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What to Watch in March

If you’ve got a hole in your heart the size of Parks and Recreation and you need a new show to fill it, never fear!  March is upon us with some great TV options.

Maybe, like me, you’re still making your way through House of Cards season 3 which premiered on Netflix late last week, February 27th.  This was one of those rare weekends on which I actually had a life, so I didn’t get to binge much.

More exciting to me is tonight’s US premiere, season 2 of Broadchurch on BBC America.  Tennant on my TV, always.  If you haven’t fallen in love with this show yet, you can binge the 8 episode first season series (sorry, I forgot we’re dealing with British terminology!) on Netflix.  This is one of the shows I’m most excited for this year.  I’ve never watching week by week before, seeing as I missed it’s first series BBC America run.  I watched Gracepoint, the US version also starring David Tennant, that way, but Broadchurch is infinitely better.  I can’t wait!!

image: BBC America

image: BBC America

On a blog-relevant note: a new season of Hell’s Kitchen started last night!  Since I didn’t blog last season and I can’t seem to live without Gordon Ramsay in my life, you can expect Hell’s Kitchen posts starting tomorrow!

And finally, on the Netflix front, we have two new shows that I’m interested in.  The first is thanks to my idol, Tina Fey.  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s first season hits Netflix this Friday, March 6th!  I have been eager for this one since I first heard it existed and you can bet it’ll be my weekend binge.  Then there’s Bloodline, which we’ll have to wait until March 20th for its release on Netflix.  I admittedly don’t know much about this thriller-drama, but I do know that I miss Kyle Chandler from my Friday Night Lights binge.  I’ll be watching this one later in the month as well.

If you don’t think March has enough in store for you, remember that April is that much closer now.  April means Orphan Black, my most-anticipated return of 2015, and Game of Thrones, which is likely everyone else’s!

What shows are you most looking forward to?

MasterChef Junior: Family Favorites

This week’s MasterChef Junior started out with a Mystery Box Challenge that wasn’t so much of a mystery.  Thanks to a floating banana from the sky, the home cooks are not surprised to find bunches of bananas under their boxes.  Bananas are one of my absolute favorite foods, so I love this challenge!

Gordon, Joe, and Graham taste Jenna’s, Nathan’s, and Ryan Kate’s.

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Nathan wins!  How could he not with those mouth-watering macarons?!  He wins an advantage in the elimination challenge, which Gordon’s youngest daughter, Matilda Ramsay, comes out to announce.

Twelve-year-old Tilly explains that the one dish the Ramsay kids always request their father make is salmon en croûte with hollandaise sauce, baby potatoes, and minted peas.  The kids will basically taste it/make it (for those of you who watch Hell’s Kitchen) but with a little help from Matilda, who lists the ingredients for the dish which they also find on their stations.

Though Tilly sports a British accent, she pronounces basil like an American, much to her father's chagrin.  Gordon teases her about this, but she's adamant it's bay-zil.

Though Tilly sports a British accent, she pronounces basil like an American, much to her father’s chagrin. Gordon teases her about this, but she’s adamant it’s bay-zil.

Nathan doesn’t have to cook, instead he gets to eat a salmon en croûte prepared by Gordon Ramsay himself.

The kids try to replicate Gordon’s dish, with varying degrees of success:

Gordon's dish is in the center.  How did the kids do?!

Gordon’s dish is in the center. How did the kids do?!

Jenna | salmon perfect, pastry cooked beautifully, even the hollandaise  came together!
Andrew | just nailed it, overall excellent!
Kayla | way too much pastry, and it’s raw, very little salmon.
Ayla | the sauce is spicy, but the salmon, the hero, is perfect!
Ryan Kate | overcooked her salmon
Riley | pastry is raw, potatoes need more color, hollandaise is broken.
Jimmy | visually, near perfect, and the taste aligns!

The top two are Jimmy and Andrew, whose the real winner.  On the bottom, we have Kayla, Riley, and Ryan Kate.

Ryan Kate is eliminated, and I literally gasp out loud.  Riley is also eliminated.  I’m really shocked at these results, as I thought Ryan Kate had been a strong contender and Kayla was looking a bit weak lately.  Let’s hope she can make a come back!  It’s just Jenna and Kayla hanging in there for the girls, now.

I’ll miss Ryan Kate, who cooks with such maturity.  I’ll miss Riley, with statements like he “made a lot of nice friends.”  It goes without saying that they are both very talented!

Six left means the competition is really getting down to the wire!  Can’t wait to see what these kids do next!

