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May 2, 2008 12:36 PM

Top Chef - Wedding Wars [Spoilers]

There's no immunity in the next challenge, it's a team QF where each team faces off and see who can go through a set of skills the fastest

the teams seem to be broken down into:

Dale, Nikki, Spike, and Lisa

Richard, Antonia, Stephanie, and Andrew

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  1. Did I miss something? How do you know all of this already lol?

    1. here's another teaser, someone from the team with Dale, Spike, Lisa and Nikki gets eliminated

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      1. re: attractivekid

        That sucks. I just hope Dale doesn't go out like Cliff from last season's Restaurant Wars. Imagine, a team of Spike, Lisa and Nikki (why is she still here) left standing.

        1. re: rumgum

          OMG! it couldn't be Dale out of that foursome, could it? otoh, if he were the "head chef" of a team that goes down in flames, he probably would be the one ousted.

          Let's hope that's NOT what happens.

          1. re: rumgum

            Tre got bounced after restaurant wars.

            Cliff got bounced in season two. He took the fall for the season two hazing incident.

            1. re: rumgum

              Love the "Nikki (why is she still here" - totally worked out, didn't it! She annoyed me since the very beginning. I don't understand her - she seems like such a terrible chef on the show but she seems to have command of her own restaurant. Take some leadership in the show!

            2. re: attractivekid

              Do you *have* to post information like this? Yes, the standard answer is "don't read it if you don't want to know", but your subject line doesn't say "spoiler" - you could have been posting where the "Wedding War" was located - not which one of 4 of them gets eliminated.

              Just because you have an "in" with someone who works on the show doesn't mean you have to post it and take part of the enjoyment out of watching the show on Wednesday night.

              ETA: Thanks to the Mods for adding the "spoilers" in the subject line so others won't read if they don't want to.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I could be wrong, but it looks like the original poster is simply going off what can be found on the Top Chef preview, not an "in" with someone on the show.

                  1. re: biskuit

                    I believe they've said in another TC thread that they knew someone in production, or something like that. If I'm wrong, I apologize to the OP. But I'm not sure how they'd be able to know it's one of a particular team's members that has to leave this week just from previews.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Or maybe we've got a "rahobed" on this board. Judging from the posts, it seems like he's a big Richard fan. Richard, is that you? ; )

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        I was actually coming here to post before I even read the past three posts, that I saw some previews today that showed exactly what attractive kid is saying. Dale and Spike yelling at each other at judges maybe it was another challenge where it was a 'draw' and they were showing that to throw us off.

                        It pizzlled me off. I work from home, and often leave the radio or tv on in the tends to keep my dogs from tearing the house apart so I can leave them out of their crates all day. Or I'll watch tv on my 'lunch break'

                        I tried to take note so I could mention it, but I think I have easily seen six individually unique previews now..some have the same scenes, but some have a different scene in each one. Why not just one, really?

                        I understand I opened this thread like the rest of you, to get a 'teaser', but I really think Bravo was revealing too much, because I knew which team lost long before I opened up this thread.

                        1. re: sommrluv

                          Bravo's screwed up big time with the wedding wars promo a couple of weeks ago BEFORE last week's episode was even aired showing all of the contestants minus a certain three. So by the middle of the last episode, I already knew who was getting kicked off. But I kept the minus three contestants to myself and just stewed inside as even DH didn't want to hear who they were.

                          Note to Bravo producers if you're reading: Please, please, please be more careful with things like this. I know you sometimes have no control with outsiders and their spoilers. But you certainly have control over what you decide to air on television. There's some carelessness going on.

                          1. re: Miss Needle

                            Oh, I do agree. Even though I'd seen the commercial umpteen times, I wasn't about to post a thread about it, and if I felt the need to do so, I would add spoiler, though the episode title of a future episode is a hint, but not complete.

                            Though, for some reason, I LOVE the tv show lost spoilers. I guess because it's a contest it's different to me.

              1. FYI: this is NOT a spoiler...I said "it seems" - I got this impression from the commercials and previews

                we'll see tonight if I am right.

                ...and based on the previews, it looks like Dale's team is on the chopping block (hint: it's the people who are up for elimination that get the close-up pan and scan)

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                1. re: attractivekid

                  No, AK - your earlier statement on May 5th wasn't an "it seems" comment - you said "someone from the team with Dale, Spike, Lisa and Nikki gets eliminated". That's pretty definitive. Now you're saying "based on the previews." Two different viewpoints. All I'm saying is that the former statement is the type of post it would be nice to *not* to have read several days ago.

