Project Runway 10, Episode 11: Fashions For the Youngest Set

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make a dance costume for the Rockettes.  Christopher won by making a costume that incorporated the New York skyline, while Ven was sent home.

The next morning, the designers get ready to face the day.  Melissa and Sonjia are both surprised by Ven’s departure.  Sonjia notes that there are now no longer any safe spots in the competition, so a designer will be either in the top or in the bottom.  Christopher, with three wins under his belt, believes he has a good chance of getting to the finals.

The designers meet Heidi and Tim at Babies R Us.  In case you’ve been living on Mars for the past few weeks, Heidi has a new line of baby clothing, Truly Scrumptious, that is sold at Babies R Us.  The challenge, obviously, is to make an outfit for a toddler.  Their models will be actual toddlers, and the camera pans over to a group of youngsters accompanied by their mothers.  Dmitry is all but cringing when he hears this: “We are all screwed.  Those babies are really, really small.  It’s like designing an outfit for a cat.”

Heidi then uses the velvet bag to assign a toddler to a designer.  As it turns out, three of the toddlers are boys, and three are girls.  There will therefore be two winning looks:  a boy’s outfit and a girl’s outfit.  (Why wasn’t this challenge held earlier in the season, when there were more designers left?)  The outfits should be for children who are up to 24 months old.  Heidi will supply all the needed materials, so there will be no trip to Mood.

The designers have a half-hour to consult with the mothers.  For the record, Elena, Melissa, and Christopher will be making girls’ outfits, while Fabio, Sonjia, and Dmitri will be making boys’ outfits.  One of the girls’ mother asks Elena to put her little darling in a blazer.  Another mother asks Melissa for something feminine and pink.  One of the boys “helps” Dmitry draw.  Fabio tells us that he used to be a babysitter.  His boy’s mother tells him that she likes vintage clothing for both herself and her young man.

Heidi then tells the designers that she will provide the designers with dossiers, supplies,  toddler-sized mannequins.. and a “surprise.”  There are murmurs of dismay when the designers hear this last, for they know that Heidi’s “surprises” tend to bode ill for them.  They’re right to be worried, for when they get back to the workroom, they find the promised supplies– and “Baby, Think It Over” dolls.  These are baby dolls designed to teach teenagers about some of the realities of parenthood– namely that babies are completely dependent on their parents, and that one’s days of hanging out at the mall are finished if you have a kid.

Tim explains that the baby dolls are to teach the designers about what babies need.  The dolls cry like real babies, and have to be fed, changed or rocked.  Okay,  THIS IS STUPID!  The designers have only until 9:30 to complete their looks, and they have to divide their precious time between actually working on said looks and caring for a yowling piece of plastic.  Not only that, but a better, more realistic way to learn about toddlers would be to either consult with their mothers awhile longer and/or watch the kids at play in a playground.  That would have given the designers a better sense for toddlers’ needs than the dolls, since toddlers tend to run around and get into things.  The dolls just scream.  Finally, it’s also quite insulting to the designers, who all range from mid-20’s to mid-30’s, to treat them like clueless teenagers.

Sure enough, the dolls scream and cry, distracting the designers.  Fabio’s the only one who seems to be enjoying his doll.  He names it “Brandon” and plays with it.  Most of the other designers seem to mirror
Elena’s feelings about the dolls:  She christens hers “A@@hole.”  The designers sort through Heidi’s supplies, and Fabio tells us that he likes kids and would like to have some of his own one day.

Melissa decides to make something that’s easy to put on and take off.  The designers all note how small the garments will have to be.

Tim comes in to make his rounds and he’s got Heidi with him.  They start with Elena, who is making a denim jacket with a pleated collar.  It gets Heidi’s seal of approval.  Dmitry is working on a red hooded jumpsuit for his toddler.  He says he wants a “firefighter look” for his young man.  Heidi is also pleased with it.  Sonjia is making a gray outfit with navy accents.  Both Tim and Heidi like the jacket she’s made so far and look forward to seeing the rest.

Christopher explains that his toddler’s mother had very specific demands:  white denim jacket, an asymmetrical collar and so forth.  Heidi suggests that he also make a little dress with appliquéd flowers all over it.  Melissa is making pink and navy leggings with zebra stripes.  Heidi comments that she’s already selling similar pants, and feels that there’s no “fun factor” in the look.  Back to the drawing board, Melissa!

Afterwards, Heidi announces a twist:  The designers have to make a companion piece for the mothers.  The baby outfits should still be front and center, though.  The designers will get an extra day to do the work.  They will also have fifteen minutes to sketch, and a $150.00 to spend at Mood.  Oh, and they have to bring their “Baby, Think It Over” dolls with them, which is completely ridiculous.  Elena apparently agrees with my assessment and asks for someone to shoot her.  After shipping at Mood, they get back to work.  The designers then leave for the day at 10 p.m.  Unfortunately, they have to take their dolls with them.

The next morning, they wake to the sound of crying babies.  Dmitri mutters, “Oh right, I forgot.  I’m a father now.”  After getting dressed and soothing their charges, they head to work.  There, they work on both baby clothes and women’s clothes.  Mercifully, Tim stops by to take the plastic brats to “daycare,” so the designers can actually get some work done.

The mothers and toddlers come in for their fittings.  Christopher’s toddler’s mother dislikes everything he’s made, and goes so far as to compare the dress he’s made for her to a tablecloth.  Ouch.  Sonjia comforts Christopher by reminding him that Heidi is the real client, and that pleasing her matters more than pleasing the mother.   Then it’s time to go home again.

The next morning is the day of the runway show.  Melissa is very behind, and at one point has to ask her toddler’s mother to sew on a button for, as Christopher and the others have remembered that they’re in a competition and stopped helping her.  Christopher’s toddler’s mother apologizes to him for her earlier remarks.  The mothers then go to hair and make-up.  Melissa keeps frantically working on her mother’s companion piece and doesn’t stop until Tim orders her to do so.

On the runway, Heidi introduces the guest judge, Hilary Duff, who is an actress and a new mother.

Fabio is up first.  He made a navy jacket and matching pants with white trim for his young man.  He also made a shirt out of a multi-colored monster print, and he used the same print to put a pocket on the front of the jacket and some decoration on the back.  He then used the monster print to make a baseball cap for the wee lad.  Mother is wearing a sleeveless blue and white floral print dress.

Melissa made a blue vest with a Sesame Street-type monster on the back.  She then put her little girl in a rumpled, overly short white dress that has a zipper down one side.  It’s impractical and probably won’t stay clean longer than two minutes.  Mother is wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and a shapeless brown vest.