Questions, Comments, & Rants: Dark Water

I think Questions, Comments, & Rants might become a semi-regular thing.  For now, let’s dig into the first half of the Doctor Who series 8 finale, Dark Water.

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My first question: What exactly was Clara doing when she called Danny?  What’s with all of these post-it notes with timey-whimey words and deep emotional outpourings?  There was definitely more going on here that we never got to find out about.  I’m hoping this is one question that will get answered in the next episode.

My big problem: Does anyone else think Clara was completely over-reacting when she THREW THE TARDIS KEYS IN A VOLCANO?  First of all, she didn’t even ask talk to the Doctor about Danny’s death first.  She didn’t float the idea by him or try any gentle approach or clever trick to get him to go back in time to save Danny.  Instead she threatened him in the most extreme way she could think of.  Did she think so little of their relationship that she assumed he wouldn’t want to help her?  Did she just want to die there on the side of a volcano rather than live without Danny?  Did she kind of think that the Doctor could get back into the Tardis without keys?  ‘Cause I kind of did.

And really, how could the Doctor forgive her for that?  Does he understand emotional pain so well?  If so, this is likely a recent development.  His plan doesn’t involve changing the past, but finding Danny in the present.  So really, Clara’s threatening was for nothing.

As for the Missy story, the big question-mark of the series (season, in a vernacular that I’m more familiar with): I think she and the netherworld plot came together nicely.  It actually panned out how I thought it would.  Missy has been transporting the near-death to a dimension of sorts where they live out their afterlife.  It is not a biblical hell or anything disruptive to an ethos.  My one sticking-point is: how long has she been doing this?  I suppose a Time Lord could go back and do it to as many people as he/she needs.  In Missy’s case, it’s been going on long enough to snag Steven Jobs and the kid Danny killed as a soldier.  Her revelation as a Time Lord was interesting, and I panicked for a second that I may have missed something.  Her revelation as the Master, re-genered, let’s say for now, is actually a little less confusing for me.  I can’t wait to see how this plays out!

Aside from Cybermen being the most outdated-looking piece of technology since K-9, (whom I love, dearly,) they are sufficiently horrifying in the fact that they are shells of people you once knew, devoid of all the emotions that make us human.

 

So, lend me your thoughts on Dark Water!

Doctor Who: slightly awkward if the world was destroyed

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I liked “In the Forest of the Night” more than I expected to.  For an episode that takes place entire on (or, for a hot second, around) Earth, it felt Whovian enough.  Even though it involved so much Mr. Pink, (am I the only one who hates him?) he came in tolerable doses.

I really liked Maeve, who feels like an indigo child or a horror movie kid right away.  I knew the funny way she was running with her arms swatting in front of her face would come full circle, though that annoyed me every time she ran.  I liked how precocious she was.  I don’t understand how the disappearance of her sister left her strangely clairvoyant, and prophetic, but whatever.  She was cute and a bit creepy, and that made her interesting to me.

Maybe it’s because I watch too much SVU, but I was certain her sister was dead.  When the tree magic brought her back at the end, I was pleased to see she looked like a teenage runaway.

What I have a problem with is Mr. Pink yelling that Maeve was on medication and emotionally unstable in front of her other classmates.  While it seems that everyone knew full well of Maeve’s trauma, I found this disrespectful, especially for a teacher.  As a foil for Clara who was ready, willing, and able to run off with the Doctor and investigate, I think Danny failed on this account.  He removes the children from the Tardis and leads them through a forest of danger, when he could’ve stayed and protected them.  He’s not as perfect as everyone thinks her is.

I did like the philosophical question he brought up, and I even agree with him.  Spending time with certain people can be worth more than any adventure.  I was worried, though, that he talked Clara out of watching the solar flare.  I’m happy to see that she was still interested in that experience of a lifetime.

My other major problem comes in the form of Clara kissing Danny in front of the Coal Hill students.  That is not appropriate behavior!  Let alone the fact that they whole school already thinks they are in love.  This is an HR nightmare, you guys.

Oh, let’s not even start on how every year 8 student has been on the Tardis at this point.  It bothered me when the Doctor brought Courtney aboard, and it bothered me slightly less this time… but not so little that I wouldn’t mention it.

I do like the trees acting as a giant shield around the earth for an intense solar flare.  I like that Doctor said that humankind will simply forget, as that is our superpower.

