Thursday, December 19, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 12/19/13--"#Nina's Trending" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Time to design for QVC. The designers had to make a gown for the program director to wear to some party near the Oscars. Winner will have their dress sold, naturally. Viktor revealed to Elena and Seth Aaron (and the country) that he was HIV+. I’m not sure why it was now, but it happened. Zanna said green doesn’t sell magazine covers, and jewel-toned strapless gowns are boring. It’s not for a magazine, Zanna. Korto made a very simple maxi dress but with a bright orange skirt and she was the winner. She also made a dress that is very easy to manufacture, but it was pretty. Irina made a very complicated wedding dress, essentially, that fell apart on the runway. For once the judges actually took the dress falling apart into account and sent her home. I think other people had worse dresses but whatever. (click for more)

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top Chef 12/18/13--"Giving It the College Try" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: the Quickfire involved product placement, which is annoying but preferable to having the product placement in the Elimination challenge. Anyway, make something with coffee. Shirley won with coffee crusted tenderloin. Then everyone was supposed to make a dish they crave when they go “home”. The secret requirement today is “comfort food”. Nick made gnudi, the same way he makes them for his kids, and he got emotional about it. I think the judges remembered that because he won. Travis made biscuits and gravy, with jam, which might have been good if the biscuits were cooked. So he was sent home. (click for more)

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 12/12/13--"As Sewn on TV" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Everyone has to design for Marge Simpson. This meant everyone pretending Marge is a real person, to the point that Chris said his design was based on the fact that Marge was just a housewife and wouldn’t want anything too sexy. And then Isaac got offended by that. Sigh. Anyway, Irina made a very pretty purple voluminous thing and won. Jeffrey’s dress was poorly made and everyone seems tired of his tortured artist shtick so he was eliminated. (click for more)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Top Chef 12/11/13--"Like Mama Made" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: Restaurant Wars! Which I always enjoy. The people who have been winning were on one team, but of course that team crashed and burned. You can usually tell who will fail: either one team is clearly dysfunctional, or they both look sort of OK and then the “favorite” team will lose. Justin took over and was a jerk, but then Sara also failed at the front-of-house stuff. According to most sources I read she really should have made a ticket for the judges’ table, instead of just verbally telling Justin they were ready to eat. I’ve never worked in a kitchen so I don’t know. Anyway, in the end Sara was sent home for failing. Nick was a great executive chef and made a delicious dish and won. The judges also said Travis was better at FOH than Fabio, which I doubt. I mean, Fabio. (click for more)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 12, 12/8/13



Welcome to Leg 12! Last time, on Let’s Chase a Runaway Vending Machine, teams raced from Indonesia to Japan.  Leo and Jamal caught a break by getting to Tokyo first, but then fell behind in building robots.  And Leo and Jamal were eliminated.  So, now our final three!  Tim and Marie, the formerly dating couple who never seem to let up on the bickering long enough to breathe; Jason and Amy, the dating couple from Boston who have managed six second place finishes in eleven legs; and Nicole and Travis, the ER Doctors and parents who seem to be melting as we speak. Who will win The Amazing Race 23? (click for more)

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TAR23, Recap Leg 11, 12/8/13



Welcome to Leg 11! Last time, on That Skin Tasted Snakish, teams raced around Indonesia some more.  Leo and Jamal managed to stay on top of the back until falling behind at the egg boiling Roadblock, and then Double Bald Snarking in the Detour.  This landed them with the last Speed Bump.   Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 12/5/13--"Marge Madness" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the reason for the previous non-elimination became clear. The producers needed an even number so they could do this challenge in pairs. Everyone was supposed to be inspired by Bonnie and Clyde and the “glamour” of the 1930’s. I didn’t see much 30s inspiration but these types of themes never pan out anyway. Jeffrey won with a giant coat, which was cool but also a big boxy coat. Mychael created a jacket that didn’t work and was sent home. (click for more)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Top Chef 12/4/13--"Restaurant Wars" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: first, make hot sauce for an unintelligible musician. Then, butcher a whole hog and make dishes out of the whole thing. Actually the Elimination was cool. Brian won the first part, and Carlos won the second part. I was just surprised at how many people claimed to have butchered a whole hog before. Justin tried to cause some drama with the grill, and overcooked his pork, but in the end Louis went home. I guess he was boring? Had too many things going on? Because everyone said his pork was cooked perfectly so I don’t see why they would send him home over Justin and Stephanie who had flavorless pork belly. I mean, pork belly is delicious. Somehow making it flavorless seems more of a travesty. (click for more)

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Monday, December 2, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 10, 12/1/13



Welcome to Leg 10! Last time, on Sugar Cane Can Totally Fit in a Taxi, teams raced around Indonesia.  Ally and Ashley managed to get into first place at the beginning of the leg, but in a series of poor decisions moved them quickly to last.  Nicole didn’t know what an octave was, and tried to cheat off Leo.  And after all that, Ally and Ashley were eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Monday, November 25, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 9, 11/24/13



Welcome to Leg 9! Last time, on We Only U-Turn Liars, teams raced about the UAE.  Nicole and Travis use their Express Pass, and then U-Turn the Afghanimals for lying to them.  (Toyouke: “Sigh. Less moralizing, more racing. I like them, but all is fair in reality television.”)  Leo and Jamal survive the U-Turn, but the Baseball Wives do not, after a vindictive Marie U-Turned them for their airport behavior.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 11/21/13--"Partners in Crime" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the unconventional material challenge caused everyone to make clothes out of school supplies. Chris won, with his “school sucks because bullying” black plastic dress. Whatever. Elena became Helen 2.0 and had a meltdown while everyone rolled their eyes. Mychael and Korto couldn’t execute their designs, while Jeffrey made some weird dress that flashed everyone. Somehow the judges couldn’t make a decision and no one went home. (click for more)

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Top Chef 11/20/13--"Piggin' Out" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: musical chairs Quickfire. Brian won immunity with that. Then was a weird challenge to make a “cohesive” potluck, which is A MEAL. It was a meal served family-style. Come on, show. Anyway, even though Nick was ill for the Quickfire he got better. Stephanie won with fried artichokes. Patty made a lame salad and was sent home. It wasn’t the most exciting episode, apparently, because that’s about all I can come up with. (click for more)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 8, 11/17/13