Dmitry made a red hooded jumpsuit for his little boy.  It’s got a car decorating the front, and the hood is pointed, so the kid almost looks like a crayon.  The pants end at about the knee and look a bit like knickers.  Dmitry also made a two-toned blue shirt.  Mom is wearing a gray dress with long sleeves.

Sonjia made a gray suit for her young man.  It’s got navy blue trim decorating the collar and pockets.  Sonjia also made a polo shirt out of the monster print for him.  Mother is wearing a long gray skirt and long-sleeved black shirt.

Christopher made a white denim jacket and a white dress covered with appliquéd white flowers and green leaves.  It’s the sort of thing a grandmother would buy because it looks so “adorable.”  It’s also the kind of outfit that would be worn on special occasions like Easter Sunday and would therefore probably be worn exactly once before the kid outgrew it.  Mother is wearing a sleeveless flower print dress.

Elena made a dark blue jacket with a pleated collar, pistachio green pants, and a salmon pink shirt.  The little girl is also sporting a hairband of the same pink.  The hairband is a bit much, and the color combination isn’t the best, but this outfit would probably get a lot more wear than Christopher’s.  Mom is wearing a black skirt and a sleeveless tan top.

Afterwards, nobody is safe, just like Sonjia anticipated.  The judges want to speak to everybody.  They start with Sonjia, who wanted to make sportswear for her toddler.  Heidi thinks the outfit looks comfortable.  Hilary notes that, since it’s separates, it can be dressed up or down.  She also thinks it looks polished.  Nina thinks it looks smart and sporty– and easy to work with.  It wouldn’t take a lot of fuss to dress or undress this little boy.

Melissa had wanted to make an asymmetrical jacket.  Heidi likes the jacket, which is really a vest, but doesn’t like the dress.  She notes that it rides up, exposing the diaper.  Michael dislikes the fabrics used for the baby’s outfit, but like the mother’s outfit.  Hilary calls the dress impractical.

As for Fabio, he wanted to do a modern version of the traditional little boy’s sailor suit.  Michael thinks it looks practical.  Heidi likes the baby’s outfit, but not the mother’s.  Nina likes both looks– and it turns out that Fabio is a master of illusion, for his “suit” is actually a onesie.  It just looks like separates.  The judges are suitably impressed.

Elena wanted to make separates that could be dressed up or down.  She adds that the mother wanted something form-fitting.  Michael says the jacket is well-made.  Heidi dislikes the pants.  Nina doesn’t like the jacket, as she considers it impractical.  She does like the mother’s outfit.

Dmitry wanted to make a sporty, cool, and comfortable look for his toddler.  Michael likes the graphic aspects of the look, such as the car, but thinks the outfit is a bit costumey.  The judges debate over whether this is actually a bad thing, since little boys often enjoy dressing up like superheroes.  Hilary simply notes there’s a lot of red.  The judges do like the mother’s outfit.

Christopher wanted to make a white denim jacket and a look fit for a special occasion.  Nina says it’s adorable but impractical.  Heidi thinks it’s cute.  Michael thinks both the toddler and her mother look as if they’re on their way to a brunch.

The judges then have their chat.  Fabio had done a good job with his updated nautical look.  Sonjia had made comfortable separates that could be mixed and matched with other clothes for a wide range of looks.  Dmitry’s look was boyish and adorable– but resembled a crayon.

As for the girls’ looks, Christopher’s look was charming and had a lot of details.  The judges liked the dress better than the jacket.  Elena’s look was “all over the place.”  The jacket was nice, though.  Melissa had made a great vest, but her dress was too grown-up for a toddler.

The judges then announce their decision.  Sonjia had made the best boy’s outfit, while Christopher had made the best girl’s look.  They’re the winners.  Dmitry and Fabio are in, leaving Melissa and Elena in the bottom two.  Melissa is in, so Elena is out.

Next week:  It’s the final challenge before Fashion week, and the designers have to make an avant-garde look.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Amazing Race Season Premiere

The season premiere of The Amazing Race is tonight on CBS, and this time teams have a chance to win double the money, $2 million. Don't forget to also DVR The Good Wife in case football goes long so that you don't miss the end of the episode. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. 2012 Ryder Cup. Final day from the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL. 11:00 AM CT NBC

2. NFL Football. New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills. 12:00 PM CT CBS

3. MLB Baseball. Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox. 1:00 PM CT TBS

4. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. AAA 400 from Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. NFL Football. New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers. 3:00 PM CT Fox

6. 60 Minutes. The guests are Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 6:00 PM CT CBS

7. Once Upon a Time. A preview of season two, followed by the season premiere. Fairytale characters aren't transported back to their homes after being awoken from Queen Regina's curse, and Prince Phillip and his traveling companion face a deadly foe. 6:00 PM CT ABC

8. Into the West. Part 3 of 6. Follows the further encroachment of white civilization on Native land after the discovery of gold in the sacred Black Hills region, and the removal of Native children to off-reservation schools. 6:00 PM CT AMC

9. The Amazing Race. Season premiere. A new twist makes it possible to win $2 million, and one team's act of kindness backfires. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. The Simpsons. Season premiere. The family searches for Bart's long-lost love in New York. Zooey Deschanel provides the guest voice. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Making Monsters. Season premiere. In the first hour, Distortions Unlimited owners Ed and Marsha Edmunds, bring in an army of extra sculptors to create a brand new line of “shocktronics” for the retail market. In the second hour, the Distortions team takes a stab at reinventing the classic “photo op” piece for Halloween Express and comes to the rescue for the rock band, Megadeth, by getting them a new stage prop in time for their concert. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Rehab with Dr. Drew. The patients experience powerful feelings, and one of them has suicidal thoughts. 7:00 PM CT VH1

13. MLB Baseball. Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

14. NFL Football. New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles. 7:15 PM CT NBC

15. Bob's Burgers. Season premiere. A gang of bikers mourn their leader at Bob's Burgers, and Louise's bunny ears are stolen. 7:30 PM CT Fox

16. The Good Wife. Season premiere. Zach is targeted by a state trooper, putting Alicia on the offensive, Kalinda faces her problems, and Diane and Will delve into the firm's financial issues. 8:00 PM CT CBS

17. Revenge. Season premiere. After last summer's events in the Hamptons upped the ante, Emily plans her next move. 8:00 PM CT ABC

18. Family Guy. Season premiere. The Griffins decide to climb Mount Everest in order to compete with their friends. 8:00 PM CT Fox

19. Oprah's Next Chapter. Stephen Colbert is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

20. Long Island Medium. In the first half hour, Theresa and her husband head to the beach, and she shocks a woman with details of her deceased husband. In the second half hour, Victoria graduates from high school, and Theresa helps a man accept his future after his life's tragedy is revealed during a reading. 8:00 PM CT TLC

