It’s always tough to tell what’s really happening, because of the heavy editing. I could tell that Rock was going to be the winner (not that it was that hard to guess) because of how many times they went to the “wife and kids” well. They kept playing clips of Rock talking about how he wanted it all for his family. After all, what more could a man want for his small children than to have them grow up in Las Vegas – just kidding: Despite all the arial shots of Bellagio and the MGM, Green Valley Ranch, located in Henderson NV, is about as close to Arizona as it is to the Strip. It’s like saying you’re getting a restaurant in Los Angeles and it turns out to be in Pomona.
In the actual competition, despite the attempts to portray a lot of tension on Bonnie’s team, the screw-ups on that side were all the result of poor planning on her part, running out of pasta, shrimp, etc… while on Rock’s side all of the problems seemed to stem from the incompetence of his crew, especially Josh. He said his big error was not winning first choice so he could have drafted Jen, but with second choice he could have picked Julia, who he had to know was a better cook than any of the guys.
Maybe there were aspects of Julia’s personality that were left on the cutting room floor, but she didn’t seem to have screwed up in the kitchen this season. After the entire run, as well as she did, and after what Ramsay had to say to her when she was eliminated, Both Bonnie and Rock left her at the end of the line, putting her just ahead of Josh, who seemed to be incapable of cooking anything right.
If she seemed to have an attitude, maybe it’s because she felt she did pretty well throughout the competition (and had that feeling confirmed by GR), yet the rest of the competitors continued to treat her as if she was barely capable of lighting a stove…