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NFNS 8/6 with Spoilers

What? No one has started the thread for tonight's episode yet? But I don't start threads!

MB...gone! Finally. She irked me even more than usual tonight. She referred too often to her creativity. The judges referred to her creativity and knowledge of food. I just didn't really see either in her. Not an absence of knowledge, mind you, just nothing remarkable. And I really didn't see the creativity tonight.

Penny was atrocious. I didn't dislike her as much as others during her run, but she was just awful tonight. I'm not a great cook, but I would have a chance of beating her food prep speed if I were asleep.

Glad to see Susie do so well with her dishes. Jeff I felt bombed it with his three mayo lobster sandwiches (though not as much as MB with her three poorly executed dishes). Vic was...eh. Though he did inspire me to take some ground lamb out of the freezer.

None of them interested me on the commentary. Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon tonight. I just don't feel like any of them were explaining anything to us. Vic's triple "not a bad dish" at judging was pretty funny.

There was no tension when the judges identified the bottom two. Everyone knew at that point that MB was going home. There was no way they were picking her over Jeff for final three. I think MB and Jeff knew it, Susie and Vic knew it, the judges knew it, we knew it.

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      1. Penny totally did that on purpose - she hates MB. The judges even noticed and I'm surprised they waited so long to say anything. When Alton said something to her like - someone who moves so slowly at kitchen stadium usually loses, she flashed a look to the camera that said that was her intention.

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        1. re: wincountrygirl

          I was actually surprised to see this. I felt like she'd kind of gotten out of that evil character and why would she need to sabotage MB at this stage of the game? But when she gave that look, it was really an ugly moment. Chris seemed to step up nicely and Whitney and Jyl did great.

          I agree about Jeff's lack of creativity with the lobster, man he could have mixed that up some more. I did think he was great "commentating" (there's something about that verb that sounds wrong to me). I agree with debbie that Mary Beth's knowledge didn't seem so plentiful. I'm surprised the judges didn't comment on Vic's third use of a "not a bad dish", not just that he was being nice but being boring and redundant.

          1. re: Joanie

            I'm not surprised. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that she tried out for some other reality show like the Apprentice or something like that. Likely a famewhore trying to get herself cast as a drama queen villainess on whatever show will have her.

            1. re: inaplasticcup

              Are you referring to Penny or MB? Penny may be harsh, but she's clearly a very good cook for real. MB has bothered me all season; she can't cook and there's nothing uniquely qualifying her to speak about food, from my perspective. I like Jeff, but I think Vic, Susie and Penny had the best food this season, except for the use of that mint jelly sauce last night.

              1. re: mcf

                Penny. I'm not saying that she's not a good cook, but being a good cook doesn't guarantee that you don't want to make a reality show spectacle of yourself.

                1. re: inaplasticcup

                  I don't know if she's a fame whore or just ambitious. She's just made herself so unlikeable, would have a deficit to overcome with the audience. I'd buy a cookbook by her, though.

              2. re: inaplasticcup

                I'm not surprised. It would make sense with her being the villain on here.

              3. re: Joanie

                Don 't commentators "comment" rather than "commentate?" Irks me, even if it's not a made up verb . :-)

                1. re: mcf

                  I think Susie's pulled a Don King on just about every episode...

                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    What does "pulled a Don King" mean? "

                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                        I thought it meant an outlandish hairdo!

                  2. re: mcf

                    This word totally bugged me too, so much so that I looked it up. And what I found is that, much to many people's chagrin, it is in fact a word. The source I consulted said, humorously, that in fact a commentator does comment, but that at some critical point people began saying that what a commentator does is commentate, not realizing that there was already a perfectly good word for what a commentator does. I laughed, anyway, after I cringed.

                    1. re: sasha1

                      LOL. I thought you were gonna say you looked up *fibrier*. :)

                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                        <snicker> that's what I thought at first too, lol!

                        1. re: inaplasticcup

                          I think it was apparent to all of us that that wasn't a real word!

                    2. re: Joanie

                      I thoought Penny looked sort of softer. Less harsh shadows or something.

                    3. re: wincountrygirl

                      All three of us -- wife, son, and I -- said at the same time: "She's doing that on purpose."

                      1. re: jmckee

                        She had no problems finishing any of her own challenges on time.........so, there you go!

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          yes she did though. remember the food truck - she was totally slow making the filet sandwich. MB had to help.

                        2. re: jmckee

                          Penny totally sabotaged MB, but I think MB would have gone home anyway. The judges were fully aware that Penny was sabotaging MB and, I'm sure, took that into account. I think the person Penny shot most in the foot is herself. She has really proven to be a mean, spiteful, unprofessional person. Who is going to hire such a person?