Welcome to Leg 8! Last time, on Abu Dhabi The Place To Be For Any Kitten That’s Annoying Me, teams raced from Austria to the United Arab Emirates.  Nicole is off her game, and Nicky and Kim miss the boat they need to take.  Leo and Jamal manage to get themselves into first, while Nicky and Kim find the second non-elimination leg.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 11/14/13--"Keepin' It Classy" summary



Previously on Project Runway: there are random drinks to inspire everyone. Woo. Everyone makes cocktail dresses and this challenge would be so much better if they cared about the theme. Or the “inspiration”. But whatever, the dresses aren’t that offensive. Except Chris made a skin-colored slip dress and everyone said it was the greatest thing ever. I think they’re trying to build him up so when the judges turn on him he’ll fall apart and they’ll get ratings because of the drama. Anyway, he didn’t win, Viktor won for using his print brilliantly. Melissa had a dress that kind of looked lopsided and wasn’t so great, I guess, so she was eliminated. (click for more)

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Top Chef 11/13/13--"Jazz Hands" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: the chefs went out to the farm to make tomato dishes, which Nina won. Then the Elimination challenge was to make “farm to table” dishes with cream cheese. Why everyone had to talk about locally sourced produce and proteins and then slap some nationally available cream cheese in everything, I don’t know. The stupid gimmicks and product placement work much better in Quickfires. OR, don’t do them at all. For the record one of the top finishers made a dish where you couldn’t taste the cream cheese. Nina won this one also, because fried things stuffed with cream cheese will work much of the time. Bene made boring steamed food that was gross, apparently, so he was sent home. (click for more)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 7, 11/10/13



Welcome to Leg 7! Last time, on We’d Never U-Turn Brandon and Adam, teams raced from Poland to Austria.  The Afghanimals lied about their actions.  Jason and Amy take a risk to do a Fast Forward, are unable to complete it, and then have their cab taken by Tim and Marie.  Nicole and Travis place first.  Tim and Danny can’t sing and are eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 11/7/13--"Sip Into Something Sexier" summary



Previously on Project Runway: avant garde clothing inspired by bugs. Elena freaks out while working, much like Helen from last season. A lot of people went literal with this one, which was not surprising. Mychael won, with a cool-looking gray cocoon with bright green highlights. Daniel had ugly fabrics and was sent home. That is about all that happened. (click for more)

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Top Chef 11/6/13--"Campfires, Cream Cheese, and Countryside" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: The Quickfire was the “let’s make the interns wrap everything in foil and have some product placement” Quickfire. But we got to meet Gail’s and Padma’s moms, so there’s that. The team paired with Padma’s mom won $10000 but no immunity. The Elimination challenge paired up the chefs for no reason to cook for Lea Michele’s Halloween party. She is vegan but eats cheese (seriously she would not shut up about the cheese) so three people made arancini. Carlos made fondue, and Travis made ceviche, and those dishes were deemed the best. Michael was his usual jerky self, and even though everyone decided to yell at his teammate Nina for letting him fail, he was sent home for making the worst of the three arancini. (click for more)

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Monday, November 4, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 6, 11/3/13



Welcome to Leg 6! Last time, on I’d Wear a Seashell on my Crotch, teams raced from Norway to Poland.  Marie hands off the extra Express Pass to Nicole and Travis, and then use their own to skip the Detour task.  In the end, two teams got U-Turned, and Brandon and Adam got burned by a Bald Snark and were eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next?

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 10/31/13--"Bitten by the Fashion Bug" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the All-Stars made punk clothing, and sewed in Mood for no reason. Elena won, because she never won a challenge in her original season. You know that’s why. Ari went home for making clothes that were too perfect, which was fine with her. (click for more)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Top Chef 10/30/13--"Lea Michele's Halloween Bash" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: no Quickfire, just an Elimination challenge that involved teams and also Vietnamese food. Also a bus around town so people could eat Vietnamese for the first time (Carlos) or brag about how much they knew about Vietnam (Travis). Travis is pretty much an arrogant jerk for the whole episode, up to and including saying guest judge Eddie Huang doesn’t know anything about Vietnamese food because he’s from Taiwan. Did we mention Travis is white? Yes. Justin noticed all Travis’s team’s problems but did absolutely nothing, preferring to let them hang themselves which is a strategy I approve of. Anyhow, Shirley won because she made shrimp with a ton of butter, which is what the fishermen told her to do. It looked like Travis might go home but instead Janine’s poorly cooked shrimp did her in. (click for more)

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Monday, October 28, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 5, 10/27/13



Welcome to Leg 5! Last time, on Get Your Express Pass Here!, teams raced from Lisbon to the top of the world.  There were tasks with fish, and Nicky and Kim managed to wedge themselves into last place.  However, since there was no time before the next leg, they were not eliminated and instead kept racing.  Tim and Marie leveraged the Express Pass for information from Nicole and Travis, and ended up finding the Pit Stop.  (Toyouke: “Shut up, Marie. I'm sure I'm going to be saying that a lot.”)  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 10/24/13--"You Got Punked!" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Anthony Ryan won the last All-Stars season. This season there are previous winners, which I find weird. Isn’t the point of All-Stars to reward people who should have won the first time around? Who knows. (click for more)

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Project Runway 10/24/13--"Reunion" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Dom won! And there were a bunch of people who maybe shouldn’t have cleared the psych evaluation that they supposedly do before casting! So let’s see how crazy this gets. (click for more)

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Top Chef 10/23/13--"Captain Vietnam" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: The Quickfire involved cooking for Dana Cowin and convincing her that trends are not all evil. Shirley won by making rice porridge with a shirred egg, which I would totally order if I saw it in a restaurant. Aaron’s dish ended up too salty so he was sent home. Then everyone went to Commander’s Palace to recreate classic dishes just from taste. They told them before they ate, though, which was nice. Justin made perfect beignets and won. Bret didn’t get grill space, so his chops were not cooked well and he was eliminated. (click for more)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 4, 10/20/13



