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  1. And also David Pogue on the explosion in popularity of audiobooks. Though, full disclosure, I'm a Pogue stan, so I always like his segments. If you're a fan of Jim Dale's readings of the Harry Potter books, there's a cameo (of sorts) by those iconic recordings, too.
  2. I have to admit, I do suspect shenanigans with Malarkey's plates. The servers know what the timer represents! The plates that the chefs are slaving over are intended for the judges, and only the judges! Why would those particular servings go anywhere other than the most significant table in the place? Especially because this wasn't a Restaurant Wars situation, with tables ordering. Every diner may be getting the same course, but the ones the cheftestants touch go out first, and to the most important table. I refuse to believe that either the professional servers who work at Michael's, full time, or actors hired to staff the night of filming would make such a mistake. Particularly when they got it right for every other course! I certainly like Brian enough to wish that he hadn't been upset and thrown off like that. What a terrible disadvantage! Even if the judges claimed that he wasn't penalized in their estimation, he didn't seem to feel the same about his food as he did before the "mishap". And I agree that Padma doesn't seem to be kindly disposed towards Mr. Malarkey. Which he bears like a champ! I don't think I could be so gracious in the face of such scorn. On a side note, I enjoy Malarkey's food. I lived in San Diego, and have had the privilege of dining at a couple of his restaurants. They're fun places to eat, in the sense that the atmosphere is well-chosen and designed to encourage a good time, and the food's delicious. Looks like I'm the last person wholeheartedly rooting for Kevin, which is fine. I still think his food looks wonderful, and would love to try it, though my chances of doing so are slim, since I live in LA. He does seem less sunny than he was in Las Vegas, but he's gone through a lot since then, so I'm not surprised. I guess I'm still bitter that Kevin lost to the arrogant and unpleasant Michael Voltaggio, whom I never liked. The contempt in which the younger Voltaggio brother held Kevin and his food always rankled. At any rate, this should be a great finale. I'm thrilled that both Melissa and Stephanie are doing so well at just the right time! I'm not surprised that Gregory made it to the end–he's been a strong competitor throughout. Bryan's struggle to get to Italy actually has been a revelation, since he hardly put a foot wrong, his first time competing, and on Top Chef Masters. The hard part will be seeing who gets eliminated.
  3. I'm a huuuge fan of Ross Stripling (pitcher for my beloved Dodgers), and therefore his podcast, The Big Swing. His podcasting partner, Cooper Surles, has become a fan of Jelle's Marble Runs as a result of there being no sports during the pandemic. To the extent that they interviewed the play-by-play voice of the English-language coverage, Greg Woods. So, with LWT now sponsoring the league, my worlds are coming together in a way that simultaneously delights me and blows my mind! 😆 https://bigswingpodcast.com/
  4. Bravo, Milburn Stone! You're so eloquent! I came here, on Saturday night, looking for commentary on this amazing evening of music from, and tribute to, probably my favorite creator of theatre in my lifetime. I was transported by this benefit, and loved spending my evening with it! My 84-year old mom is in an assisted living facility, fortunately only ten minutes away from me, and we're on the West Coast, so I went over to her just before 5:00 pm, to help her watch it on her SmartTV. With technical difficulties, I went home and came back to get it going for her, but we both thoroughly enjoyed every moment. We're also planning to watch it, again. I hope Mr. Sondheim (I've never met him, I don't feel privileged to call him, "Steve") was able to see it and feel the love!
  5. Not to be all tin-foil-hat, but I'm suspicious about the editing surrounding Lee Anne's "bus tracks" comment. For some reason, I suspect that she was reacting more to Malarkey's assertion that he made his tomato-and-burrata simpler and "cleaner" once he heard how "substantial" Lee Anne's hummus was going to be, rather than to the addition of salt and oil to her course. Though she might have been commenting on how he felt the need to emphasize how under-seasoned her main component was, that it wasn't just the lack of salt and oil that the judges were citing. To me, Brian's defense of his finishing touch on Lee Anne's dish did seem like he was making sure he dragged her under the bus with him. To their credit, the judges were fully aware of how much attention each chef paid to his or her dish, having watched the plating of each course, and had definitely noticed that Lee Anne needed more help to get her hummus out than Melissa needed with her soup.
  6. Full disclosure: I'm an Angeleno, so this season was always going to bring me joy. Especially right now, when LA is under Safer at Home guidelines, and it's hard to envision the future of the restaurant scene. Kevin Gillespie is probably my favorite cheftestant, ever, so I was thrilled to see him back for this All Stars season! Las Vegas is still the high-water mark for me, as far as the skill level of the chefs goes, though I was always disappointed by the outcome of that one, since I found Michael Voltaggio repugnant. His arrogance really rubbed me the wrong way, and I far preferred Bryan, so I'm happy to see him back in competition, too. Jen-in-Vegas is and was one of the female contestants I liked and admired most, and whose food I would have liked to eat. Her attitude when she got eliminated so quickly in her first All-Star season put me off, completely, so we'll see which version is back. I always liked Lee Anne. I'm more than a little surprised that she seems so unsettled, this time around. I hope she finds her rhythm. I'm also quite fond of Malarkey, always have been, but I understand that he annoys the daylights out of many (including his competition). The only one I'm unhappy to see again is Lisa Fernandes. I loathed her when she competed, and she's going to have to do a lot to redeem herself, in my eyes. She does seem more mellow, but that's damning with faint praise. I probably won't be sorry to see her go. The panel of guests was so impressive! That was a list of LA heavy-hitters!! Plus the legendary Jeremiah Tower! Suzanne Goin's first restaurant, Lucques, is one of my favorites, anywhere. And for those of you with long memories, she was the victim of the Cheetoh penis! I don't often see her business partner, Caroline Styne, on TV, so that was a great pleasure. I'm going to enjoy this season, I can tell, though it already feels weird that they're not practicing social distancing, and the thought of them flying off to Europe makes me nervous, until I remember that all of this was filmed long ago!
