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Top Chef Texas -- Reunion

Wow. Heather. Given a chance to apologize to Bev (which Sarah did), she instead went with "I'm not going to apologize because I was just saying what I felt was true at the time."

Newsflash, honey: the fact that you felt what you said was true doesn't make it any less hateful. Plus, you can still be sorry you hurt someone with your "truth"! But no, you couldn't even come up with the classic non-apology "I'm sorry if you were hurt by what I said."

Well, I truly feel you're a megabitch, and I'm not going to apologize!

Gail was clearly appalled. I haven't heard such disdain in the voice of a judge at a reunion show since Nina Garcia took down the designer who told one of the models he’d never hire a model with bad teeth and thick legs.

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  1. i missed it - except for the last 5 minutes. it replays late tonight, so i'll watch it then. but, hence, my favorite moment, so far, was Pee Wee saying about his being on the show, "This is your jump-the-shark show, isn't it?"!!

    close second - Charlize telling Tom to stop touching his penis.

    p.s. i never expected anything better from Heather.

    1. There were so many more interesting parts of this reunion show that did not involve the beating of a dead horse.

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      1. re: John E.

        I guess my feeling is that the point of the reunion show is to see how the chefs feel about their experience on the show and what they came away with -- otherwise, if they just want to show behind the scenes stuff, they can have a clip show.. It's also an opportunity for them to address what they might feel was a misrepresentation through editing and rehabilitate their image. That Heather didn't choose to do so says to me that not only is she a bitch, she's a dumb bitch. You have absolutely nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by not apologizing -- even if it's a fake apology! How stupid do you have to be to sit there with colleagues, influential people in your field, and millions of potential customers and not take advantage of that opportunity to help your reputation?

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I agree with you, there were so many more interesting parts of this reunion show that did not involve the beating of a dead horse.

          1. re: John E.

            What I'm saying is, this was a new horse. It wasn't the "Did Heather bully Bev" horse. It's the "Heather is an idiot completely lacking in self-awareness" horse.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              And I am saying there was a lot more interesting things brought up on the reunion show that did not involve the issues of how badly Heather treated Beverly or of how Heather is so amazing that she would not apologize to Beverly on national TV.

              1. re: John E.

                I think it's pretty clear that seeing the responses to questions about the treatment of Beverly was the thing that almost everyone wanted to see. Did they say that 90% of the fan questions dealt with the topic? It was certainly the first televised reaction from the various chefs.

                If you think there were more interesting parts of the reunion show, then bring them up and we'll see if people are as interested in discussing those parts.

                1. re: John E.

                  i would be hard pressed to think of anything interesting brought up on the reunion show.

                  1. re: linus

                    Well I'm kind of glad I missed it now. I had no idea that Bravo was showing it at 8 instead of 9 like they did for the regular show. Oh well...

                  2. re: John E.

                    What were these more interesting things?

                2. re: John E.

                  I'm not sure there were that many more interesting parts. Chris Malibu likes how he looks, Paul is happy his parents are finally proud of him, Grayson said outrageous things, yawn.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    I'm glad that they asked Sarah directly, "Do you think you were robbed" and she said "No." At least they were able to put that to rest, even if she doesn't believe it in her heart, I'm glad she was given the opportunity to be a good sport and she took it.

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      I think Sarah redeemed herself on the show. People do things in the heat of the moment and it's not always pretty. But, she saw how she came off and was embarrassed by it and said that's not the way she is. I give her and Lindsay a lot of credit for that.

                      1. re: chowser

                        I completely agree. Lindsay looked most embarrassed of all because I think she comes from a place where grace and manners are very important and she prides herself on hers.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          When she leaned over and rubbed Bev on the arms over the crying scenes, when Bev was getting choked up, I thought showed a lot about her. What an eye opener it must be for someone who is a nice person to see herself in those clips! I thought it was funny when, was it Sarah, talked about needing a drink on Wednesdays to get past the QF.

                          1. re: chowser

                            Of course, people can be self-unaware and I'm sure seeing yourself on television can be incredibly enlightening. Lindsay seems truly embarrassed and is trying to amends in her own way. Sarah has apologized and seems sincerely trying to make amends. Grayson, who could have very easily joined the pack of mean girls managed to stay out of it altogether except for occasionally intervening on Bev's behalf, which I think is incredibly mature and courageous. Only Heather has dug in.

