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Doctor Who Recap: Nothing says ‘Tragic Past’ like a single tear.

Hi Trashies!

We’re on to Episode 2 – ‘Into the Dalek’. Literally, it turns out. Needless to say this episode is going to include the Daleks, arguably the Doctor’s greatest enemies, even if they still do look like something knocked up in the sixties out of washing up liquid bottles and some cleaning utensils. Their presence usually means a higher than normal bodycount too.

It opens with a spacecraft hurtling through space being pursued by a larger ship, a la Star Wars Episode IV. So it looks like this isn’t going to be a ‘lets visit London in the early 21st century’ type episode. Unfortunately for the pilot of the smaller craft, she’s being chased by a Dalek ship, so its not looking good for her.

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Masters of the one word battleplan

It must save time in planning meetings. Just as the ship is about to blow, she is scooped up by a passing TARDIS. Turns out the co-pilot was her brother. Confused, and confronted by not-very-compassionate Doctor, she demands to be taken back to her command ship, but the Doctor only complies when she calms down and says please.

Unfortunately the vessel turns out to be highly secure, so they decide to kill the Doctor, but Journey Blue, the pilot he saved, points out they need a Doctor to treat a captive Dalek, via shrinking him and sending him inside it. Why that’s necessary isn’t made clear, besides the Doctor saying its a good idea. Not sure why, it just is. That’s the only justification we get the whole episode as to why they have to be shrunk as opposed to normal surgical procedure. When he realizes the patient is a Dalek though, he changes his mind. Really? That was the only problem with this plan?

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Clara’s new look for the episode

After the credits we flip to a new guy, Danny Pink, who is a teacher at the same school as Clara. He’s quickly established as a bit awkward with women, and a soldier. Which given the new Doctors intense dislike of soldiers means he’s a natch for being the new companion. He also has a tragic past it seems.

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Nothing says ‘Tragic Past’ like a single tear.

Whilst it is corny, it does denote a more interesting character story than might at first be apparent. Its suggested he’s killed someone who wasn’t a soldier, and clearly regrets is. He meets Clara, and stumbles about the conversation and this seems to incite Clara into a dating frenzy. He resists her initial attempts out of shyness, but she follows him and arranges a date. Despite the fact that this is entirely in character for the pushy little control freak, I wish we could have had one episode that was free from soap romance or the Ponds turning the TARDIS into a lurve shack. Still, Danny seems like an interesting character.

The Doctor collects Clara up to get her opinion on the situation with the Dalek, and whether he’s a good man. In this incarnation, he’s certainly reverted to a harder personality than the last two regenerations – but he wants to know if he’s a good man or not. Why? Because the injured Dalek has developed morality, or seems to have – but the Doctor can’t accept there is such a thing as a good Dalek. It feels like a parallel to the series one story where Rose turned a Dalek ‘good’ by touching it, but sensibly the Doctor doesn’t reference that bizarre story. Made absolutely no sense at all.

They prepare to be shrunk and injected into the Dalek. If you’ve seen ‘Fantastic Voyage’ you know the drill. They’re in the cybernetic part of the Dalek, the mostly machine bit, and the Doctor explains how the electronic parts of the Daleks cortex help keep it psychotic. A cable subscription to Bravo would do the job for less money.

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Top Chef Duels – CJ v. Stefan, No Phucken Way!

Welcome, O Trashy Trashersons.  ‘Tis I, ElvisMama, and it’s time for another thrilling episode of Top Chef Dull Duels.  This week’s contenders are Stefan Richter, runner-up from Season 5 in New York, and CJ Jacobson, 6th place finisher and broccolini bomber from Season 3 in Miami.  I remember Stefan as a cocky button-pusher, who was also a pretty good guy with certain people.  And I must admit, I lurved testicular-cancer survivor and epically tall CJ on Season 3.  The two chefs competed again in Seattle for Season 10 (Stefan finished 6th; CJ, 13th) and butted heads.  So they have a little bit of extra motivation to beat each other.

Tonight’s Chef’s Challenge judges include Curtis and Gail, as well as Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who are co-owners of several LA-based restaurants, and “Lexus Culinary Masters,” which means they cook for rich folks at Lexus events and get money.

