This episode really made me rethink my approach to this show. For all my dislike of the gross kitchens, disgusting food and screaming dysfunctional people (especially family drama), I guess I do prefer that over this type of low key episode which I found boring in the extreme. The problem with the restaurant was easily diagnosed - the mother, as is so often the case,, micromanaging because she feels like she has to. And maybe she does.
I have to wonder if there was really a LOT of editing here, or acting for the camera. I find it hard to believe that someone who REPEATEDLY interrupted Chef Ramsey could see the light without major intervention. I think there must have been some really straight talking that wasn't shown.
I didn't think the food was all that bad (yeah, one pork chop was over cooked, and I do love a lot of parsley), but they didn't show any unsanitary conditions or abusive staff behavior. I do think the staff probably was slacking off, knowing that Mama wouldn't fire them. The cooks seemed reasonably competent, and the restaurant decor was fine (except for those white tablecloths).
Speaking of - what an underwhelming "make over." Southern is not the always synonymous with Louisiana, so what was the point of the keyboard wall and jazz singers? Why the stage?
And, since I'm on a bit of a rant - can Gordon learn a new adjective in addition to "beautiful," please. Beautiful salmon, beautifully cooked, on a bed of beautifully herbed rice. We get it.