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I know the other contestants don't like Christian but he's running circles around them! As for the bottom 3, I really wish Alejandra hadn't served raw pork. Susie and what's her face, Ms. Delaware, both deserve to go home first!

The old adage that even a blind pig can stumble upon an acorn applies to Christine tonight. She's a very likely candidate to go from first to last.

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  1. all true what you say, my DVR stopped before the end so I had to call my daughter to find out who left.
    I rather like Christian, arrogance and all, but since I don't really see the point of this program besides some kind of entertainment on TV I am still not sure what the title Masterchef really bestows upon the winner. I guess they can become a legend in their own kitchen.

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    1. re: smartie

      Good point about winning this "contest." This year even the published cookbook was cut out. And they barely featured last year's winner @ the top of this year's show so how prestigious can it be?

      I'd like to see Ben win. Frankly I like his goofy confidence and honest risk taking for a home cook, he I believe as a home cook....the others have idea of chef stardom. Christian provides the FOX TV drama and some keen home talent (at least he seems to know his away around ingredients and kitchen products) but his greedy temper is off putting in a way.

      Frankly I'd like to know more about Graham.

      1. re: HillJ

        The consensus at the rockycat home is that although Christian appears to be far and away the most competent cook, he will not win. You see, this is Fox so the rules of the morality play must be followed and the bad guy cannot win. SInce the first bad guy Max was dismissed Christian has taken his role. There must be a confrontation between good and evil and Christian is the designated "evil." So maybe he'll make it to the final but that's all.

        I feel that Ben is being positioned to win. He's the quintessenial nice guy, middle of the pack, puppy dog enthusiastic "good guy." The amount of air time he's getting after editing suggests that he's the one to beat.

        1. re: rockycat

          Valid observations. I concur. And last year's winner was female; me thinks this year is male.

        2. re: HillJ

          The geeky side of me really likes Ben. And, he can cook and bring something new to the table. I don't care how good of a cook Christian is, I want to see him lose. And, I want to see Susie get further than him just to rub salt in the wound. How is that for schadenfreude? I wonder what kind of role model Christian and Christine are for their kids with their poor attitudes.

          1. re: chowser

            Yeah, would love to see Ben win just for the good-guys-finish-first comeuppance!

      2. This show just jumped the shark and into the Hells Kitchen time slot. Too much drama, too much disrespect. Too much Gordon and Joe. Could use more Graham.

        jb

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        1. re: JuniorBalloon

          I thought I was actually hearing voices the other night, yelling and screaming, but it turned out I was just rehashing the endless Mon./Tues. Gordon parade in my own mind.

        2. This show is like a car wreck....I can't help but watch. Everything seems so fake and scripted and the characters are larger than life. I don't believe for one minute that someone at this supposed level of the competition would serve a slice of pork so noticeably raw. Contestants go from brilliant to stupid from one dish to the next. It doesn't seem possible that there could be this lack of consistency and all of the people seem so charicature-ish? Also - what is with them not showing some of the dishes in the elimination challenge...there are only 8 people left, but they didnt even bother to show the girl who got the bacon? The over the top drama, spitting, throwing dishes out - is really something else. Having said all that, I continue to watch?? LOL.

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          1. re: shell22

            Excellent point about the editing. Some of the contestants have barely had any camera time at all. I don't even know everyone's name at this point in the show.

            I'm not a fan of Joe's and Gordon is too many places for me to even get a heart rate over but I wish their was more Graham time. I like his approach with the contestants and I wish he was running the show.

          2. I agree with all you said, WwDiner. I *am* tired of Christian's attitude, however. As Adrian said, he didn't rub *his* win into Christian's face (when he could have with Christian's posturing about knowing he was going to win). But I can totally see how Christian is pissing everyone off. It'll be interesting to see how it goes next week with Christian as one of the team captains.

            1. I found the show entertaining this week . And by entertaining, I mean I wasn't shouting expletives at the TV screen re: poor gamesmanship or poor or derived editing.

              JoeB. kept his %^%$ fingers out of the food this week (of if he didn't, it was edited out--thank you Elves! <3) and the fried pork patty dish with carrots and potatoes (IIRC) reminded me of the poorly cooked and conceived dishes by my parents during my childhood.

              There was less yelling and more focused cooking shown. Yea!

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              1. re: jjjrfoodie

                Frankly, if I had to watch Joe eat for any extended period of time, I'd scream for a blindfold. He's revolting! And he has such a nice mother!

                1. re: mnosyne

                  I don't understand that either. Remember those cameos when he was helping with Lidia's show? People referred to him THEN as an ogre, so I suppose he's just remaining within character for our sake. I can't say I like him all that much since he's become Mister slimmerific to be quite honest.

              2. What's up with the teeth-scraping-metal sound effect anytime anyone tastes food on this show?

                1. I'm hoping for christian and suzie to get into a knife fight and off each other. It's the only reason I keep watching. If only one of them gets stabbed, hopefully its suzie.

                  1. I really hate how offensive the judges were to Susie and Jennifer. Fine, their dishes sucked, but do the judges have to be so aggressively mean about it?They looked on the verge of violence.

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                    1. re: piccola

                      I do agree about the overt tone this week, piccola. I mean if you know at this point in the competition who cries easily it is your intention to break a person down (because you can) to tears... viewers have to believe that this is done specifically for dramatics...and I think it's in poor taste. Ganging up plays poorly on this show.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I'm really curious as to where they do their focus groups, because clearly someone is telling them the bullying is entertaining.

                        1. re: piccola

                          I'd rip out my tear ducts before filming began. Nothing more frustrating than watching all the weeping over FOOD, of all things.

                          1. re: pine time

                            I'm afraid, if I was a contestant, that I would have ripped out Joe's tear ducts by now and force-fed them to Gordon. The two of them enrage and disgust me with their lack of decorum, distasteful behavior, and foul mouths. Were it not that Tracy - a neighbor of mine to whom they gave zero camera time in this episode - was a contestant I would absolutely refuse to watch another minute.

                      2. re: piccola

                        Lidia's son appears a prune pit, a handsome prune pit, but still > a prune pit.
                        appears to enjoy smirking at and ridiculing the contestants. I'd cry too. there's gotta be
                        a whole lot a nerves running rampant.

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          Yeah, I wonder how much of that is natural and how much is (misguidedly) for ratings.

                          1. re: piccola

                            Joe is no doubt a good guy but wonder if anyone else noticed how he smiles so adorably at the funny guy contestant that wears those crazy chef hats. he seems to crack Joe up.
                            that's pretty cute and tells me he does have a heart. seems a natural occurrence with LB as his mom.

                            1. re: piccola

                              Please, this is network TV. Totally scripted for them to be mean and nasty.

                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                Maybe, but they still accept to be portrayed that way. And Ramsay's pretty much based his career on that image.

                                1. re: piccola

                                  It make is hard to watch this show due to the over acting on the judges part.

                        2. I just watched this with my daughter, and at the very end she said "who's that woman" that they never showed on screen today-- I fiddled with the backup and forward and sure enough, there was someone who got (as far as I can tell) no screen time tonight-- Tracy. I jokingly remarked that she must be like the guy on star trek who you just know isn't going to make it off the planet-- I figure she must not have 'a story' so they didn't bother to buiild up interest in her-

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                          1. re: DGresh

                            Here is Tracy's blog... http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/featu...