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so i guess i'm the only one who watched this. i caught the late version after i got home from fireworks and barely made it up till the end. the fourth of july food demos were so horribly painful. at this point i can't imagine watching any of these people.

susie is definitely getting better. and she at least has a point of view. whitney was less dead, but the image she's going for is annoying college sorority girl. i guess that sells - girls and guys like it. the bobby flay pants joke was actually pretty funny. jyll crashed and burned. and penny i find even more annoying by the episode - i do love middle eastern food though so it's too bad, because i bet her food is great.

if he gets more comfortable and relaxed, i think it's vic vegas' to lose.

other justin down.

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  1. I agree that Penny gets worse every episode. If you want to attack everyone, OK, but then acting like you're the victim?
    I'm glad they gave Justin-with-the-glasses the ax. I liked him at first. But in retrospect I guess I just liked the glasses. He was too bizarre last night. As an introvert myself, I found it painful to watch an introvert trying to turn himself into another Guy Fieri. As if we even needed the first one!

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    1. re: NYCkaren

      Which begs the question, can an introvert be an effective tv host? If not, why did he even audition?

      1. re: pdxgastro

        I think an introvert can be an effective tv host. I'm an introvert and a teacher. When I teach, I'm never at a loss for words and am animated. I look at it as acting. Meanwhile if I have to make small talk with a student for more than a couple of minutes I get totally tongue tied. If it ever comes up in conversation that I am very shy, the kids don't believe me.

        1. re: dmjordan

          Of course and Introvert can be effective. Two words: Johnny Carson. Apparently a very shy, introverted person from everything you read.

        2. re: pdxgastro

          Martin Yan is just about as shy a person as I've ever met, but you'd never guess it from seeing him on television.

      2. The first bit at Mel's was actually pretty telling as to how these people can handle interviewing. I thought Vic, Mary Beth and Jeff handled themselves best, whereas a few of the others just didn't get it. Penny in particular. Even when directed by Guy to let the waitress talk and not interrupt her, Penny still broke in, and then asked a table of patrons why they didn't order the wet fries! I loved it that Guy called her out on it. As someone said, with this woman, it's only all about her...
        Then there's Jyll, who's turning out pretty harsh. Flay nailed it when he said she'd probably be good on a newscast, but not on food tv.
        Looks like Penny continues to be a royal (in her own mind) pain next week. Same old, same old...

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        1. re: cmvan

          NFNS is a difficult show to watch under any circumstance, but when it's basically a commercial fest with a few snippets of content it becomes unwatchable. During last night's airing there were times when 3-4 minute breaks were sandwiched around 2 minutes of content. The Mel's Drive-In segment had no link to the rest of the show (except to determine which food each contestant was assigned), and the "Food Network fans" who attended the "celebration" seemed lacking in any kind of food knowledge. Free "beer" anyone? (MGD 64 does not count as beer in my world; nor does Coors Light).

          Of course the drama with Penny continues; it's about all the show has going for it.

          Prediction is that the winner will follow in the footsteps of the previous victors in coming up with a seriously boring FN show with a Sunday AM timeslot.

        2. Was it just me, or did it seem like the last half hour of the show was about a minute and a half of the show and then break to 10 minutes of commercials? They had so many ads during the last half hour it got hard to keep the show straight.

          That said, it was actually a pretty boring show in spite of the fireworks between Penny and Jyll. I've got to give Jyll credit for calling out Penny on her attitude tho'.

          This show was definitely *not* about the food

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          1. re: DiningDiva

            This show was definitely *not* about the food

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            When *was* the show about the food?

            But, yes, I agree with you. They seem to be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it to make it a 90 minute show.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Okay, point taken. It's probably never really been about the food. It just seems like there's less and less emphasis on it every season and more and more emphasis on "personality"

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Right on target for a FN show then. Of course, many of the personalities there are grating as well.

            2. re: DiningDiva

              I don't notice the commercials, I just FF past them.

            3. Jyll from Wisconsin is turning into the ultimate boring white bread girl, both in her presentation and her cooking.

              Penny has a really tough edge that goes after nearly anyone or any thing that she sees as a threat. Altho she obviously can cook, the biggest threat is from herself. I doubt if she can manage that successfully.

              Nice to see Vic and Whitney coming into their own. I'm interested in seeing how they evolve from here.

              Orchid is a victim of her own mind, as was Justin D. We humans do have a way of talking ourselves out of stuff. They're examples of it.

              I would say that unless they transform something really quickly, it's not long for Chris, Jyll or possibly Orchid.

              Right now I say it's between Suzy, Vic and Whitney.

              1. Sadly, I watched this last night. The only thing I wanted to add here is that all the negative comments about Penny are about her personality, and that is certainly deserved. But of all the people, I would have loved to try her food. She sticks with her strengths, and that's good. There are plenty of sausage and peppers and mac salad recipes on FN and elsewhere - her choice to serve kebab and taboule was the right one.

                Interesting what the lady exec judge said to the catty criticisms - calm down and live with it, getting along is part of life here. Maybe that's a hint to the future - as bad as Penny's personality is, her cooking may be a better fit to the FN line-up.

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                1. re: applehome

                  well said applehome

                  the commercial breaks were longer than the program! I do believe that if they do it again next year they could shorten the whole thing by eliminating 2 per week but I suppose that would make it a shorter show.

                  1. re: smartie

                    It's not that eliminating two commercials per week would make it a shorter show. It's that it would make it a less profitable show. Television programming exists not to entertain, but to make money. Sorry.

                    1. re: chicgail

                      I didn't mean commercials, I meant contestants.

                      1. re: smartie

                        Oh, gotcha. Sorry I misunderstood.

                  2. re: applehome

                    Thats the dilemma though isnt it regarding Penny - The prize in winning is to get your own show, but if you win by being a villain - do you risk alienating an audience before your first episode? She is on the wrong show - she should be a villain on Hells Kitchen or something, cause as much as I love ME food and want to try hers - ill probably never give her show a fair shot if she wins cause i cant stand her.

                    1. re: applehome

                      Disagree. She didn't do a "take" on sausage and peppers. She made kebab and tabbouleh and kept saying "Do you want to try my middle eastern food?" She's a one trick pony, and unfortunately the trick is she's kind of a b1tch.

                      1. re: jmckee

                        Did anyone else go 'huh'? when Penny called her sauce (insert name I can't pronounce) and insisted it wasn't tzatziki?
                        I thought she was just trying to call a hot dog charcuterie!
                        ;-)