Now, the finale, THAT looks interesting.  I’ve been thinking about the origin of Clara a lot lately.  Back int he Matt Smith days, Clara was so interesting to me– popping up in different times as slightly different people.  Clara’s life as a school teacher with her regular boyfriend is so painfully boring to me.  Looks like she’s going to get exciting again!

Any thoughts?

Doctor Who: A Man in a Box, Literally

I know I said this about Kill the Moon, but Flatline is officially my favorite episode of series 8.  I feel like i’ve been reaching to like this series, but finally this episode completely worked for me.  The Doctor and Clara were in perfect sync, (up until the very end that is,) the monsters were interesting and conceptually scary, and we saw the classic tools of the trade that we love– the sonic screwdriver and psychic paper.  Oh, and we had a lot of fun with a tiny Tardis.

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Never has the statement “it’s bigger on the inside” been more true that when the Tardis, landing roughly when/where Clara asked for it to, turned out to be quite a bit smaller than it was before.

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The Doctor is immediately intrigued, but Clara’s a bit frustrated for ending up in Bristol while she’s hiding her travels from boyfriend Danny.  As Clara goes to investigate, the Tardis shrinks even more to a pocketbook-sized portability, which Clara carries around with her throughout the episode.  The Doctor is full-sized inside, and to indicate the new altered size of the Tardis, its interior door looks like something out of Willy Wonka or Alice in Wonderland.

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This means Clara gets to play Doctor throughout the episode, poking fun at the vagueness of the title and using her new found moral ambiguity to solve a mystery of missing people.

When an Alex Mack-style puddle sucks up a police office, the Doctor makes the connection that the disappearing people are being turned two-dimensional by the episode’s monsters.  Which is to say, they die.

In concept, monsters living in the walls and the floors and basically any flat surface are absolutely terrifying.  We see this as Clara leads a party of city workers through the underground.  In manifestation, they wear the people they’ve killed like camouflage, which sounds really creepy, but look like claymation zombies.

These monsters suck energy from the Tardis so the Doctor is unable to restore its size and functions.  At one point, the tiny Tardis is knocked out of Clara’s hands and onto the subway tracks.  As a train approaches, Clara suggests the Doctor “Addams Family” it off the tracks, as they only way to move it is manually.  He does, but in his short moment of victory dancing, he knocks it back onto the tracks.  It then goes into siege mode: a silver cube with Gallifreyan markings on it that no one could get into or out of.  Clara comes up with a brilliant plan to restore its power, thinking like the Doctor and using the monters’ power.  When the Tardis is restored and the Doctor finally comes out of the box, the moment feels so earned.

Did you guys love this episode as much as I did?

Kill the Moon

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You need look no further than yesterday’s post to know that I find the moon romantic and beautiful.  Space is full of beauty and mystery, and perhaps that’s why both Sailor Moon and Doctor Who appeal to me.  This weekend’s episode of Doctor Who, Kill the Moon, posed the moon as a gigantic egg in the sky; from it hatched a unique winged creature that ignited humankind’s desire to explore space.  I loved the concept for this episode.  Here are a few of my favorite things from this episode:

 

“In fact, I’m not entirely sure if I won’t keep on regenerating forever.”

The Doctor says while illustrating the futility of shooting him.  This line piqued my interest, as I think it’s something that many Whovians wonder about.  Are there a finite number of regenerations?  We’re not sure.  It seems the Doctor’s not quite sure himself.  It’s nice to leave this open ended for show purposes, huh?

 

Maria on the moon

Maria are large, basaltic plains that are the “seas” of the moon.  I learned this when I googled a bunch of things the Doctor said.  The Doctor mentions the Sea of Tranquility, Sea of Nectar, and the Sea of Crises, which are all real things!  I feel like I learned something thanks to this episode… which, is the actual original purpose of Doctor Who.  Look at that!  Wiki the list of Maria on the moon yourself– it’s super interesting!

 

British-isms

Watching Doctor Who can be a little cultural lesson.  I love British accents and I love regional differences in vernacular.  One thing that caught me off guard was torch v. flashlight.  I just wasn’t expecting this one.  Something I found funny, that I’m wondering whether it’s a British-ism, is that Clara said the “President of America.”  I don’t think this is something an American would ever say.  We say President of the United States [of America] exclusively.

 

Fixed points v. gray bits

We’ve heard the Doctor talk about “fixed points in time,” which have to unravel the way they do– he cannot affect these moments.  (Although, he usually does.)  In Kill the Moon, the Doctor talks about the opposite, the eloquently named “gray bits” that he can’t quite discern the outcome.  I like this explanation of sort of junctions in time.  It says a lot for the gravity of the situation.