Curtis asks the chefs about their reasons for competing, and Stefan reveals that he’s retiring to move back to Finland and “hang out with” his mom, whose health is failing.  CJ “jokes” that while he really wants to win, he’s excited for Stefan to move far away.  What a turd – the man is talking about his sick mother.  Let.  It.  Go.  In an interview, CJ tells us that he lost respect for Stefan and realized they couldn’t ever be friends (**remember this) when Stefan told him you can’t run a successful restaurant by going to the farmers’ market.  CJ thinks that you have to care about “something” to be a great chef (subtext: care about what I do).  I mean, I get what CJ is saying, and I support sustainable and cruelty-free food sourcing, but the air must get awfully thin up there on your smug pedestal, Too Tall One Ball.  Stefan’s advice is probably economically accurate, if a bit cynical.  My former crush on CJ screeches to a halt.

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Too Tall One Ball vs. Cue Ball?  Eerily accurate depiction of CJ’s crapitude this episode.

Knife draw.  CJ gets the red knife, and chooses to do Stefan’s challenge first, which is to create a smoked dish in 30 minutes.  Smoking normally takes hours if not longer, so the chefs will have to find creative ways to get the smoke flavor into their food.  Stefan interviews that his mom used to be a chef and would smoke her own salmon at home, so this challenge is in her honor.  She has been living with Parkinson’s for 20 years, and Stefan wants nothing more than to go spend time with her.

Little note – this is why it’s always best to try and be kind.  You never know what someone might be going through, CJ.

There’s some BS banter as they cook, but the nasty undercurrent is there, and Dear Bravo, this is not fun to watch.  Please don’t make this show into the Real Chefholes of Where-the-truck-ever.  I found Mike Isabella more entertaining, so everyone needs to go stock up on canned goods because the world is clearly coming to an end.

The judges enter (Vinny’s our Lexus rep for this round).  Stefan’s made smoked salmon with dill mustard, roasted fingerlings and egg noodles.  The judges like the flavors, but Curtis wanted more smoky flavor, and Vinny found a pin bone in his fish.  CJ made perch, roasted in embers, with a sauce of fried potatoes and mussels.  There’s cucumber, too, which the judges love, but the fish is a bit undercooked.

Curtis asks each chef about their confidence, and CJ acknowledges that Stefan does classic well, but is “safe”.  Stefan feels confident because he made his mom’s dish, and CJ brags that his dish is entirely his own.  WTF?  Dude, did Stefan screw your girlfriend or something?  Because this is just repugnant behavior, especially from someone who was kind of a good guy in the past.  Barf.  Fortunately for CJ, personality doesn’t count in the voting, and while Curtis preferred Stefan’s dish, both Gail and Vinny go for CJ, so that turd is $10K richer.  Suggestion, honey – spend a little on therapy.

CJ’s Chef’s Challenge is next, and, because Too Tall One Ball thinks Stefan is an ass, hyuk hyuk <rolls eyes>, the challenge is to cook a dish using the butt meat of any animal – multiple unfunny ass jokes ensue.

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Dance Moms Season 4 Ep 25 recap: Chloe’s Revenge

Oh Trashellinas, revenge is sweet. The best kind is when you sit back and karma does all the work. That might apply to Christi and Chloe in the latest episode. The episode title shows promise! Okay so I am clinging on to crumbs of hope here.

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Christi not convinced things will get better before the end of this season and neither are we

Last week, Jade from the NT showed up and danced a solo and the group dance with the OT. I was not overjoyed to see Loree again.

Jade spent the week as the second favorite, while Chloe got the usual outcast treatment. It showed in their choreography, costumes and rehearsal time.  Jade won third with Chloe in an unsurprising sixth place, thanks to another pile of crap Abby dumped on her. Abby, after admittedly planning something last-minute, came up with a wooden group dance that miraculously came in second. Their latest rival, Studio Bleu, won first.

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Abby will spend this episode telling Maddie what a great actress she is becoming, by the way.

Now we are back in the studio for the Pyramid. Nothing Team is here along with the OT. Lucky us. I have forgotten most of the kids AND mom’s names, but as long as I can correctly name the NT token on this show, it’s all good.

Abby flashes an evil grin and starts going into her usual power trip with the pyramid. It has no element of surprise AT ALL. Shocking!

