Kate can't train someone who doesn't want to be trained. Simone doesn't realize that it's HER job to demand more opportunities to practice her weaknesses in order to strengthen them. If I wanted to be the best 2nd stew but didn't know how to open a bottle of wine, I would watch, learn, do, and redo and redo AGAIN until it becomes second nature. Yes, Kate doesn't like untrained help. I wouldn't like untrained help either in her situation. Simone is usually quiet and solitary which is great in the laundry room but not great in dealing with boisterous, fame hungry, drunken guests on a reality show. But I agree with the poster who said up til now she's been looking at Tanner as her escape from the mundane. That's not going to work in the long run, as previews "seem" to indicate. Kate values competence, period, and values anyone who makes her work life easier. As we ALL DO in our own personal situation. Simone does not do that for Kate and Courtney does.
I am on neither side of the Riley/Kevin battle. Both are raging assholes and it seemed to me that neither was right but the crew sided against whichever one had been assholey to them. Riley had a valid point about Kevin BUT she ruined that for me when she turned on Tanner and Ashton for no good reason. Kevin's point was ludicrous though and he needed to humor Riley and just order the damn chicken wings or give her the menu so she could get something she liked. Both appeared to be spoiling for a fight with someone else (Kevin vs Kate? Riley vs Ashton?) but just took the first opportunity to swing their dicks to demonstrate they WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND. Well, great! Kevin is still seen as an asshole by the people who thought he was an asshole before, and Riley is still seen as an asshole by everyone she works with. Wonderful job, people!