Welcome to Leg 4! Last time, on How Not To Fly To Portugal, teams from Santiago to Lisbon.  Nicole and Travis and Jason and Amy team up and breeze through the tasks in Portugal, while Tim and Marie barely make it onto the next leg due to an airline blunder by Chester and Ephraim, who don’t even get to run the leg, as they are eliminated in Lisbon Airport.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Project Runway 10/17/13--"Finale Part 2" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Bradon and Dom don’t even have to do anything, because they’re already in the finale, so the runway show is just Justin, Alexandria, and Helen. Justin has a fantastic gown made of plastic test tubes. He also doesn’t have any color, but for some reason everyone ignores that to slam Alexandria for not having any color. She gets to stay, though, and Helen is sent home. (click for more)

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Top Chef 10/16/13--"Commander's Palace" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: the Quickfire involved making gumbo, which most people are not familiar with so we ended up with a lot of fusion dishes. However Carrie made a fusion gumbo and won, so what do I know? Jason was one of the ones on the bottom and cursed about it. The Elimination challenge involved being in a food truck and making lunch for Habitat for Humanity volunteers. For some reason one team pre-made a bunch of their food, so it suffered. I’m not sure why because they did it so they could schmooze everyone, but the judges didn’t say the volunteers were voting or anything. Jason’s dish suffered the worst so he was sent home. Carrie won again because the dough for her team’s empanadas was perfect. (click for more)

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Monday, October 14, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 3, 10/14/13



Welcome to Leg 3! Last time, on Make Sure to Tetris Your Shoeshine Cart, teams raced through Chile.  Tim and Marie piss everyone off by not giving up the Express Pass.  Leo and Jamal can’t seem to figure out how to pay a taxi cab, so Chester and Ephraim finish first, after zip lining, apparently.  And Rowan and Shane, who can’t read the directions, are eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Project Runway 10/10/13--"Finale Part 1" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the traditional “everyone make something super impressive and beautiful before we kick you out to make collections” challenge. It was not super exciting, so then the producers got the bright idea to make everyone “fix” an outfit that sent someone home. I don’t mind either of those challenges, actually, because “can you make this outfit not suck but still resemble the original” is not a bad challenge. But I suspect that once Tim’s Save appeared they planned on doing this so whoever got saved could have the chance to take the outfit that eliminated them in the first place. Which is exactly what happened with Justin. I just think maybe not do two challenges at once. Bradon won, and Dom also did well but the other three have to “compete” for the chance to “show” at Fashion Week, even though they all already did. So it was a waste of 90 minutes. Sometimes I read “finale” and I hear “finally”. (click for more)

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Top Chef 10/10/13--"Rebuilding New Orleans" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: we began the new season in New Orleans with many, many people. No one made a huge impression on me because there were just too many people. It’s the usual variety of cocky jerks and snarky people and people who are competent. Everyone had to make either frog legs, alligator, or turtle in the swamp somewhere. Nina (who is from St. Lucia and is the former prime minister’s daughter) won by making curried turtle meatballs. Ramon made dashi, but in order to cool it down quickly he just put straight ice in it, so it got watered down and bland. He was sent…away…because of course Last Chance Kitchen still exists. Now that it’s won an Emmy or whatever they’ll never get rid of it. (click for more)

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Monday, October 7, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 2, 10/7/13


Welcome to Leg 2! Last time, on Row Row Row Your Boat To Get Yourselves Some Fish, teams raced from Los Angeles to Iquique Chile.  We find out the winning team of the leg gets two Express Passes, one to use and one to give away.  Tim and Marie win the leg after Nicole and Travis pulled a Heave and were penalized.  (Auburnium0513: “You know, this just occurred to me, shouldn't the ER doctors be super careful about what they read since if you mis-read a chart, you could kill a patient?”)  Naina and Hoskote were eliminated for being slow.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Project Runway 10/3/13--"Butterfly Effect" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the “make your own print” challenge happened, supposedly inspired by various people who do good things. The inspiration was a little fuzzy, but that’s what always happens with these things. Dom won, finally, which was nice. Randomly Heidi/whoever decided they would have a double elimination, so both Kate and Alexander were sent home. Kate declared that they had done it just to get rid of her. On the one hand, they had the “Tim’s Save” thing so of course they would need a double elimination at some point to get back on track. On the other hand, the producers would totally make up something like that to get rid of a designer they were tired of. On the third hand, Kate’s dress was pretty fugly so she might still have gone home. She and Helen spent all of the episode live-tweeting about what a bitch Alexandria was and how she sucked so much and should have gone home. Then Helen took offense to people saying the fabrics were ugly and suddenly everyone was a horrible person because the designers work so hard and it’s so terrible to say anything bad about their work. Yeah! I know! (click for more)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Top Chef 10/2/13--"Soiree in the Swamp" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: there was actually a decent season, culminating in Kristen becoming the second female Top Chef which is pretty cool. I liked the “Iron Chef”-style finale, but apparently no one else did so that won’t be happening again. Also there’s some competition online? “Padma’s Picks”? I guess some people were competing for the last spot on the show and Padma got to pick. I haven’t watched any of them, because I tried to watch the first one and I made it about 3 minutes in before I got bored. Did anyone watch them? Were they worth it? (click for more)

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Monday, September 30, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 1, 9/29/13



Welcome to Leg 1! We’re back to TAR after a hiatus, and it couldn’t come soon enough.  This time, we are traveling through Los Angeles.  For goodness sake, I know that LAX is a hub, but can we PLEASE start in a different city?  We only get to see the United States twice a season, since we (thankfully) do not do Family Edition anymore.  This time, teams are being driven by stagecoach to the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio.   (Toyouke: “Is it sad that even though this season is full of famewhores and I already hate this opening after 10 seconds, I'm still excited about this show?”)  The eleven teams are: (click for more)

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Project Runway 9/26/13--"Next Generation..." summary



