Kitchen Confidential

Season 1 Episode 3

Dinner Date With Death

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Oct 03, 2005 on FOX
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Dinner Date With Death
Jack's old mentor, Gerard, comes to Nolita with a strange request. He wants Jack's food to feed him to death. Meanwhile, Steven and Seth's authority drives Jim to find his way up the kitchen hierarchy with ineffective results.

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  • John Larroquette (Chef Gerard) always makes things jumpier. And sometimes funnier, if he's not scaring you...

    Totem poles are things you must learn about but they aren't nearly as amusing as Chef Gerard trying to kill himself with food. Strangely amusing but amusing nonetheless.

    Giving Bourdain a challenge was a good idea but I still feel like the scripts could use more development. The characters interact with each other but there just isn't as much character development as I'd like. In fact I don't really think there is any. No one changes, I don't learn anything about anyone... well I learn about the potential preferences of professional chefs (like not wanting a hot dog vendor camped outside you're front door) but I don't learn about the characters featured in the show. Yes the kitchen is a cramped environment but they obviously thought it was big enough to feature a story, so where is the story? Ratatouille did it. And that was a story about a rat who couldn't even speak human. Yet I felt more character development from that rat's story and the kid he worked with than I do in an entire episode of this show.

    Right now I'm only tuning in to support Cooper and Brendon. But sooner or later I will need more. Much more. Like the serving sizes given to Chef Gerard more.moreless
  • good episode!

    John Larroquette is always a treat to watch.

    Thought he made the episode.The episodes seem to have been taken from some of the funnier events in the original book.I can't wait to see if the writers come up with situations from their own experiences.Don't get me wrong, the book was hilarious.
  • I loved this episode of Kitchen Confidential mostly because it was full of references to the personal and political philosphy I support - Libertarianism. From a joke about England supporting freedom less than USA, to the hotdog guy having a gun, to livingmoreless

    Being a libertarian who believes strongly in individual liberty, I loved this episode. The episode was filled with philosophical undertones of living your life on your own terms, freedom and liberty. They even managed to slip in references to anti-gun control and explaining the capitalist system of supply and demand. And all this without even for a moment coming across as political or feeling like you're getting a philosophy or political view shoved down your throat.

    That's the beauty of believing in individual liberty - You're encouraged to believe and do whatever you want so long as you don't stop, or support laws that stop, other people from doing the same.

    With this episode the people behind Kitchen Confidential really showed that they believe in individual freedom and liberty. Hopefully the subtle references will continue in future episodes.moreless
Kerry Carney

Kerry Carney

Health Conscious Patron #1

Guest Star

Joey Vieira

Joey Vieira


Guest Star

John Larroquette

John Larroquette

Chef Gerard

Guest Star

Sam Pancake

Sam Pancake


Recurring Role

Frank Alvarez

Frank Alvarez


Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Steven: Shove off!
      Tony: You shove off!
      Steven: Maybe I'll tell the health department about the cockroaches in your sauerkraut!
      Tony: Maybe I'll tell the fire marshall about your over capacity!
      Steven: It'd be a shame if something happened to your pretty little umbrella.
      Tony: It'd be shame if something happened to your big window!
      Steven: Do I have to go here? (Pulls back his apron to reveal his cleaver)
      Tony: Do I have to go here? (Pulls back his jacket to reveal a gun)
      Steven: I'll take two.
      Tony: Mustard?
      Steven: Surprise me.

    • Steven: Feeling a lit bit guilty, are we?
      Jack: Well, wouldn't you?
      Steven: Nah, but I'm a sociopath. Besides, this is an honor!

    • Steven: He is on his fourth scotch. She's having a triple chocolate mousse cake. He is with a prostitute. Are you responsible for his hangover, her thighs, his chlamydia? Of course not! We're just giving them what they want! Why? Because we believe in freedom in America...and to a lesser extent in Britain.

    • Seth: (Carrying a plate of dessert ) Eight thousand calories -- all of them fat!
      Jack: Attaboy!

    • Jack: Mimi, tell Gerard I'm not a trained poodle. If he wants to order, he can order off the menu like everybody else.
      Mimi: You tell him. When I tried, he said he made two waitresses like me in the toilet this morning.

    • Jim: What about waitresses? Can I smack waitresses?
      Seth: Yeah that'll end well.

    • Jim: So there's gotta be somebody that's lower than me.
      Seth: No, you're mud.
      Steven: Cat vomit.
      Seth: Low man, on the totem pole.
      JIm: I don't want to be the low man on the totem pole.
      Jack: Tough taco, flaco.

    • Chef Gerard: Bourdain--this is crap. You are crap. I made two chefs like you this morning--in the toilet!

    • Jack: (to Steven) And now excuse me, I have a man to kill!

    • Jealous Patron: Why is that man's portion so much bigger than ours?
      Cameron: Um, They're special circumstances. (pauses) He's eating himself to death.
      Jealous Patron: Is that the same price?

    • Seth: Jack, Jack you want in on the pool?
      Jack: What pool?
      Seth: Chef Gerard, pick the time'a death and the course that takes him out.
      Jack: I'll do 8:30, salad course.
      (Seth and the others stare at him in disbelief)
      Jack: (chuckling) I've got some ideas!

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