                2. Piggy backing on this thread.

                  No more immunity. Heat is on!

                  I like this relay race thing! Very cool. I missed it last season. Lisa kills Antonia in the orange part. Andrew catches the other team up because Spike is Spike. Dale Vs. Richard on the monkfish filleting, its a tie. Up to Nikki and Steph on the mayo. Nikki takes a break on the mayo!!! WTF. Steph kicks Nikki's butt. Dale is right, why is she still there? Oh yeah they cut Jen instead of Nikki.

                  Dale loses it. Nice comment about having his diaper changed. Cute. OK, now we have the Bravo foreshadowing about upcoming conflict, how no one on Dale's team like each other. Hmm, I guess the writer's strike is over so they can create conflict now.

                  Now on to the elimination. OK, we knew this but it is still disappointing, no restaurant wars. Andrew, the master of understatements, this is no that cool. Oooh, the happy couple are restaurant and catering people. Nice. The advantage is........the winning team picks the person they want to cater to, bride or groom. Winning team picks bride. Andrew with the B----r comment again. So Nikki is simpatico with the groom. Bride is from Marrieta and Richard is from Atlanta. They should do a Big Chicken fried chicken. groom wants German chocolate cake. They are bringing in cots for them? Wedding for 500 total? Brutal.

                  More foreshadowing, but is it a trap for viewers?

                  HOLY MOTHER of God!! Restaurant Depot is awesome. "Boys just don't know how to pick flowers." Thanks Steph for the words of wisdom.

                  Groom wants simple Italian, bride wants southern.

                  Nikki? Complaining about making pasta? Are you freakin' kidding me? That's all she does!!

                  Now Nikki is chickening out on leading the team. Dale is pouting because he's not the man. On the one hand I can sympathize, on the other, suck it up!!!

                  Andrew is creaming spinich? Creamed spinich for a wedding? OK, I guess its southern. Oh and he is chafing when Richard offers advice.

                  OK, Lisa is beating on Dale. I guess Dale is trying to do everything for everybody. OK, Nikki is a waste. Sounds like Dale is crashing and burning. Can't tell if this this a head fake or not.

                  Fatigue sets in and Andrew stopped talking? Its a miracle!!!!
                  Meat and potatoes for the bride half. Bringing up the first season wedding disaster with Tom, interesting.

                  More set up for the Italian failure. Ooh, ugly cake eh? Tom is ruthless.

                  OK, that cake is ugly. Tom is just calling it as he sees it. I hope they have a back up plan for the wedding reception.

                  You know, that would be a great wedding to go to. Looks like fun, even though I don't usually like wedding food. Lisa versus Antonia on the pizzas. Bruschetta, not so good. more foreshadowing for Dale's demise.

                  I like Antonia's comment: Andrew's not allowed to talk to people. You got it girl!!

                  More of Dale bitching. I guess they really don't like Dale. Andrew's chicken doesn't go over big, as Antonia predicted. So why did they repeat the filet on the groom's side? Looks like there is a winning team, but it could be a head fake again.

                  Steph with the five layer cake!! She be rocking. The groom's cake must taste good cause its ugly.

                  I can imagine how they tired must be feeling at the Chef's table, I think this is the producer's way to squeeze emotions out.

                  Steph steps up and kciks it!!!

                  Richard wins again. Richard gives it to Stef! 2000 bucks at Crate and Barrrel!! Classy, classy guy. And well deserved too.

                  Nikki is really stepping back a lot. She is disavowing all responsibility.

                  Dale is taking a lot of beating. Nikki is really sounding selfish. OK, now they are beating on Spike being a slacker.

                  Now its Nikki's turn to get beat up. No leadership and no sense of responsibility.

                  The editing makes Lisa seem immune this time. She still has the worst attitude. OK, maybe the second worst attitude after Dale.

                  YAY!!! Nikki goes!!!! Finally!!! Uh, I mean, gosh darn, too bad. NOT!

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                  1. re: Phaedrus

                    Loved the diaper line by Lisa/Antonia (can't remember who said it). Also - was Richard's line about not wanting to do typical catering food - "don't want them to walk in and have Beef Wellington!" a slam at Hell's Kitchen?

