History Series / HellsKitchen

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* NotThisOneThatOne: In the second episode of the sixteenth season, Ramsay brings the chefs out to the grand prix and asks them who wants to race. After getting a volunteer, he's all "yeah, right," and reveals that what they will actually be racing is golf carts, which they have to use to deliver their food to Chef Ramsay several times throughout the challenge.
27th Sep '16 10:45:29 PM tsstevens
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** Season 16: FoodFight
27th Sep '16 1:51:10 PM tsstevens
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* EpicFail: ''Where do we start???''
** The first two seasons had more inexperienced chefs than future seasons[[note]](to be precise, Season 1 mostly consisted of amateur cooks, with only four -- Michael, Ralph, Chris and Dewberry -- having professional experience, while Season 2 was a roughly 50-50 mix of amateur and professionals. Seasons 3 to 5 have mostly professional cooks, with a couple of amateurs. Since Season 6, only professional chefs with at least two years of experience are allowed to enter)[[/note]]. For the first season, the cooks only managed to finish two dinner services throughout all ten. For the second season, the cooks didn't manage to finish a service until the sixth episode (only the blue team finished, then came over to help the struggling red kitchen to complete service). Although to be fair, the previous night they had gotten very close to finishing (had just finished all the entrees) but the red kitchen performed so badly that Chef Ramsay shut the whole place down.
** Season 3, episode 5 had a challenge where the teams had to present dishes for the menu of a wedding reception. Melissa had screwed her team over by constantly interrupting Chef Ramsay and insisting that they didn't present their dishes, which pissed him off to no end. It all came up to a boil when they presented their meat dish: Sliced duck breast...and that was it. There were no garnishes or sides to it. Not even a sauce.
*** Worse still, the "lame duck" wasn't even cooked properly. Even worse is that three out of the four chefs ''knew'' that the duck wasn't cooked properly, but the minority insisted.
** Season 4, episode 1 had neither team completing the service, with the blue team failing to serve any appetizers, and the red team only getting a few tables before a rubbery, overcooked chicken on their first entree derailed the service for good. To top it off, both teams wasted over £1,000 of food. Ramsay's response was to declare it the worst start ever in ''Hell's Kitchen'' history, wake both teams up early the next day and have them bin the wasted food ''with their bare hands''.
** Season 4, episode 3 had the chefs each cutting up a chicken into eight separate parts. Craig's chicken only had two parts meeting Ramsay's approval which singlehandedly cost the Blue Team the challenge (the women only served up four bad pieces as a team). What made it worse was that Craig was a Sous chef with 13 years experience, and finished the challenge just as Ramsay called time. His teammates were not pleased.
** And then there's Jason and the souffle incident, also in episode 3. No matter what he does, he can't get them to rise or keep them from sticking to the baking dish. When pressed by Ramsay, Jason tells him that he's going to try and rub some sugar, butter and cocoa powder around the rim and hope that keeps it from sticking. This leaves Ramsay so speechless that [[HeadDesk all he can do is bang his head against a table]] [[note]]For those who don't know, the reason this is so baffling is because that is literally the ''first thing'' you're supposed to do when making a souffle[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he was sent home that night.]]
** From the same season, three words: '''Matt's Exotic Tartare.''' Probably the only dish in the series where Ramsay actually ''vomited'' rather than just spit out.
*** At least until Season 8, where Antonia's signature dish provoked the same reaction from Ramsay. Only this time he decided to share the pain by getting the other contestants to taste it. They didn't like it anymore than he did, and Vinny and Nona also came close to throwing up.
** From Season 5, Colleen's risotto. How can you mistake sugar for '''''salt?''''' [[note]]Industrial-grade Executive Meddling in which the sous chefs [[http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/tv/behind-the-flames-of-hell-s-kitchen-1.1002211 swapped them on you]], that's how.[[/note]]
** Also from Season 5, Ben trying to serve cheesecake and brownies before the appetizers were even served. He blamed it on misunderstanding Chef Ramsay's communication, and got mocked by him for it.
** Then there's Giovanni who undercooked several steaks, having multiple ones brought back. This wouldn't be so bad if he weren't an ''executive chef at a steak house''. Ramsay summed it up best with "Giovanni, thank fuck I never visited your steak house." To make things worse, this results in him running out of filet, and Seth's attempt to carve a new one turned out badly when he grossly overcut it. The blue team failed the service.
** Most of J's performance in his final service (which he was kicked out of halfway through) falls under this trope, but the crowning glory had to be when Chef Ramsay discovered that he had hugely overcooked the rice for the service's risotto. ''All of it.'' Even the red team's supply of rice. This led to the risotto having to be taken off the menu for that night, and even Ramsay was stunned at how J had managed to screw over both the blue and red teams in one go.
** Season 6's Louie being kicked out ''in the first service'' after screwing up the entire supply of lamb.
** Melinda throwing away not just one, but ''many'' servings of capellini. That "deer-in-the-headlights" look doesn't help one bit.
-->"Why are you throwing it out? You can't just cook it a bit longer? Look at all this fucking... Who's putting all this in the bin? How many portions are you putting in there?? How much is in the bin?! ''Look!'' '''Look!!''' What the fuck is this ?!!"