                            The truth is, I think Bev's behavior was often unconventional, at best. (For instance, see Starfire's comment below) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8377... If the mean girls hadn't been mean, I think the focus wouldn't be on their behavior, but on Bev's. But because the other women picked on her, Bev is almost getting a free pass on some of her issues. Heather's kept the negative focus on herself. An apology would cost her nothing. I don't understand what she thinks she'g gaining by being so stubborn and I don't think it will benefit her in the long run.

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Yes.

                              In the Chicago-chefs-only reunion article linked to below and in the TC Finale thread, the writer cited a (part) statement from Bravo relating to their position on the matter: " "Sometimes when people see themselves on camera, they can be surprised by themselves.”

                              As I wrote on the Finale thread folks may or may not agree with *that* statement depending on their own positions and/or perceptions.

                              I think the reactions of Sarah G. and Lindsay A. indicate that they did behave badly on the show and that their personae as shown were not "completely manufactured by the nefarious editors" as some would have us believe. :-) Ditto for Heather T., although she seems to believe she did nothing wrong, as others have commented on here.

                              1. re: huiray

                                Heather said she said all of the things shown and that that's who she is, unapologetic. No need for improvement, in her mind, sadly.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  Did she say no room for improvement? She said that's her. She said no one put words in her mouth. She said she said what she felt. I don't believe she said that she had no room to improve as a human being.

                                  1. re: debbiel

                                    You're right. I read too much into it but I do think someone who doesn't think her behavior, as bad as it was shown on TV, is wrong because that's "her" isn't someone looking to better herself.

                                    1. re: chowser

                                      I agree. In dealing with these kind of people, they are so self assured in their existing abilities that they are happy to live within what they already know and aren't really open to changing their view points. Heather, despite her protests, strikes me as someone who will take a million classes on classic French technique say, but won't walk across the street to Harold McGee because that is just not her.

                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I called Bev out for many of her actions and didn't care for her. I just didn't think it warranted being called out for her work ethic, in front of the judges, as Heather did; nor open ridicule as the others seemed to do (and are now embarrassed about). I wasn't a big fan of Grayson in the beginning but she earned my respect by standing up for the underdog, as did Dakota, when she was being berated. It takes a lot of self-confidence to stand up to a group like that.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  I completely agree.

                                  Furthermore, assuming Bev's work ethic was a problem (and I'm not saying it is; I don't really remember or even know if I would be a good judge of it), that is something the judges are capable of ferreting out on their own. There was no need for Heather to call her out. The judges aren't dumb. They know how much time everyone has and if they think a chef hasn't been a team player, they have been known to ask the cheftestants what dishes they contributed to. I think the judges do take productivity into account, at least a little.

                                  I didn't remember that Dakota stood up for the underdog, but I remember liking her early on. She seemed genuinely upset that her mistakes sent Nyesha home. (Thank goodness LCK gave Nyesha another several lives...).

                                  ~TDQ

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    Dakota Weiss (DW) stood up for Beverly Kim (BK) at Judges' Table in Episode 7 [Game On] when Heather Terhune (HT) was lambasting BK and dredging up her perception of BK's lack of work ethic when she was peeling shrimp etc in Episode 6 [Higher Steaks]. Amongst other things, DW said she disagreed with HT's characterization of how BK, her team-mate, was working in that previous challenge.

                              3. re: chowser

                                It was Lindsay and Padma saying that Wednesdays were drinking nights. ;-)

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Thanks, I knew someone would remember.

                      2. re: John E.

                        Not beating a dead horse--it's new because she Ruth hasn't talked about the bullying but the not being remorseful for being a jerk. Sarah and Lindsay saw themselves and were mortified and apologized. Heather is defiantly proud that she's offensive. If you want to get down to it, we've discussed the whole show ad infinitum over the past season--it's all beating a dead horse because...it's the RECAP show.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Well, here's the video of that bit for those who want to look at it again - and again... :-)
                          http://eater.com/archives/2012/03/08/...

                      3. re: Ruth Lafler

                        a Chicago paper had its own reunion of the contestants who work in the city (linked in the other thread about the final) that provides some context for Terhune's obliviousness. In a very prestige-conscious, hierarchical industry she's a big boss in a big name establishment. She was very quick in getting a character reference from an ex-employee, Ty-lor, and what else could he say as a former vassal who'd depended on her for references and still needs to protect his own rep ? She justified herself in the newspaper piece by explaining how many employees she has with almost no turnover. It's the 'power corrupts' cliche.

