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  1. This will be a fine diversion, not as exciting as GBBO, but fun to see the creations. The two super artsy wacky Dutch guys are pretty awesome. Also, Nadja! I wonder what they will do with these huge sculptures though? At least the crew can eat the food after baking/cooking shows.
  2. Add me to the "L.A. Phil? What? Get off my lawn!" crowd. Especially on a cooking show... when Padma first said it, I thought "L.A. Fill," that it was some sort of food showcase. That said, I enjoyed the partnership and thought Gustavo Dudamel was absolutely delightful. Even if Eric limits himself a bit with his West African cuisine, I think it's more important to him to showcase it to a broader audience. He may not show enough versatility to win the title, but his appearances on the show are highlighting African cuisine to millions of people, which is a much bigger win.
  3. Yeah, we usually got a kick out of her and she is talented, but you could tell she was kicking up her accent schtick at the end ("Ahwwwl-monds?" Um, you got some fake Brooklyn in your fake Wiscaaansin/Rochesta/Boston/whatever, there, hon.), which is probably more on the producers than on her. It reminded me of Food Network Star when they kept forcing Damaris to be more Southern and down-home, and she ultimately won the whole thing with that affect. I liked Melissa throughout, so I was happy she won. None of the final cakes were perfect, but I did like hers the best. Those jingle bells were amazing, and a perfect complement to the colors of her blanket.
  4. Eww, really? Koine is one of my all time faves, and Kiki makes me ragey. She can do better! I've seen more mistakes this season than I ever have on this show. Not sure if they're overworking the dancers, giving them less rehearsal time, or if it's a slightly less talented field overall. Just kind of a bummer to see multiple slips and out-of-sync movements at this point in the competition. I wanted to like Fik-Shun and Mariah's number so much more than I did. Those two are amazing and could be magic together (see what I did there?) with the right routine. So I blame the choreography. It was just kind of boring. New choreo guy needs to step it up. When an ad-libbed response to a costume fail is the best part, you know your routine is missing something! I wonder if Lex's partners complain about getting whapped in the face by his little braids. I love him as a dancer, but that has been distracting. All that said, the final four are fine. I'd be happy with any of them winning. Not, like thrilled happy as I have been with some in the past, but happy. I think it's Bailey's to lose.
  5. She seemed to be peeling them verrrry slowly. So in addition to getting a labor-intensive ingredient that already put her behind, she didn't seem that familiar with the process of the peeling and shredding, which slowed her down even more. Poor kiddo. Trevin naming and constantly referring to his hedgehog as Kevin was cracking me up.
  6. That cracked me up too. My husband and I started rattling off "lemon kebabs, lemon scampi, lemon on the cob..." It was pretty obvious from early on that Dharma would be the one to go. He just couldn't quite pull everything together. The lime juicing was pretty cute, though. We've all been there, just not quite figuring something out that everyone else seems to know. I'm glad that they got this Angry Birds commercial over with early. It was annoying that the kids had to act so excited about it and that Valerie talked as if everyone knows these characters. Sorry we don't all know and love mediocre movies based on passe app games.
  7. I was pleasantly surprised to see Koine as a ballroom all-star. I actually didn't watch Benjamin that much because I was so focused on her (I missed the intro, so the whole time I kept thinking, "That really looks like Koine! Wait, was Koine ballroom? Wasn't she contemporary? Am I thinking of someone else?"). He was...fine. OMG, it IS! He just looks like someone farted in his general vicinity. Which, btw, the whole stank thing is overplayed in general, I think. It's kind of fun, but it keeps going more and more over the top. By the end of the series, one of the judges will be like, "That was STANK! I mean, I had to hold my breath, it was so foul. It was LITERALLY like getting sprayed by a skunk next to the port-a-potties at a taco festival held next to a sewage treatment plant! You go girl!"
  8. "Over the line" may be a poor choice of words since what Cindy did to Taystee was incomparably worse. It was still shocking to me though.