Previously on Project Runway: it was the “real woman” challenge, and for the second year running no one was an asshole about it. I know! But we couldn’t celebrate that because Ken and Alexander are jerks. Mostly Ken, but Alexander started something he didn’t want to finish and then pled fear for his safety. Ken should never have been cast on this show. So once he started screaming at the production assistants the end was in sight and he was quickly eliminated. Ken claimed on Twitter he threw the challenge, which I guess maybe he could have because he made sure to listen to his client and buy the “ugly” fabric she wanted. I don’t think it was that ugly, but whatever. Even if you threw the challenge, does it have to be done when random super fans are having the experience of a lifetime? Can’t you make an ugly dress some other time? Anyway, Ken is finally gone and Helen won because she got the skinny nerd girl. Is this show over yet? (click for more)

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Monday, September 23, 2013

TAR23, Recap Leg 0, 9/23/13



Welcome back to the Emmy Award Winning Amazing Race!  Wait, we lost this year?  Oh well, I’m sure we lost to a fantastic show.  What, we lost to The Voice?  Well, THAT will have to be fixed.  Miss me?  I thought so.  First off, we have some excellent countries on the list, including visits to Chile, Norway and the United Arab Emirates!  We’re at eleven teams, so no monkey business from the producers.  Also, no twists that I have heard through the grapevine.  And Toyouke is nearby to throw in her two cents. (Toyouke: “It's in whatever order I feel like. . . because I don’t care about half these teams.”)  The eleven teams are:

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Project Runway 9/19/13--"Project Runway SuperFan!" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the designers were told to make clothes for “the modern Southern woman.” No one knew what that meant. Apparently to the producers it means plaid. Bradon won, and I’m not sure how they are going to sell that plaid complicated dress in a department store but whatever. Ken’s head exploded because he is from the South and he is convinced that no one he’s ever seen at home would wear anything the top three made. The bottom three were told to go back and make something new in an hour. Dom remade her dress entirely and they told her she would also have her dress sold in stores, which is not really fair to Bradon. Although it was a cute dress. Ken’s dress was shiny and tacky but since he’s great drama Jeremy was sent home instead. (click for more)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Project Runway 9/12/13--"Let's Do Brunch" summary



Previously on Project Runway: it was time to design for Heidi’s activewear collection. Woo. Of course this involves making everyone do physical activity. Helen tried to ask Tim a question sneakily, only everyone saw her do it, and then Ken tried to ask her about it. So she told him, but with attitude, so he got bitchy and then Helen got bitchy and because no one would shut up, it ended with her calling him Sandro part 2 and him threatening her. Magically he felt bad and apologized and is now cheerful. Whatever. Helen then won the challenge, because her jacket was long? Had tails? Something. Then Karen was out, because clearly she is more boring than Ken. Also she made baggy sweats and that was against the secret requirements or something. (click for more)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Project Runway 9/5/13--"Having a Field Day" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the designers were forced to pick out shoes, none of which were that great, and make outfits to go with them. Some people (Kate, Dom) made horrible clothes but were safe. Both Alexander and Miranda made red plaid pants, but Alexander’s were nice enough to keep him safe. Helen made a simple black dress with a cape, so she won. Miranda’s pants were bad enough that she lost. That’s about all that happened. (click for more)

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Project Runway 8/29/13--"Shoes First!" summary



Previously on Project Runway: everyone had to go outside and pretend to like it. Then they had to make “high fashion” looks inspired by the outdoors but not looks you can actually wear outside. Jeremy tried to manipulate the judges with a letter to his husband, although I did like his dress better than what actually won, which was Alexandria’s dropped crotch capri pants. Whatever. Justin tried to make plastic lace out of hot glue and put too much of it on his dress. He was eliminated but Tim used his save and saved him. I saw several comments on the emotional manipulation of this move, and that this was all set up because Justin is deaf and it’s heartwarming to save the nice deaf guy or whatever because deaf people can do anything. I hate to say that I wouldn’t put it past them. I mean, I thought for sure they would let Jeremy win when his husband’s grandmother died. So I’m sure this is part of their story. Everyone can save their anger for when someone good is eliminated and Tim can’t save them. (click for more)

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Project Runway 8/22/13--"Let's Go Glamping!" summary



Previously on Project Runway: we basically repeated the second episode, only with different teams and a different sponsor and different unconventional materials. Jeremy won, because the judges were mean to him last time. His look was fine. Team Dysfunction (because there always is one) was Ken, Alexandria, and Sue. Ken was pissy from the beginning, and I found out there were two things I missed. One was that upon gathering around the cars, the girls asked Ken if he was going to chauffeur. Whether or not that’s a sexist thing or a racist thing, still not OK and it means Ken was not the only person contributing. Then in one of the stores Ken said he wanted a gun. Lovely. Alexandria looked like she was the nice one but on the runway threw everyone under the bus, earning a “don’t even look at me” from Ken. Sue can’t sew, and everyone knows it, but Ken went about telling everyone and being a total bitch about it, so when they sent Sue home they pretended like they would send Ken home too. (click for more)

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Project Runway 8/15/13--"You Choose Your Materials!" summary




Previously on Project Runway: everyone had to make outfits for bowties and Bradon won, then proposed to his boyfriend. No one lost, because Sandro had a breakdown and walked off set. Now we are down two people who probably should not have been cast on a television show. Woo.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Project Runway 8/8/13--"Tie the Knot" summary



Previously on Project Runway: there was a product placement challenge combined with a team challenge combined with an unconventional materials challenge. Since the product placement part was supposed to be about getting words to inspire the looks, and we didn’t even find out what most of those words WERE, clearly that part was just to make some money. Helen was paired with Kate, and realized Kate is not a bitch. Also Helen won. Sandro was a jerk to everyone, because he’s a jerk. Timothy and Miranda were horrible and also mentally unstable, what with Timothy changing the design without telling Miranda and then her telling the sewing room what a terrible ass he was while he was in the room, and then apologizing and Timothy being a terrible ass and complaining about her on the runway. Not ready to be on TV. In the end, the judges sent Timothy and his unicorn home, which was unusual because I thought they were going to milk a couple more weeks out of him. (click for more).