21. Snapped. An L.A. detective becomes the suspect when DNA cracks the case. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

22. Hell on Wheels. A new arrival in Hell on Wheels throws everything into turmoil. Meanwhile, Eva finds herself caught between Elam and Mr. Toole. 8:00 PM CT AMC

23. Boardwalk Empire. Reluctantly, Nucky joins Margaret to receive a high honor from the church, Gyp and Nucky make a one-time deal, Van Alden regrets trying to be sociable, Margaret pitches her women's clinic, and Lucky and Meyer protect their investments. 8:00 PM CT HBO

24. Dexter. Season premiere. Deb tries to cover up her involvement in Travis' murder, Det. Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in, Quinn and Batista make amends, and LaGuerta reconsiders the Bay Harbor Butcher case. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

25. American Dad. Season premiere. Roger becomes enthralled with Hayley's voice and hires her as a singer in his new bar, and Stan tries to prove how masculine he is by negotiating a good car deal. 8:30 PM CT Fox

26. The Mentalist. Season premiere. Jane tries to figure out Lorelei's connection to Red John, and the team and the FBI work together on the murder of a hotel employee. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. 666 Park Avenue. Series premiere. Jane and Henry get the chance to manage a premiere New York apartment building, but the lifestyle of the Upper East Side is no match for the supernatural forces in the building that have the couple questioning their decision. 9:00 PM CT ABC

28. Married to Jonas. Kevin and Dani's relationship is put to the test, and Dani runs herself ragged trying to organize her sister's grad party. 9:00 PM CT E!

29. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Part 1 of a 3-part Jersey reunion. The emotional first installment starts off with tears and aggressive finger-pointing, bringing the insults from both sides to a whole new low. Jersey remains classy as ever, as Teresa continues to stands her ground that she did nothing wrong with her involvement in Melisa’s ‘strippergate.’ But at the same time, doesn’t hesitate to accuse her haters (specifically Caroline) of being a blubbery old hag. Will any wounds be healed, or will the reunion continue to open up new drama? 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Breaking Amish. Rebecca faces a reality from her past, Sabrina has a difficult time connecting with her ethnic heritage, Kate has a breakdown over being shunned by her family, and two castmates find romance. 9:00 PM CT TLC

31. Bridezillas. Demanding Bridezilla Davina, dictates her bridesmaid’s sex life and plots against the best man. Meanwhile, Crabby Bridezilla Tabby brawls with her future sister-in-law and sweats her way down the aisle. 9:00 PM CT WE

32. Treme. Antoine's students show interest, L.P. Everett gets a new case, LaDonna has to move, Hidalgo finds a new angle, Janette's resistance slips, and Albert gets news regarding his health. 9:00 PM CT HBO

33. Homeland. Series premiere. Carrie's peace is threatened by a former asset, Brody finds out Nazir might not be happy with a nonviolent approach, and Dana lets a secret slip. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – 20/20

20/20 tonight focuses inappropriate classroom behavior caught on tape. It's definitely worth a look. I think many people would be surprised at what goes on in classrooms these days. As a parent of two teens, I definitely am. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. CSI: NY. Season premiere. A fire utilizing a recently-paroled arsonist's past technique kills a fire chief. Rob Morrow guest stars. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Shark Tank. Business ideas include Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya's posture correction device, Robin Leach and a Florida designer's stone-studded leather jewelry, and a gluten-free cookie business. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. America's Next Top Model. The aspiring models visit a special effects production house, competing for a chance to be featured in a video game, and pose with an owl at a train museum. 7:00 PM CT CW

4. Made in Jersey Series premiere. Martina impresses her boss enough to have him assign her to a murder case, and her niece asks for her help in convincing her mom to allow her to get a tattoo. 8:00 PM CT CBS

5. Grimm. A Wesen church gets robbed, leading Nick and Monroe investigate the members, and Nick is targeted by a dangerous opponent. 8:00 PM CT NBC

6. Fringe. Season premiere. After being preserved in amber for two decades, the fringe team tries to save the world from the Observers in the year 2036. 8:00 PM CT Fox

7. Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. In the first half hour, Meg breaks Lori's rules by brining her fiancé with to shop for a dress, and a bride wants colorful and contemporary, while her mom prefers traditional. In the second half hour, Christina wants a lace gown that her dad can't stand, and a 17-year-old bride tries to please her entire family. 8:00 PM CT TLC

8. Ghost Adventures. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin travel to the scenic Tor House in Carmel, CA, former home to American poet, Robinson Jeffers, and the place where he penned much of his famous poetry. Jeffers also died in this house and in one of his poems, predicted he would return as a ghost and talk to the living 50 years after his death. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

9. America's Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

10. Boss. After an alternative medical treatment, Kane regains control of the city, and in order to restore the public perception of himself, he has to make a hard choice concerning an old friend. 8:00 PM CT Starz

11. Blue Bloods. Season premiere. Jackie is kidnapped by a criminal from Danny's past, Jamie meets his new partner, and an officer shoots an innocent man. 9:00 PM CT CBS

12. Dateline NBC. Season premiere. Investigators target a woman once married to a movie star mobster after the murder of a Hollywood stuntman. 9:00 PM CT NBC

13. 20/20. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom caught on tape. 9:00 PM CT ABC

14. Haven Haven's streets are flooded with raving barbarians, and Audrey and Nathan try to resolve the issue. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Secret Princes. The royals start searching for their princesses in Atlanta, attempt to host an American barbecue, and Prince Francisco finds out his desired girl has an undesirable past. 9:00 PM CT TLC

16. Strike Back. Fueled by the Lutulu shooting, community unrest continues to spread through South Africa and north to Zimbabwe. Trapped in an isolated police station, Stonebridge questions the shooter and looks for a safe escape. Scott and Lilian take her father to the hospital and are pursued by other assassins. Knox and a surprise ally discuss a new plan. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

17. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Christina Aguilera, Sherri Shepherd, and The Piano Guys. 9:00 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. 2012 Ryder Cup. Day two from the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL. 8:00 AM CT NBC

2. College Football. Baylor at West Virginia 11:00 AM CT FX

3. College Football. Penn State at Illinois. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

4. College Football. Minnesota at Iowa. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

5. College Football. Tennessee at Georgia. 2:30 PM CT CBS

6. College Football. Ohio State at Michigan State. 2:30 PM CT ABC

7. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series. OneMain Financial 200 from Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. 2:30 PM CT ESPN