  9. It was obviously way over the line for Taystee to mail that letter, and made me say "DAMN!" out loud. Thinking about it some more, though, once the daughter gets over the shock of the news, would it really have to be so earth-shattering for their family? Obviously the daughter loves Cindy (as a sister, but still) and her adoptive mom/bio-grandma, and obviously Cindy has not been in a good place to raise her. I feel like the daughter is probably old enough to eventually understand that the family did what was best for her, even though they did it less than truthfully (rebuilding trust would be the hardest part, I'm sure). Cindy is one of the characters that has shown the most growth since her arrest, though she still definitely has a loooooong way to go. I'm sure it's Pollyanna-ish of me, but I want SOME happiness to come about for these characters by the end of the series. So far it's not looking too great. So I'm really hoping for the best for Cindy and her family.
  10. I'm happy with this first episode and looking forward to this season! Even the girl who went home seemed pretty talented; she recognized the mistake that she made and just had an all-around tough day. No clear favorites yet, but I do like the boy who sculpted a cat (Tarek, I think?), and the girl who has cystic fibrosis (amazing she is so active and athletic; that's such a tough disease). They both seem like real kids, without a lot of extra "adorability" piled on (like the girl with the pigtails, who seems a little old for those; darned if she still isn't truly adorable, though).
  11. Yeah, Janusz is...well, y'know...glass pun, shatter my whatever, something something glory hole. 😉 Except for in the finale, when he suddenly styled his hair like Tintin. What was that about?
  12. I actually giggled and shouted "Byeeeee! You were a terrible character!" at the TV when Badison was hauled off. I think I scared my hubby a little with my enthusiasm! I usually roll my eyes at fanservice-y type things on TV, but this was a beautiful gift to fans. She has kind of ruined the show for me and now I can enjoy the last 10 episodes much more. I also liked the way it happened, with Ward using Badison's transfer to show Hellman that she won't put up with his crap. Like many here, I do find myself enjoying Fig and Caputo; however, I do NOT think they should breed. That will be one messed up kid. Blanca and Diablo's love is so sweet and pure; that was heartbreaking. I hope that, on the show at least (how many stories of separation like these are happening right now in real life? It's sickening), they are able to get out of this situation and be together. And get their dog Mojito! Also, "You love me? I've been wanting to tell you I love you for a while but you're really intimidating!" Hee. I love them. I'm looking forward to Flaca and Maritza's reunion! I've missed them together. Hopefully the new/old crew together can make something happen for Blanca and Maritza, at least.
  13. I thought Leah's idea was fun, if not necessarily functional. I assumed she'd at least get points for creativity. That fanny-pack type thing was a lot clunkier than I expected, though. I think if she'd shown better technique her idea would have edged her out over Alex. Never seen reticello before; it was so beautiful! I love the little bubbles between the lines.
  14. Hubby and I just started watching this a few days ago when we wanted something in the background, and now we're really into it! We also live within a daytrip's distance of the Tacoma Museum of Glass, so we have seen the process in action a few times and find it fascinating. I also like the head evaluator, Katherine Gray, a lot...she is pretty much the picture perfect example of an academic art professor, very no-nonsense, but with a few fashion and accessory choices that show she's arty, and a practiced way of "evaluating" the art while pulling more information out of the artist. Anyone know why they use the term "evaluators" instead of judges? Does that appeal to artists more? Just curious.
  15. I'm really enjoying this season so far! Of course it has always been an homage to the 80s, which I love, but this season gets to lean into it in a fun way, especially with the addition of the mall culture. Helps that Dustin and Steve, my favorite characters, along with the awesome new addition of Robin, get to be at the center of the mall storyline. Mrs. Driscoll reminded me of my grandma! Poor lady; I hope they're able to save her. I knew that the kids had grown up over the course of the seasons, but the flashbacks definitely drove that home. They were just behbehs! We really are watching them grow up right in front of us. The casting of this show has been uniformly excellent, especially when you realize how the child stars have remained believable as they grow into teenagers. The argument between Will and Mike was so well written, directed, and acted. They very much captured both characters' unspoken questions and implications in the "you're not into girls" line without it being over-the-top blunt or cruel.
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