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Project Runway 8/1/13--"An Unconventional Coney Island" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the designers were shown a large amount of precious gemstones and told to design outfits to go with them. Essentially it’s a celebrity red carpet challenge without the celebrity. Kate won, and other designers started to talk about how she copies more famous designers. Once again, Timothy made something weird with remnants (although someone clearly informed him that he WOULD be using L’Oreal because they paid too much to be on this show, you ignorant hippie) but he survived. Helen had a breakdown during the runway show because her dress was terrible. Sandro made a very tight dress with SHEER SIDE PANELS but because he gets in fights and is not boring, the judges had to pretend to think it was modern and not super tacky. Kahindo’s dress was not very pretty, but since she is a nice person with no drama or craziness she was sent home. When Heidi said the bottom three had two dresses with poor construction, and one boring dress, you knew she was doomed. (click for more)

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Project Runway 7/25/13--"Million Dollar Runway" summary



Previously on Project Runway: We met a new crop of designers (and Kate from last season) and briefly teased everyone like they might jump out of planes. Sadly no, but they did have to make outfits out of parachutes. It actually was not as bad as I thought, so that’s good. Timothy is a crazy hippie that talks about unicorns and Sandro is from Russia and is obnoxious. So there is some drama. Bradon won, because he was the only one to use the parachute to make a train and a dress with some movement. Even though Timothy made an ugly dress, and Sandro had to have his model’s crotch blurred out (SERIOUSLY), Angela was just boring so she was sent home. Crotch. Blurred. Out. (click for more)

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Project Runway 7/18/13--"Sky's the Limit" summary



Previously on Project Runway: There was a fairly terrible “teams” season that was just an excuse to have as much drama as possible. Michelle won, which made some people upset because she was kind of a bitch. But her clothes were the best. Also this show was on way too much and I got sick of it and I think many other people did too. Then there was an absolutely horrific print ad for this season with poor Tim Gunn in tight pants and eyeliner. Heidi dressed like Marie Antoinette on a scissor throne with a needle scepter? That’s campy, I can get behind that. Naked models worshipping at her feet? Well…we all know naked women don’t really appeal to the demographic for this show but they put men in this time, so it’s better I guess. Tim Gunn with another needle scepter and tight pants looking terrified like he only just barely talked them out of being shirtless with a black leather vest? That’s just wrong. (click for more)

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Monday, July 15, 2013

TAR22 Recap BONUS #2, 07-15-13



Welcome to Leg . . . well, now, we don’t have The Amazing Race to enjoy right now, do we (TAR 23 starts September 29!)?  So, we (Toyouke, Auburnium513, me, and the rest of us) were planning out our first bonus recap and thought, “Hey, we should do a few more of these!”  What we noticed was when we were discerning the Most Memorable Task EVER, we kept talking about the same teams over and over.  As a result, here are our picks for the 10 most memorable teams EVER. (click for more)

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Friday, May 31, 2013

TAR22 Recap BONUS, 05-31-13



Welcome to Leg . . . well, now, we don’t have The Amazing Race to enjoy right now, do we?  So, we (Toyouke, Auburnium513, me, and the rest of us) were watching this season and got all the way to the end of leg 8.  You know, the leg where Phil voice-overed that the Cheese Rolling Switchback would be the “Most Memorable Task EVER!”  Yeah, so we all agreed that we vaguely remembered the first cheese rolling challenge, but it was probably not something that would stick in our minds forever.  Sure, rolling down a hill and generally being goofy is a lot of fun to watch, but it does not a memorable task make.  As a result, here are our picks for the 11 most memorable Tasks EVER. (click for more)

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Monday, May 6, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 12, 5/5/13



Welcome to Leg 12! Last time, on You’d Better Run Belfast Before They Catch Up,  teams raced from Edinburgh to Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Caroline and Jennifer broke down at the Roadblock, causing them to fall very behind, enough to make them the final team eliminated from the race.  That leaves Max and Katie, the newlyweds with three consecutive first place finishes under their belts, Bates and Anthony, the hockey playing brothers with strong outlooks and big hearts, and Mona and Beth, the roller derby playing moms who seem to have stronger longevity than most teams.  Who will win The Amazing Race 22? (click for more)

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TAR22, Recap Leg 11, 5/5/13



Welcome to Leg 11! Last time, on I’m Just Getting Used To This Skirt Thing,  teams raced from Berlin to Edinburgh, Scotland.  There was lots of U-Turning, and Mona and Beth working through a speed bump.  But ultimately, they were the stronger team, and Joey and Meghan were eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Project Runway 5/2/13--Reunion summary



Previously on Project Runway: The teams season was supposedly a success, even though clearly it was manufactured drama. Michelle won the season, and now it’s all over but the reunion show and THAT manufactured drama. (click for more)

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Monday, April 29, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 10, 4/28/13



Welcome to Leg 10! Last time, on Dude, Where’s My Luggage?,  teams raced from Switzerland to Berlin, Germany.  Bates lost his bag on the train, and then Anthony dropped a blinking letter, putting them in a dead heat for last place.  Max and Katie turned up the heat, propelling them into first place.  And Mona and Beth finished last, only to find the final nonelimination leg.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Project Runway 4/25/13--"Finale Part 2" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the final four went home and made collections. Daniel was deemed the worst and was eliminated. Now it is finally the end of this show. Except for the reunion. (click for more)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 9, 4/21/13



Welcome to Leg 9! Last time, on On Top of a Mountain All Covered With Cheese,  teams raced from Botswana to Switzerland.  Chuck and Wynona fell apart, and chose to roll cheese down a hill, which caused them to get a game finishing penalty, sending them home.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Project Runway 4/18/13--"Finale Part 1" summary



Previously on Project Runway: everyone got to go to Europe except Michelle. All of them (including Michelle) were inspired by buildings, which is sort of OK depending on the building. Michelle “redeemed” herself, and Stanley also did well, and everyone recognized that they were the best of the finalists. Daniel also made it through, and then the producers decided to reward “creativity” and kept Patricia over Layana. I don’t like Layana, so I’m not that upset. (click for more)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 8, 4/15/13