  7. I remember being shocked at Kim Novak's appearance at those Oscars, because I found her almost unrecognizable. It makes me sad to hear that the plastic surgeon botched her procedure so thoroughly. I thought she looked better, more like the woman I saw on the screen in Vertigo, during this interview. I sincerely regret the unkind things I said after the Academy Awards. The piece that really gut-punched me was Steve Hartman's, about the new relatives he found, after his mother's death, through DNA testing. I know the reporter isn't supposed to be part of the story, so until he chose to share this information, there would have been no way for me to know any of his family background, but it was head-spinning. I can't imagine how it feels for him! He and his new relatives seemed to be getting along swimmingly. I'm happy for all of them.
  8. This was absolutely my favorite episode of this show, ever! And I watch every week it's on. Some weeks, I feel like it's all that keeps me on this side of the Sanity line. (Mostly.) I am a serious musical theatre nerd. This installment, and the final number, are my new touchstone. It will be staying on my DVR, forever! I plan to watch "Eat Shit Bob" at least once a day for the foreseeable future. I recognized Brian D'Arcy James, immediately. Thanks for the tip that the hot dog vendor is also a Broadway alum. I'm pretty sure the choreographers (and John) are big fans of Susan Stroman and The Producers, since that production number was very much in homage to that show, both the Broadway and movie versions. I'm so in love!! heehee Thank you, Show! Thank you, so much!! I hope HBO and its lawyers feel heroic, today. I honor them, solely for that number, but also for truly fighting the good fight–by spending $200K to oppose that asshole, Bob Murray, and his scurrilous suit–and for standing behind John and Last Week Tonight every step of the way. My subscription dollars feel well-spent, today! 😘
  9. This Dodger fan is thrilled that Cody Bellilnger was given the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for right field, this year. He deserved it! Watch this reel, and see if you don't agree with me! (And Rawlings.)
  10. I have a very dear friend who is a lifelong Brewers' fan, so during the regular season, as long as the Crew isn't playing my Dodgers, I root for them. Particularly with Yelich catching fire even more than last year, it's been so much fun to watch. (Though if someone can explain to me why they traded Jesus Aguilar, I'd appreciate it.) I'll admit to a growing sense of dread as they gained momentum in September–I was pretty sure we were going to end up facing each other! I think I was almost as crushed by last night's outcome as the true fan base. The Brewers led for all but nine minutes of that game! Baseball is cruel. But I don't love any other sport as much, these days. I know how most of this forum feels about my team, so I'll probably go back to lurking, because I enjoy your observations, and I don't want to be a buzzkill. Enjoy the postseason, everyone! Let's hope for great baseball, whoever wins!
  11. Absolutely my favorite, too! Partly because they got so drunk, and partly due to the hollering at the end. 😂
  12. The Day Drinking segments are nothing but hilarity! I adore them so much, because I laugh so hard!! They make me wish I could day drink with Seth, though I'm nowhere near as fascinating as the guests he drinks with.
  13. So glad you're on the mend, Netfoot! I'm more of a lurker than a poster, but I've read much of this thread, and been quite concerned about the postponement of your surgery, over and over. I'm sorry you're in pain and missing Buddy. I hope your tolerance of both states is short-lived. Thank you for keeping us updated! Feel much better, very quickly, please!!
  14. I adore Bill Hader! He makes me laugh harder than almost anyone! His delight at the Maybe Coming Soon movies, and their posters, was far better than any of the premises, themselves. (And many of them were genuinely funny, or at least silly.) I, too, hope he got to take the artwork home. I wish Bill could guest on a talk show every night! Of course, then he wouldn't have time to actually do any of the work that makes me laugh... A conundrum.
  15. I really like and admire John Dickerson, and I'll be quite sad if he's let go. I'll also be very disappointed that he took this "promotion" out of loyalty to the network, leaving the job I think he really wanted—heading Face the Nation. Margaret is now entrenched in that position, and there would be hell to pay on the culture wars' front if he displaces a woman. But he was much better at the job than she is! I'm probably an outlier, but I like having a serious journalist/reporter anchoring my morning news who is intelligent, capable of writing his own stuff, thoughtful and modest. Rose was a nightmare of ego, even before the revelations about his behavior, and Nora isn't nearly as smart as she thinks she is.
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