                        But the show's producers seemed eager to revel in Bev's humiliation, and apparently could not let any stone go unturned in trying to provoke shame in the contestants. Sarah seemed genuinely shocked that her vulnerability after losing was rendered into fodder and exploited for another chance to cast an uncomplimentary light on her. Ty-lor had to defend his photo portrait but did so with dignity and taste.

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            "Q: Was Paul Qui winning a foregone conclusion? Farina: He's the hometown guy from Austin. He's very talented, he thinks about food in a very different way. He won for a reason. For me, I had an opportunity to eat at both restaurants on that last episode, (and) based purely on the dinners I ate, Sarah was robbed. I think there would have been a backlash if Paul didn't win. Sarah Grueneberg: A lot of the chefs told me the same thing."

                            Q: Who do you think should have won “Top Chef?”

                            Kim: Paul did great the whole season. Overall, for me, Paul deserved it.

                            Valencia: Paul.

                            Grueneberg: I think Paul should have won, absolutely.

                            Terhune: I love Paul but Sarah should have won.

                            Grueneberg: Thank you, Heather.

                            Jones: If we’re basing on the dish at hand, Sarah’s meal was better. But overall, Paul did better over the entire season.

                            ***
                            That is so true. People on this board would've flipped!

                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                              TC has made many decisions that have made viewers flip, just watch the Hosea win. I don't think they're picking based on viewers input and whether people would have flipped. Sure viewers would have flipped if Paul lost, but it's never affected the results in the past. Why start now? Funny, in that list, the Chicago chefs picked the Chicago chef they knew before starting the show.

                              1. re: chowser

                                I'm just saying that people on this board would've flipped if Sarah won. I don't know how many people stated this prior to the finale. As for who served a better finale dinner, I suppose everyone that tasted the food can have his/her own opinion. Neither served a flawless dinner and it's very subjective how one penalizes the flaws.

                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  Sure, I would have flipped. I know the show is based on the idea that the last meal determines the winner, not the best chef. And, I know it's not about who's the nicest person. All that said, I was pulling big time for Paul and would have been very disappointed if he hadn't. But, unlike Richie seems to imply, they didn't give it to Paul because they were afraid of the uproar.

                              2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                people would have flipped? so what? Ilan, Hosea, anyone? They have picked the unpopular chef before as the winner. No one is denying Sarah is a good chef but Paul through out the season and in the finale cooked better.

                                Also are we surprised that the person who has attacked "asian food" all season wouldn't pick a chef with did Japanese with South east Asian influences?

                                1. re: tjinsf

                                  Sarah would have been a better winner than Ilan or Hosea, if the three of them were in a finale. IMHO.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Who knows, Sarah may get her chance. Richard Blais didn't win his season, but he won on all-stars. They may end up doing an All-Stars 2 after a few more TC seasons.

                                2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  Based on what I saw of Farina during the show, I would never take his opinion on who's food was better. Did he ever actually perform well or make anything the judges responded well to during his time on the show? I think it's lame that he diminished Paul's win by saying what he did. I think he could have made the same point about Sarah's meal being better without implying that Paul had the "hometown advantage". Total idiot. Which is what i thought of him during his time on the show as well.

                                3. re: mariacarmen

                                  very interesting. Didn't realize that Heather was the oldest and 40. Thought Ed was older. She's pretty much at the top of her career now baring opening a successful stand alone restaurant herself so maybe that's why she thinks so highly of herself. Also it's hard on women in the industry now but 20 years ago it was even harder.

                                  1. re: tjinsf

                                    She and Keith were both 39 when the show was filmed.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      so she even misrepresented that in the interview. Honestly doesn't seem to be a strong suit with her.

                                      1. re: tjinsf

                                        If you look at the Bravo site and the bios for the chefs - it clearly states that Heather is 40 and Keith is 39. So I guess she didn't mispresent herself at all.

                                      2. re: tjinsf

                                        If that's the "top of her career"...
                                        Let's just say that I think of Sable as serving decent but not earth-shattering bar food, an adjunct to the Bar part which serves all sorts of cocktails. Yes, I've eaten there. Yes, I've drunk there. I would mention that others besides myself think similarly too. (Some others think differently)

                                        1. re: huiray

                                          Terhune doesn't seem to have much respect or understanding of Asian food and cooking, which is how 60-70% of the world eats, so my guess, not being interested in her stuff, she's good at tweaking comfort foods. her persona and appearance suggest she might be fond of drinking, and she seems desensitized to others except to how they affect her -- not the best material to excel as a chef.

