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Sep 24, 2010 09:07 PM

Top Chef: Just Desserts S1 Episode 2

I haven't seen anyone post a recap of this episode? Sorry, I don't have the patience to do it, so will cut to the chase and go straight to the drama...

WTH with Seth??? In another thread, I had mentioned I had pegged the quiet potential pyscho... well Seth was in that category but I honestly didn't think he would snap/break down until further in the competition.

I just couldn't believe this 34yr old man wailed "The red hots are for my mommy" on national TV. He was acting and sounding like a 3 or 4 yr old, not a 34yr old! His behavior was really erratic during this entire episode and I was seriously starting to wonder if he has ADHD or is possibly bipolar.

I wanted drama, but good drama that comes out through competitive cooking. Not this type of drama where I'm questioning the emotional stability of a contestant. And this is only week 2!

If any contestant, not just Seth, is not mentally or emotionally strong enough for this competition, I would hope that the producers quickly see that and remove that person, rather than keeping them to try and prolong the drama and/or generate ratings.

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  1. I was surprised not to see any earlier posts on this. That was so bizarre, creepy, and even scary--it was not hard to imagine him becoming violent like some wounded animal.

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    1. re: skoolpsyk

      Super embarrasing. Seth was ridiculous. I think he's effectively ruined any chances he might have of attaining additional opportunties when the show concludes. Because, seriously, who would want to work with that emotional nutjob?

      1. re: attran99

        I don't know if it will ruin opportunities for him, but I wonder what's happening in his life right now. It must have been tough enough on him during the recording of the show and then anticipating the nationwide telecast of the show and now it's happening. Mayber he is just fine with it if he ended up winning 100K and the title of Top Chef Just Desserts.

        1. re: John E.

          the previews for episode 4 show him acting quite strangely again and then show someone being treated by EMTs. wonder if the two are connected... tune in to see! ;)

          1. re: jujuthomas

            I saw that too and the person on the ground was of similar build and size to Seth. I also saw a group photo on some web page (I don't remember where) of the TC Just Desserts chefs that must have been taken after Seth was possibly removed by EMTs because he was missing.

            1. re: John E.

              hmmm, hmm, hmm! the plot thickens! ;)

              1. re: jujuthomas

                I just watched the end of episode 3. Just before they threw off the peanut butter cookie baker (Heather "Bangs") there was a promo for the show, something about voting online or something. Anyway, the photo I saw of the 11 contestants minus Seth was a still shot taken from that promo so Bravo themselves are showing that he's no longer in the picture.

    2. The emotional outburst just seemed so contrived. He crumbled like an apple pie crust.

      Here's a good recap:

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      1. re: GraydonCarter

        Here's another with a great Seth picture caption. It's a little creepy in its Gail-centricity but the caption makes up for that (oogie) flaw.

        1. re: MplsM ary

          OMG, that is too funny! Esp the photo of Seth and the accompanying caption. Man-baby is totally spot on description of him!

      2. I wanted drama, but good drama that comes out through competitive cooking. Not this type of drama where I'm questioning the emotional stability of a contestant. And this is only week 2!
        I agree. JD has the ability to be full of drama because baking is a science and so many more things can go wrong in the allotted time. Last week I questioned the emotional stability of Morgan, Seth's roommate, and now it seems like either I totally missed the boat on this one or there is more than one resident nutcase. Last week I thought Seth might be a contender to go all the way to the finals, but now I would be surprised if he lasts through the next episode.

        I cannot even think of "The red hots are for my mommy" without laughing. I also feel sorry for all of the other contestants. Seth had two outbursts, and both were in front of respected chefs. If I were them I woudl feel embarrased and humiliated that another contestant acted that way, it was completely unacceptable.

        Getting back to the food. I liked this challenge and I thought the chefs did a good job. There were many offerings that I really wanted to try....Margarita inspired one, and Zac's, I also wanted to try Zac's QF as well.

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        1. re: lizzy

          Maybe soon we'll see Bravo selling "Red Hots are for my mommy" t-shirts!

        2. I thought even Gail looked uncomfortable when Seth was freaking out & yelling after they gathered their supplies from behind the bar.....and yes, if you're treating the other contesting horribly, it IS for them to say that to you.....

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          1. re: jenscats5

            I agree and Yigit (5 yrs younger than Seth) is my hero for telling Seth AKA man-baby off at the Tar Pit. It seems like Seth likes to lash out at the female chefs - he appeared to be yelling at Heather H at the Tar Pit and he was definitely lashing out at Heather C in the stew room. As a female, I would be very worried for my safety having to share accommodations with him. He is so random and unstable that I can see him having a complete meltdown because someone moved his dessert and then physically trying to assault them, (probably with a spatula because he's a man-baby).

          2. Keep in mind that these shows always have to have some major drama to "keep it interesting". After all, we couldn't possibly be statisfied strictly with cooking and baking skills and creativity, right?...

            Who knows if Seth was encouraged to play up the bi-polar psycho routine. Obviously, the Bravo folks do. If he goes too far, we could possibly see him booted out, but I doubt it. Again, the drama factor sells, in their eyes.

            While watching this show, I could envision Seth's mother having to deal with friends' and family's reactions. I feel for her.

            Bravo (pardon the expression) to Yigit for telling Seth that he's not the only one with problems, but that the others put it behind them and focus on their work.