 

“My granny used to put things on tumblr!”

The astronaut in 2048 says this with a hearty laugh, and I get a real kick out of it.  It’s a great illustration of technology in action, isn’t it?  I actually love this gag in general, that we have Courtney snapping iPhone photos on the moon 35 years in the future and posting them on tumblr from the Tardis.

I do find it slightly odd that Clara’s like, uh no I don’t have Courtney’s number, but she obviously knows her tumblr username.  Like, which is actually weirder?

 

Navigational DVDs

The Doctor tells Courtney there are several DVDs onboard the Tardis which will take it (and if holding on correctly, her) to him.  Is this a little call-back to Blink?!  Clearly the Doctor has learned that he needs to keep a few of these on hand!

 

 

What did you guys think of Kill the Moon?

Into the Dalek Recap

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I love dalek episodes, and I love the premise of Into the Dalek— it reminds me of that episode of the Magic School Bus where the class goes inside Ralphie, or the Rugrats episode where Chuckie swallows a watermelon seed and the babies go in to retrieve it.  Alright, now for the Doctor Who recap!

We start in a scene that’s half Star Wars, half Star Fox 64. There’s shooting space ships and shouting from the girl soldier, Blue. Her brother, he co-pilot, sits dead next to her and she’s about to join him. Her ship explodes, but Blue wakes up on the Tardis.

The Doctor, without Clara, explains that he saved her. She just wants to get back to her ship, the Aristotle. She wants go pilot the Tardis alone, but the Doctor points out, “you’d starve to death trying to find the light switch.”

The Tardis lands on the Aristotle, and the two walk out. “It’s smaller on the outside,” Blue says. “It’s a bit more exciting when you go the other way,” says The Doctor. The crew of the Aristotle initially wants to kill the Doctor, but thinking that he is a doctor, they have a patient for him… a dalek.

In a rare moment, we see Clara at work, at the school. There’s a new teacher, Mr. Pink, a former soldier who teaches math. The two have a completely awkward interaction thanks to Mr. Pink. Let me tell you, though, if I could flirt like Clara can I’d be all set! Anyway, Clara steps into a supply closet, I think, and comes face to face with the Tardis, and the Doctor, two coffees in hand. He takes her to the Aristotle to see the dalek yelling about how all daleks must be exterminated. Well, that’s a switch!

The Aristotle crew plans to shrink themselves and enter the supposed good dalek to fix the medical ailment. Clara and the Doctor along with some soldiers are up for the mission. “This is a dangerous mission and you look like a school teacher,” a soldier observes, to which Clara responds: “I am a school teacher!

Inside the dalek is more mechanical than organic, but once one of the soldiers, Ross, sends a grappling hook-type thing into the dalek’s biology, dalek anti-bodies come to attack him like an infection. They completely disintegrate Ross. The rest of the crew jumps down a chute to escape the anti-bodies and land in something that looks very much like bodily fluid. “What is this stuff?” asks Clara. “People,” says the Doctor matter-of-factly, explaining that the dalek, who he’s taken to calling Rusty, need protein which the store from the people they kill.

Rusty the dalek says that saw a start being born and realized that life is resilient. He saw beauty in the universe and that’s why he’s not like other daleks. The crew powers on to help Rusty and crawl through to his heart.

Any remarks about my hips will not be appreciated,” says Clara as they crawl. “Oh your hips are fine; you’re built like a man!” replies the Doctor. To this back-handed compliment, she utters “…thanks.”

Once in the heart, radiation is off the charts. They find a leak in the power cell and the Doctor stitches it up with his sonic screwdriver to stop the radiation poisoning. With that, the malfunction is corrected, and he is as any other dalek is. He starts exterminating everyone on the Aristotle.

Miniaturized and trapped inside a dalek, the remainder of the crew must get out. There’s a bit of a moral debate between Clara and the Doctor if there ever was a good dalek. The Doctor decides they must get to the cortex, which seems to filter Dalek thoughts and let through only evil. There, they must relocate the suppressed memory that made Rusty good.

One soldier, Gretchen, shoots her grappling hook up for Clara and Blue to get up to the cortex, sacrificing her life to the anit-bodies. As Gretchen dies, she opens her eyes to suddenly find herself having tea with Missy, who welcomes her to heaven. Guys, why do I have such bad feelings about her?

