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Food Network Star: "Meet the Press-Ure" (6/24/2012) *SPOILERS*

ipsedixit Jun 24, 2012 08:06 PM

Everyone for themselves today.

There's no "team" in EPK.

Justin wins rave reviews for dates stuffed with peanut butter, duck, and bonito flakes. Yum.

Martita leaves a whole 30 seconds on the clock. But survives.

Emily goes home. So retro-sad.

Next week? South Beach!

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  1. Shrinkrap Jun 24, 2012 10:05 PM

    Aww ...and Justin cried when retro lady got sent home.

    1. DiningDiva Jun 24, 2012 10:11 PM

      Bummer, I'm sorry to see Emily go, she always amused me in a good way.

      FTV keeps telling these people to "open up". I'm sorry, I don't want to know about Yvan dumpster diving, Martita's baby sister, Michele's mom, or anything eles. They're walking a fine line between interest and a therapy session.

      I never in a million years thought 'dI say this but...man, I'll take Penny and Mary Beth over this group any day, at least the show they were on last was interesting. If NFNS hasn't jumped the shark already, it sure did tonight

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      1. re: DiningDiva
        Shrinkrap Jun 25, 2012 12:07 AM

        Agree about Emily, and about the therapy from unlicensed therapists. Feels like "truth or dare" to make cheerleaders. Oh wait...that was me.

        1. re: DiningDiva
          Joanie Jun 25, 2012 04:11 AM

          I thought Emily was so bad last nite tho. Maybe it was cuz she was trying to do this without revealing her big secret (not sure what scary thing would have brought about her 50s point of view) but even the 2nd time when they said she was so much better, I thought she kinda sucked.

          I can't believe Martita didn't yap about *something* during those 30 interminable seconds. That was bad.

          Is Ippy really *that* laid back? I thought he had a nice vibe to his presentation but was surprised the newer judges said the same stuff Suzy and Bob keep saying about being a snooze.

          1. re: Joanie
            DiningDiva Jun 25, 2012 06:44 AM

            Martita sucked. I would have preferred to see her go rather than Emily

            1. re: DiningDiva
              shell22 Jun 25, 2012 08:37 AM


              1. re: shell22
                KrumTx Jun 25, 2012 03:39 PM

                +2. The 30 seconds of dead time should have sent her home on the spot.

                1. re: KrumTx
                  chicgail Jun 26, 2012 04:48 AM

                  They couldn't send her home "on the spot" or the whole show would have had 30 minutes of dead air time.

                  1. re: chicgail
                    KrumTx Jun 28, 2012 05:51 AM

                    Point taken:)

            2. re: Joanie
              BubblyOne Jun 25, 2012 10:30 AM

              Emily could have made up something plausible that wasn't soul-baring and satisfied the judges. It's not like they would know the difference. She enjoyed collecting old cookbooks as a teen and was looking for ways to make updated versions, she loved watching TV shows from the 50s as a kid and thought it was cool, she loved cooking with her grandmother. Or given an edited version of the truth.

              Martita leaving 30 seconds of airtime was the worst IMHO. And she and Justin keep going back and forth in winning the fan vote.

              1. re: Joanie
                ennuisans Jun 25, 2012 02:39 PM

                They should bring Padma Lakshmi back to coach Ippy on how to be an energetic in-your-face cooking show host.

                1. re: ennuisans
                  DGresh Jun 25, 2012 03:50 PM

                  you nailed it :)

              2. re: DiningDiva
                rasputina Jun 25, 2012 10:06 AM

                I agree, I watch cooking shows for recipes and food ideas not for family stories. And what was with the claim that they were being judged individually and then making 2 people from each team safe? That was false advertising. It seems they are more worried about hurting the feelings of their team leaders by having all their contestants kicked off because they suck than actually finding the best person. Not that I'm surprised.

                1. re: rasputina
                  Joanie Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM

                  I didn't even think of that. Why *did* they have 2 safe and one person up for elimination on each team? Altho they may have been the actual worst of the presentations overall.

                  Does anyone think the judges might have thought that Emily's look was too distracting?

                  1. re: Joanie
                    mcf Jun 25, 2012 04:17 PM

                    No, not given their love for Justin and his rockabilly/Howdy Doody thing. :-)

                    1. re: mcf
                      rochfood Jun 25, 2012 07:24 PM

                      I thought it was Count Chocula .