Bottom row:

Mackenzie: for showing her age and having a boo hoo after she messed up her improv during rehearsal. Oh and Abby laughed in her face.

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Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 25 Minicap: The Bitches of ALDC

Hello Trashellinas! My warmest thanks to those of you who have posted supportive comments for those in Cali, as well as for the ones who posted earlier in the summer for hurricane victims in various places who were hit. I’m still standing! For those who are dealing with the latest of Mother Nature nightmares, please know your Trashies are thinking of you!

Now I’m going to transport you all to the ALDC studio, where things keep getting more and more evil. The NT (new team or nameless team) is back. Abby is sporting a new pitchfork and has shined her tail.

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The invasion of the fat dance teachers continues.

Chloe got sixth overall for her solo, which had even crappier choreographer than the one she performed the previous week. Jade, with much better choreography and tons of rehearsal time, placed third. The group dance came in second to Studio Bleu, a studio with the second fattest dance teacher in known to mankind.

Chloe accidentally smacked Maddie’s face mildly while rehearsing the group dance with her backstage. Abby cried with joy at yet another excuse to bully Chloe. Even Melissa didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary or intentional and neither did we.

We were reminded once again of how horrible Abby/Gia’s choreography has been the second half of this season. It was pretty embarrassing for the girls to have to pull off yet another clunky number scraped together by Abby.

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Holly is starting to realize she sold her daughter’s soul to a shit dance teacher and not just a crazed bitch from hell.

Now back to the present and this joke of a studio. I am waiting for it to burst into flames. Someone call an exorcist for this bitch known as Abby Lee Miller.

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Watch What Crappens Podcast #142: Santa’s Helper

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are here to talk crap about a RHONJ husband banging his mother in law, Tamra losing more facial feeling on RHOC, restraining orders leading to possible death on Game of Crowns, and mics in bathrooms on RHOMelbourne. Come on in!

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Masterchef Recap: It’s not supposed to look like that until after you’ve eaten it

Heya Trashies!

So with a modicum of wailing and gnashing of teeth for the departure of the hot guy (Daniel) we’re on to the next mini to fall. I can’t see it being Malibu, Evil-Courtney or Elizabeth – partly as they have no villain this year despite many efforts to set one up, so they will probably keep the ‘interesting’ ones in.

Evil’s initial observation is that the kitchen feels bigger because there are less people in it. Hold tight whilst someone teaches her the difference between ‘smaller’ and ‘far away’ too.

Before the Mystery box begins, Gordy tells them to look in a drawer to get a reminder of why they’re here. So they all blether on about their families.

I find this hard to care about – people who don’t give a crap about their families are bad, but being loving your family is just what’s expected of you. You’re not getting a pat on the back from me  by stating the obvious on a reality tv show. ‘I love my mom’. Wow, do you like reading and eating too? Maybe watching tv? Incredible, we have so much in common. We’re BFFs! I’m moving in.

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The reason I’d be there

I don’t know why they’re all crying, at least one of them will be seeing their family soon.

So after that sucrose overdose, whats in the box?

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Apples.

So an hour to make anything with apples. Unfortunately they can’t make what the English settlers really planted those apples for originally, Cider and applejack. No,  they’re going to have to settle for making the excuses they used to get away with it.

‘Pies! Yes, love me some apple pies. That’s what they’re for, not the cider. Nooooo. That’s just a by product that the 90% of the crop I decide isn’t good enough for pies will be used on… I’m sleeping outside again aren’t I?’

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True Blood: FINALE!!!

Is everybody ready for the BIG FINALE of True Blood? OMG I can’t believe it’s here! Last week Bill decided that he’d rather die the True Death than continue living and deny Sookie the happy ending she deserved. Both Sookie and Jessica were understandably upset with this decision. Sam left with Nicole so they could raise their daughter together in a somewhat normal town (Chicago) and Arlene was determined to keep on keepin’ on, despite all the curve balls life has thrown at her. Eric finally gave Ginger her big “happy ending” while Jess and Hoyt rekindled their love affair and Jason got a taste of what actual conversation with a girl is like from Hoyt’s ex girlfriend Bridgette. As the episode closed, the Yakuza were on their way to Sookie’s house after realizing she knew about Sarah Newlin, the cure to Hep V, while Sookie waited for Bill to come over and explain why death was preferential to a life with her.