Welcome to Leg 8! Last time, on All Roads Lead to Botswanan Traffic Cops,  teams raced across Botswana at high speeds and got traffic tickets.  Teams paddled and participated in water sports, but it was Pam and Winnie in a Double Bald Snark that ended in their elimination.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Project Runway 4/11/13--"Europe, Here We Come" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the designers were told they were going to work on their own, and then were given eliminated contestants to sew for them. The challenge was to make a celebrity editorial look for Nina, who specifically told them not to just make a T-shirt and pants. So of course Michelle made a T-shirt and pants. They were well-made though. Stanley got really bossy, which seemed out of nowhere and I think was put in just so you could hate someone other than Michelle or Layana. He won, and Daniel did well also. And Layana, I guess. Patricia got stuck with Richard, which was unnecessary because I think they have enough eliminated contestants to not use him. He never knew what she was talking about, and so she kept complaining that she had to change her design, and some of that I’m pretty sure was Richard and some was Patricia. Her design was ugly, but she followed the challenge. Unlike Michelle and her well-made T-shirt and pants. So the producers decided to string Michelle along and not eliminate her, for…stupid reasons, I’m sure. So no one was eliminated and we drag out this show for another week. (click for more)

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Project Runway 4/4/13--"Finally on My Own" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the designers were supposed to make one “art” look and one “ready to wear” look. Stanley and Michelle worked really well together and Stanley won. Patricia felt that Richard was pretty worthless, and Layana went on a similar diatribe about Daniel. Layana was particularly obnoxious, because the judges really liked Daniel’s look, and Layana was upset that Daniel didn’t give her all of the credit since she OBVIOUSLY bailed him out. Ugh, she fake cried and everything. But Richard tried to make something that wasn’t jersey and he failed, so he was sent home. (click for more)

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 7, 3/31/13



Welcome to Leg 7! Last time, on Can’t Go Anywhere Without My Bushmen,  teams raced from Vietnam to Botswana.  Chuck and Wynona were slow, as usual, but not as slow as Max and Katie, who managed to end up in last, and were saved by a non-elimination leg.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Project Runway 3/28/13--"The Art of Fashion" summary



Previously on Project Runway: more teams, which of course meant Richard and Layana got stuck together because that is the most drama. Finally everyone is done with the teams because there was a lot of bitching this episode. The designers are supposed to make looks for Lord & Taylor, which is not exciting, and then the teams don’t have to collaborate, which is also lame. They still all boss each other around, though. Michelle was especially annoying, which caused Daniel to act really weird. Stanley stood up to Patricia and they passive-aggressively sniped at each other. Richard refused to speak to Layana but that was the least entertaining thing. Michelle won, and her dress was actually cute. Samantha, the person not actually fighting with anyone, made a weird junior short dress and was sent home. (click for more)

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Monday, March 25, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 6, 3/24/13



Welcome to Leg 6! Last time, on I’ve Got Me a Car, It Seats About Twenty,  teams raced from Bali to Hanoi, Vietnam. Dave and Connor finally decided to call it quits, which meant the “drama” surrounding the Double Blind U-Turn didn’t really matter.  And Dave and Connor were eliminated.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Project Runway 3/21/13--"He Said, She Said" summary



Previously on Project Runway: everyone was forced to make performance outfits for male strippers. There were two teams, neither of which did a good job. Like, at all. That may be because they had one day to make menswear for men who are not built like male models, and on top of that they have to be tear-away clothes. Everyone makes “suits”. Michelle is annoying, and Patricia runs out of time again, but Amanda’s pants are deemed the worst and she is sent home. (click for more)

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 5, 3/17/13



Welcome to Leg 5! Last time, on I Wonder If Luke Hated Watching Them Search Through Surfboards, teams raced from New Zealand to Bali. Dave did continue to race, and he and Connor racked up another first place finish.  John and Jessica were near the back of the pack, but John didn’t think they needed to use their Express Pass. This was a mistake, though, because they ended up in last place and were eliminated. John kept smiling creepily and said he had no regrets. Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Project Runway 3/14/13--"Take It All Off!" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Everyone had to make prom dresses out of duct tape. Teenagers got to vote but they didn’t really get to decide anything. Michelle and Amanda had the top design, and Michelle won, and while I liked their dress, now we’ll probably have to listen to Michelle talk about how great she is. Patricia and Samantha got a bunch of praise which didn’t make sense to me. Tu and Kate made a perfectly good prom dress that was just boring, and then Nina tried to argue that no one wore long prom dresses which was also stupid, and then both Kate AND Tu got sent home. (click for more)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I think the show is supposed to be about cooking

OK, I wasn't going to write about "Hell's Kitchen" this season, but then I watched the first episode(s) and it was surprisingly not bad. I mean, doing the first challenge in front of an audience so Ramsey can have people laugh at his jokes, that part was dumb. Dumb, but unsurprising, because it's "Hell's Kitchen". And then the sous chefs come out, and...wait, where's Scott? Where is bad-ass hot chef Scott? He left? What the crap is that!? I mean, Andi's cool and all, but MAN. That is not a good sign right there. (click for more)

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Monday, March 11, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 4, 3/11/13



Welcome to Leg 4! Last time, on Adventures in New Zealand, teams raced from French Polynesia to New Zealand.  Dave popped his Achilles and just kept racing.  Chuck and Wynona end up in last, but Dave and Connor log their first first place finish, and are told to keep racing. Who will be eliminated. . . next?

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Project Runway 3/7/13--"A Sticky Situation" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the “real women” challenge made everyone design outfits for seniors. No one was a jerk about it, which is kind of nice. I’m telling myself it’s because everyone is nice and not because everyone is genre savvy and knows not to be a jerk. Stanley won, because he found the woman most like a model (that’s how it usually works) but he also made an elegant pantsuit. Ben is out, for making something shiny and too retro. But Patricia also got called out, FINALLY, which was nice. Amanda is now without a partner, and it’s not clear if they’ll stick her with Michelle (who had to be part of a threesome last week) or if they’ll redo teams again. (click for more)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 3, 3/3/13



Welcome to Leg 3! Last time, on This Was a Bad Time to Pull an Achilles, teams raced.  But really, no one cares about anyone else but Dave and Connor who are both cancer survivors, but are in the spotlight, since Dave has managed to tear his Achilles tendon.  But it was Idries and Jamal who are eliminated because they don’t like swimming.  (Toyouke: “It's not a good sign when the Previouslies are all about your team's story up to this point. All two episodes. Nothing about any other team except the team eliminated. Just your injury.”)  Who will be eliminated. . . next?