                      1. re: rochfood
                        dmjordan Jun 25, 2012 07:44 PM

                        Good one! I always think Heat Miser though.

                      2. re: mcf
                        chicgail Jun 26, 2012 04:49 AM

                        He does look like Howdy Doody! And I am apparently old enough to know. I wonder who is pulling the strings?

                      3. re: Joanie
                        rasputina Jun 25, 2012 08:36 PM

                        I think Michele's look is the most distracting. At least Emily's look was cute.

                        1. re: rasputina
                          DGresh Jun 26, 2012 02:29 AM

                          I agree.

                      4. re: rasputina
                        DiningDiva Jun 25, 2012 12:29 PM

                        I think that ultimately, for the last episode before they announce the winner, each "mentor" will have a dog in the final fight. Alton's will be Justin, Bobby's will be Michele and Giada's will be (in all likelihood) Ippy.

                        1. re: DiningDiva
                          ipsedixit Jun 25, 2012 08:55 PM


                          1. re: DiningDiva
                            Janet from Richmond Jun 26, 2012 06:28 AM

                            I think Bobby's will be Malcolm & Giada's will be Martita. I agree Justin for Alton.

                            If there is a god, Martie will be going home sooner rather than later. Dear lord, she is annoying and nothing she has made has appealed to me. If baffled as to why she is still there.

                            1. re: Janet from Richmond
                              DGresh Jun 26, 2012 06:56 AM

                              unfortunately I think Bobby's will be that annoying girl on grill gal.

                              1. re: DGresh
                                Janet from Richmond Jun 26, 2012 07:21 AM

                                Ugh.....she is annoying.

                                1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                  rochfood Jun 26, 2012 08:34 AM

                                  She and Martita definitely suffer from " I think I'm all that " syndrome.
                                  Martita wants to be the Mexican version of Giada with her cleavage..and overauthentic pronunciation of everything " Mehhican" sounding.

                                  1. re: rochfood
                                    DGresh Jun 26, 2012 08:46 AM

                                    Yeah I kind of feel like the extent of her POV is that she can authentically pronounce Spanish words.

                                    1. re: rochfood
                                      DiningDiva Jun 26, 2012 09:33 AM

                                      Hmmm....I don't find that she is "over pronouncing" the words in Spanish. Sounds more like someone for whom (or is it who) Spanish was the first language and English the second. She's from SoCal where it is not unusual to hear that style of Spanglish.

                                      What I do find interesting is that Yvan moved to the U.S. at 13 and speaks nearly unaccented English.

                                      1. re: DiningDiva
                                        mcf Jun 26, 2012 10:15 AM

                                        Really, kind of like saying those of us who use proper English diction are overpronouncing. :-) Of course a native speaker is going to pronounce native language words the way they learned them.

                                        Hey, my brother moved to Australia in mid life and speaks Ozzie, so does his daughter, who moved there after college.

                                        1. re: DiningDiva
                                          Shrinkrap Jun 26, 2012 10:52 PM

                                          My husband moved here at a 9 and can "do" either (patois or "educated") at the drop of the hat.

                                2. re: DiningDiva
                                  BubblyOne Jun 26, 2012 10:26 AM

                                  If the live finale is 7/15, there's going to have to be some kind of multiple eliminations before then.

                              2. re: DiningDiva
                                chowser Jul 1, 2012 02:20 PM

                                "They're walking a fine line between interest and a therapy session."

                                LOL, that's my feeling, too. It's almost uncomfortable listening to some of the stories. I cringe when I hear them tell the contestants to share family stories and then they get so excited when they hear tidbits, like voyeurs, It's sad that Justin's father died but within the context of a 90 second presentation? That story Marti told was awkward and irrelevant. How did being stood up by sorority girls (at 13 in high school?) make a difference in her life and yet they LOOOVVEEED it. That dumpster story is along those lines.

                                I don't particularly like anyone on this season but there are some who rub me the wrong way and I can't put my finger on it. I'm not crazy about Martita or Marti. I guess I like Ippy and Yvan but would not tune into either show. Justin is still too Rocky Horror Picture show for me and I don't get why they loved his hair.

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