Sookie shows Bill into her home and he’s immediately feeling nostalgic. She doesn’t think that jives well with his suicidal intentions. Bill’s whole decision boils down to this: Sookie deserves a life with a mortal husband and her own children. His disease has made him feel more human than ever before and he realizes that he should be with his original dead family and she should move on to someone who can give her the “circle of life” she deserves. They love each other too much to quit each other, so Bill needs to die. He casually asks Sookie to help him end it…the Fae call it “the ultimate kindness.” She can use her light to kill him and solve her Faerie problem in one fell swoop. She can be human and have a normal (non Fae) life. She’ll be setting them both free! Upon my first watching I thought this was really, really, really selfish of Bill. I’m wavering a bit upon a second watching…but still, asking someone to give up the one thing that makes them super special in order to achieve “normalcy” (what even IS normalcy?!?!) seems shitty to me, even if it would make her much less of a vampire magnet. That said, there’s a bit of relief in his voice that doing so would likely end her attraction to other vamps and I can’t say that I believe it’s all “for her protection” and because freedom.

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Sayonara, opening credits (tear)

The Yakuza are cruising down a country road in their Fast N’ Furious-mobile heading to Sookie’s house. Back at Fantasia, Gus is very disappointed in Eric and Pam. Proving he’s not a very good manager, Gus has left Eric and Pam (un-silvered and unguarded) in the basement with Sarah Newlin. Eric’s going to kill Mr. Gus and steal the New Blood idea and asks Pam if she’s on board with this plan. Of course she is! Pam feeds Sarah some of her blood (so she can track her) and they send her out the tunnel. They summon Mr. Gus to the basement to tell him of Sarah’s escape. Mr. Gus, showing himself to be FAR less intelligent in this episode than he’s been in any other episode heads down the tunnel himself, ordering his men to kill Pam & Eric. They use their vampire speed to kill the guards very quickly and burn Mr. Gus alive in the tunnel.

Meanwhile, the Yakuza arrive at Sookie’s house and so does Eric. He makes quick work of them and all Sookie hears from her bedroom window is a souped up car speeding away.

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This.Is.My.Jam!

At an amusement park, Sarah is busy eatin’ garbage (as Pam so wonderfully puts it). She chose that place because that’s where Eric turned Willa. It dawns on her that she’s a horrible person and then parlays that statement into a very unconvincing argument for being turned. If your argument is “I’m literally the worst, so A) I’d fit right in with you and B) let’s spend eternity together” your argument is doomed to fail. Pam refuses. Even after Sarah pathetically throws herself at Pam, her powers of persuasion fail. No vampire for you. The only thing Pam wants from her is her blood…she hasn’t been vaccinated yet.

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Jessica arrives at the Compton residence to talk to Bill with Hoyt in tow. Bill and Hoyt exchange pleasantries while Jessica blurts out that she doesn’t want Bill to die. But if he insists on dying anyway, she wants him to know that she’ll be fine. She doesn’t understand it, but she’ll find a way to accept it. While hugging, she comments that he’s warm (HUMAN ALERT!). Bill realizes Hoyt’s planning to stay in town because of Jessica and asks if someday he might be planning to marry her. “DAAAAD! YOU’RE SO EMBARRASSING!!!” is essentially Jessica’s totally understandable response, but Hoyt quickly says that he is. Jess pulls Bill aside for a private conversation. She might be a vampire but she’s also a girl, and this isn’t how she envisioned the planning of her big day. In the midst of telling Jess that one day is “plenty of time to fall in love with someone” (insanity must be a V side effect) Bill stumbles. It dawns on Jess that he truly is fading and she softens as he explains that he didn’t get to see his human daughter get married and he just wants to leave this earth knowing that she’s “spoken for.” Ugh…and here is where my issues with this finale begin to pile up. She’s a fierce, badass baby vamp yet she needs to be “spoken for?” Hmm…

Anyway, they share a hug and Jess decides she’s going to ask Hoyt if he’s serious about marrying her someday and if he is, then can they just do it today?