8. College Football. Clemson at Boston College. 2:30 PM CT ESPN2

9. MLB Baseball. Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox. 3:00 PM CT Fox

10. College Football. Arizona State at California. 3:00 PM CT FX

11. College Football. Florida at South Florida. 5:00 PM CT ESPN

12. College Football. South Carolina at Kentucky. 6:00 PM CT ESPN 2

13. College Football. Texas at Oklahoma State. 6:30 PM CT Fox

14. College Football. Wisconsin at Nebraska. 7:00 PM CT ABC

15. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Miss Robbie hosts the family reunion at Upper Crust, Tim gets a huge catering gig, and Monique confronts Charles. 8:00 PM CT OWN

16. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. In the first hour, a man is stabbed to death in the driveway of his own home, and a detective finally identifies the killer more than twenty-five years later. In the second hour, business practices and confessed secrets could be behind a murder motivated by money 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. My Fair Wedding: Unveiled. A pair of teachers with a passion for travel agree on everything, except their wedding. Wedding planner David Tutera wants to create a high-flying event, but the anxious groom Daniel and buttoned-down bride Debbie keep getting in the way. David and his team of event coordinators enlist a beautiful actress (former Playboy Playmate Sandra Taylor), a dance doctor and unexpected mystery guests to make this an unforgettable celebration! 8:00 PM CT WE

18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A disgraced journalist and a security firm investigator try to solve a 40-year-old murder. 8:00 PM CT Starz

19. College Football. Mississippi at Alabama. 8:15 PM CT ESPN

20. 48 Hours Mystery. Season premiere. A woman looks for justice after her father is murdered. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Iyanla, Fix My Life. After leaving her family for another man, a mother wants to return home. 9:00 PM CT OWN

 

Survivor: Philippines – Episode 2 – C Is For Cookie

Back for the second dip into the Philippines pool and all of a sudden I have an unexplained urge to have milk and cookies.

Actually, it may not be all that difficult to explain after all. A tad juvenile, and full of cheap boob humor. But not difficult to explain.

You have to appreciate an episode of family hour programming that is so focused on large breasts. At least I have to appreciate that. Because that’s what we had here. I’m going to forego being coy about the tribe that lost and go straight into it, because most of the action took place fully on Matsing sand. They lost the challenge and had to vote out a second member – and surprising to those who watched last week – it was not going to be Swan.

This was going to come down to the two younger women for two very different reasons, but at the heart of it, for essentially the same reason. Roxy was on the hot seat because of her mini-breakdown. Angie was on the hot seat because she has a hot seat. Well, a hot rack is more accurate, but not as poetic. Let’s review.

It seems that Malcolm is doing his best to prove the age old theory that even the smartest guys will turn into morons in the presence of breasts. Especially when they are mashed against you in snuggle form on cold nights. Angie and Malcolm have become snuggle partners – which can be potentially dangerous. Ask the All-Stars about how much a couple can dominate a season. Now, in all seriousness, EVERY season has cuddling for warmth. However, there is a snuggle/cuddle difference. Snuggle has extra meaning. And Malcolm/Angie has that. Check out the aggressive leg sweep from Angie, and the subtle finger caress from Malcolm. Seriously, dude, there are cameras on you at all times!

The amazing thing to me is that Angie was stunned to learn that this behavior put a target on her. Has she ever actually watched Survivor? Refreshing thing…Malcolm fully admitting that he is “blinded by the headlights,” as I steal Denise’s line. He knows he is screwing up, but he just can’t help himself.

Meanwhile, Roxy is having some issues with the game. As has happened often, the reality of Survivor is hitting her hard. The constant rain. The starvation. The heat. The cold at night. Lack of sleep. The one thing that seems to be a constant from the hundreds of people who have played Survivor over the years is that you can’t understand what it is like until you are out there. And then it just kicks your ass. Roxy is feeling that, and is breaking down. And, along with Blair in another camp, is helped along by the classy CBS Twitter hashtag – #survivorbreakdown.

Roxy is also speaking in Esperanto or some made up language she created while on acid in her dorm room. Her attempts to bring God into this season were not welcome – I still remember South Pacific, my friends. Not the musical, the Survivor season. It was worth it for Denise’s smackdown on all things religious in reality shows – and by extension, sports, music, and awards shows. “I don’t pray for anything, if I get to the end of the game, it’s me. You just dig in, dig deep and make it happen.” YEAH!!!! Thank you, Denise. You just scored a bunch of points in my book – now if only you don’t screw it up by voting badly…

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Two and a Half Men Season Premiere

Two and a Half Men is back on tonight, and they've moved to a much less envious spot on the schedule. I have to admit, I think I'll miss watching it on Mondays … I do hope it finds the audience it's searching for in this timeslot. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Jeff Probst Show. Joy Cryer is today's guest. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Big Bang Theory. Season premiere. Raj gets lonely with his friends out with dates, and Wolowitz gets involved in a fight between Bernadette and his mom while in space. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Saturday Night Live. Weekend Update Thursday. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Last Resort. Series premiere. Capt. Marcus Chaplin and the crew of the most powerful nuclear submarine question order to fire at another country, then come under attack and are declared enemies of the U.S. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The X-Factor. Night six of auditions.. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NFL Football. Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens. 7:00 PM CT NFL

7. Two and a Half Men. Season premiere. Walden wants to surprise Zoey for her birthday. 7:30 PM CT CBS

8. Up All Night. Chris and Scott embark on their new business, Reagan tries to make adjustments to being a stay-at-home mom, and Ava runs into her former accompanist. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. Person of Interest. Reese looks for help from Detectives Carter and Fusco in finding the kidnapped Finch. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. The Office. Pam and Jim search for buried secrets in their relationships after a toast at Roy's wedding, and Dwight reacts to Nellie's mandatory charity initiative. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Grey's Anatomy. Season premiere. After a plane crash, the Seattle Grace doctors try to cop with loss, accept the changes, and move forward. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. The Next. Six local winners perform in L.A. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. Glee. Blaine and Brittany are up against each for student council president, and Kurt gets a dream internship. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. Parks and Recreation. Hoping to combat obesity in Pawnee, Leslie passes a city-wide tax on huge sodas, and Chris helps Andy get ready for his police entrance exam. 8:30 PM CT NBC

15. The Real Housewives of Miami. Adriana continues to avoid Fredric’s marriage talks, thinking she still may not be worthy of being re-married. Shortly after, the ladies gather at Lisa’s to get ready for Romains club’s party. Although Joanna gives her sister great advice to avoid causing drama, she actually ends up exploding at the club, in an unforgivable outburst on her fiancé’s night to shine.. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Four Weddings. Italian bride Valentina's wedding features ballet dancers and soccer players, Michelle dances for her husband, Danielle has a fairytale wedding, and Jenn is hosting her wedding in an art gallery. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Project Runway The designers babysit while coming up with new looks for Heidi's Babies R Us collection. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Tamar and Vince. Tamar and Vince head to the Essence Music Festival where they are set to participate in a panel and address hundreds of fans. However behind the scenes, tension is at an all time high due to Vince’s health and Tamar’s music career. 8:00 PM CT WE