** Season 6 had a Marine's homecoming be the center of a dinner service. The Reds did not get out a single entree the whole time. Not ''one''. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Ramsay was ''furious''. This was largely in part due to Tek's complete inability to cook the steaks properly (She was cooking the steaks solely on the grill, when in that instance, due to the large quantities and having to time the dishes, you were only supposed to grill it until it was "Marked", and then finish cooking it in the oven so you'd have more control over the temperature and doneness; it's not like most grilling at home). The Blues (who had been cooking for the guest of honor instead of the Reds, thankfully), had gone on to desserts before a single entree was sent out of the Red kitchen. All of the Blue team (except Kevin, who was told to stay behind to finish up desserts), had to be brought in to finish off the service.
** Note to Season 7's Andrew, adding fresh mashed potatoes will '''not''' fix [[strike:diluted mash]] potato soup. [[spoiler:He pulled the plug on his time on the show after this, with an attempt by J.P. to bring him back ending in failure; Jason called this as, "Chef Ramsay throwing pixie dust on him and making him disappear."]]
*** And then Salvatore went and did the same thing with rice for the risotto.
** In the second episode of Season 7, the chefs were split into pairs to cook four eggs, four different ways: Scrambled, poached, sunny side up and soft boiled. Siobhan, being the odd (wo)man out, was told to cook by herself. However, Autumn butted in and helped Siobhan with her eggs which caused Siobhan to only do two poached eggs. This led to Chef Ramsay disqualifying four of the Red Team's eggs. Needless to say, the Blue Team won the challenge.
** Season 8's Melissa, managing to completely destroy the red team's entire supply of steak by cooking it too early (and overcooking them as well). She somehow avoided being eliminated that episode, and the following episode she was shuffled over to the blue team... where she managed to destroy their entire supply of scallops in a similar fashion. This time, she didn't survive.
** Also from Season 8 was Raj. Rather than spoil the full story of Raj's incompetence, let's just put it this way: he was kicked off the show during the elimination ceremony on a night when his team ''won''. To be fair, Raj was the third contestant to be eliminated this way, but he was eliminated in this fashion much earlier than Salvatore (Season 7) or Carol (Season 5) before him.
** The High School Reunion challenge in Season 9. The red team, due to Elizabeth's leadership, missed ''every single cue'' from the committee tasting the dishes: they made Asian dishes instead of Hawaiian, and added bacon to a seafood dish after specifically being told that one of the guests didn't eat meat. As a result, the blue team won the challenge in one of the few shut-outs in Hell's Kitchen.
** [[TheMillstone Krupa's performance]] in the Season 9 finale which resulted in [[spoiler: Will's loss.]]
** In the second episode of Season 10, Don manages to somehow cook a pizza with the toppings burnt but the crust still raw. Likewise, the Red team seemingly couldn't cook a beef Wellington properly. The meat inside was cooked but the dough on the outside was still raw and snotty.
** 6 episodes later, the blue team served '''zero''' entrees, only this time Ramsay completely lost his patience with them and kicked out the '''entire''' team from the kitchen all at once (something which he's NEVER had to do before); it was so bad that Gordon actually had to send the red team over so they could complete all the blue team's orders.
*** In the same episode during the challenge, Royce served a dish that had a large piece of '''hair''' in it and a "shit" sack (to executive chefs no less!), needless to say, that singlehandedly cost the blue team any chance they had of winning.
** In "7 Chefs Compete" episode in Season 10, the remaining chefs did so badly at the day's challenge that Ramsay awarded a total of zero points for both teams. For the first time ever, ''both teams'' were made to do punishment and the reward of a helicopter trip for a day at the beach (including a beach club rented for the afternoon) went out the window. Doesn't help that the classic convertible meant to take the winning team to the reward was parked out front, where the chefs had to clean the show's [=SUVs=].
*** Dana describes Season 10 the best as this: "''Hell's Kitchen, Season 10, making history. Only making history because we '''suck!'''''"
** In terms of the worst teams in the entire history, the Red team of Season 7 [[spoiler:only won three challenges, and only two dinner services (if you counted the last dinner service before the black jackets a red team win) which they tied with the men. Meaning that they ''never outright beat the Blue team in any dinner service''. Unless you didn't count the two finalists' service, which can be (hardly) considered as their ''only'' service win.]]