                                          1. re: huiray

                                            Having eaten there I agree with you but still being the head of the kitchen if not the owner is as good as it gets for many chefs.

                                          2. re: tjinsf

                                            Heather's restaurant is Sable, located in a Chicago hotel (does that make it a successful stand-alone?). It is popular, but truth be told it is a really great bar (the drink menu has chapters!) that serves very interesting bar food, some of which is really good and some of which is meh.

                                          3. re: mariacarmen

                                            Thanks for the link. As a person with my own weight issues, I really took offense to Sara spinning being portrayed as a mean girl because she's a fatty. Everytime I want to cut her some slack, and post something nice about her, she comes back to make me regret speaking kindly of her.

                                            1. re: Bellachefa

                                              well, you have to admit there were a lot of mean fat comments here, and i can only imagine what she was being exposed to on twitter or elsewhere. i'm not saying that makes her any nicer.

                                    2. Nyesha called Bev "Sabotage", Ed was irritated to see her back in the contest,and Paul tried to tell her how to behave (not jump in front of people, etc.) It seems that Bev may have to do some apologizing herself! There wasn't alot of warmth thrown in her direction, was there?

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                                      1. re: Starfire

                                        Why should Bev apologize for being back in the contest? There was a secret Last Chance Kitchen. She didn't have any control over that except to cook well enough to win.

                                        1. re: Starfire

                                          I missed the sabotage comment. What was Nyesha referring to?

                                        2. I liked that we found out the reason Ty-Lor was so supportive of Heather and her behavior is because he is a former employee of hers. Sarah seemed to be trying to hard to prove she isn't a bully or a bad person and very defensive about telling a judge to f-u after the finale. I could have done with out the joke videos and more about them talking about the challenges and cooking all the texas themed crap.

                                          It might be an old horse but all the bullying issues would be over in a second if Heather had been able to even admit to what she did. I feel sorry for everyone in her kitchen if she rules by fear and considering the only time I've eaten at sable there was indeed yelling I don't think she is likely to change. Even a fake apology like Sarah's would have put it to rest.

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                                          1. re: tjinsf

                                            About the F U. I missed it but did Sarah say F U to Emeril? They kind of had a make up love fest going on there.

                                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                                They have a million cameras and they didn't have a camera or sound on this? I find that odd. If this happened during the crowd rush after the winner was announced, there were so many people crushing them and talking, how does anyone know (a) she is the one who said it and (b) that it was said to Emeril?

                                                1. re: Manassas64

                                                  Based on how Sarah acted last night on the reunion show ("I never said that - and if I did, I didn't mean it - I love Emeril!"), AND various reactions around her (perhaps from those who did hear her say it), AND how Emeril was extremely nice to her about her chef capabilities without calling her out (seeming to try and put Sarah at ease), I'd wager that she did say it.

                                                  In what context is what I'd like to know. Did Emeril come up to her to comfort her in her loss and she told him to F off? Don't know.

                                                2. re: Phaedrus

                                                  It was never directly said which judge. the question directed at her was "we have a staffer who heard you (sarah) say FU to one of the judges right after you didn't win". Then Sarah claims she never said that and she loves Emeril. My opinion is he probably came up to tell her how good she was and she was probably pissed in general and said it in general and didn't mean it personal. but then again no one was there.

                                                  1. re: tjinsf

                                                    Wasn't there a reaction shot of Tom directly following that but, they then implied that it was Emeril.

                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                      yep - Tom raised his eyebrow and sort of smirked in silent acknowledgment that she had said it...or at least that's how *i* interpreted his reaction.

                                                    2. re: tjinsf

                                                      I just watched the clip on Bravo. She denied it and said it was really shitty to bring up and then she started babbling about Emeril. Now if she didn't say it, then how did she know that Emeril was the judge that she didn't say it to? The best thing that ever happened to her was not winning. She started out as an emotionally stunted bratty mean girl. She is leaving with greater maturity and self awareness.

                                                      1. re: Bellachefa

                                                        I really thought that after she denied it they would roll a clip with her saying whatever it was she said...

                                                        1. re: BDMTHRFKR

                                                          Even if they had, in the heat of the moment, we all say things we regret and might forget. But, she acted contrite after and said she didn't remember saying it but apologized in case she did. I think in this case, it's all water under the bridge.

                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                            That segment was heavily edited and I don't trust the reaction shots, etc.

                                                            Without film or sound, to me, it's just one "production staffer"'s word against hers.

