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    S16.E15: Finale

    Like most sane people I FF through TV commercials, but I could have sworn I saw a flash of Christina Tosi in the first break, too. And the Web page for Ed Lee's flagship doesn't mention TC, but does mention that he is currently a guest judge on Masterchef. Perhaps they are all blending into one.
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    S16.E12: Kentucky Farewell

    My guess was that (like ATK) she considers both the actual "tin" cans and the processed refrigerated crab meat in the little tubs found in many supermarkets to be "canned".
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    Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    Nice shots of the garden, BTW, considering they were filming for like two months. I think either they found something even more miraculous than Miracle-Gro or they came back a few months later to take some shots. They're running out of time to use the garden in a challenge, maybe that was just another idea that didn't pan out. I also noticed that once again they didn't use any footage of civilians reacting to the food.
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    S16.E11: The Greatest

    I thought this episode sucked and Eddie was robbed. I hatewatch Food Network Star for making their chefs bend their cooking to fit a story, because I only care about the food and don't give a FF on a RD about the story. They've done plenty of stupid things but I always thought of TC as above that until this season. Then they doubled down on it on LCK.
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    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    That was Dick Gregory, but it's still cool that they are going to the Ali center, one of the major attractions in Louisville.
  6. This sat on my DVR until last night when we finally had 3 hours to sit and watch it. I hadn't kept up so didn't know it was the dress rehearsal until the first break. I don't regret watching it at all - all the snipes above may be valid but I got into it over the course of the show. I was mostly disappointed at the American Idoling of some of the songs and the audience's reaction to it. The sound design was super-spotty and I was glad I had CC on. But I for one really liked the overall stage design and camera work - I thought it was a refreshing take on the only other version I've seen (the OC film).
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    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    All of the top level was empty, there were people in sections 32-34 and 13-11 below, plus all the sections in the grey lower level behind the area marked Stage below. The judges were to the front of the Stage area
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    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    I was one of the few people in the stands, what you missed is that there was a small line of connected folks who got fed, and everybody in the 2/3 empty stands kind of sat in silence most of the cooking time, unless the contestants were riling them up or a half hearted wave made the rounds. They sent cameras around to talk to those few civilians about the food, but apparently didn't use any of it, maybe they weren't articulate. They took lots of shots of Eddie talking, too, but we couldn't hear what he was saying and they didn't use it. We didn't know he was a contestant, I thought he must have been a concession manager for the arena or something. As the natives got more restless chefs on both sides started flinging bits of food up into the stands which people started grabbing for like home run balls. I knew Fine Dining Tom wasn't going to let that get on the air, although there was one fleeting shot of it in a montage early in the season. It was really interesting to see the video on the Jumbotrons, TC has a very recognizable video style and it starts right at the camera, those people know their jobs. The director strutted around during set-up in a douchey hat like Spike used to wear, I meant to look at the credits to see if it was actually Spike but I forgot. I remember Tom saying Sara's chicken was far better than Adrienne's and the ideal dish would have been S's meat with A's waffle. The description of the burger as a Juicy Lucy topped with pork belly cooked in duck fat sounded like a parody of what wins on food shows and big surprise, it did.
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    S04.E08: Coushatta

    Well, there were all those posters wondering why Mike didn't bring the boys where prostitution exists :)
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    S04.E08: Coushatta

    Sorry to be so late, I delayed the gratification of watching this season for several months and am just getting to it now. I am charmed by the apparent innocence of several of the commenters upthread on this issue. It was not a Baptist church Mike brought the boys to for R&R, and it seems to me clearly intended that the boys should leave there relieved, not just stimulated. I am given to understand that sometimes in such situations, even on site, ladies who have chosen to be "tipped" (Kai: "I paid") may be as handsy as they find necessary, but that the recipient of their attentions is expected to be strictly "hands off". Kai broke the rules and paid the price - some of the other guys may also have paid for "private dances" but were no trouble.
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    Where Should They Go Next?

    They can get a whole season out of upstate NY, I look forward to the Chicken Riggies challenge and each chef's take on Troy, NY mini dogs,
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    Small Talk: ...not Top Carrot

    This last outing of TC was not an exciting episode. The big standout for me was that I saw it on the road rather than at home, where like any sane person I can skip the non-embedded commercials. Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ, I've never seen anything like the MALARKEY! commercial that popped up halfway. When did he turn into a meth-addicted insect?
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    S16.E07: Carne!

    I never heard of the Hot Brown until I saw Bobby Flay take a whipping from the chef at the Brown hotel on Smackdown many years ago. It was a given that they were going to do it at some point and it looks thankfully like it will be the Quickfire, but it's one of those dishes that just is what it is and if they get too funky with it they're all going to go Flay's way one by one.
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    S16.E06: Roaring Munchies

    They're going out to a lake in the countryside pretty soon. I was on a mailing list where an invitation was made to this taping, but you had to send a picture of yourself dressed up in your 20s gear. I hate to be photographed and didn't have any appropriate clothing so I passed.
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    Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    I don't know about Nini throwing shade at Brother for doing his signature dish when she was doing a lemongrass porkchop from her heritage. Which who would have guessed Natalie shared.