*** Season 6's Red team was a close contender. They did well in the challenges, winning half of them. But in terms of service, they only beat the Blue team ''once''.
*** As for the worst Blue team, Season 10's in the entirety of their existence [[spoiler:only won one dinner service and lost all the other dinner services (11 total loses) sometimes in combination with the Red team]].
*** Season 11's blue team was a close contender in comparison to Season 10's boys. First, they lost the signature dish challenge 5-4. Not horrible, but their losses get bigger from there: they lost 12 to 9 in the lobster challenge, then got beaten by the red team during the charity run lunch (for clarification, Ramsay dragged one contestant per team on the 3K run with him, skinny Dan and slightly chubby Mary, and wouldn't let the teams start until they both got back; Dan got back well before Mary, but the red team STILL FINISHED FIRST), and finally, lost the protein taste challenge as the women beat their ten-minute, thirty-three-second time with almost ''four minutes'' to spare when Michael and Jon couldn't identify turkey meatballs[[note]] And this was after the time sinker that was Nedra as she was paralyzed in fear with the animals that she wasted ''seven'' of those minutes![[/note]].
*** It gets worse. Of all the team challenges, the Blue Team has only won two!
*** And that's just the challenges. For dinner services, they only won three (only twice outright beating the red team) and lost 10 times. They did beat the red team in the breakfast service. But this was also layered with EpicFail because their teammate Jeremy was eliminated that day, even though they won, because he served a cold sample (which was dangerous) that infuriated Ramsay.
** Expect the first dinner service to be so bad the customers get up and leave. Bad enough, but when it happens later in the season...
*** To date, the first dinner service has only been completed twice. Both times were only because Chef Ramsay made a promise prior to opening that they would be completed, even though they both ended up terrible.
*** As far as complete service failures go, Season 4's blue team managing to serve a grand total of '''zero''' dishes before all the diners had walked out of the first service (when Jason finally got an acceptable risotto approved for serving, it had been '''three''' hours since the appetizer orders had come in, and the table with this order was already gone; the rest of the restaurant followed, and Ramsay truly was left to only shut the service down since he now had a completely empty dining room).
*** And Season 9's blue team serving the same number of entrees in their first service, with '''three''' chefs getting sent to the new table in the kitchen due to failing badly.
*** Season 10's blue team managing to serve ZERO dishes (partially caused by Tavon completely butchering the blue team's supply of scallops; he was the first chef eliminated that season). Neither team managed to send a SINGLE entree through two episodes.
*** But none of them compare to Season 12's first service: no dishes left ''either'' kitchen!
** Former NBA star Jalen Rose is out to dinner with a girl, and Nedra is serving lobster. JP explains who he is and why this table is so important.
-->"And which one is that one? The guy in the suit?"
** The blind taste test often provokes this. It really is more difficult than a lot of people think. But it still doesn't excuse some of the errors, such as confusing clams for spinach. Or venison for tuna.
** The first three dinner services of season 12 have all ended this way; the first service saw not even ONE appetizer leave from either kitchen!
** In season 12, during the signature dish challenge, Mike served canned tomatoes and packaged tortellini. Chef Ramsay threw that one out before he tasted it. The blue team, of course, lost, and Mike [[KarmaHoudini sat out the punishment on his own volition;]] had Ramsay been supervising, he would have likely been threatened with elimination from the show before a single service.
** The blue team's performance in Season 15's taste test, where they were on the losing end of an [[CurbStompBattle 8-3 stomping]]. Not only that, but Frank and Dannie both failed to guess a single ingredient correctly!
16th Sep '16 7:59:06 AM res20stupid
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** Subverted for the first time, when Gordon forced everyone to sit down around a botched order and everyone expects Gordon to shut them down until it's eaten... until he asks them if they want to eat it. "No, Chef." "''[[WhatTheHellHero So what makes you think that paying customers would want this shit?]]''"
11th Sep '16 6:46:42 PM LadyNorbert
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** Trev also became one when he went over to the red team, he was constantly talking shit about his teammates and claiming he was a much better cook then all of them despite doing poorly in several dinner services (He got thrown out in one service for his abysmal performance on the garnish station and was the only one of the red team to get kicked out on that night). Whenever he got nominated by the red team(or the black team), Trev would claim it was because they were trying to screw him over and refused to own up to his own mistakes.

