Four Things You're Likely To See on Kitchen Nightmares
(in no particular order!)

Gordon the bulldog / bulldozer / bully-in-chief

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After a nominally friendly greeting at the outset, chef and reality show magnate Gordon Ramsay gets right to the berating. His method is very United States Marine Corps boot camp style: break 'em down, then break 'em down some more. And maybe we'll have something to work with (by the end of the episode).

Exasperation sets in

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When the restaurant owner / manager / chef inevitably doesn't absorb what Gordon is laying down, it's time for some serious exasperating. This will involve a special grab bag that Ramsay will go back to again and again. Look for key phrases like "It's rawwww" or "This isn't fit for a dog's dinner!" or "If you're not going to try / care / give a [bleep], you might as well hang it up, mate."

Rancid stuff in the freezer / kitchen / storage area

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When El Capitan has the restaurant owners and staff nice and shaken up, it's time to take it to the next level: kitchen and storage area inspection. Usually what he finds would be things that they would never even dream of daring people to eat on an episode of Fear Factor.

The moment of truth

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And just when things seem darkest and past the point of any sort of hope, wham-o. We get a new restaurant design, a menu overhaul, an attitude reboot, and a spirit of unyielding enthusiasm and unity…. at least for a little while. 

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"My dad wanted to choke Joe out." – Mill Street Bistro employee
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"You're a small man with a fake bistro." – Gordon Ramsay
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"I really want to go home. I need a cooler... I'm just gonna have a glass of wine." – Lisa
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"I'm really hoping he's not getting the seafood ravioli." – Rita
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“You know what a guido is? That’s what she’s looking for.” – Adele on fourtysomething daughter Cheryl
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“You know what I know about running a high end steak house? Apparently not much.” – Joe the owner
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“Every night sucks hee-uh.” – Teresa the waitress
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“The freshest thing in this kitchen is that pigeon flying around, and he’s lucky he’s still alive.” – Ramsey
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"He doesn't get off his skinny ass." - Lisa, on Akira
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"My gran could do better, and she's dead!" - Chef Gordon Ramsay
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Gordan Ramsay revisits two restaurants, which allows for lots of time eaten up with flashback footage.
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"Are you her boss or are you her friend?" – Gordon Ramsay
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