Clara hops into the cortex and starts pressing things, trying to turn the lights on that signify suppressed memories. As she does that, memories come flowing back to the dalek. The last memory is the birth of the star, the memory that made the dalek see beauty and divinity in the universe. Rusty starts remembering, but resisting. The Doctor tries to persuade him, and finally, to show him beauty. He melds his memories with his and the dalek sees beauty in the universe, he sees divinity… then, he sees hatred, hatred for the daleks that the Doctor holds. With that, Rusty is back to being a dalek-hating-dalek, and he goes on a spree of destruction, exterminating all the invading daleks.

It’s confirmed: a dalek’s nature is simply to destroy. I thought you were a good dalek, the Doctor says to Rusty. “I am not a good dalek. You are a good dalek,” he replies.

Well! I’ve got to say, as far as daleks go, Rusty has been pretty damn interesting!

The last remaining soldier of the Inside the Dalek crew, Blue, wants to join the Doctor, but he has something against soldiers. I’m kind of glad; I didn’t really connect with Blue.

I’m still getting used to Twelve. I do like Peter Capaldi, but I don’t get Twelve yet. I do love his red jacket lining! How are you all feeling about the new Doctor and the new season?

Doctor Who Series 8: Old & New

Series 8 of Doctor Who started this weekend, and goodness do I have a lot of feelings about it! This of course marked Peter Capaldi’s official reign as the Doctor, and the first time we got to see Twelve in action. Like I said, I have a lot of feelings, but I’m going to try to keep this relatively brief with a little game of The New/The Old:

 

The New: The Face

Obviously, Peter Capaldi is the Doctor now. It’s been so long since I’d seen Matt Smith say goodbye that I had to watch his regeneration again to reorient myself. Clara clearly struggled with his new appearance. I’ve been through this twice now, and I could never be as sad as when David Tennant left, so I was ready. Yes, guys, this is an older face than we’ve seen— ever, for most young fans. I happen to really dig the silver fox look, and I’m happy to see them shake things up.

 

The Old: The Doctor Himself

It’s always interesting to see a new Doctor regeneration— it’s the same character, but always with a slightly different personality. It’s so hard to explain if you don’t understand this show. In this the first episode, Capaldi certainly played the Doctor Smith-like enough for us to definitely see that this is the man we left on the Tardis. It’s clear that Twelve will be darker, and more morally ambiguous, though. I’m definitely looking forward to this! It’s also clear that he’s still incredibly silly. That’s one of the first words that comes out of my mouth when I talk about this show. It’s got to be delightfully silly!

 

The New: The Tardis Interior

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The Old: Strax still hasn’t learned genders

We can all rest easy, for Strax can call her “Miss Clara” and then “my boy” without missing a beat. He’s such a funny character.

 

The New: Missy

Who the hell IS she? Why the hell is she calling the Doctor her boyfriend? (Yeah okay, I like his accent too, but what?) What connection does she have to the cyborgs? So many questions!

 

The Old: The companion

I forgot how much I like Jenna Coleman. She’s so lovely, and Clara’s sense of style is so, so good. Jenna delivered quite the performance in this episode. I loved the episode’s plot line and how fitting the title was. I loved seeing Clara’s struggle and her faith during her, by all accounts, abandonment. I loved her strength in the face of threats despite her humanity and fear showing through. Most of all, I loved that she knew the Doctor had her back and that when she reached back for him, he was there for her.

I’m thinking more now of Twelve as Clara’s Doctor. Though she was with Eleven already, it was basically have a season of episodes. I will always associate Amy with Eleven. I hope Clara will know Twelve the way Amy knew Eleven.

 

The New: The opening theme.

IMG_0651A new season means a new opening theme sequence! I usually hate this, to be completely honest, but this time I’m so happy about it. I LOVE this new title sequence with the gears and scrolls. It’s sleek and modern, and reminds me a bit of Alice and Wonderland. I love it!

 

The Old: Questions.

This is old territory for Whovians. I already talked about the Missy questions, and there are many. As for the big question of the episode’s isolated storyline: Did the Doctor push or did the cyborg jump? Will we ever know the answer to this one.

Interestingly, we are left with Eleven calling Clara in the future, while Twelve, his future self, looks on. Why is Twelve so scared? We still know so very little of what mysteries Series 8 will weave and unravel. All and all, I’m excited about everything.

 

What did you all think of Capaldi’s big debut?!