19. Elementary. Series premiere. Sherlock Holmes investigates a murderous home invasion. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Season premiere. Stories include sexual assault within the military, a focus on charter development in education, David Finch inspires to be a better husband after a Asperger's syndrome diagnosis, and the impact of Fifty Shades of Grey in a small Maine town. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Scandal. Season premiere. Info regarding Quinn's true identity comes out, a senator faces public disgrace and looks to Olivia for help, and Cyrus and Mellie put President Fitz in a compromising position. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. Louie. Season finale. Louie has a difficult time with the holidays. 9:00 PM CT FX

23. Impractical Jokers. The guys show the moments that made them cringe and crack under the pressure 9:00 PM CT truTV

24. After the First 48. A dismembered woman's body is found beneath an underpass in Arizona, and a woman ends up shot to death by her cousin's boyfriend during a weekend getaway. 9:00 PM CT A&E

25. Bling it On. A tomboy wants to design her own gown, a cancer survivor asks for blush pink, a gypsy stroller gets blinged out, and a drag queen has a wardrobe malfunction. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young, and Lupe Fiasco. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 9 – Where We Learn That Food Has To Be Delicious

That’s right. The age-old mystery of whether food needs to be “hard” or “delicious” has been solved. I know that longtime viewers of Top Chef – and those who have eaten for all or most of their lives – have wondered this. Gee, this sandwich before me…it is rather soft and spongy. But it tastes rather good. I wish it was hard, but it is so delicious. I am just torn. It’s like Sophie’s Choice.

But lo! Worry no more, fellow eaters. Kerry has solved it. As he told the young’uns who formed the basis of this challenge – more on that later – food doesn’t need to be hard, it needs to be delicious.

Oh, wait. He means “hard” as in difficult? Oh. Hang on.
The second age-old mystery of whether food needs to be ANYTHING other than delicious has now finally been solved by the Puddy look-a-like on Top Chef Masters. Amazingly, it seems that delicious food is the most important thing. Who knew? I thought that complicated recipes and preparation was what we needed to have – but as it turns out, tasting good was the key.

Now I know what I’ve been doing wrong all these years.

In all seriousness, this week we have the final elimination before the Finale. Where the final three remaining Master Chefs will be presented with an opportunity to wow the first class food critics with a dazzling display of their culinary skills, imagination and technique. In order to prove which one is the Master of the Masters.

What? You said the chefs would be judged on a dish that none of them actually cooked? A dish where they were not even permitted to touch the food? One where high school students cooked the meal? That can’t be right – the next thing you’re going to tell me is that all season long, a random of collection of D-List celebrities and random people in Vegas will be judging the Quickfires, determining who gets immunity for the challenges, and doling out thousands of dollars to charities in a seemingly random pattern. But that can’t be right.

And yet…here we are. The funny thing is that this week they actually presented a Quickfire without wheeling in Wayne Newton. This is a repeat of the Quickfire from last Masters’ season where the chefs are set at a workstation divided by a barrier which prevents them from seeing a mystery partner. They have to cook a dish, and at the same time, instruct the mystery person to cook the identical dish. The challenge would be judged on its taste and how similar the two dishes are to each other. The last time we saw this challenge they were paired with a loved one. This time – they are paired with a critic.

Great. Challenge. Slightly less great because of the really terrible accents Lam, Bert and Ruth put on, but still it’s great. Basically, the interesting parts are that Kerry cannot hear Ruth very well, regardless of her fake Russian accent. Bert’s southern accent doesn’t seem to hinder CC. Lam and Ruth are both much slower than their partners in prepping the meal. In fact, Lam is so slow that Lorena had to ditch the pasta from her dish and go with greens.

But the biggest revelation is that CC has nicknamed Bert much better than I ever have. While I still say that Bert not only reminds me of a Muppet, but he especially reminds me of Bert down to the facial expressions. However, Mr. Sweater? I love it. CC – you get full credit for it right here, but I am totally stealing it. Mr. Sweater…it even sounds like it could be a Muppet name.

CC/Mr. Sweater – Prawns with Sautéed Celery, Thyme, Pine Nuts and Chili Threads – The Sweater doesn’t have enough celery on his version, but Stone says he can’t decide which is better. Sweater tells him to shut the front door. But he actually says it.

Lorena/Lam – Swiss Chard with Sautéed Chicken, Onions and Parmesan Cheese – Stone mentions that Lorena’s is soupy. It seems it was supposed to be. Lam’s is not soupy. Stone likes the salty dish – and it is beautiful – but it needed the pasta.

Kerry/Ruth – Sautéed Chicken, Swiss Chard, Bacon, and Parmesan with Rosemary Cream – Ruth’s is a mess as she made half the chicken by mistake. It’s tender, but there’s a whole lot of it. Stone thinks her chicken might even be better than Kerry’s.

Project Runway 10, Episode 10: Fashion for the Rockettes

Last week on Project Runway, the designers faced the ever-popular textile challenge, in which they had to design their own print fabric.  They then had to use the result to make a look inspired by their own cultural heritage.  Dmitry won and Gunnar was sent home.

The following morning, Fabio and Dmitry talk about missing Gunnar.  Somewhat later, Ven and Christopher move in with them.  Over in the women’s room, Sonjia notes that Elena is the only designer left who has yet to win a challenge.

The designers then meet Tim at the Radio City Music Hall, where Tim introduces them to the Rockettes, who are all dressed in spangly, short red dresses.  The Rockettes then perform a can-can for the designers.  Mid-way through the performance, Heidi, who is dressed in a green version of the Rockettes’ costumes, joins them in their dance.  Afterwards, she tells the designers what the challenge is:  Design a dance costume for the Rockettes.  The winning costume will be used in a future performance by the Rockettes.  Heidi then introduces the designers to Linda Haberman, the Rockettes’ director and choreographer, who spells out the requirements for a good Rockettes costume:  It must be versatile enough to be worn all year round, allow freedom of movement, and be spectacular both up close and from far away.

The designers will have the traditional 30 minutes to sketch, and they will also have access to some sample costumes, so they can get a feel for what the Rockettes typically wear while performing.  While examining the costumes, Ven notes the elaborate beading.  Dmitry tells us he knows what dancing costumes require, since he used to be a dancer himself.  Melissa decides on a hot pink outfit with a geometric pattern.  Elena tells us that she knows the costume has to be “functional” and “eye-catching.”