                                                            Obviously she was told of this incident at some point and that she directed it at Emeril even though it wasn't said on the show. She wasn't blindsided by the comment on the show, she had heard about it.

                                                            With all of the complaining about editing and Magical Elves all during the season, you all really thing what we saw last night was minute-to-minute and real time reactions?

                                                            1. re: Manassas64

                                                              It's also possible that she said "F" without the "U" as Emeril approached her. Ie, it wasn't directed at him at all, but she knew and understood that it might have been perceived that way. I just can't imagine she would say that to him.

                                                              1. re: Manassas64

                                                                <<Sigh>> No, I do realize it's as close to scripted as it can be w/out actually being. And, we could argue nonstop about what might have happened, what ended up on the cutting room floor, etc. We don't even know if a staffer heard it said, when you come down to it. But, we're only privy to what we see so that's what I'm basing it on. I don't know why it's obvious to you that it's been brought up before to her. In the end, she seemed mortified that it might have happened and she apologized. And, again, I realize that they could have put together footage to make her seem mortified and apologized when she could be as defiant as Heather (and we could add on that maybe Heather was contrite and seemed defiant and the magic elves showed her not to be) but that leads to one long speculative post that says nothing.

                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                  >>but that leads to one long speculative post that says nothing.<<

                                                                  If you are looking to prevent this, I am afraid its too late.

                                                                  1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                    Nope, just proving my point. But, you didn't see all the editing and magic elves that took an even longer post and produced what you actually read.

                                                                      1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                        See, this is why I took part in the Site Talk thread about the importance of LOL. It's bad enough sometimes for me in person, let alone when I can't see an expression.

                                                                  2. re: chowser

                                                                    I was willing to give Heather the benefit of the doubt but now she has said in multiple interviews that how she was portrayed was exactly how she is and that she doesn't think did anything wrong with her actions, words or behavior. As much we had the bloody elves editing, I think in this case (heather) it had nothing to do with editing.

                                                                    1. re: tjinsf

                                                                      I was glad Heather said that, but I never bought it was all editing before either.

                                                          2. re: tjinsf

                                                            This is such a Rorchach test. If you hate Sarah, you are sure she told Emeril to F off. If you like her, you are sure it was a misunderstanding. We may never know what happened.

                                                            1. re: chicgail

                                                              There is another alternative, and that is to simply to have a hard time believing production staff "reports."

                                                              I don't always watch reunion shows. Is this common for them to report that someone on the production staff heard something, but not offer any audio evidence? If it happened when the other judges were right there, why didn't one of them speak up and say they heard it?

                                                              They had just spent the lead-off segment showing how deserving Paul was. They already had plenty of mean girl audio and video; why go the extra distance to stick this in?

                                                              1. re: chicgail

                                                                I don't think so, I like her food, I didn't like some of her behavior on the show. I think she may have said it not because I dislike her but because it's a very stressful situation and people have potty mouths. So if she did or didn't do it doesn't really matter. Clearly the production thought she should apologize to Emeril for it or they just wanted to get some more drama both which is likely.

                                                          3. re: tjinsf

                                                            I don't think Sarah's apology on the reunion show was fake. I think she was truly horrified at seeing herself on screen and realized she had stepped out of bounds at times. Same with Lindsay. She seemed most embarrassed.

                                                            Heather, on the other hand, was defiantly adamant that she did little or *no* wrong. She said "this is me. Take it or leave it."

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              From the clips that we have been shown, Heather is a very black of white person, not much shades of gray are tolerated in her world. I have known and worked with those people, it is rarely pleasant, especially if you try to convince them to look at the world differently. So I keep my mouth shut and try to get out of that situation as quickly as possible. I think eventually Heather will either understand the detriment that it is causing her in the long run or she will die thinking that she is always right and the rest of the world will adjust to her because: "This is her. Take it or leave it." This is certainly not something a reality show would solve, much like Bev's quirks.

                                                              Now the interesting juxtaposition is Keith's comment about the shrimp. They asked him if the shrimp was the reason why he got knocked out and his response involved a very create quip about flatulence and how the reality is that he got sent home because of his dish and not the shrimp. Kudos to him, because he blamed the team for letting him down when he left, so he has come a full 180.

                                                              I want to do jager shots with Grayson. Amongst other things.

                                                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                LOVED the "fart in the kitchen and you're constantly trying to move around to get away from it" comment from Keith! LOL

                                                                And Grayson just proved yet again that she would be a FUN person to hang with.