Sookie is home on a rainy evening having a childhood flashback of she and Tara running home from school in the rain. Gran chides them for not calling for a ride, but they’ve figured out that getting wet in the rain means Gran will make them hot chocolate. Sookie reads Tara’s mind and hears that she’s got a crush on Jason. She can read boys minds and they’re gross. She wants to get married and have a family someday, but 12 year old Sookie just doesn’t know if she’ll be able to. Gran rushes in to tell her she can have any kind of life she wants. She’s entitled to it and there are no limits on her if she doesn’t put them on herself.

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Doctor Who Recap: ‘Hello, hello, Rubbish Robots from the Dawn of Time’

Hi Trashies!

In case you didn’t know, ‘Rubbish’ is English for garbage. Just in case.

Finally, Doctor Who has returned for an eighth series with a new lead actor – and, surprisingly, the first full series for ‘new’ companion Clara. She took so long to arrive on the show that I’ll probably be thinking of her as the ‘new’ companion when she leaves. The new Doctor is Peter Capaldi – an extremely talented actor so my hopes are high. Sky high.

The first outing of any incarnation of the Doctor is always a slightly odd affair, with the Doctor often confused and working out exactly who he is – a handy device as so are the audience. Its like a first date, there’s confusion, awkwardness, and sex is unlikely. Anyone who claims they always get laid on the first date please leave the room, you’re not geeky enough to be watching Dr Who. Each Doctor tends to be slightly self-contained too, in story line terms, so we don’t know who might appear or not, or what plot arcs might carry over. If any.

This, strictly speaking, is the first full outing for the 12th Doctor. Although after all the shenanigans with the War Doctor and the 10th Doctors semi-regeneration last series, he’s actually the 14th incarnation – The first Doctor of the new cycle of regenerations the Time Lords gave him. Nerd facts, I love them.

As we start, we don’t see the Doctor or Clara around at all – there’s a giant dinosaur wandering round Victorian London, and Madame Vastra of the Paternoster gang is on hand to help the police, being a consulting detective type.

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And a Lizard. But No one mentions that.

I suppose if a human sized lizard didn’t want me to mention it, I wouldn’t either. I’d be screaming in terror as I’m phobic of snakes, and even tortoises give me the shivers as their heads look like snake heads. She does, in fact she references the fact she was around with the dinosaurs, being a Silurian. I know she has previously told the Inspector about her origins, (in a webisode) but he didn’t believe her – and now Vastra seems happy to show her face to anyone. She’s become a total face-slut. You’d think the fact she’s a carnivorous lizard whose main diet was apes would trouble more people. It is a welcome sight though that there is going to be some continuity between new Doctor and old, and Vastra, Jenny and Straxx are awesome characters.

Vastra claims that many dinosaurs were this size – as tall as the clock tower of Big Ben? I think she’s just boasting now. Her wife Jenny is present, meaning that Straxx must be lurking around somewhere, like the burly little potato man he is.

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Dance Moms Recap: Friends or Frenemies?

Hello Trashellinas! Well here we are at the studio, waiting for the Pyramid. Lots of lunacy to snark on so let’s get to it. Here’s a flashback on last week’s episode: Solos: Kendall came in first place, Chloe second and Nia fourth. The group dance also won first, which was a special tribute to Abby & Company. She named it “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.” Sarah H. was saved miraculously from a life of ALDC misery when her mother ran her mouth to Abby a little too much. Abby is done with her. She is one lucky bitch!

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 Who knew having a sadistic, fake Christian bitch for a mother would come in handy?

Now to the latest in Abbyville. We are in the studio. The mothers line up to listen to Abby bitch and belittle. They also have another suck ass to deal with this week, NT’s Loree. She has two successful dance studios and a stick up her ass. She is also Abby’s friend.

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Meet Loree. Abby’s facebook friend of one.

Abby welcomes Loree’s daughter Jade with the morsel of charm she has left by including the word “sweetheart.” Jade is the extremely talented 15-year-old who is my favorite kind of kid. SILENT. Then she welcomes Loree by bragging to the other mothers about all the things Loree IS, implying that is what they AREN’T. Abby makes a show of congratulating the team for winning first in the group dance last week at Powerhouse Dance Competition. After giving them a rare  60 seconds of happiness in her presence, she moves in for the kill. It’s Pyramid time!

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Let the games begin.

Bottom row: Chloe: According to Abby, second is the first to lose. I wonder what other crap Abby will invent as she glues Chloe to the number 1 bottom spot for the rest of the season.