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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Project Runway 2/28/13--"Senior Fling" summary



Previously on Project Runway: Everyone was divided into teams of two and then tasked to make either a performance outfit or a red carpet look for Miranda Lambert. But they never talked to her, which was weird. Richard made a good performance outfit, which was kind of edgy but at least it was interesting. Matt completely bombed and made something boring so he was eliminated. Even with the pairings there wasn’t very much drama since the only collaboration that had to happen was each pair agreeing on who was doing the performance look and who was making the red carpet look. (click for more)

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"The Book of Mormon" review

Kmanpat and I have a theory that if you write a satirical religious musical, it should contain a song called "I Believe" which will be a big power ballad sung by the main character in Act II. If we were going to write a show like that, it would totally have that song in it. Really we thought that song would be in every musical that had anything to do with religion but when I actually, you know, looked into it? Not the case. (click for more)

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Top Chef 2/27/13--"Finale Part 2" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: Kristen won Last Chance Kitchen, and returned to compete against Brooke and Sheldon in the first part of the finale. Each chef had to make an appetizer, an entrĂ©e, and a dessert, to be served in Tom’s restaurant. Brooke didn’t know what she was doing for a very long time, but still managed to impress everyone. Kristen also did a great job. Sadly, Sheldon tried to show the judges he’d grown and changed, and didn’t make the fantastic Filipino food that got him to the finale in the first place. So he was eliminated, leaving us with an all-girl finale. (click for more)

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Monday, February 25, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 2, 2/25/13




Welcome to Leg 2! Last time, on Building All These Sandcastles is Bora-Boring, teams raced from Los Angeles to Bora Bora, French Polynesia.  We find out the winning team of the leg gets two Express Passes, one to use and one to give away.  There are three teams that take a penalty on the second Roadblock, causing the elimination of Matt and Daniel.  Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Project Runway 2/21/13--"A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'N Roll" summary



Previously on Project Runway: We recycled some more challenges, and had everyone make collections with materials from the hardware store and also a flower shop. They didn’t have to mix the two, so there were a lot of dresses made mostly of flowers. And then they ACTUALLY gave them two days to make their outfits. I know! The Dream Team finally won, but it’s too bad for Michelle, who was traded to the other team and therefore has never won anything. Samantha used some silver mesh and put leaves and flowers inside it, so she was given the win. Team KIR produced Patricia’s mess of strings of flower fringe, but that was good apparently, and also Amanda’s totally fine sheath dress with keys and moss. Amanda had too much drama for everyone, and they tried to throw her under the bus, but in the end Joe and his boxy sweater dress was sent home. I mean clearly because he was kind of weird, and this way Amanda can hate her whole team. Then Tim said they have business to deal with. Or something. (click for more)

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Top Chef 2/20/13--"Finale Part 1" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: The final three cooked for some dogsledders. Josh made breakfast again, but lost out to Brooke. The Elimination challenge was to make a dish that represented the moment they knew they wanted to be a chef. Brooke briefly freaked out because she’s wanted to be a chef for her entire life, but then she made chicken and quail and impressed everyone and won this challenge. Sheldon made his broth too salty, which almost doomed him, but then Josh tried to make a three-day dish in four hours and it failed. So Josh was sent home. (click for more)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 1, 2/17/13



Welcome to Leg 1! We’re back to TAR after a hiatus, and it couldn’t come soon enough.  This time, we are traveling through Los Angeles.  For goodness sake, I know that LAX is a hub, but can we PLEASE start in a different city?  We only get to see the United States twice a season, since we (thankfully) do not do Family Edition anymore.  This time, teams are running up to the Griffith Observatory.  (Toyouke: " Oo, OBSERVATORY. You know what? I think that observatory is the one the Paula Abdul video for "Rush Rush". The one with Keanu in it.")  The eleven teams are: (click for more)

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

TAR22, Recap Leg 0, 2/10/13



Welcome back to the Amazing Race!  Miss me?  I thought so.  First off, we have some excellent countries on the list, including visits to French Polynesia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Botswana and Switzerland!  We’re at eleven teams, so no monkey business from the producers.  The Two million dollar twist is out of the mix, and there's a new twist with the Express Pass. . . or should I say TWO Express Passes?  And Toyouke is nearby to throw in her two cents. (Toyouke: “Do I have to?  These teams so ineffectual.  Meh.”)  The eleven teams are: (click for more)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Project Runway 2/14/13--"The Ulitmate Hard and Soft" summary



Previously on Project Runway: everyone designs for Heidi. Various people act like this doesn’t happen every single season. It’s for her perfume launch, so some people are making outfits for the ad campaign and some are making outfits for some PR event. Layana tried to throw Kate under the bus, and it’s kind of shady, but since Team KIR cannot lose, of course Kate is one of the winners. Patricia made a weird leather lattice outfit, which was interesting, but seriously there was no way Heidi was wearing it. So magically Daniel was the other winner, even though there was supposed to be one ad campaign winner and one PR event winner. Ben completely failed and was pretty close to sending his model out with no top, but Cindy made a fairly standard dress in the wrong fabric so it looked terrible. So she didn't make it. (click for more)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Top Chef 2/13/13--"Glacial Gourmand" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: The final four made crab, and then salmon and sourdough. The crab thing was interesting, and Sheldon won because he made “miso” soup with the innards. The salmon and sourdough was for a salmon bake, which is like a fish fry or a community BBQ thing. Sheldon didn’t do so well in that, because he put green tea and chives in his bread and it was weird. Brooke won, because dill in sourdough is good. Lizzie lost, even though she made the best bread, because she made little sandwiches and there was too much bread. So your final three are Sheldon, Josh, and Brooke. (click for more)

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Project Runway 2/7/13--"Surprise Me" summary



