Whites is a low-key British comedy show set in the kitchen of a country house hotel.Starring Alan Davies (sporting new facial hair) as an thinly-veiled parody of Marco Pierre White, the show aired in 2010 for one series. It was cancelled by The BBC because of its high cost of production.Now available on Hulu.
This show provides examples of:
Accidental Pun: When Celia catches Roland spying on Caroline and Robin.
Dismotivation: Roland has long since stopped caring about his art and has fallen out of touch with current trends. He recycles old menus and, when harassed by Caroline to come up with a new one, grants Bib the "honour" of doing it for him. Most of his creative energy is instead devoted to fame-seeking.
Mistaken for Racist: While playing with gold leaf, Skoose mistakenly calls the Midas touch "the miner's touch." Bib corrects him and adds that "the miner's touch" doesn't even make sense, as miners would have black fingers, not gold ones. As a South Asian employee walks in, Skoose accuses Bib of thinking that only black people should work in mines.
Rage Breaking Point: Bib hits it in Episode 5. While Skoose's insubordination and psychological warfare have taken their toll, the final straw ends up being Roland's jealous crushing of Bib's chance at a head chef job in Sydney.
Reset Button Ending: More or less. In the last episode, Roland realizes how much he needs Bib and apologizes for taking him for granted. As they drunkenly fall asleep in Roland's office, Roland says "You'll do breakfast tomorrow, yeah?" Roll credits.
Shown Their Work: The actors apparently spent two weeks working in a restaurant so as to confidently work with the food onscreen.
Small Name, Big Ego: Roland is convinced that he could be a bestselling author, convinced he could be a successful TV chef, and convinced his restaurant is heading for a Michelin Star. Bib knows otherwise.
Snowball Lie: Roland's improvised attempt to have the restaurant's health and safety violations dismissed in Episode 4. Noticing the inspector's charity wristband, he makes up a story about his younger brother "Bob" having Parkinson's. He uses a picture of himself and Bib to sell the story, but Bib walks in unexpectedly. Roland conveys to Bib that he needs to play along and pretend to have Parkinson's. It works, and even softens the inspector further. Then, as the inspector is about to leave, Caroline comes up to the three of them and makes some seemingly insensitive comments about Bib's shaking. When she realizes what's going on, Caroline is outraged but goes along with it, making this a rare case of such a lie not falling apart spectacularly in the context of a Cringe Comedy plotline — the only consequence is that Caroline and Bib are both furious at Roland.
Standard Snippet: In the first episode, Roland hums In the Hall of the Mountain King (thinking it's The Sorcerer's Apprentice) as a way of playfully indicating to Bib that he has hired an assistant for him.
The Star Scream: Skoose is rather unsubtle about his intentions to oust Bib as sous-chef.
Supreme Chef: Shay Marshall, a very young, very successful chef. Bib worships him.
Surpassed The Teacher: Shay used to be Roland's apprentice but is now much more successful than him. Roland hates him, but not just out of jealousy — he once sabotaged Roland's shot at a Michelin star.