Later on, while attempting to create the prix fixe menu for their restaurant, viewers witness Ally's hemophobia
, an extreme and irrational fear of blood, and trypophobia, an extreme fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps.
The specific related phobias include trypanophobia, fear of medical procedures involving the use of needles; belonephobia, fear of sharp objects or instruments; and hemophobia
, fear of the sight of blood.
Michael Davidson's term hemophobia
, which describes human fears of and obsessions with blood, suggests the way the prohibitions against miscegenation, incest, and homosexuality correlate: "Bleeding disorders raise concerns about the porousness of boundaries, the vulnerability of the bodily envelope, the infection of bodily fluids--concerns that parallel phobias about sexual deviance and racial mixing" (44).