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The Juniper Hill Inn: Part 2 

Gordon Ramsay checks in and may check out on part two.

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Robert Dean II ...
Himself - Owner: The Juniper Hill Inn
Giulian Jones ...
Himself - Executive Chef
Sara Maurer ...
Herself - Assistant Innkeeper
Ari Nikki ...
Himself - Owner: The Juniper Hill Inn
Ryan Rediker ...
Himself - Estate Manager
Stephen Tallon ...
Himself - Hotel Inspector
Barbara Walker ...
Herself - Server
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Gordon Ramsay checks in and may check out on part two.

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The Juniper Hill Inn was eventually closed in January, 2014, and sold later that year at auction. As of late 2014, the Inn may re-open with new ownership. See more »

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Confusing
6 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is for both parts.

Having seen both, I'm confused about the whole thing.

We're presented with a show that's supposed to be the hotel version of "Kitchen Nightmares", but this show just seems like a series of scripted "spontaneous" things sandwiched in between things that revolved around food.

Really? Gordon decided at the last minute to turn his SUV around? Ah, no -- that didn't just happen. The camera crew needed to set up, so it was either recreated or he called the crew van behind him and told them to pull over, 'cause he's going to turn around, so be there to film it.

Really? He came back with a plan and had a professional auctioneer with him? Ah, no -- they are in Vermont and he said she was from Boston. Boston is in Massachusettes; Gordon either had her with him in advance, meaning he knew all about all the antiques and had this staged in advance, or he had her flown in, in which case he came back, told the owner he was back and then waited however many days for her to arrive. Either way is misleading and makes the series feel disingenuous.

Really? Another restaurant let the owner stand on one of their tables and promote his competition? Who would stand for that?

Really? A bar full of people? How'd they all drive up, walk in and be there for so long without two owners and at least seven staff seeing them? Who served them? It smells like a set up where the staff was asked to look surprised.

And my goodness -- Part 1 is like an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" set in an Inn. It takes little time for him to find his way into the dining room for lunch, hate the food, complain about the food, call the owners and cook in and tell them about it, and then witness dinner service. I'm not complaining, it's nice to have another episode of "Kitchen Nightmares", even if not technically that show, but I didn't realize so much time would be spent on it. For goodness sake -- Gordon brought his famous white chef shirt with him and put it on and cooked.

And more disingenuousness: the staff not getting paid. There is still state and Federal law and ways to address that if your employer doesn't pay you. And if you're having that kind of problem with such frequency, quit -- it's not going to get better. It doesn't make sense these people stayed at a job in a sinking ship. Even the cook got off the Titanic when it was going down (no, I'm not making that up: Charles Joughin).

And the show is filmed, edited, paced, and scored very much like an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares". Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though if I see one more shaky cam shot or hear one more cymbal roll/swish, I may have to kill someone.

And a couple personal comments: Did we really need to see Gordon completely naked? Was that necessary?

And the staff. Going on about the owner's expensive RV. Ah, there are at least seven staff members, not counting the co-owner. The money spent on the RV would not pay all of them for a year. It didn't make or break the place. It did, however, make the owner seem like an uncaring idiot who blows money and parks an eye sore out front a pricey Inn.

I'm confused why Gordon was initially given the Poop Room. The owner says it's not for rent because of the smell, yet he has a world-renowned television icon over and what room does he give in? The one that smells like Chappy made a crappy in the something-or-other (you either got that, or didn't). It doesn't add up.

All-in-all I'm just not sure what this was supposed to be. Clearly it can't be about saving the place; with several seasons of U.K. and U.S. "Kitchen Nightmares", Gordon should know more than well enough this place wasn't worth saving. It's almost like it was for the drama, just get viewers in.

In the end I feel you could edit all the relevant food and kitchen stuff from both parts, into one episode and give it the "Kitchen Nightmares" intro, have David Vanacore score it, and you'd have a nifty "lost" episode of "Kitchen Nightmares".


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