I loved Episode 2 as well. In fact, they could cut the show down to two contests per episode and I'd be pleased as punch to watch an extra hour or two. They really had to rush and edit to cram in all three matches and it was the judges' commentary that suffered. Judge Marcus Samuelson had barely any remarks on camera.
I thought Richard Blaise was candid and honest, commenting afterward that losing feels bad and <shrug> what are you going to do? Well, for one thing, Richard, don't be all amused and winky-wink with the audience that you're a tiny bit insulted by your fifth place seed.
Now. Here's my big question. On Beat Bobby Flay, I can accept it when the guest chefs pull out some ridiculously extreme ingredient, because there are only two of them and they each know which dish they'll be cooking if they have the opportunity. Makes sense they'd submit an ingredient list.
But how did Elizabeth Faulkner happen to have that goujoubanga(?) handy? I've never even heard of that! And it was a plastic bag full of fermented bean goo, wrapped in butcher paper and tied up with string? Was that just hanging out next to the spice rack? Does Elizabeth carry that bag with her everywhere, just in case it's going to be a match for the competition assignment?
I know the chefs on Iron Chef were told in advance about "the secret ingredient," so they could plan their menus, but I don't want that little bit of a cheat to be happening here.