                                                                HEY! Just realized (I didn't stay up to watch the late night Andy Show) - did Crary win the damn Fan Favorite when Grayson SHOULD have won? http://www.bravotv.com/live-vote/top-... Looks like he was 11,000 points ahead of Grayson in the online voting, but there's nothing as to who won.

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  There's a "Winner" banner on Malibu's picture now, so I guess it's official: http://www.bravotv.com/live-vote/top-...

                                                                  I threw in a bunch of votes for Grayson yesterday, since she was the only one in position to take it from Malibu, but I would have happily done the same for Paul, Ed, Keith, or one or two others ;-)

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                    I wonder if Malibu's stalker won the foodie trip to Texas?

                                                                    1. re: jcattles

                                                                      Whoever Skid888 is, they were the highest scoring fan:

                                                                      Skid888
                                                                      420,570 points

                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                      Keith's fart comment was the best moment of the reunion show...i also enjoyed the evil Gail Simmons mash-up.

                                                                      other than that, zzzzzzzz.

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        hahaha yes that was the best comment! i keep waiting for a time when i can fit it into one of my conversations...

                                                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        Malibu Chris did win fan favorite, but not without Andy commenting that he had waged quite a campaign for the title.

                                                                        I also would have preferred Grayson.

                                                                      3. re: Phaedrus

                                                                        "Heather is a very black of white person, not much shades of gray are tolerated in her world. I have known and worked with those people, it is rarely pleasant, especially if you try to convince them to look at the world differently."
                                                                        *************************
                                                                        This would also explain why she has had employees working for her for so long (assuming she isn't lying ;-). Black and white people can actually be great bosses if you're not the type to try and rock the boat. You know where you stand with them, you know what they expect of you, and if you live by their rules they are happy with you. The worst bosses I have had are the ones whose expectations change from day to day, thus making it hard to keep them happy.

                                                                      4. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        I agree with you that Sarah's apology was sincere, but she also had a bit of a deer in the headlights look as if she knows she crossed some lines and regrets having done so, but isn't 100% sure which things were over the line and how to change.

                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                          Yeah, her crossing the line was telling Emeril to F off after Paul was given the win. I want to know more about THAT situation! I hadn't read anything about that online prior to last night's reunion show!

                                                                          Emeril was incredibly gracious to Sarah in speaking to her about how impressed he was with her food.

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            I thought Emeril was gracious, too. OMG she must be SO embarrassed. We all do things we aren't proud of under pressure, but that is a pretty big blunder.

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                              Emeril has always been very gracious. As tired as I was of some of his schtick on Emeril Live, I much preferred him in his new role visiting the classic restaurants, I was never short on respect for the man.

                                                                              he even had the good graces of hosting Bourdain after Bourdain called him the troll for such a long time.

                                                                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                                I think it was a "hairy ewok" (from star wars)!

                                                                                But he later came around and realized he was a great cook and businessman

                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                            yes this is what I mean, I think Sarah is sorry for how she was portrayed and maybe even for what she did but I don't know if she got why the actions were wrong and frankly it doesn't really matter. I think just saying I am sorry to Bev publicly was all that was needed.

                                                                          3. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            I found it interesting that neither Lindsay nor Sarah chose to sit next to Heather. It was also nice to see Lindsay sitting next to Bev and being supportive of her (stroking Bev's arm). I like both Sarah and Lindsay better than I did and dislike Heather even more. I think their behavior was very telling of the types of people they are. As others have said, both Sarah and Lindsay seemed embarrassed by the clips they saw of themselves. Sarah telling Emeril to F Off was definitely a low point, but so it goes. Good for both of them for being adults at the Reunion (other than the Emeril/Sarah thing)

                                                                            1. re: KailuaGirl

                                                                              I highly doubt any of the contestants chose where they sat for the reunion.

                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                Paul, Sarah, Lindsay, Bev, and Ed in the front row. Certainly made sense to me. Last contestants. I think Tyler Stone's seat was on the off ramp to the studio.

                                                                          4. re: tjinsf

                                                                            To me, Sarah allegedly telling a Judge, Emeril?, to F off was the most interesting and revealing part of the Reunion Show. Her response was essentially; I didn't say that but, if I did, I didn't mean it. LOL!

                                                                          5. Yeah, it was pretty evident that the judges ALL felt that Heather was completely in the wrong. Tom's expressions (Yes, I *know* it could have been editing!) were pretty incredulous.