Nia: Nia came in fourth, which means Abby placed her higher on the pyramid than SECOND place winner Chloe. Abby Math 101.

Middle: Mackenzie: She needs to do everything in her power to become her sister’s clone. That and grow about four inches overnight.

Maddie: You decide. And at the very top! Kendall. The second week in a row. Jill looks so thrilled no doubt she took Kendall out of regular school that very same day.

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MiniCap – Top Chef Duels, Mike v. Antonia

Howdy-do, Trashiites!  Welcome back to Top Chef Duels, where past Top Chef contenders return to fight it out for money, fame, and the chance, nay, the honor, to be mocked by yours truly.  But mostly the money.

This week’s contestants are Season 4’s Antonia Lofaso, and Season 6’s Mike Isabella, who also competed against one another in Top Chef All Stars, and discovered that they are distant cousins.  Both specialize in Italian and/or Mediterranean cuisine, and they have a love/hate relationship that’s either fun or annoying, depending on the day.

Antonia’s chef’s challenge is up first – it’s to make rice balls (arancini), a traditional Italian dish that both chefs grew up cooking and eating.  Antonia’s huge balls are stuffed with Italian sausage (that is ACTUALLY what she said), Locatelli (a specific brand of Pecorino-Romano cheese, thanks Google), ricotta, peas and parmesan.  Mike made more of a kibbeh (Middle-Eastern croquette) stuffed with golden raisins, pine nuts and beef, and served over a spiced rice and tomato sauce.  While the judges enjoy both dishes, and Curtis was “surprised by Mike’s balls,” all 3 vote for Antonia, so she gets $10K and some bragging rights.

Mike’s chef’s challenge is to clean a mess o’seafood – oysters, clams, prawns, etc.  Whomever finishes first gets to pick the proteins for both, and the 30 minute clock includes the cleaning time, too.  Antonia’s PISSED, and Mike giggles.  They are such goobers.  I mean that in a nice way.  Anyway, Mike finishes just ahead of Antonia, and keeps the clams, prawns and oysters, while giving her the mackerel.  Mike makes a spicy seafood soup with chive and lemon yogurt that the judges compare to a rich, flavorful sauce.  Antonio grills her mackerel, which she serves with yogurt, mint, chiles, celery and fennel.  Both dishes get rave reviews, but both Gail and guest judge (and Top Chef Masters alum) Michael Chiarello vote for Mike, so he gets $10K too!

The Duel challenge is to cook an Italian family meal, and their actual families will be the diners.  The first course must be a “family heirloom” dish, the second course should be their interpretation of a carbonara (super-healthy pasta dish, traditionally with eggs, bacon, cheese, and another fat like butter or cream), and the third must be a modernized version of a classic Italian dessert.  They each choose one family member who can help in the kitchen for an hour, in addition to the one sous chef they were each allowed to bring.  Antonia chooses her brother, and Mike his wife.

For the first course, Antonia serves her take on a Fra Diavolo, with black cod, cockles, lobster, and Andouille sausage in a tomato and seafood broth.  Mike serves braised octopus with artichokes both pureed and raw, and I think a wine and blackberry reduction.  Everybody loves both courses, but thinks that Mike met the challenge a little better.

For the second course, Antonia’s carbonara is fairly classic, with egg, bacon, cream and brown butter, while Mike’s is more adventurous, including wasabi, sea urchin and seared crab.  Again, positive reviews across the board for both dishes, with the families, as expected, loyal to their own.

For dessert, Antonia serves cannoli and spumoni (molded ice cream in different layers of flavors, usually with candied fruit and or nuts).  And hey!  Wikipedia tells me that August 21 is National Spumoni Day, so go eat some ice cream, dammit!  Anyhoo, Antonia’s desserts don’t seem especially updated, but everyone loves the flavors, and her father hilariously declares her the winner.  Mike makes a dessert that sounds awesome to me and looks great in the bowl – basil panna cotta with pine nuts candied in basil syrup, strawberries marinated in aged balsamic vinegar, and pine nut whipped cream.  Amazing though it sounds, apparently the panna cotta (Top Chef kryptonite) didn’t completely set, and some found the basil flavor too strong.

In the end, while both chefs made delicious food, Antonia wins!  On to the finals for her, while Mike will face Brooke in the Knockout.

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