The designers then head to Mood, where they have a budget of $250.00.  This proves to be a problem for many of the designers, who naturally want to get all the spangles and baubles they can get their hands on.  Sonjia and Ven both have trouble finding stuff they like and can afford.  Elena does find things– only to discover that she is a good $150.00 dollars over-budget.  She therefore has to put stuff back.

At Parson’s, Tim tells them they will have until only 7:30 that night to work, as he will be taking them out to dinner.  Mercifully, this will be a two-day challenge, so they will have plenty of time the next day to work on their costumes.

The designers then get to work.  Elena worries that her royal blue costume will look like a high-school band uniform.  Sonjia, it turns out, doesn’t sketch; she’s apparently one of those designers who let the materials at Mood “speak” to her or something.  Today, they stayed mute, and she doesn’t know what to do.  Eventually, she decides to make a short skirt made of purple feathers.

At the day’s end, the designers go to a nice restaurant– where they seem to get plenty of wine.  Elena apologizes to Dmitry for her past behavior, while Ven talks about the woes of being the youngest in his family.  From the sound of things, his siblings were all significantly older than he was.

The following day, the designers get back o work.  Melissa has cut out 18 pieces of black and hot pink fabric that she now has to sew into a costume.

Tim comes in to make his rounds, and he starts with Sonjia, whom he can immediately see is in trouble.  She needs to “commit” and make a top of some sort to go with her feather skirt.  Elena admits that her look resembles a band uniform, and Tim agrees with that assessment.  (Royal blue may not have been the best color choice for a Rockettes costume, as it does remind people of cheerleaders or marching bands.)

Dmitry seems to be having better luck.  He’s using a deep purple fabric and making a “geometric look.”  Tim likes it so far.  Fabio is having problems with the sequins on his silver look.  He calls his look a “bitch” and Tim suggests, “Bitch-slap that bitch.”

Christopher shows off his piece which will have the New York skyline across the chest.  Tim likes it, but warns Christopher that his skirt is too short– as in it could expose the dancer’s crotch.  Melissa is doing some hand-beading on her piece.  Tim, worried that she won’t finish, suggests a way to speed up the process.  He likes the contrasting colors, but the look does need sparkle.  Ven is making a pale blue garment, and plans to cover up the see-through parts.  Tim advises against that, as they’re the most visually interesting part of the look.

After his rounds, Tim announces that he’s concerned about the challenge, as he doesn’t think the designers have the resources to do the job properly.  Therefore, he’s giving them an extra $100.00 and 15 minutes at Mood to get the things they need.  Ven, Dmitry, and Fabio all opt to stay behind, as they believe they already have what they need.  The others take Tim up on his offer and head out to Mood.  Melissa is having trouble finding sequins she likes and can afford, so Christopher gives her $50.00 to help her out.  She stocks up on black sequins.

Back at Parson’s, the models come in for their fitting.  Sonjia still doesn’t have a top for her model to try on.  Melissa’s look needs more sequins.  Sonjia takes time out to call her boyfriend, who misses her– and gives her some badly needed encouragement.  She then gets back to work with a new purpose.  At 11 p.m., the designers head home.

The next morning, the designers get back to work.  Ven helps Melissa hand-stitch her dress.  The models come in for their final fittings– and Christopher’s sleeve rips as his model pulls on the top.  Melissa rips her invisible zipper and consequently freaks out.  Sonjia’s model has to struggle to get into her look.

Then it’s off to the runway, where the guest judge is revealed to be the actress Debra Messing.  What, it’s not Linda Haberman or somebody actually else connected with the Rockettes?  Messing, it turns out, is in Smash, a T.V. show about Broadway.

Dmitry is up first and he made a deep blue-purple costume out of a sequined material.  The skirt boasts a fringe, and the top has a high collar and a single long sleeve.  There are also angled cut-outs in the top.

Melissa made a sleeveless, color-blocked hot pink and black outfit that has her trade-marked straight-edge neckline.  The black parts of the costume have been decorated with sparkles and sequins, and the pattern on the front unfortunately looks like a  large number one.  Oops.

Ven made a pale blue mini-dress with a halter top that has a see-through section right below the breasts.  The fabric is sparkly, but is otherwise quite plain.  Ven’s look lacks the embellishments his peers used in their designs.  It looks more like a cocktail dress than a dancer’s costume.

Elena made a sleeveless, royal blue costume with lots of cutouts, which she then outlined with lots of silvery white crystals.  She also used the same crystals to outline a “belt” around the waist.  She used even more crystals to create a V-neck design on the front.  She then used sparkling blue bracelets and shoes as accessories.

Christopher made a mostly silver costume with the New York skyline wrapping around the model’s chest and back.  The parts that aren’t silver are “nude,” like pantyhose, and he decorated these with silver sequins, to simulate the stars in the night sky.  (Personally, I’d have used a dark blue material, to provide greater contrast and thereby make the stars and the buildings stand out more clearly.)  Give the man points for a clever idea.

Sonjia made an outfit with a skirt fashioned entirely out of purple feathers.  She made the sleeveless top out of an iridescent fabric with a pattern unfortunately reminiscent of fish scales, and she used more purple feathers to create epaulets for the shoulders.

Fabio apparently thinks the Rockettes perform in ancient Rome, for he made what looks like a silver and gray gladiator’s outfit.  He added black and silver trim to the collar and “breast plate.”

After the show, Heidi calls Fabio and tells him that he’s safe.  The other six will have to face the judges.  They start with Sonjia, who tells them she wanted to make something flirty and fun.  Heidi says the dress isn’t a showstopper, and Nina points out that feathers are fragile, which means the costume wouldn’t come even close to lasting a year.  Debra agrees and adds the feathers would probably molt.  Nobody wants to see 36 dancers shedding feathers all over the stage.  Michael thinks the outfit looks more like a cocktail dress than a dancer’s outfit.

Dmitry wanted to make something modern and glamorous.  Heidi loves it.  She’s especially fond of the fringe.  Michael calls it “exciting,” and Nina loves the color.  The judges note that the skirt moves, which is important for a dancer’s costume.  Debra thinks it’s beautifully made.

Ven wanted to make an eye-catching silhouette and adds that his costume looks like glass from a distance.  Heidi thinks the look’s boring.  She calls it “just a dress” and scolds Ven for not taking that second trip to Mood.  Michael says there’s a difference between “simple” and “boring,” and that Ven’s outfit is boring.  Nina adds that she would have liked more drama.  Debra disagrees– but dislikes the uneven hemline.

