down ideas, and Danny still has nothing down on paper, when they go down to Hell's Kitchen to get going on creating their dream restaurants.

Waiting for them is John Janavs, the Hell's Kitchen architect and designer. Each gets one-on-one time to discuss aesthetics with him, and Danny has a hard time communicating his vision--and then gets shut down when he pitches a "mounted fish" idea. John tells him he needs to think a little higher end. Ouch. Paula wants to name her restaurant "Sunergy," and John doesn't seem too jazzed about it. Danny has two names in mind: "Velvet Hammer," his nickname in high school, or "Susan Marie," his mother's name. She passed away a few years ago, and John says that would be a fitting tribute.

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