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            I agree. Time and time again Penny showed a really ugly side. I don't see FN giving her anything. Shame-- waste of talent.

                            1. re: monavano

                              As someone pointed out earlier, Penny was known to have been slow in the kitchen before, but wow - to say she was "la di da" doesnt even cut it!
                              However, I really thought the episode was "edited" to make it seem even more so...
                              and the shots of Penny's face were hilarious - I'm sure they were edited in that way for the viewers amusement.

                        3. re: wincountrygirl

                          what an unkind woman, I thought the judges could have been much harsher on Penny, sure glad her personality showed through earlier and she didn't even get near to having her own show.

                          Cable went out last night after a bad storm so I had to watch the episode on catch up tonight.

                          Also glad MB went home, too sickly sweet and not a good enough cook.

                          1. re: smartie

                            I also thought the judges should have done more than just that little chat with Alton. Everyone knew she was clearly doing it on purpose. I'm not a fan of MB - she deserved to go home, but she did that without help!

                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                              Mary Beth should have taken responsibility for what was happening in her kitchen and called Penny out on the speed issue. An actual Iron Chef would not have tolerated insubordination (which is what Penny was) in the kitche. Had MB done that she might have stayed rather than Vic.

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                I agree - and I think MB was the right choice to go regardless of what Penny did.

                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  Yes, MB was the one to go. From day 1 I never cared much for her. Someone on a previous thread used the word "disingenuous" to describe MB and, for me, it fit. She always seemed a bit forced and phony to me.

                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                    I'd said that early-on, too. Her style just seemed forced, and I wasn't as impressed with her talking about food (altho' she certainly seemed to dazzle the judges for awhile). Won't be surprised to see Suzy win, but both Jeff and Vic have some limited airing show for awhile.

                                    1. re: pine time

                                      In spite of his lobster and mayo faux pas last week, I think Jeff gets the FTV show in a dead time slot and Susie gets the Cooking Channel show that will (most likely) ultimately be seen by a wider audience.

                                      I've actually kind of liked Vic from the start and glad to see that he managed to find his "sea legs" if you will. Unfortunately, he isn't as easy on camera as the other two so I'm not really sure if he'll end up getting a show or not. Not sure they really want to groom someone. Herb from last season was better on camera than Vic and his food was pretty decent too, but we haven't seen a show from him on either channel. I strongly suspect that's where Vic will fall.

                                      That said, someone else on this thread (I think) commented that this season had a lot of strong contenders and thought we'd see some of them back with shows. I would agree that and suspect we might see Whitney in a more classic food show setting. Part of what Ina has going for her (aside from years owning her shop and catering) is that her delivery is so calm and reassuring that she makes you think you can cook anything and have it turn out. Whitney has that same reassuring quality, she just hasn't quite mastered the warmth and animation piece yet. I can see FTV taking some time to work with her rather that Vic...she's got more "mass appeal" than he does. And, if you go back to the 7/31 thread, there were far fewer "glad she's finally gone" comments than for any other competitor. Like Vic, Whitney wasn't quite ready for prime time. Penny or MB? I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick than watch them on television, these few short weeks waere enough :-)

                        4. Vic has softened and become quite likeable. Jeff will get a show no matter what, but it's Suzy's to lose.

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                            1. re: chicgail

                              Vic should have gone home. He made some nice dishes, but was clueless in the commentator and judge roles. He manages to sound stupider every week.

                              1. re: jmckee

                                But, MB didn't execute well on any of hers last night. And, again, I don't think she was particularly interesting in the commentator role either.

                                1. re: debbiel

                                  And that overwrought bisque description... :|

                                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                                    +1 That was dreadful. I'd rather replace my Duke's mayo with another brand than hear that again.

                                    1. re: debbiel

                                      "Yew kin have mah Duke's mayo when yew pry the jar from mah cold, daid fingers."

                                    2. re: inaplasticcup

                                      Oh god yes. And besides, that's not even CORRECT. She keeps saying how knowledgeable she is and then she doesn't mention that (at least traditionally) a bisque is MADE WITH SHELLS.

                                      1. re: DGresh

                                        Sorry - shells? Do you mean shellfish?

                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                          I think DGresh means the shells of the shellfish.

                              2. OH, I was SO FRUSTRATED with Penny and her smirk! I wanted to reach into the tv and shake her. DH sat down with me just in time for final judging, didn't believe me when i said MB would be going home. I was glad to see her leave, I agree with all-y'all that said Jeff really failed with three mayo-lobster sandwiches, altho they all looked delicious. Vic's input was totally lame, Susie did not do well with her commentary, but I so wanted to try Susie's food, and eat Vic's lamb burger. yum.