Kitchen Nightmares

Season 1 Episode 3

The Mixing Bowl

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2007 on FOX
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Gordon Ramsay heads to Bellmore, New Jersey where he finds a local eatery on its last legs. The Mixing Bowl faces an influx of competition and has almost no customers. The owners have lost their spark and their marriage is crumbling. The manager does not have proper business skills and spends his time on fruitless schemes from coupons to promotional signs to drum up business for the restaurant. Gordon faces a tough challenge as he strives to correct problems with the restaurant's appearance and menu, as well as its staffing problems.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Gordon: (at the first-annual Mixing Bowl Mile Run) Come on, Mike. Your eight-year-old is beatin' ya.

    • Narrator: It's relaunch night for The Mixing Bowl and Mike's reservation mishap with the New York Dragons has caused him to go over the edge.
      Mike: I wasn't told!
      Lisa: Do not talk to me like that.
      Mike: I'm pissed off! That's it! I was told 7 o'clock this morning! Not my fault! Dragons on the paper!

    • Gordon: Can you wake up? Wake up.
      Mike: (in an interview segment) This is our one shot to make our lasting impression and we're gonna blow it.

    • Narrator: It's the dinner service you have to see to believe.
      Mike: Seriously, I'm pissed off!
      Lisa: Do not talk to me like that.
      Mike: It's done!
      Narrator: Coming up next on Kitchen Nightmares.

    • Gordon: Give the (bleep) neighborhood what they want.
      Narrator: With The Mixing Bowl now embracing being the healthy, high-quality restaurant of Bellmore, Gordon also realizes he needs to ignite Billy's passion.

    • Mike: It's not really that big of a deal. Gordon, can you come here? It's a little big.
      Gordon: What in the (bleep)?
      Mike: "Free appetizer with dinner."
      Gordon: Oh, (bleep). Man, get me out of here. (bleep)

    • Gordon: Tuesday night dinner specials -- select three. Three what?
      Billy: That was -- that was one of the worst things we've ever done.

    • Billy: 50% off.
      Gordon: Holy smoke. So we're giving more money away before we get money in the till. My goodness me.

    • Narrator: Coming up, Gordon sees a sign of the times.
      Gordon: "Now accepting dinner reservations?"
      Mike: We thought maybe because we're not taking reservations, so--
      Gordon: It's (bleep) empty!

    • Gordon: When you first walk in the dining room, you get this depressing manager jumping on you, which is a great shame. I'm sure five years ago you had some sort of spark.

    • Gordon: (regarding the crab cakes) Hmm, award-winning? Maybe not. In terms of freshness, yeah. I wouldn't expect to find something so fresh in such a dreary, dreadful dining room.

    • Lisa: Our marriage gets affected by his business.
      Billy: (in clips) Go. Go out, go out.
      Lisa: We're struggling seven days a week. That puts a damper on our relationship. I can't sacrifice myself and our children for the Mixing Bowl anymore.

    • Mike: It looks like a wood chipper to me.
      Gordon: That's right. It's time to say goodbye to the past. It's time to say goodbye to Valentine's Day. Bloody hell.
      Mike: You're a madman!
      Gordon Ramsay: Yeah, I am (bleep). Working with guys like you makes me (bleep) mad.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      - Denmark: May 20, 2008 on TV3
      - Slovakia: September 5, 2012 on JOJ

    • This episode marks the first time a restaurant followup is done after Gordon Ramsay leaves. This type of format is done in the UK edition - Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

    • The episode title "The Mixing Bowl" refers to the Mixing Bowl Eatery in Bellmore, New York. The restaurant received great reviews when it opened in 1997 from local newspapers including the New York Times, before losing steam in later years.