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  1. WendyM

    S16.E11: The Greatest

    I could have sworn that NotGail--after fangurling all over Laila Ali--proceeded to called her LIE-la during the dinner. Gail would never do that! I miss Gail. I like all of these chefs with the exception of Sara. (And that was before the boxed waffle mix! That just sealed the deal.) I'll be sad to see them go, one by one.
  2. WendyM

    Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    First of all, I'm glad they showed who won--I think in past seasons they keep us hanging--and I would have been happy with either one winning. I've said this before but oh my god, I love the peanut gallery. Brandon is a sociopath? So funny. They should just have a peanut gallery on Top Chef to trash talk. But then it wouldn't be Top Chef, I guess. I just saw Michelle's inspiration (Magnus Nilsson) on an episode of Chef's Table and I can see how she'd be inspired. I get the feeling she's getting stronger and stronger, and Eddie came off the opposite, IMO.
  3. Who were the "golden girls" Gordon arrived with? Does the location scout find these dining companions?
  4. WendyM

    Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    David didn't wear his hat! He looked like a different person! Kinda glad he won with his ground-up sugar cookie dough thing. I really enjoy the creative LCK challenges.
  5. WendyM

    S16.E09: Music City USA

    They didn't show it on the Bravo site version either.
  6. WendyM

    The Chefs/Cheftestants of Top Chef

    Fuck cancer. Now and forever.
  7. I was shocked (SHOCKED) that he removed his disguise in front of everyone. He deviated from the script! Because it's so clearly a script, that lead-in the wherever they're going. I don't blame them because it's easier to do things while following a template. It just amuses me to no end. Now, if he could only get everyone around his table to spit out *their* food, that would be perfect.
  8. WendyM

    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    Another thought I had is that Jack didn't know he was going to die relatively young. Maybe in the back of his mind, he was thinking that he knew where Nicky lived and he had all the time in the world to reach out and make amends. Maybe when the kids were much older...I don't know. Especially as he was working through the program and all.
  9. WendyM

    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    Yeah, this too. Nicky has to be living on some kind of benefits, too. However, if Jack told his parents Nicky deliberately killed that child...ugh.
  10. WendyM

    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    And Jack couldn't forgive himself. I think that's what it was, deep down. He feels even more responsible than Nicky ever could. He couldn't prevent him from being drafted (no one could do that), he enlisted to try to save him, and even brought him to his camp to try to save him. If he hadn't brought Nicky there, the kid wouldn't have died. He couldn't forgive Nicky because he couldn't forgive himself. Remember: Jack was Superman. We've been reminded elevendy-seven times, sheesh. I wonder if Jack would have liked Kevin's movie. Hmm. My father (who enlisted and spent a year in Vietnam) didn't like any of the Vietnam movies. Granted, he never talked about what happened over there. I just know he didn't like the movies. I have an overarching question about the whole series: when we see the relevant flashbacks (Jack and Randall at the DC memorial, Jack and Kevin talking in the living room before Jack leaves for the secret Nicky trip), are we supposed to think that the kids are remembering these moments in the present? Or are the flashbacks just for us, to help us understand the story better? I'm not sure I'm being clear but it's something I've always wondered.
  11. WendyM

    S16.E07: Carne!

    I agree--and I thought of Temple Grandin and her championing humane practices. I thought of her right away when he said that. I think that's what I meant to say--I'm not judging him by his boss. I may have been prepared to from his intro on the very first episode, but that went right out the window.
  12. WendyM

    S16.E07: Carne!

    When I saw "Hot Brown" in the episode description, my mind immediately went to Better Call Saul and one of Jimmy's pranks. (Sorry!) If they wanted "real" dishes, they should have made the competition about serving that table of judges, not the entire restaurant! Geez. That being said, yes Sara (Sarah?), you should have made a meat loaf. Xanthan gum in food is never good---have you never watched the show, Brandon? It's right up there with truffle oil, I think. As for Brian, I don't get his deal. Was the RW win a fluke? I'm so happy for Eddie because indeed, it's the prize I would covet the most. I dream of Tuscany regularly. And I love his "exuberant" face, lol. I've even put aside my dislike for his boss. I'd like Eddie to win the whole thing, fair and square. (Unlike his boss did, ha.) Dario was so great and said so many important things about animals and meat. And Nancy Silverton's episode of Chef's Table is one of my all-time favorites.
  13. WendyM

    Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    I wish LCK Tom would be featured more at Top Chef. He's a hoot and a half on this version.
  14. I loved that! Usually his spies follow Gordon's lead and stop eating when he does. I loved when Gordon took a bite off someone else's plate and immediately spit it out (which is gross in and of itself) while the guy just kept on chowing down. These places with giant menus--my sister works in a place like that and even though I've been there numerous times, I never know what to order. There are just too many choices. My sister says they're just trying to please everybody. Well...we know how well that works. ETA: And there was Jamie from Top Chef! As part of Gordon's kitchen saviors! She should have shown Kennedy how to do scallops, with her the star of "Top Scallop" and all, lol.
  15. WendyM

    S02.E10: All Alone

    So much to think about...and we tried to spread it out as long as we could, but here we are with (almost) a year to wait! Were we to assume Abe was (shock!) a Communist? I wouldn't mess with Bell Labs if I were he. (Of course, I'm watching the "Manhattan" series--featuring our own Mrs. Maisel--so I have a bias about scientists and how cutthroat that whole business of discovery can be.) My impression was that Sophie wants to be a "serious" actress and somehow, Susie can fight for her, to get her those roles because the other guy refused to. I just don't see how Susie can put energy into Sophie when she's on the road with Midge. Susie needs a staff! The moment I saw Shy, I thought Johnny Mathis. But he could be a combo of both Mathis and Cole. I too liked the apartment reveal and he's ridiculous if he gives that up. Maybe Rose could intervene and teach Art History/Home Economics. I'm in the please-don't-be-pregnant corner. Not at all interesting to me. Unless it's meant to kill her standup career. And that makes NO sense. As a child of the 60s (and Air Force brat), my father left us for months at a time (and one year for Vietnam). It wasn't optimum but it wasn't unheard of. It would be weird to show Midge as a doting parent--it just wasn't done. Loved the baby in a drawer. Ethan and Esther will have their own problems down the line and perhaps we'll see them someday in group therapy with Sally and Bobby Draper.