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Top Chef Masters: "Episode 5: Holly Madison's Pool Party" (8/22/12) [***SPOILERS***]

More eye-candy than you can wink at. It's a pool party with Ms. Vegas.

Lorena Garcia takes the win.

But it's time to bid adieu to Monsieur Thierry Rautureau. Make a Bloody Mary, and better make sure people don't mistake it for Tobasco sauce.

So, it's Spain over France, sort of like a World Cup match.

And this episode should be rated "R" ... one should never have to endure Art in a Speedo without some sort of parental warning. I don't know what hurts more, my eyes or my stomach.

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      1. I thought the Quickfire was more interesting than the pool party. Pity Patricia Yeo ran out of time and didn't complete her plating...but phở in 45 minutes did seem ambitious to me, even if she called it "faux phở". Takashi Yagihashi's win seemed well-deserved.

        In the elimination challenge it seemed somewhat probable to me after the food was presented that Thierry Rautureau was in deep danger. His mini-croque-madame sans egg (i.e. not a croque-madame) with congealed Béchamel, burnt toast...

        Mr. Bull Horns and Mr. Speedo really should not be around each other.

        Not sure I agree with Lorena Garcia winning - but I wasn't there.

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        1. re: huiray

          Totally agree about "Quickfire was more interesting than the pool party"

          Art Smith in a speedo left me totally speechless which is probably a good thing

        2. we learned how Judge Oseland can seem so jaded yet maintain an appetite to slog through -- he seems a little less the sour puss this season but still no pleasure to partake with, and in this glimpse reminded me a bit of the senator played by Olivier in "Spartacus" at a Roman bath leering at the slave portrayed by Schwartz (Curtis, as in Tony).

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          1. Very sad to see Thierry go. But the minute they had him say something about him winning the previous challenge in the confessional at the top of the show, I figured he was a goner.

            And James Oseland's fawning and Art's Speedo. ::::Gak:::: Was either necessary?

            Didn't want to see any of the bottom three go - Patricia, Chris and Thierry are all high on my list of "likes" (along with Takashi, who is rocking it with an EC and then a QF the next challenge).

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              i think watching people have fun at a pool party makes for better television.