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** Trev also became one when he went over to the red team, team; he was constantly talking shit about his teammates and claiming he was a much better cook then all of them despite doing poorly in several dinner services (He got thrown out in one service for his abysmal performance on the garnish station and was the only one of the red team to get kicked out on that night). Whenever he got nominated by the red team(or the black team), Trev would claim it was because they were trying to screw him over and refused to own up to his own mistakes.



** Season 8: Russel [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma especially after he lost the finals]]]] and Sabrina.

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** Season 8: Russel Russell [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma especially after he lost the finals]]]] and Sabrina.



* [[SpoiledBrat Spoiled Brats]]: The prom committee from Beverly Hills High School came off as rather snobbish and condescending to the men during their punishment. The show may have requested them to act like that, however, to increase the humiliation of it all.

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* [[SpoiledBrat Spoiled Brats]]: {{Spoiled Brat}}s: The prom committee from Beverly Hills High School came off as rather snobbish and condescending to the men during their punishment. The show may have requested them to act like that, however, to increase the humiliation of it all.



** In the finale of Season 9, Will set things up so that Paul would end up with Elise and Carrie on his team, hoping that their fighting would ruin his team's morale. [[spoiler:They never fought once during the final episode, which Paul (rightly or wrongly) claimed was down to his leadership skills. Will, on the other hand, ended up with Krupa as his final pick to ensure that Carrie would be on Paul's team, and Krupa was spectacularly awful in the service that followed, almost single-handedly destroying any chance Will had of winning]].

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** In the finale of Season 9, Will set things up so that Paul would end up with Elise and Carrie on his team, hoping that their fighting would ruin his team's morale. [[spoiler:They never fought once during the final episode, which Paul (rightly or wrongly) claimed was down to his leadership skills. Will, on the other hand, ended up with Krupa as his final pick to ensure that Carrie would be on Paul's team, and Krupa was spectacularly awful in the service that followed, almost single-handedly destroying any chance Will had of winning]].winning.]]



