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Next Food Network Star--Toy Cartoon--WTF [spoilers]

Am I the only one who is trying to watch/record this show and getting a full length trailer for Toy Story instead?

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  1. I am a Tivo Terror - I barely watch any program live these days unless it's the 'news'.

    I also recorded the Next Food Network Star - I think Alex was a good choice for first out.

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    1. re: smartie

      right out of the gate my top four are Aria, Arti, Brad & Herb.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          +1. I think Aria really has what it takes, she seems very sweet and is fun to watch. :)

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Is Brad that sweet looking guy with the nice brown eyes who wants to show the technique of a pro chef?
          I already have a crush on him :)

          1. re: DGresh

            that's the one! he's ADORABLE, but far too young for me ;)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              well he's far too young for me too (not to mention I'm married) :)

        3. re: smartie

          It was sad watching him struggle. Man, he was like a deer in the headlights with the camera and ended up not cooking so great. I like this show actually, no fake drama, just fairly real people trying to win. Altho I think Herb might get on my nerves.

        4. Toy Story 2 was being shown at the same time on another station.... did you just record the wrong station? TS3 is coming out soon so the whole program was peppered with ads for TS3.

          1. Just before it came on I think there was one of those cake chalenges for who could make the best Toy Story cake, so maybe somehow you got some of that.

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            1. re: hummingbird

              I don't know if it was Comcast or Tivo, but somehow the channel got switched in the middle. I've set it to record the re-run on Wednesday, so we'll see. There is a more than hour-long chunk missing from the middle with Toy Story instead. So thanks for the spoilers, gang! Seriously, I find it pretty hard to distinguish the competitors in these early rounds.

            2. Just saw the TIVO

              A scratched cornea took Dzintra out? I've had scratched corneas. They hurt. But you can function. And within 24 hours you are back to normal.

              Where was she overnight? If that took her out in the first episode, I don't know how she's going to be able to handle the pressure over the course of the series.

              Aria is clearly the person to beat.

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              1. re: chicgail

                Dzintra said she was at the ER all night, which is entirely possible, but i agree with you. i have had numerous corneal scratches (i've even torn my cornea a couple of times - now THAT was some pain). they should have given her some ointment and sent her on her way. if she was really concerned about protecting the eye she could have bandaged it shut, but it's hardly something that should have kept her out of the kitchen.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Another thought...there may be some conditions written into their contracts with FTV for this series with regard to medical situations that cover FTVs liability should some incur an injury while filming. Think on the job injury and workers comp, because while they are on the show, they *are* employees of the network. You can bet that FTV is going to err on the side of caution on any injury requiring medical attention.

                  They are a business after all and as most people know these days, workers comp insurance is sky high for most employer, especially in the State of CA where the were shooting.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    You're right, of course, but a scratched or even a torn cornea isn't life threatening and, with proper care (which she got), it's not even theatening to one's sight.

                    I'm sure she was in real pain, but there was no reason why when she came back to the kitchen the next day she couldn't have pitched in for her own dish instead of just complaining about how other people didn't do it the right way..

                    I know she said a doctor told her to "stay out of the kitchen," but she didn't. She just kind of hung around and didn't contribute. The other contestants looked pretty annoyed and I don't blame them.

                    I also found it odd that while the eye was bloodshot the first day, it never got swollen. I, too, have torn my cornea and while it looked nasty and I couldn't wear make up the next day, it worked just fine. I just had to put antibiotic drops in it periodically.

                    Something just feels off in how she handled the injury.

                    1. re: chicgail

                      yes I think scratched cornea girl threw her team mates under a boss with....'that's not how I intended to di the dish with strawberries ...'

                      I have also had a number of scratched corneas, they do hurt like hell but some drops and if necessary an eye patch to keep it closed and she would have lived.

                      1. re: chicgail

                        Chicgail, I do agree with you that she probably could have gone back into the kitchen when she returned. Think of the milage they could have gotten out of putting an eye patch on her, kinda like a pirate. Coulda played that one to the hilt :-). But coulda, woulda, shoulda doesn't win competitions.

                        I thought it was odd that her eye looked fairly decent when she came back but she wasn't participating. Shaggy chef knew his pork dish needed moisture, I wonder what he would have done had he not had to finish her dish. Rather than bitching about what a poor job her teammates did, she could have been a lot more gracious in acknowledging that while it wasn't what she intended, she was grateful for the help. How much more effective would it have been to have said, when asked by Wolfgang Puck if it was the dish she had intended, something like "no it was not, but given the circumstances, I really appreciate the help I received from the rest of the team in completing the dish" . You can still make the point without slamming those that helped. OTOH...she could have said something like that and the editing cut it out in an effort to heighten the drama, who knows :-)

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          DD
                          I was thinking the exaxct same thing - she came across as terribly ungrateful and un-gracious! I wanted to jump through the tv and say something to her!
                          You have a point about editing but - I dont know!!

                      2. re: DiningDiva

                        Dive, you raise a good point, so i checked. from the "Rules and Eligibility Requirements" posted on the FN site:

                        "By signing these documents, each Finalist will agree to assume the risk of any and all injury, illness, damage, loss, or harm to Finalist's person or property of any kind, howsoever caused, arising from or relating to the submission of a Participant Application, the selection of Finalist, and/or Finalists' participation in the Program, and/or the production and/or exploitation of the Program."

                        looks like the Finalists all signed a release/waiver, so i don't think this was a case of CYA by the network. time will tell - if Dzintra doesn't have what it takes (and i suspect she doesn't), it'll come out eventually.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          They may have signed the release, but they're still in the great State of Californina where overregulation rules and employers are required to carry workers comp insurance. I wonder how strong the release would be if challenged in court, which you know would probably happen. The release most likely limits the scope of damages that can be claimed, but I don't think it absolves FTV of all responsibility as the employer.

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            another good point about the CA situation. funny that i live here and i didn't even think about that - i'm so used to them filming this thing in NYC.

                            ok then, i'll stop placing all the blame on Dzintra being a wuss. i still say she can't hack it, but i'll have to wait for her to prove me right again ;)

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Yeah, unfortunately, this is such a litigious state :-(.

                              I think Dzintra is really going to have to do something pretty amazing in order to validate the panel keeping her. Bobby Flay did comment that her first dish - Dzintra on a plate - was excellent. I'm guessing how well she performed in that challenge helped keep her in the game. Either that or FTV is just trying to portray her as a diva ;-)

                  2. I scratched my cornea with a hard contact lens once and that was the worst pain I've ever experienced, possibly including giving birth without drugs. I don't know how bad Dzintra's eye was but I would not judge her for going to the ER. I do not, however, think she had a right to whine that her dish didn't come out the way she would have made it.

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                    1. re: NYCkaren

                      no one's judging her for going to the ER - several of us who have also had scratched or torn corneas already agreed that she did need to have it looked at, and if the only option was the ER, so be it. the issue is that once she returned from the hospital, there was really no reason why she couldn't have helped her team finish the dish and plate her own. it made no sense that she claimed the doctor had told her she had to stay out of the kitchen, yet she stayed IN the kitchen, didn't do anything to help, and then griped about the way "her" dish came out.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Yeah, I didn't get that either. I was thinking at the time "wear a patch" because that's what I did. And my cornea was cut by someone's fingernail. (It was during a basketball game--she didn't mean to do it.) The only restriction I had was not to drive because my depth perception was altered due to seeing out of only one eye.

                        But then again, I wasn't on TV or in California.