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NFNS Reunion Show [spoilers for Finale]

OK, MB just knocked herself down a few pegs after I thought she was so in control with the whole Penny situation. I didn't realize she and Jeff were so acrimonious.
She basically said she wouldn't watch Jeff's show and left no doubt that she doesn't like him at all. Jealousy, me thinks. Jeff's performance comes so easy to him; it's something you can't teach and MB did not have the "it" factor.
Penny loves the villain role. She totally owns it.

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  1. And you're surprised by either? :-)

    I think what made Penny so effective as a villian is that she owned it. I think what many of us who have commented on the various episode thread wary of MB was the fact we *knew*, could sense, that there was something disingenuous lurking right under the surface. Now you know ;-)

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Nailed it. MB had something seething just under the surface. Insecurity? Jealousy? Not sure.

      1. re: monavano

        Anger. At what? I have no idea. She may not even know.

        1. re: monavano

          Probably a combo of disappointment, jealousy... came across as angry, shrewish, really unattractive and vindictive. It wouldn't have hurt her to say she'd watch Jeff's show, whether she actually felt that way or not. Millions of viewers got turned off by her behavior. Just saying...

        2. re: DiningDiva

          Seriously, that Mary Beth. Disingenuous for sure and a nasty, delusional hater. She's one of those gals you don't want for a girlfriend because you never know the depth of the animosity that brews beneath the surface of all those carefully selected words... like *craveable*.

        3. Would not have watched Chris's show if he won. He was a disrespectful slob in the kitchen and I got a misogynistic vibe from him, particularly in the way he acted towards Jill.

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          1. re: monavano

            When Chris kept saying Justin B was anal for keeping the area clean, I wanted to throttle him. He totally missed the point. How can you work in a messy area?!

            And yes, there was something unlikeable about him.

          2. That show was a total waste of 60 minutes of my life.

            But it did make me like jeff a whole lot more.

            I'm glad he won.

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              Dang! Still not over in California. Somebody post a spoiler alert!

              1. re: Shrinkrap

                Again, it's in the title of the post. Sigh.

                1. re: pdxgastro

                  In full disclosure, I started this thread to talk just about the reunion show, but people posted finale information as the thread progressed.
                  The spoiler alert was added after some folks got surprised by reading who won. My fault for not seeing this coming.
                  ;-)

                  1. re: monavano

                    I would think people would know the chance of a spoiler coming thru in reunion discussions would be fairly high.

                    But back to Mary Beth, I want more info on her issue with Jeff. I watched the first 15 min yesterday and her hesitation when they asked if she'd watch his show. I at first assumed it was just cuz she wasn't into the sandwich concept then she started saying something about personalities. Then when they showed her back off from the hug, I still kind of thought it was just that she wanted to deal with crying on her own which I could understand. But I never saw anything during the show where she had and Jeff seemed to butt heads or rag on each other. Did I miss something? It seemed like pretty much everyone liked him and while maybe his comedy act might get annoying, I can't imagine what her problem was.

                    1. re: Joanie

                      Yes, I never picked up on a rift between MB and Jeff. It became clear that her hesitation was based on personal bias, another reason that having the focus panel consist of competitors was stupid, like stoooooooooopid.

            2. I missed it. Did anyone call Penny on how slow she was prepping food on the Iron Chef part of the competition?

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              1. re: John E.

                I missed the first 15 min but DVR'd a later episode so will find out if that's when all the MB stuff about Jeff happened cuz it sure wasn't later. That kind of surprises me.

                As C Hamster said, it was kind of a waste of 60 min. Everyone laughing at every not so funny thing. Not sure I understand doing a reunion before the finale.

                I didn't see the judges confront Penny specifically about her extremely slow work as MB's sous chef.

                Justin seemed *much* more personable in this setting than on the show.

                1. re: Joanie

                  If I remember correctly, Alton questioned Penny during that competition about her lack of speed, to which she answered that she's just thorough.

                  It certainly did seem that, after Penny's negative comment about Susie's "pilot", she became purposefully over-nice. Maybe to seem like she'd become more friendly (especially after Jyll's comments about her).

                  1. re: cmvan

                    Right, during that show taping they asked about her pace, but I was surprised they didn't specifically ask her about it at the reunion show. They showed that clip last nite but I would have asked her point blank if I were one of the judges. Yes she was slow in general but not *that* slow.

              2. all this did was make me REALLY sad that justin the "anal chef" didn't get a show. he could cook and he's ridiculously cute imho. i would have set the tivo for that. man, i had almost forgotten. lol.

                oh and if i disliked MB before...

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                1. re: AMFM

                  I agree! I would watch Justin B. if he had his own show. I can actually relate to his "anal retentive-ness" in the kitchen. haha! Better "anal" than crazy-frat-boy-like, like Chris! *cringe*

                  1. re: AMFM

                    Me, too--on both accounts. I still think Justin B would have been the best show, if he could learn to let himself show and not be so controlled on camera. But, he was fun on the reunion show and he was good off camera. Anal retentive in the kitchen is a good thing, imo, not Chris's running around craziness. I can't imagine reigning that frenetic energy. And, though he kept saying he wanted to show his maturity, he constantly failed. I wonder if he looks at footage of himself and realize that.

                    1. re: chowser

                      I actually LOL'd when the showed the Chris acting like a moron in the kitchen footage!

                      1. re: chowser

                        Chris might have been the least talented cook on any cooking contest I've seen on TV. Wow he sucked.

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          And, he was totally unself-aware. He was terrible all around.

                          1. re: joonjoon

                            well, to be fair to him, we never really got a chance to see Howie cook. he might have been even worse.