* TeamPet: Natalie became this for the season 9 blue team. Ramsay sent her over to bolster the sagging blue team, after which they started winning challenges, and the men pretty much uniformly love her. They even defended her when Chino tried to blame her for his mistakes.
** And even [[spoiler:in the episode where she was eliminated, the three remaining men on the blue team ''didn't want to nominate her'' but had no choice. When she left, they all gave her a standing ovation and told her not to cry.]]

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* TeamPet: Natalie became this for the season 9 blue team. Ramsay sent her over to bolster the sagging blue team, after which they started winning challenges, and the men pretty much uniformly love loved her. They even defended her when Chino tried to blame her for his mistakes.
** And even [[spoiler:in the episode where she was eliminated, the three remaining men on the blue team ''didn't want to nominate her'' her,'' but they had no choice. When she left, they all gave her a standing ovation and told her not to cry.]]



* ToBeContinued: Season 10 has been employing this trope aggressively. Several episodes have ended on a cliffhanger, which is way more than previous seasons have used.
** In fact, out of (so far) twelve episodes, four have ended with a "To Be Continued", or a full third of the episodes.

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* ToBeContinued: Season 10 has been employing employed this trope aggressively. Several episodes have ended on a cliffhanger, which is way more than previous seasons have used.
** In fact, out of (so far) twelve episodes, four have ended with a "To Be Continued", or a full third of the episodes.



** Elsie in Season 1. Her only noticeable skill was that she was a "mother of six". However, she rose up through the ranks, won a challenge on her own, and was in the top ''four'' before she got eliminated. Not bad for someone like her.

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** Elsie in Season 1. Her only noticeable skill qualification was that she was a "mother of six". However, she rose up through the ranks, won a challenge on her own, and was in the top ''four'' before she got eliminated. Not bad for someone like her.



* WhamEpisode: Season 12's "Five Chefs Compete" episode has [[spoiler: Joy, one of the best chefs this season (and arguably from any season), quitting during the middle of dinner service. Ramsay even lampshades how shocked he was at it all.]]

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* WhamEpisode: Season 12's "Five Chefs Compete" episode has [[spoiler: Joy, one of the best chefs this of that season (and arguably from any season), quitting during the middle of dinner service. Ramsay even lampshades how shocked he was at it all.]]



** In Season 11, the chefs have to make dishes associated with a particular style of cooking. Zach got Japanese cuisine, and was unfamiliar with it (to the point when presenting his dish to Chef Ramsay and ''the guest judge'', he mispronounced the ingredients). He decided to make his dish based around Chinese cuisine, as "a Korean friend" told him Japanese and Chinese cuisine were the same thing. Needless to say, the judges pointed out the dish he had prepared was more ''Chinese'' cooking than Japanese.

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** In Season 11, the chefs have to make dishes associated with a particular style of cooking. Zach got Japanese cuisine, and was unfamiliar with it (to the point that, when presenting his dish to Chef Ramsay and ''the guest judge'', he mispronounced the ingredients). He decided to make his dish based around Chinese cuisine, as "a Korean friend" told him Japanese and Chinese cuisine were the same thing. Needless to say, the judges pointed out the dish he had prepared was more ''Chinese'' cooking than Japanese.



** Ridiculously averted by season 9's [[spoiler: Elise]], who made it to the final 4 despite being a manipulative, conniving, bitch (which Gordon called her before she left).
*** For most seasons, for ratings\variety reasons, there is an Elimination Houdini in the mix, but they never make it to the final episode.
** Season 14 the red team tried to get rid of a member they hated by putting a strong chef (who had made a mistake that night, serving a raw burger to a kid) against the one they wanted to leave. Ramsay took no time in lampshading the flimsiest reason he was given by the stronger chef and, while still calling both out to the stand, ended up subverting everything by eliminating Mieka, a weak chef who the team had tried to save, anyways.