                    Loved the relay race - always interesting to see how they can fly through the different challenges!

                    And Richard's line about how they all get when they're tired - Andrew just goes quiet "which is a rather unique occurrence!" LOL

                    Also noticed the amount of Dale bitching going on - but is that editing designed to throw us off? Perhaps Nikki's going out the door.

                    ETA: Kinda figured that Richard would win - was floored when he said he wanted Stephanie to have it....but she sure got a great review from Gale Gand on her cake! And then she said "let's share it" to Richard when the $2K GC for Crate & Barrel was revealed. That was a very well organized team - good for them!

                    And yup - looks to be Nikki packing her knives. They had two forms of leadership - Richard taking the lead, and Nikki refusing to do so. I think that could have factored into her leaving.

                    And finally.......yet again, while nothing was said against Lisa's cake, at least not that we heard edited into the show, she stands there with arms crossed, held tilted, nasty puss on her face - damn girl - her body language is such that she looks like a little street fighting bully ready to take on the entire neighborhood! She simply has no clue as to the vibes she's giving off in front of Judge's Table!

                    1. re: Phaedrus

                      Don't forget that Steph then says.. "we can share it." What an awwww moment.

                      I am not sure that Lisa has the worst attitude actually. I just think she doesn't know what to do with her hands. Behind the banquet table, she has her arms crossed [normal for her] and looks defensive. Richard has his hands clasped behind his back and looks approachable. And at judges' table, Lisa's eyes look like she could fall asleep while standing. Overall, she isn't my favorite, I was just trying to understand her body language this week.

                      And let's talk mayonnaise!

                      1. re: smtucker

                        I don't think I'd ever want to be judged on my body language after I'd been awake and cooking that long.

                        But I was glad to see Nikki go. She's said so many times what an expert she is on Italian food, and every doggone time she makes a mess of it.

                        1. re: revsharkie

                          <She's said so many times what an expert she is on Italian food, and every doggone time she makes a mess of it.> yes, I've been wondering whether I want to try out her restaurant and see how the food is there... or IF she even cooks there! somehow I think she doesn't.

                          1. re: revsharkie

                            This was one of those episodes that you wish they could have kicked more than one person off, just came off so whiny in the end.

                            But I guess if I were up all night and running on fumes, I would also be pretty miserable.

                            all in all, terrific episode- best of the season. make them all an hour 15.

                          2. re: smtucker

                            And at Lisa just kept her mouth shut instead of throwing others her team mates under the bus.

                            1. re: MMRuth

                              She kept her mouth shut, but based on the look on her face, I would have loved to hear what she had to say.

                              1. re: chicgail

                                Indeed! It was QUITE a sour/hostile look.

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  At somepoint, didn't the JT say that they preferred Lisa's cake to winner Stephanie's?
                                  That might be why the editors skipped over her in the just before knifing recap.
                                  Lisa's body language is so darned un-subtle.

                                  1. re: shallots

                                    I heard that too... Lisa's cake tasted better but looked horrible. Also, since she was on the losing team, her cake effort was pretty ignored. The judges had bigger fish to fry.

                                    1. re: dave_c

                                      I do think though that the cake "saved" her from being considered for elimination. By telling her that they thought it tasted great despite being ugly they were, in essence, pronouncing her safe from elimination. At least that's how I understood it.

                                      If Dale had been sent home I might have had to quit Top Chef...

                                      1. re: heathermb

                                        tom saying that lisa's cake looked like some kind of battleship was one of the funniest things i have ever heard on the show.

                                    2. re: shallots

                                      Yes, he did say exactly that but also said it was a bit sloppy. for some reason, that cake looked absolutely delicious- maybe it was the description but I was impressed by both of them.

                            2. re: Phaedrus

                              Spike was so wrong to think that Nikki "would lead us to victory" and needed to shop with someone who wouldn't get in her way (himself). Perhaps quality time between Lisa and Nikki at Whole Wallet could have refined the menu. Lisa proved a stubborn force of perfection when she was teamed with Dale and Stephanie and came up with the shrimp and bacon dish. I've lost respect for Dale. He's so sure of himself yet failed to assert himself in the leadership vacuum and did lousy busy work.

                              It was a 180 with Richard and his teammates. Kudos to him for stepping up and taking responsibility, even for the star anise before it was clear they had won the challenge.

                            3. that monkfish was looking mighty unappetizing.