Melissa tells the judges that she was inspired by the Art Deco design of Radio City Music Hall itself.  Heidi calls the dress a showstopper– and then points out the giant number one, which she does not like.  She likes the colors, but thinks the skirt is too short.  Michael also hates the number one, but calls the dress graphic and dramatic.  It’s too much like a cocktail dress for his taste, though.  Nina likes the color and the vintage styling, while Debra likes the sparkles.  She finds the neckline awkward, though.

Christopher explains that he wanted to use the skyline in his design as an homage to New York.  Heidi loves the style, and Nina loves the skyline.  Nina thinks it’s chic and Debra loves it.

Elena tells the judges that she wanted to focus on movement and distance.  Michael thinks it’s busy, tacky, and would suit a Las Vegas cheerleader.  Debra thinks it would make a good circus costume.  Nina thinks Elena made a horrible choice with her fabric– and then compounded the problem by matching all the accessories to that royal blue.  Heidi thinks it’s too cheesy and also thinks it looks like something from Las Vegas.

The judges then have their chat.  Dmitry had made a modern and architectural look.  Christopher’s look was chic and used an “iconic” vision.  Melissa had chosen a good color scheme.

As for the designers they didn’t like, Sonjia had made a “crazy cocktail dress.”  Ven’s look was boring and suggest he doesn’t know what to do without his beloved origami rose.  Elena had simply made an ugly costume.  The judges do note that Elena had at least not made her usual silhouette.

The judges then announce their decision.  Melissa is in and Christopher is the winner.  Dmitry and Sonjia are in, leaving Ven and Elena in the bottom two.  Elena is in, which means Ven is out.

Next week:  The designers have to make baby clothes– and mind crying baby dolls.

Survivor: Philippines – Premiere – The Strangest Game of Chess. Ever.

Happy 25th Surivor!! Now you can rent a car. In all seriousness, we have embarked on the 25th season of Survivor – Quarter Quell (Hunger Games Spoiler Alert within) as I said in my preview. And the 90 minute episode was full of interesting moments. Expanded Survivor episodes (which lead to only one elimination) can tend to drag at times, and this one did a bit, but for the most part we got our money’s worth to open the season. It started like every other season with gorgeous shots of the islands, of animals, storms, Probst. And of 15 people sitting on a boat with various supplies. If they didn’t see both the addition of additional players and a water marooning, then they have never seen this show before. Only once before has Survivor had an odd number of players (Fiji), and that was due to a very last second quitting by a player before the cameras rolled.

The biggest takeaway I got from this episode – people are not as star struck with these returnees as they were with Rob, Coach and Ozzy. And only one of the returnees seems to have a good plan. However, instead of the returnees, we have a couple of potential stars brewing among the newbies.

Before Probst even joins up with the 15 people on a boat, we hear from six people in confessionals. Baseball player Jeff Kent knows all about pressure, and we get clips of his days with the SF Giants. Former child actress Lisa Whelchel wants to not be considered Blair, she wants to be Just Lisa. Which will coincidentally be the title of her new talk show. And tire repairman Zane had the first of several odd moments when he talked about his Frankenstein tattoo and said that he, like the monster, could pick flowers with you or strangle you. Um. Great. It’s a date.

The other three are from our returnees. Russell Swan said Survivor kicked him in the chops the first time, after he passed out from dehydration. Jonathan Penner can taste and see the victory – no word if he can hear it, feel it or smell it. Michael Skupin doesn’t see his fire accident as a failure, it is part of him now. Unlike his hand skin, which no longer is a part of him. By the way, he played this game so long ago that one of his tribemates was nine years old when that episode aired.

Probst starts to chat with the newbies and alludes to the hard core nature of the game and the past injuries before bringing in the three extra players. Roxy even recalls Swan’s accident, not realizing the irony that he will be soon joining her tribe. Probst hammers home the need to keep these guys around because they have something none of the others do – experience in the wild. Except for Malcolm – who apparently lived in Micronesia for a year teaching English to Micronesians. There will be HIIs in play, and hilariously as Probst points out how important they are, we cut right to Penner nodding his head. He knows this to be quite true.

The tribes have one minute to clear off the boat with all of the crap they can gather. Penner is in classic form already mouthing off to Probst, “Before what happens?” There is fruit, chickens and tons of supplies. I think the tribes better watch their chickens, we know Penner likes to steal them. The big event here is that Jeff Kent tumbles over the side, spilling the tribes supplies into the water, and as we later learn, injuring his knee in the process.
Probst did say the show was rough, Kent.

From there, we go tribe hopping leading up to the challenge. So let’s focus on each tribe one at a time.

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 8 – Ok, Who Brought The Mime?

The Final Four. And as we learned from the preview for next week, there is a Final Two Finale coming soon. That means the three remaining chefs, plus Lorena, because for some reason they think she’s half a master, file in to see Stone for the Quickfire. I’m going to jump right in to the Quickfire because while the main challenge was an interesting visual, I was rather underwhelmed by these two challenges and the whole episode. None of the food really made me go wow – and the only real drama came from whether or not the all-of-a-sudden target of derision Lorena was going to be sent home, or if for the second week in a row, a mid-season favorite would bite the dust.

As it turns out – it was not Lorena. And it was the correct decision from what I could see.

Anyway, Stone has divided up the room with tape a la a classic I Love Lucy episode. He has also brought in a Vegas oddsmaker to judge the cooking competition. Aw hell. This is getting ridiculous. Look, we got lucky with Dita’s surprising culinary skills, but this stunt judging for the Quickfires is just getting embarrassing. Johnny the Greek, or whatever this guy’s name is, is just, well, forgettable. So, they divide into pairs where one has to stay on one end of the kitchen with the pantry, and the other on the side with the burners. Of course, CC and Yeo are randomly put together – as usual – and Kerry and Lorena are forced to work together. Lorena puts it well, or at least as well as she can, “They finish each other’s sentences, it’s like heaven…and I’m running around like a chicken with a head.” I am sure she means head cut off – or else she’s used to some really weird chickens.

The bottom line – Kerry and Lorena don’t work well together. She is making a dish which depends on rice, but was unable to cook it since Kerry had the burners. Just like the incident with Yeo a few episodes ago, Kerry is focused on doing his own dish and did not seem to make much time for anyone else’s. As a result, her rice was undercooked and had to go back on the fire. And then it failed to make the plate. Let’s remember that – one of the two dishes was unfinished.

Johnny Avello – the aforementioned oddsmaker – gets to taste the dishes.

CC – Berber-Style Duck with Dates and Pine Nuts – Johnny says the spice and sauce was good, but he and Stone didn’t like the fat on the top of the duck.