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** Ridiculously averted by season 9's [[spoiler: Elise]], who made it to the final 4 despite being a manipulative, conniving, conniving bitch (which Gordon called her before she left).
*** For most seasons, for ratings\variety ratings/variety reasons, there is an Elimination Houdini in the mix, but they never make it to the final episode.
** Season 14 the 14's red team tried to get rid of a member they hated by putting a strong chef (who had made a mistake that night, serving a raw burger to a kid) against the one they wanted to leave. Ramsay took no time in lampshading the flimsiest reason he was given by the stronger chef and, while still calling both out to the stand, ended up subverting everything by eliminating Mieka, a weak chef who whom the team had tried to save, anyways.anyway.
11th Sep '16 3:07:00 PM LadyNorbert
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* The Introduction: In the very first episode, all the chefs cook up their signature dishes to impress Ramsay. This is usually nothing more than Ramsay trying to get a feel for what each chef is like through their cooking. From Season 6 onwards, this has been a challenge (see the bullet point below).

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* The Introduction: In the very first episode, all the chefs cook up their signature dishes to impress Ramsay. This is usually nothing more than Ramsay trying to get a feel for what each chef is like through their cooking. From Season 6 onwards, onward, this has been a challenge (see the bullet point below).
3rd Aug '16 9:46:08 PM HyperKunoichi
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** The aforementioned Jason and the souffles incident. No wonder Ramsay had a headache. [[spoiler:He was sent home that night.]]

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** The aforementioned And then there's Jason and the souffles incident. souffle incident, also in episode 3. No wonder matter what he does, he can't get them to rise or keep them from sticking to the baking dish. When pressed by Ramsay, Jason tells him that he's going to try and rub some sugar, butter and cocoa powder around the rim and hope that keeps it from sticking. This leaves Ramsay had so speechless that [[HeadDesk all he can do is bang his head against a headache. [[spoiler:He table]] [[note]]For those who don't know, the reason this is so baffling is because that is literally the ''first thing'' you're supposed to do when making a souffle[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he was sent home that night.]]
27th Jul '16 6:33:41 PM stuffedninja
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* ChewOutFakeOut: Done several times by Ramsay to the point that Series/KeyAndPeele [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPpzJAzdpTU parodied it.]]
27th Jul '16 6:30:37 PM stuffedninja
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''[[OnceAnEpisode Jean-Philippe, open up Hell's Kitchen.]]''

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''[[OnceAnEpisode Jean-Philippe, Jean-Philippe,]] [[DescribeTopicHere open up Hell's Kitchen.]]''
23rd Jul '16 10:10:08 PM vexer
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Plenty of contestants have mentioned that they have had very unpleasant life experiences and are using the competition as an opportunity to propel themselves into success. Notable examples include Garrett from Season 2 ([[spoiler: Former prisoner]]), Salvatore from Season 7 ([[spoiler: Skipped his education to work and make money for his family]]), Jessica and Joy from Season 12 ([[spoiler: formerly homeless]]), JR from Season 13 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless]]), Milly from Season 14 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless on multiple occasions]]), and Kristin from Season 15([[spoiler: Kicked out of two high schools and formerly under house arrest]]).

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Plenty of contestants have mentioned that they have had very unpleasant life experiences and are using the competition as an opportunity to propel themselves into success. Notable examples include Garrett from Season 2 ([[spoiler: Former prisoner]]), Salvatore Robert from Season's 5 and 6(former drug addict who grew up with an abusive father) Siobhan from Season 7 ([[spoiler: Skipped his education to work and make money for his family]]), 7(grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother), Barbie from Season 10(husband was murdered), Jessica and Joy from Season 12 ([[spoiler: formerly homeless]]), JR from Season 13 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless]]), Milly from Season 14 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless on multiple occasions]]), and Kristin from Season 15([[spoiler: Kicked out of two high schools and formerly under house arrest]]).
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