January 25, 2013 09:34 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
After a long break, Kitchen Nightmares is finally back! Tonight, Chef Ramsay heads to the Olde Hitching Post in Hanson, Massachusetts. And as usual, he’s absolutely horrified by what he finds! What nightmares are in store at the Olde Hitching Post?
It feels like it’s been forever since we got to witness Gordon Ramsay screaming at disastrous restaurant owners. Finally, finally, the show’s back. Scheduling has been really weird this season but I’m hoping that, with the holiday season well behind us, we’ll finally get back to some semblance of normalcy. But maybe that would be to much to ask from FOX. After all, this is the Friday night slot, and face it: Friday night TV shows always get screwed over.
You gotta love it whenever there’s a parent-child dynamic on Kitchen Nightmares. Usually, it involves either an overprotective parent getting all up in the adult kid’s business….or a parent just getting in the way and mucking everything up. Every once in awhile the kid will be at fault, but this isn’t so much the case for tonight’s scenario. Instead, it’s overprotective daddy Tom who is causing problems for his daughter Andrea. Tom bought the Olde Hitching Post for his daughter back in 2005 but since then has refused to relinquish control. Granted, Tom’s done pretty well for himself in the restaurant business — he’s already the proud owner of two other reasonably successful establishment. But for some reason, he’s just incapable of emulating that success at the Olde Hitching Post.
Gordon arrives and completes his usual inspection. Suffice to say, he’s not too happy. Not only is Tom in complete denial about the problems at the Olde Hitching Post, he gets in a huge argument about the definition of a frozen oyster. Because apparently, frozen solid and stored in the freezer doesn’t actually mean frozen. Or not according to Tom.
Tom’s convinced that everyone loves his restaurant, but Gordon discovers otherwise during a visit to a local radio station. Callers complain of digestive problems following meals at the restaurant, as well as mushy veggies and bland food in general. Gordon confronts the entire restaurant staff (but especially Tom) and tells them that’s it’s high time for change. Finally, finally, Tom agrees to get on board.
Following a complete kitchen makeover, Gordon decides that it’s time to see if Andrea and the rest of the staff can make meals worthy of their fancy new establishment. Andrea finally is allowed to take over operations at the restaurant, and despite Tom’s nervousness, things go really well. Tom decides that he’s been too hard on his daughter. And although it’s difficult for him, he decides that it’s time to pass the restaurant on to Andrea. Gordon reassures Tom that that Andrea is more than capable of handling a business. The relaunch is a definite success and Gordon leaves with a rare smile on his face.