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  1. Rickster

    Best Baker In America

    I recognize Joshua Livsey from another FN competition a couple of years ago.
  2. Rickster

    All Episodes Talk: Orange is the New Yuck!

    I’m liking the dynamic between Savannah and Willie this week.
  3. Rickster

    Million Dollar Mile

    This is a game show, and fairness on game shows is pretty closely monitored. I’d guess the producers would be in a lot of trouble if there were undisclosed tweaking of any parts of the competition.
  4. Rickster

    Million Dollar Mile

    This show, and that show The Rock had on NBC that ended last month show you how important Matt and Akbar are to the success of Ninja Warrior. Neither show have the energy of ANW. I did short of like this one, remains to be seen if it gets boring. I did think it was silly to do the water obstacle anywhere but last. I also thought that like on the Momentum obstacle, the Defenders must have an a built in advantage from having run the course before. I wonder if they get to train on it.
  5. Rickster

    The Toe Bro

    I think it depends on whether it bothers you or not. I had a plantar wart buried under a callus on the bottom of my foot for about 20 years that caused me no problems so I ignored it. On the other hand, when out of boredom I tried to get rid of it myself and made it worse, I went to a dermatologist who froze it.
  6. Rickster

    Buddy vs. Duff

    Duff’s dog looked like a statue of a dog with weirdly done eyes, while Buddy’s had more liveliness. While Buddy’s pie was, as usual excessive, I thought Duff’s pie looked very strange. He’s got a nice little blueberry pie with what looked liked a caramelized sugar crust, then he throws these pale hand-painted dough discs on top? There was no integration of the decorative elements with the rest of the pie, and I wondered how they might have interfered with tasting the flakiness of the underlying crust.
  7. Rickster

    Spring Baking Championship

    A doughnut that is not fried is not a doughnut. It’s just a mini bundt cake.
  8. Rickster

    The Toe Bro

    I’ve never heard of foot peels. I’m going to guess most guys have not. This show is OK. I like the doctor and that he gives helpful hints, but I find it repetitive in a way that I don’t find with Pimple Popper for some reason. I did find the wart removal last night pretty interesting.
  9. Rickster

    Buddy vs. Duff

    Carlo’s Bakery has something like 19 outlets in 10 states, so it looks like Buddy is doing pretty well too, but maybe that will fade if his TV visibility slips more. I find Buddy entertaining in a cartoony sort of way, but I’m originally from New Jersey and don’t find the way he pronounces words offensive.
  10. Rickster

    Buddy vs. Duff

    I thought both Buddy and Duff did a better job in this week’s challenges. I’m really puzzled though by what they’re supposed to be doing in the decorating challenge. Are they making cakes for a party or sculptures out of edible materials? Duff’s elephant, while really beautiful, I thought in no way could be considered a cake to serve at a party, while Buddy is making cakes that could serve 100 people. And it was pretty much the same in week 1. Don’t they usually taste the cakes as well?
  11. Rickster

    Buddy vs. Duff

    I’d be willing to bet that to the general public, Buddy is far more well known from Cake Boss than Duff is. He’s well known enough to have a sort of national chain of bakeries. Duff’s profile lately seems to be limited to judging FN baking shows. I will have to buck the trend and say I was pretty amused by this episode. I do wonder though how much is staged, like Buddy’s walkout, as another poster said. Duff’s strudel was one of the oddest I’ve seen, with way too little filling to pastry, mire like an appetizer than a dessert. Buddy’s lobster tails were humongous - do I sense a theme to this show? While Buddy’s cake was too big and sort of crude, I also thought Duff’s cake was not that great - too small, worse fondant seams than Buddy, mechanics didn’t work, and he wasted too much time on overly intricate artwork, which left the rest of the car underdecorated. I can see why Buddy thought he should win. I was glad to see that Duff’s decorator is still with him, who I remember from his original series (I don’t watch much FN anymore).
  12. Rickster


    I’ve watched three, the Torquay soccer, curling, and the Jean van de Velde British Open meltdown, and have mixed reactions: The curling one was excellent and taught you something about the sport and its culture. The Torquay one was a bit silly and focused in on just one incident, plus I was annoyed at the golf one when I realized they failed to get any of the video of his play and resorted to animation of the whole event! Maybe the video was too expensive to obtain? Anyway, I thought it really hurt the narrative on that one and I might as well be listening to a podcast. I also thought that the animation was overused in a silly manner in all three films, working best in the explanations of the rules and strategy of curling.
  13. Rickster

    Dr. Pimple Popper

    Dr. Lee definitely said the growth was a lipoma.
  14. Rickster

    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    NBC said there could be separate Federal charges related to mailing himself a fake death threat.
  15. Rickster

    What is...In the Media?

    On another Jeopardy site I read, someone said the current season wraps taping in mid April, so my guess is he will be able to finish. Although, I suppose if they really aggressively go after this immediately, it could affect his ability to do the show. In which case I’d guess they’ll just cut the season short a couple of weeks.