Previously on Project Runway: The teams remain the same. Everyone must make outfits for a ping pong social club. I know. There was some drama, but not any that was really interesting. Layana won, for making a skort, because we are to believe Susan Sarandon has never seen a skort before. James made weird wide legged crop pants. For a man. So he went home. (click for more)

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Top Chef 2/6/13--"Kings of Alaska" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: the remaining chefs went on a cruise. They were supposed to make “appetizer” bites using iceberg lettuce. Sheldon won, and was given an advantage on the Elimination Challenge. This challenge was to make surf and turf, but to update it. He got first pick, and then picked filet mignon and lobster tail, which is…kind of not updated. Brooke won with frog legs and mussels. Although Sheldon was not inspired by the proteins he picked out, Stefan finally went home. (click for more)

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Project Runway 1/31/13--"Spin Out" summary



Previously on Project Runway: There were two teams, but unlike the real world, you don’t have to make your garment match your team at all. Also, didn’t they say it would be teams of two for the whole season? Did I make that up? I’m pretty sure I read it somewhere, only I can’t remember where, and clearly that’s not what happened so I don’t know. Everyone was supposed to make garments that showcase themselves as designers, inspired by New York. Daniel made a suit, with crop pants and a peplum with a bubble hem. It was interesting, I’m OK with the win. Emily very nearly sent her model down naked, and in the end she was sent home for having poor time management skills. (click for more)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Top Chef 1/30/13--"Chefs at Sea" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: there was a sushi-making Quickfire, which Stefan won, impressive. Then Tom asked for fried chicken for himself and his chef friends. Apparently they wanted fried chicken, and not anything else. The secret requirement is bones. You have to leave it on the bone. Being creative is not allowed, lest the drunk judges mock you. Josh made fried chicken, so he won. Josie also actually did make fried chicken, but it was greasy and Tom I guess heard about what really happened at Restaurant Wars because he was DONE with her excuses and they sent her home. (click for more)

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Project Runway 1/24/13--"There Is No I in Team" summary



Previously on Project Runway: You guys, I’ve been writing about “Project Runway” since last July. Last. July.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top Chef 1/23/13--"Wolfgang Cluck's" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: Restaurant Wars! It was men vs. women. Stefan had terrible service, but Sheldon’s food was so wonderful that his team still won. Josie screwed up her bouillabaisse, because she wouldn’t start it when Kristen told her to. But the judges had no idea what went on, so when Kristen refused to throw her under the bus, they didn’t know that if Josie had done what Kristen had asked, they would have finished the broth in time to put gelatin in it and then it would have been fine. I know Kristen wanted to take responsibility, but she could have said “Josie didn’t finish in time”. Anyway, Kristen was sent home, and both Tom and Gail said in their blogs that had they known what was going on, they would have made a different decision. I mean, they didn’t come right out and say “We would have sent Josie home” but it certainly sounds that way. (click for more)

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 1/17/13--"Go Big or Go Home" summary



Previously on Project Runway: everyone got to go to Paris and make couture gowns. Emilio and Anthony Ryan did very well, and Josh and Uli had to spend an hour remaking their gowns. Uli used her lining to make a whole new gown, and she won the weird mini-challenge. Josh was sent home. So our final three are Uli, Emilio, and Anthony Ryan. I’m fine with it, I just wish there was some suspense about it. (NOT a spoiler, just my prediction) (click for more)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Top Chef 1/16/13--"Restaurant Wars" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: The Quickfire was to make dishes with ginger. Exciting. Then it was Restaurant Wars, sort of. Everyone has to come up with a concept, and then make one dish that showcases your idea. Then the judges picked Sheldon and Kristen to be the executive chefs, based on their home-style Filipino and contemporary French, respectively. Micah decided to have a raw restaurant, which wasn’t that great, and he was sent home. Yes, that means the teams are uneven. They didn’t say if that would be addressed or if Sheldon is just screwed. (click for more)

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 1/10/13--"Couture de France" summary



Previously on Project Runway: the remaining designers had to design “makeover” outfits for female veterans. It was a good challenge. Josh did very well and won, even though I think he had some extra challenges (his veteran lost a leg). Anthony Ryan’s veteran was a self-proclaimed “boob hider”, and his dress actually drew attention to them. Yes, I know she was larger than a model would have been, but there had to have been a million ways he could have made a more flattering dress. It has nothing to do with her chest size. But, the minute he’s in danger, magically no one is eliminated and all four designers are moving on to this week. Whatever. (click for more)

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Top Chef 1/9/13--"Battle Before the War" summary



Previously on “Top Chef”: a Quickfire involving knife sharpening and then an Elimination challenge involving “memorable” moments from past seasons. Some were actually memorable, like “I’m not your bitch, bitch”. Some were not. Lizzie and John both end up on the bottom, and are tasked to make something related to this season’s memorable moment: CJ failing at burgers. So they do, and John is irritated because he thinks he couldn’t find a proper pan, so that’s why his food sucked, and Lizzie is on him about taking all her dill and leaving the oven open, but she should be grateful because he shared the pickles with her. As if the judges wouldn’t have seen right through that bull. In the end, to the celebration of everyone, John loses. (click for more)

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Project Runway All Stars 1/3/13--"All Stars and Stripes" summary

Previously on "Project Runway": the designers had to make a dress to be sold by Elie Tahari. So that means making sure it's on budget and able to be sewn and whatnot. Anthony Ryan won again, because he wins too many things, and Ivy went home for not listening about the print. Josh should have gone home but clearly they are waiting for him to do or say something stupid. (click for more)
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Top Chef 1/2/13--"Past Suppers" summary

Previously on "Top Chef": the chefs gathered fresh oysters to make a dish for Emeril. Micah won with his hot oysters and arugula salad. Then everyone had to make dishes for roller derby girls, which was a good challenge, I think. Random and still food-related. Josie was loud and irritated everyone, and then accused Micah of being closeted, which doesn't make any sense since he hadn't dragged her sexuality into it at all. John and Brooke won, for beef and rice (it did sound good) and Bart was sent home for consistently underseasoning his food. But not before Josie was kind of a jerk about it. I get that he should season his food more, but if he asks you to check it and you don't check it you can't really put all the blame on him. (click for more)
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