WCW: Joan Cusack (Shameless)

My cousin’s been telling me for months to watch Shameless.  Aside from my access to Showtime being a recent occurrence, my hesitation came from the episode I watched of the UK version by the same name.  It just didn’t click.  Though the first episode of the American version was very similar to what I remember of the UK version’s first episode, something clicked this time.  Perhaps it was just the magic of a second try, but I think it’s the American cast that sealed the deal for me.  Emmy Rossum is fantastic, yes, but my favorite has got to be Joan Cusack.  Thanks to Shameless, she’s my Woman Crush this Wednesday!

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I’ve loved Joan for a long, long time.  She’s a shining star in my favorite movie, (perhaps the only movie I truly love,) Addams Family Values.  She plays Debbie Jellinsky, a serial killer known as the Black Widow who marries Uncle Fester.  Her final monologue in this dark comedy is one of my favorite things ever and kind of a personal slogan: Don’t I deserve love? And jewelry?

She next caught my attention in a family favorite, School of Rock, as the principal of Horace Green.  From singing Stevie Nicks to announcing that “all of your children have gone missing,” she carries off this uptight role with the most hilarity.  I remember being surprised to see her in this then, recognizing her of course from AFV and the many John Cusack films of my youth.

These days I recognize Joan by her voice first, my eyesight not being too keen and my TV being farther away than my eyes like.  Her voice is how I spotted her in SVU, and her voice is what first drew me to Sheila.

Sheila– neurotic, agoraphobic, and a little bit slutty– has been an absolute joy to watch so far.  I’m making my way on to season 2 and savoring every bit of crazy Joan infuses into Sheila!  I’m so excited to have Joan on my screen in episodic format.  She’s making Shameless for me!

I’m interested in trying out the UK version again now that I’m onboard.  Thoughts?

Hell’s Kitchen Recap: 17 Chefs Compete

Last week’s Hell’s Kitchen started with Chef Ramsay highlighting how much the chefs have wasted in their three terrible dinner services.  Under a silver dome, he reveals a Wellington equivalent in pennies.  Coins scatter everywhere to make a literal point about the cost of food waste.  To show just how much the chefs wasted in the previous dinner service, pennies literally rain from the sky.  200,000 pennies litter the dining room.  Point made?

Gordon Ramsay obscured by 200,000 pennies.

Gordon Ramsay obscured by 200,000 pennies.

Chef Ramsay then demonstrates how to make lobster ravioli.  For the challenge, the Red Team and Blue Team will pair off and compete to make 10 lobster ravioli dishes– perfect dishes, obviously.  Since there are more members of the Blue Team, they have a team of three: Demarco, Gabriel, and Mike… the three weak links.  The men organize faster and get 6 on the board quickly.  Then, they come to a bit of a stand still.  The women take longer to organize.  The team of Jessica and Melanie are the first to put up a plate, but they’ve used to wrong size plate and must re-plate.  Once dishes start coming out of the Red kitchen, they catch up easily!  Blue starts producing again and the teams come to 9 to 9.  Demarco, Gabriel, and Mike, finally put up their first dish… but they pasta is far too thick and not cooked properly.  Jessica and Melanie get their last plate up, and the Red Team wins!

As a reward, the Red Team heads to a Beverly Hills mansion for the day to relax poolside.  As punishment, the Blue Team must pick up all 200,000 pennies.  And prep both kitchens for dinner service.  Ouch!

Dinner service is steak night in Hell’s Kitchen!  Melanie, my early favorite, claims to be the master of the grill.  This immediately makes me nervous, but you hate to see someone over-promise and under-deliver.  However, her claims prove accurate!  She kills those steaks and the women have a super successful dinner service.  For the first time, they are able to complete dinner service!

The men do not have as much success.  Chef Ramsay sends the women into the Blue kitchen to finish their service too.  Instead of taking the help, the men scream at the women to get off their stations!  Rams sets them straight, and the Red brigade finishes service for both kitchens!

Clearly, the Red Team was the night’s winner.

Nominees for elimination from the Blue Team are: Mike & Demarco (yup, again)

Mike is eliminated.  Rams recites a little limerick upon his exit.  Though Mike is definitely dead weight off the backs of the Blue Team, I don’t think Demarco is long for this competition either.

Let’s hope the Red Team can keep up the momentum for tonight’s service!

Hey, did anyone notice Ramsay’s pronunciation of fillet has changed?  He used to say fill-lit, and now it’s fill-ay.  His emphasis is the same, and I suppose, still British, but he’s settled into a more American pronunciation of the word.  Weird!  I may be a little to in-tune to Gordon Ramsay…