Yeo – Nori and Wasabi Crusted Tuna with Ginger and Scallion Vinaigrette – Stone likes the taste.

Kerry – Shrimp Farfalle with Herbs and Yellow Tomato Beurre Fondue – Stone thinks it is really creamy, and Johnny likes the “tang.” Hmmm…

Lorena – Seared Salmon Filet over Salsa Verde and Arugula Celery Salad – Johnny likes the salmon, but that’s all there is. Stone thinks it was the beginning of a good dish, but it missed the rice.

Remember, one pair had an uncompleted dish. Johnny said they were both magnificent, but the winner of the challenge was Kerry and Lorena. Really. Because, that’s what the oddsmaker said. Glad we have him judging a food competition. When does the grand prize slots winner from New York, New York get a chance to judge?

Elimination Challenge – There is apparently a group of people who do an underground dining, sort of flash mobby kind of thing, where they show up at a secret location and eat a gourmet meal. The Final Four are being assigned the task of cooking for this event – the Diner En Blanc – which is essentially a high end picnic. For 300 people at the Plaza of the Venetian. Oh, and for some reason, they are all dressed in white. It is a much less dangerous mob of hundreds of people dressed only in white than others. Each chef has to make three dishes which serve 75 people. CC calls it a giant art project.

Kerry believes the whole thing is won and lost in the prep time. Perhaps true. Lorena is once again making a Latin American dish. I love Lorena, but she is becoming another Ilan. Granted, Bayless was similar with Mexican food and I didn’t bitch. I guess it’s a fine line with the one note – and she is skirting way too close to Ilan rather than Bayless. She is also making a chicken salad – ask Grayson about chicken salad and Top Chef. CC looks at all of the individual bags for the picnic and thinks he’s making his kids’ lunch. CC must have a lot of kids.

Judging the competition are Bert, Ruth, Lam, and the two partners of the event, Aymerie Pasquier and Sandy Safi. Lorena leads off.

Lorena 1 – Huancaina Style Potato Salad with Aji Amarillo and Cilantro – Lam thinks the potato is smooth. Some guest thinks it is “stupid good.”

Lorena 2 – Jerk Chicken Salad with Mango and Caramelized Pine Nuts. – Ruth says it is too sweet, but Lam likes the mango part of it.

Lorena 2 – Jalapeno Chocolate Mousse with Berries and Whipped Cream – Aym thinks it was too sweet, but he’s French, what does he know about desserts? One guest wants to scrape it with their finger.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Voice, Blind Auditions Pt. 4

The Voice is back on. I have to say, I wasn't overly enthused about it during its first season, but now in season three, I'm starting to get a little caught up in it Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Bethenny Frankel, Kellie Pickler, and the eight people who climbed Mount Bierstadt to save a German shepherd are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Voice. Blind auditions continue. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The L.A. Complex. In the first hour, Abby and Kal look for Tariq, Connor's sister shows him a new religion, and Simon and Beth have an unexpected visitor. In the second hour, Kal's world is rocked by a phone call, Raquel finances her film by doing whatever it takes, Sabrina's parents cut her off, and Connor isn't sure who to trust. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Bones. Season premiere. Brennan's father helps her hide from the FBI when she is accused of murder, and Booth and the team believe an evil tech genius implicated Brennan by manipulating evidence. Ryan O'Neal and Andrew Leeds guest star. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Alphas. Rosen finds out the identity of the mole, and Kat follows a mysterious new street drug that makes users temporarily invincible. 7:00 PM CT Syfy

7. Switched at Birth. After she causes an accident at the restaurant, Daphne fears the worst, Bay uses Angelo to circumvent John's rules, and Regina gets more attention than Kathryn during a book interview. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

8. NFL Football. Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

9. The Mob Doctor. Series premiere. Dr. Grace Devlin tries to meet the demands of her job at Chicago's Roosevelt Memorial Center while she moonlights for the mafia men she's indebted to. 8:00 PM CT Fox

10. Major Crimes. Capt. Raydor might jeopardize her career with a bold move, and Rusty decides he doesn't want to meet his biological dad. 8:00 PM CT TNT

11. Warehouse 13. Pete and Myka investigate when people begin rusting away, Steve and Claudia head to Steve's hometown to stop his dependence on the Metronome, and Artie is truthful about Brother Adrian and his use of the Astrolabe. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

12. Hoarders. A man who suffered brain loss in an accident collects things he hopes will trigger his memories, and a woman hoards items that belonged to her late family. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. The Real Housewives of New York. The NY ladies return back home after their unforgettable St. Bath’s trip, and are still buzzing about LuAnn’s affair. Sonja and Ramona wonder whether or not LuAnn discussed her not-so-secretive romp with Tomas with Jacques, but learn she’s acting like nothing happened in the first place. After meeting with LuAnn to discuss her future child with Jacques, Carole also raises her concerns with LuAnn’s new tune… 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. This special episode is all about the sex, drugs and rock & roll as we revisit some of Anthony Bourdain’s unforgettable adventures. Dive into the holy trinity with Bourdain, from recording music in the Mojave Desert with the rock band Queens Of The Stone Age to a tutorial on making food porn and burning cocaine in Panama. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. All on the Line with Joe Zee. Joe Zee has several challenges in store for struggling fashion designer, Prajje Jean-Baptiste, as he strives to save a once successful line from ruin. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

16. Revolution. Series premiere. An American family struggles to reunite living in a world without electricity. 9:00 PM CT NBC

17. Perception. Season finale. Moretti finds out there could be some truth to Pierce's conspiracy theory, and Pierce's new doctor forces him to face the facts about Natalie. 9:00 PM CT TNT

18. Intervention. A 21-year-old addict overdoses twice in two weeks, and a cocaine and fentanyl addict loses both career and family. 9:00 PM CT A&E

19. Lovetown, USA. A date shows up in a tiny skirt, another date gets drunk, and the love coaches bring Sara Evans in to rally the community. 9:00 PM CT OWN

20. Gallery Girls. The girls set off to heat things up in Miami for Art Basel, one of the year’s biggest art conventions. Amy faces a career setback, and offers the EOC girls help in planning their pop-up art gallery. Chantal and Claudia aren’t too keen on the idea of Amy’s “help”. Meanwhile, Liz goes out of her way to only invite select girls to Brunch, causing the left out parties to crash the selective gathering. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

21. Bad Girls Club: Mexico. Andrea is in over her head, Ashley is determined to find Mr. Right. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

22. Get to Work. Three very different students struggle to get back on their feet. 9:00 PM CT Sundance

23. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Richard Gere, Anthony Robles, and Rascal Flatts are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC