What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Syfy’s Monday Lineup

Syfy's Monday night lineup is back with some old favorites and a new kid on the block. Being Human and Lost Girl return, and Continuum has its season premiere. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Keith Urban and Savannah Guthrie are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings

2. How I Met Your Mother. Robin wants Barney to asks her dad for his permission to marry her, and Ted throws himself into wedding planning as he tries to buy his feelings. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. The Biggest Loser. The contestants compete in a trivia challenge on childhood obesity, and Dr. Joanna Dolgoff goes to the kids' homes to help cut the junk out of their diets. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Bachelor. Sean brings Sarah on date fueled by adrenaline, Desiree's sense of humor is tested by a prank, and the women attending the group date compete to appear on the covers of romance books. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The Carrie Diaries. Series premiere. After her mom passes away, Carrie feels like everyone is watching her as she begins her junior hear of high school, and she gets an internship at a Manhattan law firm. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Bones.A dancer who was about to audition for a competition show dies, and Booth and Brennan go undercover as contestants. The team looks into the death of an archaeologist who had just discovered something very important.7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Continuum.Series premiere. Control the past. Save the future. 7:00 PM CT Syfy

8. Switched at Birth. Angelo tells Regina about Lana and the baby, Bay goe to Carlton's first program for deaf students' siblings, and Emmett shows Toby a scandalous photo pulled from Nikki's past . 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

9. Dateline on OWN. A wife is kept in the dark about her husband's secret. 7:00 PM CT OWN

10. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. Reports from Utah STate University suggest the mountainous region could be the home to Bigfoots. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

6. College Football. 2013 Discover BCS National Championship from Miami, Alabama vs. Notre Dame. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

11. 2 Broke Girls. Max, Caroline, and Andy's weekend retreat gets awkward when they spend it together in a cabin in the woods. 8:00 PM CT CBS

12. Being Human. Series premiere. We all have one secret wish. The problem is, sometimes you get what you ask for. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

13. Bunheads. Truly gets evicted from her shop, Carl wants Boo to meet his parents, Talia gets Michelle set up on a blind date, and the girls become intrigued by some talented and young newcomers. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

14. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle goes to Yolanda's estate, Kyle and Kim's issues stand unresolved, although Kim's life coach wants her to talk to Kyle, Adrienne and Paula threaten Brandi with a lawsuit, and dinner become a full fight. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The bakers make three-foot tall cakes representing an Italian family dinner. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. While in Atlanta, “The ATL,” Bourdain drives a muscle car, shoots guns, then indulges in an old favorite, Fat Matt's Rib Shack. He meets up with Sean Brock at Holeman & Finch for the famed 10 o'clock burger, and “Top Chef” Richard Blais shows him the candy-land that is the Buford Highway Farmer's Market. Bourdain also dines with Alton Brown at Miller Union, and visits The Clermont Lounge. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. Mike & Molly. Mike and Molly give up caffeine and start eating healthier to hopefully hep them get pregnant. 8:30 PM CT CBS

18. Hawaii Five-0. A boss, teaching assistant, and a student come under suspicion when a professor is murdered. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Deception. Joanna tries to figure out Vivian's alleged O.D., and Edward comes under suspicion. Robert's family is threatened. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Castle. Castle and Becket infiltrate New York's music industry while they investigate an up-and-coming DJ's murder, and Esposito helps a troubled teenager. 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. Lost Girl. Season premiere. Bo is back. And she’s going a little wild. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. Trouble Next Door. A single mom tries to keep control over her high-maintenance teen daughters who are sliding in a bad direction. 9:00 PM CT OWN

23. Vanderpump Rules. Lisa has her staff help create a Gay Pride parade float, and Jax wants to repair his relationship with Stassi. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. Hotel Impossible. Anthony Melchiorri heads north to Glacier Bear Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska to fix a hotel dominated by commercial and sport fishermen. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

25. Teen Mom 2. Leah gets a bigger house for her and Jeremy, Chelsea's dog goes missing, Jenelle and Josh go their separate ways, and Kailyn finds out Suzi visited Isaac behind her back. 9:00 PM CT MTV

26. Late Show with David Letterman. Charlie Sheen, Phil Simms, and Jose James are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Golden Globe Awards

It was just a few days ago that we were watching the People’s Choice Awards, and somehow it’s already time for the Golden Globe Awards tonight. Is it really halfway through January already? What? Regardless, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. College Basketball. Michigan at Ohio State. 12:30 PM CT CBS

3. NFL Football. AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Houston Texans at New England Pariots. 12:00 PM CT CBS

4. Golden Globes Arrivals Special. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales host the red carpet. 6:00 PM CT NBC

5. America’s Funniest Home Videos Clips inclue a dog staring at an aquarium, a squirrel filling a golf bag full of nuts, and kids’ reactions to finding out they’re getting a new sibling. 6:00 PM CT ABC

6. The Cleveland Show. Freight Train decides to adopt Donna’s ex who crashes Freight Train’s brithday party, and Rallo and Junior reap the rewards of finding lst dogs. 6:00 PM CT Fox

7. 60 Minutes. The covered stories include the advancement of technology in the workplace, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and free diving. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host. 6:00 PM CT NBC

9. Once Upon a Time. Mr. Gold wants to test out his spell on an unwilling test subject, Belle runs into Capt. Hook, and David and Mary Margaret search for a larger home. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. The Simpsons. Bart’s standardized test score will determine the fate of Springfield Elementary, and Homer finds a parking meter at a dump and scams drivers with it. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phaedra and Apollo start working ont he Donkey Booty video, Kenya expects more of a cut, NeNe has a difficult time keeping focused on her acting, and Kandi celebrates Todd’s birthday. 7:00 PM CT Bravo

12. Wild West Alaska. A young mom learns survival skills on Kodak Island, the a load of old guns are brought in my the state “mustache champion.” 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Mob Wives. Drita contemplates having the children visit Lee, Joe’s girlfriend is revealed, and Carla finds out about the seroius relationship. 7:00 PM CT VH1

14. Bob’s Burgers. Bog is left with a worse alternative when the health inspector quits to become a nudist and decides to head to a nude beach to bring him back into the fold. 7:30 PM CT Fox

15. The Good Wife. Elsbeth Tascioni gets arrested and is lookng for help, and Eli and Jordan give Peter differing advice. 8:00 PM CT CBS

16. Revenge. Emily and Aiden carry out their next attack and a fundraiser/wine auction, Victoria plots her next movie, and Jack, Declan, and Amanda become concerned about the future. 8:00 PM CT ABC

17. Family Guy. Brian fidens out Stewis has written a better plan than him and loses confidence. 8:00 PM CT Fox

18. Oprah’s Lifeclass. Rick Warren is the guest this week with a topic of living with what you have been given. 8:00 PM CT OWN

19. Shahs of Sunset. The group gets together on a yacht, GG has a hard time pulling off a launch party, and Asa, Reza, and Mike begin doubting Lilly. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Making Mr. Right. The guys are asked to build a mannequin that epitomizes their perfect woman. 8:00 PM CT VH1

21. Girls. Season premiere. Hannah hosts a housewarming party, Marnie gets bad news at work along with a maternal visit, Shoshanna avoids Ray, and Jessa comes back from her honeymoon. 8:00 PM CT HBO

22 Shameless. Fiona has a difficult time accepting the new Jimmy, and Frank wakes up in a strange place. 8:00 PM CT HBO

23. American Dad. Francine regrets trying to teach Roger the value of hard work, and Stan is interviewed by Steve for a school project. 8:30 PM CT Fox

24. Enlightened. Series premiere. Amy plans a meeting with a journlist to leak some incriminating work emails, and Jeff encourages her to find more damaging evidence. 8:00 PM CT HBO

25. The Mentalist. Lisbon believes the death of a geologist could be the key to taking down Tommy Volker. 9:00 PM CT CBS

26. Happy Endings. Alex gets everyone to plan on her store-sponsored kickball team, but Jane leaves for a better team, and Dave freezes every time it’s his turn. 9:00 PM CT ABC

27. Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula. Anthony Jeselnik’s comedy act. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

28. Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs. Series premiere. In the first half hour, Pet and his fiance throw an engagement party hoping to bring their families together. In the second half hour, Pete’s parenting skills are tested when he has to help Ashton through little league baseball camp and chaperon Cassie’s back-to-school party. 9:00 PM CT

29. Finding Bigfoot. The team uses a new baiting technique to lure alleged creatures out of a small Louisiana town. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

30. House of Lies. Season premiere. Marty and the Pod adult, and Jeannie living haunting memories from a drunken night all over again. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

31. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Chloe resists June’s attempts at becoming BFFs, leaving June to begin hanging out girls from her pilates class, and James signs up as a mentor. 9:30 PM CT ABC

32. Californication. Season premiere. Carrie haunts Hank’s dreams, and Charlie and Hank meet Atticus Fetch. 9:30 PM CT Showtime

 

Project Runway All-Stars 2: Off to Paris

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to create outfits for female veterans who were attending special occasions like weddings and 40th birthday parties.  Joshua had a rare good week and won, while Anthony Ryan had a rare bad week and joined Emilio in the bottom.  Nobody was sent home, though.

On the runway, Carolyn informs the designers that there are only three spots in the final, so somebody will be going home this week.  She then spells out the challenge:  Make a couture gown.  Such gowns are known for their details and lush fabrics.  To get the fabrics, they will jet to Paris and pick them up at Janssens & Janssens at the Rue D’Anjou, which is one of the most respected couture fabric stores in the world.  The designers will also enjoy a private tour of House of Valentino, an exclusive maker of haute couture fashions.  There, they will see how it’s done.

After hurriedly packing, the designers fly to Paris.  They then go to the House of Valentino, which appears to have had the same interior designer as Versailles.  The ceilings appear to be about 15 or 20 feet high and there are chandeliers.  It’s definitely not your typical workplace.  Joanna greets them and then introduces them to Valentino’s head designers, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.  They take the contestants on a tour of the premises and they note how the workers do things like select fabrics for their creations.  (I noticed how the people at Valentino worked in teams, with four or five of them working on a single dress.)

After the tour, Piccioli and Chiuri give the designers invitations to one of their couture runway shows.  Afterwards, the designers enjoy an evening dinner aboard a boat drifting down the Seine River.

The next morning, the designers go to the Eiffel Tower to sketch.  Joshua decides to make a dress that will marry black and white to color.  Anthony Ryan decides to make a long, sheer gown.  Emilio decides to make a ball gown, while Uli decides upon a dress with a train.

The designers then go to Janssens & Janssens, where they will have a budget of 3000 Euros, which is roughly equal to 4000 dollars.  Anthony Ryan selects a black fabric, while Emilio chooses a rich red fabric.  Taste-impaired Joshua selects a multi-colored floral print, which is probably the ugliest thing Janssens & Janssens was selling that day.  It also looks like something that could have been bought at Mood.  After that, it was time to go to the Valentino Couture Show.  Joanna reminds the designers of what Chiuri and Piccioli had told them during the tour:  Couture is a dream.

Back at New York, reality sets in and the designers get to work.  Joshua starts work on a black and silver bodice and Uli works on a metallic top.  Anthony Ryan hates his first dress and scraps it.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds.  She starts with Emilio.  She loves the fabric he’s chosen and urges him not to overdo the decorations, as that could detract from that wonderful red fabric.  She’s less thrilled with Joshua’s work and tells him that the gaudy flower print doesn’t look couture.

Then the models come in to try on their frocks.  Uli’s dress turns out to be too big, and Emilio decides to add sleeves to his look.

On the day of the runway show, the designers get back to work.  Emilio regrets his decision to make sleeves, as that’s put him behind.  The models come in, and they visit hair and make-up before getting dressed.

On the runway, Carolyn talks a bit more about Paris, and then she introduces the guest judge, designer Cynthia Rowley.

Joshua is up first.  He made a long-sleeved black and silver shirt with a V-necked collar and a plunging back.  He paired that with a long skirt made of a multi-colored floral print.  Anthony Ryan made a long-sleeved black gown.

Uli made a bronze halter with a yoke collar and paired it with a long black skirt.  Emilio made a long-sleeved red gown.

The designers then have to face the judges, who start with Emilio.  The fabric looks like a heavy brocade, but is actually quite light.  Emilio invites the judges to touch it, which they do.  Isaac loves the dress, particularly the long sleeves and high waist, but wonders how it would look if it was five inches shorter.  Georgina calls it beautiful and elegant.  Cynthia says it’s both strong and simple, while Carolyn thinks it’s beautiful.

The judges also like Anthony Ryan’s dress.  Georgina calls it divine, and Isaac likes the silhouette.  Cynthia says it’s beautiful and Carolyn thinks it’s elegant.

Uli is up next.  Cynthia likes the mix of textures, but doesn’t like the fact that the nude lining was visible.  Georgina agrees and calls the lining “distracting.”  Carolyn thinks the shape in the back looks like a blob.  Isaac thinks the dress looks expensive, but doesn’t think it looks like couture.  He thinks it looks a “very expensive ready-to-wear dress.”

Last up is Joshua.  Isaac appreciates his willingness to experiment– but adds this particular experiment was not successful.  Georgina thinks the dress would have worked better with a larger print.  Cynthia thinks the top is ill-fitting, while Carolyn thinks the skirt’s shape if off.

The judges have their chat.  They applaud Emilio’s choice of fabric and the details in Anthony Ryan’s look.  They didn’t like the visible lining in Uli’s dress, and Joshua’s dress simply did not work.

The judges then announce the winner:  Anthony Ryan.  Emilio is safe and will join him in the finals.  Uli and Joshua are in the bottom.

Carolyn then says that the judges want “to see something more from them.”  They must face one more challenge:  deconstruct their gowns and reinvent their looks– within one hour.  This idiocy must have been planned in advance, since Uli has been a much stronger competitor than Joshua all season long.  It should have been obvious that Uli was the one who deserved to go to the finals.

In any case, Joshua just shortens his skirt so that it’s knee-length and flips the bodice backwards.  Uli makes a look mostly made out of the lining the judges disliked, which Cynthia calls a “hilarious f@ck you” to the judges.

In the end, the judges give Uli her rightful place in the finals, and Joshua is sent home.

Next week:  The Final Three face their last challenge.  They have to make a mini-collection in four days.

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – NFL Playoffs

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, with games between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. Only two of them will be in the conference championship games next week. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Undercover Boss. The CEO of Kampgrounds of America works behind the scenes of his own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Last Man Standing. The longtime architect of Outdoor Man faces professional competition from a beautiful young woman, and Vanessa questions if her recent promotion was because of her looks or talent. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

4. Malibu Country. Reba is taped saying some not-so-nice words about Kim during her baby shower, June tends with her crush on Sage, and Lillie Mae helps Cash find a way to get girls to notice him. 7:30 PM CT ABC

5. CSI: NY. The CSI team tries to get the truth from the suspects that allegedly shot an off-duty cop during a robbery. 8:00 PM CT CBS

6. Dateline NBC. A nursing student disappears during her shift, and her family tries to find out what happened to her 8:00 PM CT NBC

7. Shark Tank. Proposed ideas include a capsule that keeps beverages hot, a new way to clean stuffed toys, and a new type of ice cream experience. 8:00 PM CT ABC

8. Fringe. Trying to find out information about Donald, Walter goes into the deprivation tank, and Capt. Windmark goes on a revealing missing. 8:00 PM CT Fox

9. Killer Karaoke. Stinky dance partners and unruly attack dogs accompany contestants singing karaoke. 8:00 PM CT truTV

10. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Crystal looks for the perfect Princess Pnina dress, Kelly wants a black gown inspired by Grace Kelly, and Deborah wants to have the Royal Wedding of South Beach, feeling a connection to Princess Diana. In the second half hour, Ebony has a rush order for a form-fitting gown, Cynthia’s veil and dress clash, and Passant is visiting from Egypt and only has a short amount of time to find a dress. 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. Ghost Adventures. From 1901 to 1981, 13,500 people were incarcerated at Wyoming Frontier Prison, and 200 of those prisoners died inside the walls. Of those lost their lives, fourteen people were executed by the state and two prisoners froze to death in the unheated dungeon one cold winter night. The rest were victims of lynching, murder, suicide, disease and old age. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin look for evidence that these prisoners are still there in some way. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Blue Bloods. Jamie deals on the job with the consequences of his actions, and Erin grills Mayor Poole 9:00 PM CT CBS

13. 20/20. Stories include a man who lied about his dad drowning, accidents fakes for monetary gain, a bomb threat called in to ruin a rival’s trip, a fake family created on the Internet, pranks, and a young man pretending to be a doctor and a cop. 9:00 PM CT ABC

14. Merlin. In this episode, prophecies of Mordred begin to weigh heavily on Merlin. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best. the first half hour, the top 10 All in the Family moments. In the second half hour, the top 10 classic brides. 9:00 PM CT TLC

16. Teen Trouble. Josh forces a 14-year-old who is out of control to confront death. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

18. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Ben Affleck, Kristen Bell, and Rodriguez. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Georgetown at St. Johns. 10:00 AM CT ESPN 2

2. College Basketball. Duke at North Carolina State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Tennessee at Alabama. 12:00 PM CT ESPN 2

4. College Basketball. North Carolina at Florida State. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma. 2:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. NFL Football. AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos. 3:30 PM CT CBS

7. Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals. AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos. 4:00 PM CT NBC

8. 20/20. The Road to Miss America 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. NFL Football. NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. The 2013 Miss America Competition. Chris Harrison and Brook Burke-Charvet host from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Staten Island Law In the first half hour a couple wants help with a pre-nup. In the second half hour, a barbershop owner has a dispute with one of his barbers. 8:00 PM CT OWN

12. 48 Hours: Hard Evidence. In the first hour, a woman is found dead in her home shot in the head, with a suicide note. In the second hour, a man disappears with the only clue being a garage that had one been used by Mark Twitchell for filming, with his last products being a movie about a serial killer than he acted out for real. 8:00 PM CT TLC

13. Pit Boss. The staff disagrees with Shorty who wants to open is own kennels, and Mikey and a guest disagree during a gig at an L.A. nightclub. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unsusual. Series premiere. In the first half hour, Cyndi is invited to appear on an episode of NBC’s hit show The Voice, where she will sing “Money Changes Everything” with season one finalist Beverly McClellan and has lunch with Kathy Griffin. In the second half hour, Cyndi is invited to perform at the celebrity-studded Kentucky Derby and brings the family along for the weekend. On the way to the stage, there’s a technical snafu, and Cyndi is handed a mic that she believes is turned off, but it’s not, so when she accidentally drops the f-bomb, it is broadcast to a live TV audience 8:00 PM CT WE

15. Hysteria. Two doctors in Victorian England cure their patients with manual stimulation of the female genitals, which leads to the invention of the vibrator. 8:00 PM CT Starz

16. 48 Hours. A young man stands accused of killing his mother. 9:00 PM CT CBS

17. Wedding Band. The guys find themselves having to contain a rock star fan who starts hanging out with then at a Sweet 16 party. 9:00 PM CT TBS

18. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Memphis Grizzlies star Zach Randolph talks to Tia about a dog rescued from a drainpipe, and Mariah and Early get a puppy prepared for adoption. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

 

Top Chef Seattle – Ep 10 – You Can’t Fake Soul

I’ll get right into the crux of the elimination this week, by saying something rather simple. Why would you want to open a restaurant that serves raw meat, when you could just go get sushi? Is there such a big clamoring for an all-Carpaccio theme restaurant? Is there a yearning in the American public for one place where you could get as much raw beef as you want? And even if there was, would you want a plate covered in gobs of random raw meat, vegetables and various sauces? It was just a bad, bad, bad idea.

And it took such an epic fail of a restaurant concept to overcome the latest episode of “The Josie Show.” The problem with “The Josie Show” is that each episode seems just too formulaic. Josie claims to make food close to her heart and soul. Josie tries to serve the food to a room full of hungry people. Josie fails miserably and does everything short of a ventriloquism act to distract the hungry people while she cooks at a speed barely measurable on film. Tom gets pissed at Josie. And the food comes out badly. And she survives to cook another day. If they don’t start mixing up the plots of “The Josie Show,” it’s going to go the way of the sitcom with the monkey doctor.

So, that prelude is basically what this week was all about. Restaurant Wars was split into two parts this season – the Final 8 have an individual challenge this week, leading up to the official wars next week. Each chef has to come up with a concept and then serve a dish which personifies their restaurant concept. The two favorites will be selected as Executive Chefs for the Wars, and will pick their teams right there in the Stew Room. The trick…they will not know who is in the Bottom Three as they select the teams. One team will wind up fighting Restaurant Wars with one fewer team member as a result. Nice twist, Show.

I’m going get right in there and spoil who wins the challenge. If you don’t care to know, well, watch this for a few minutes, and then watch the friggin episode. I mean, you know I’ve posted this column late. I always post this column late. No excuses.

Is everyone gone that wanted to be gone? Someone do a head count. I’ll wait.

(Whistling)

OK, so Kish and Papa Smurf each earned the win, with OTV falling just short. Both winning concepts were good ones – but I worry for Kish. She chose a French theme, but the food is not the issue. The problem is going to be the fact that she wants it to be a formal dining experience. She will have less than 48 hours to open this restaurant, and that concept seems to be rather complicated. Papa Smurf used his grandfather as inspiration to go for a modern Filipino theme – which should prove easier to set up. The trick there is I am uncertain if his team members have much experience with this cuisine. I assume Papa and OTV were battling for the second slot as their concepts were similar – OTV using his dad for inspiration for his steak and potatoes style restaurant. I wonder if Papa Smurf got the nod because of the complexity of his concept.

So, here’s the fun part of the episode – in my opinion. And maybe this is my love for Survivor coming out, but it is a rare case where strategy comes front and center in Top Chef. Kish and Papa Smurf have to select a team. Kish picks first – not sure if that meant she was main winner of the challenge, or if she won Rock, Paper, Scissors or something. She makes a smart pick – Brooke. Not only has Brooke done lots of winning recently, but Kish knew she was safe due to her immunity win at the Quickfire. Papa Smurf counters with an equally smart pick – OTV. He knew he was safe because he stood with Kish and Papa in the winner’s circle. Now for the tricky part – who should Kish take next between Lizzie, Thumb, Micah and Josie. I personally think you want Stefan the Thumb for this one, but Kish goes with Lizzie, as Papa grabs Thumb right away. Kish mutters a curse after this. Did she really think Stefan would last to her? I wonder why she took Lizzie – does she consider her to be a better chef, or did she like her concept more than his and thus thought Lizzie would be one of the middle chefs this week?

Clearly, both Papa and Kish knew that Micah and Josie were in trouble. Kish had the choice here and went with Josie. That surprised me a lot. The question to me lies with this – is it more beneficial to have Josie or lose Micah? Josie has proven to be a difficult teammate to manage this season – and the previews for next week show that may in fact be the case. Are you better off with the fourth set of hands, or to go shorthanded but with presumably fewer staff issues? I guess we shall see next week how that works out for Kish.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Seacrest, Jackson, and Urban on Leno

American Idol will be starting soon, which means they’re promoting it heavily. Tonight, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, and new judge Keith Urban will be on The Tonight Show. I’m just glad they’re leaving Nicki Minaj out of it. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Emma Stone and Common are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Big Bang Theory. The guys put on costumes and head to a comic book convention, and the ladies stay home and try to interpret a comic book. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. 30 Rock. Jack wants Devin Banks’ help to discredit Kaylie Hooper, his teenage nemesis, and the future CEO of KableTown, Liz goes over her options as she tries to become a mom, and Tracy directs Octavia Spencer in his movie. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Last Resort. Marcus and the crew are forced by a mutiny, a typhoon, and coup d’etat into unexpected alliances, and Sam’s loyalty is strained because of grief. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Mobbed. A mob hels a plan plan a surprise for his hardworking employee. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers. 7:00 PM CT TNT

8. Two and a Half Men. Alan and Walden head to New York so that Walden can reveal the truth about his identity at to Kate at her fashion s how. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Person of Interest. Carter tries helping Reese by engaging in mental warfare with the FBI, Reese meets up with both old and new enemies, and Det. Fusco has to protect the latest person of interest, supermodel Karolina Kukova. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. The Office. Pam lets Meredith take the blame for the lice Pam herself accidentally brought into the office, Jim has a good day in Philadelphia with a potential business associate, and Nellie, Phyllis, and Kevin interfere with Darryl’s love life 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Grey’s Anatomy. Bailey keeps her weddy day on hold trying to save ADele’s life, Owen and Cristina aren’t sure about getting a divorce, and Callie and Arizona try getting back together. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. The Millionaire Matchmaker. Season premiere. Daniel Negreanu, a 37-year-old World Class professional poker player is tired of folding on relationships and ready to go all in on love. Patti sends him to acclaimed astrologer Christopher Renstrom to stop him from bluffing his way through dating and get his game back. Patti’s second millionaire is Brian Holloway II, a divorced, 40-year-old heir to the family fortune. After going through a divorce, he is certainly attached to his money, but he is also attached to his mama. This total Mama’s boy brings his very English mother with him to meet Patti. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

13. Four Weddings. Amber has a Hawaiian-themed reception, Shelly brings in her Afghan heritage, Whitney wears a swan dress, and Christine has a zoo wedding. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. Mysteries at the Museum. Host Don Wildman inspects a hunk of concrete tied to the rise and fall of a Los Angeles hero, a taxidermied dog that prowled the lines in World War I, and an antique gaming table said to be imbued with a sinister curse. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Project Runway The designers get one day at the Eiffel Tower in Paris to sketch, then need to create couture gowns. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Mary Mary. Mary Mary is back on the road for an important radio show appearance and huge concert in front of the likes of Oprah in Dallas, but will tensions between the girls and their manager, Mitch, take center stage? 8:00 PM CT WE

17. 1600 Penn. The media reveals B3cca’s surprising news, President Gilchrist and his generals have group therapy, and Emily gets caught up in her lies. 8:30 PM CT TNT

18. Elementary. Sherlock seems to have been followed to New York by a British criminal, and Joan isn’t confident about leaving Sherlock and getting a new client. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include two families talking about how they were affected by people texting while driving, Josh Gad talks about 1600 Penn, and how sitting affects you negatively. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Scandal. Olivia and the team get assistance from an old friend while Huck is being held under the Patriot Act, and Mellie could end up impacting Fitz’s future when she’s faced with a compromising situation. 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. Impractical Jokers. The guys look for imaginary places, pick a poison in the park, and look for a housesitter. 9:00 PM CT truTV

22. Beyond Scared Straight. A man stricken cancer sends his angry teenager to Georgia’s Floyd County Jail, hoping it will teach him a lesson. 9:00 PM CT A&E

23. Lost and Found. A woman who had been adopted on the black market tracks down her birth mom, and a painting ends up being a lost treasure. 9:00 PM CT OWN

24. Kathy. Season premiere. Every Thursday, Kathy will be joined by a throng of celebrities to discuss everything pop culture from the latest celebrity scandals to Kathy’s new favorite television obsession to her most recent celebrity run in. In addition to celebrities, Kathy will again be joined by her fun-loving mother, Maggie, and always-adorable assistant, Tiffany, as well as a panel of friends, co-workers and normal people dishing on the week’s headlines. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

25. What Not to Wear. Nicole Eggert, now a single mom and struggling with her weight, is the guest. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. Double Divas.Series premiere. In the first half hour, Molly and Cynthia make a custom bra for the woman with the world’s largest bust. In the second half hour, Cynthia works on nine outfits in three days for a fashion show. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

27. Buckwild. Shae isn’t sure who to trust, the guys want to turn Tyler into a man, and Shain doesn’t feel like he’s in his element. 9:00 PM CT MTV

28. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers. 8:30 PM CT TNT

29. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Anthony Jeselnik, and For King & Country. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – People’s Choice Awards

It starts tonight, that being the Awards season. Tonight is the awards we decide. It’s our favorites getting the nods tonight in the People’s Choice Awards. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Ricky Gervais and Bethenny Frankel. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. I Get That a Lot. Cheech Marin, Phil Keoghan, Jeff Gordon, Bruce Jenner, Jane Seymour, and Larry Hagman pretend to be lookalikes instead of themselves. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Whitney. Whitney reveals she has a heart condition while trying to figure out Alex’s allergies, and Lily introduces her friends to her new boyfriend. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Middle.Axl is embarrassed to have to work on a school project with Sue, and Brick’s school therapist tries to help him make some friends. Dave Foley guest stars 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Stars in Danger: The High Dive. Celebrities learn Olympics-style dives. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Big Rich Texas. The Dallas divas and daughters reunite to discuss the season. 7:00 PM CT Style

7. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Guys with Kids. Gary will do whatever it takes to get his father-in-law’s respect, and Chris and Sheila go on a date. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. The Neighbors. Larry Bird helps Debbie get through PTA politics and deal with the PTA president, and Jackie’s competitive nature comes to the surface when she helps Marty coach soccer. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. People’s Choice Awards 2013. Kaley Cuoco hosts, and Christina Aguilera, Jason Aldean, and Alicia Keys perform. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A rape victim gets arrested in Suffolk County for murder, and Det. Benson finds enough evidence for a different suspect in Manhattan to be charged. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Modern Family. Jay and the rest of the family want to celebrate the New Year in Palm Springs, but they end up not liking the hotel, and Alex and Haley try to watch the kids back at home and are met with challenges. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Super Saver Showdown. In the first hour it’s a a Rock ‘n Roll Graduation and a Hollywood premiere Sweet 16 party on a budget. In the second hour it’s Luck of the Irish vs. Classic Car and family parties on a budget. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. Toddlers & Tiaras. Cariah, Alyssa, and Jordan compete. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. Baggage Battles. Sierra Auction is a full-service auction company operating out of Phoenix, AZ. They specialize in the sale and disposition of unclaimed freight, vehicles, equipment and surplus assets for over 150 government agencies. Their monthly auction has between 2,000 and 3,000 lots, making it the largest monthly auction in Arizona. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Suburgatory. Tessa becomes obsessed with finding out Dalia’s PSAT score after the results earn Dalia a new car, and Jill and Noah as for Mr. Wolfe’s tutoring help for their baby. 8:30 PM CT ABC

17. Chicago Fire. Severide talks to Chief Boden about his injury, Casey has family issues, and Dawson heads to a rescue call only to find out a young girl is the only survivor. 9:00 PM CT NBC

18. Nashville. Rayna suggests bringing her girls on tour and finds that Lamar is willing to blackmail her, everyone is surprised with Juliette and Sean’s elopement, Deacon gets back together with an ex, and Avery follows the advice of a music producer. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. American Horror Story: Asylum.Grace tells Kit devastating news regarding the aliens’ experiments on Alma, Dr. Thredson has an unexpected visitor, and the Monsignor goes through a lot to silence Jude. 9:00 PM CT FX

20. Hot in Cleveland. Joy’s mom meets her new family members at the christening, Joy wants Owen to pretend to be someone else, Elk touches up a fresco, and Victoria becomes annoying to Melanie wile talking about Emmet. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

21. Top Chef: Seattle. The chefs have to impress Wolfgang Puck and cook for twenty people at the Bite of Seattle food event. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Cheer Perfection.Alisha puts more difficulty into the stunts, two of the best tumblers injure themselves, and Ann is confronted about the past. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Fast Food Gone Global.Traditional dishes and local cultures influence flavors at American fast food chains throughout Asia, like McDonald’s Bulgogi Burger in Seoul, Baskin-Robbins kiwi sorbet in Japan, and A & W’s mango chicken pockets in Bali. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. Washington Heights.Series premiere. JP plans a performance, the animosity between Eliza and Reyna escalates, and Frankie needs to let her crush go. 9:00 PM CT MTV

25. Happily Divorced. Judi’s boyfriend from college wants to get back together, and Fran encourages her to go for it. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

26. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

27. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Josh Brolin, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Parenthood Extends to the Teens

Last week on Parenthood, they showed that young Drew and his recently-reunited girlfriend will get parenting news of their own. From the previews, it’s hard to see what they will decide to do, but it appears as if they’re deciding between a few different options. It looks to be yet another emotional episode. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Kaley Cuoco and Padma Lakshmi. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

2. NCIS. Ziva’s father surprises her with a visit while the team is investigating a connection between a dead journalist and a Navy petty officer. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. In the first half hour, Psy teachers Betty and the others Gangnam style, and a jogger takes food from a person eating at a restaurant. In the second half hour, Kim Kardashian gets wardrobe and makeup advice from Betty, and a man sells hot dogs underneath his trench coat. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Raising Hope. While buying a new car, Jimmy and Sabrina find out Burt and Virginia ruined Jimmy’s credit when he was younger. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. Pretty Little Liars. Mona gets a clean bill of health, and Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer all see her return to school differently. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Totally T-Boz. T-Boz visits her father with Chase in Atlanta, and her health turns unexpectedly. 7:00 PM CT TLC

7. Ben and Kate. Maddie doesn’t get into the gifted program at school, and Kate blames herself, Ben runs into an old friend who once stole a business idea from him, and B.J.’s mom visits. 7:30 PM CT Fox

8. NCIS: Los Angeles. A former defendant of Deeks’ is targets for finding info that could dismantle a car shipping operation that has ties to a global terrorist ring. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. Happy Endings Penny and Alex try to turn it into a press opp when a pop star buys a dress from Alex’s store, Max has an identity crisis, and Dave and Brad to to get thing sin working order again around the house. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. Emily Owens, M.D. Emil disagrees with Will who assumes that a patient dressed in a costume is having some type of psychotic episode, Dr. Bandari believes her marriage could be in trouble, and Emily says yes to a blind date with a friend of Cassandra’s. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. New Girl./span> Jess extends an invite to Nick and Angie to join her and Sam for a couples’ weekend, and Winston teaches Schmidt lessons in race relations. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. The Lying Game./span> Season premiere. Alec goes to jail after he’s arrested for Derek’s murder, Rebecca and Sutton hatch plans for the Mercer family, and Mads meets a new guy. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

13. The Real Housewives of Miami./span> Never-before-seen footage. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. The Sisterhood./span> Tries tries to fix her relationships with Dominique and Ivy after a fight, Dominique delivers a bombshell, and Tar begins planning her son’s Bar Mitzvah. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. Dance Moms. The mothers protest and walks out on Abby, leaving her to quickly gather a new dance team for a competition, the moms book their kids for a performance, and a mother from the past is promising revenge. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Tia & Tamera. Tia takes a provocative dancing class trying to keep things exciting in her marriage, and Tamera plans one last night out with the girls before the baby is born. 8:00 PM CT Style

17. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. June realizes she had to clean up Chloe’s act when they go to a tenants’ meetings, Chloe wants to go after Mark, and James attempts to sabotage June’s efforts. 8:30 PM CT ABC

18. The Mindy Project. Mindy’s brother arrives for a visit and announces he plants to start a rap career after dropping out of college, and Danny and Jeremy turn the charm on for the landlord, hoping she wont’ raise their rent. 8:30 PM CT Fox

19. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

20. Vegas. Sheriff Lamb is forced to dig his own grave af ter being abducted, Rizzo and Savino are roughed up by a rival mob, and Laura and Katherine begin a new partnership. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Parenthood. Mark expresses his concerns to Sarah when Drew and Amy have life-changing news, Crosby gets impatient with his mother-in-law, and Joel and Julia question their abilities as parents. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. Private Practice. Amelia is set up by the doctors at the practice on a series of blind date that all end up badly, and Amelia and James work together on a medical procedure. 9:00 PM CT ABC

23. Cougar Town. Season premiere. In their first week of marriage, Grayson doesn’t learn the rules of marriage with Jules, and Bobby teaches Travis lessons on being a man. 9:00 PM CT TBS

24. Justified. Season premiere. While trying to nab a vicious fugitive, Raylan uncovers evidence that his family is at the core of a legendary unsolved mystery. 9:00 PM CT FX

25. The Joe Schmo Show. Season premiere. A man is brought to a fake reality show and think he is going to become a real bounty hunter. 9:00 PM CT Spike

26. In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman. A woman with body image issues has her emotional walls up as well as a low sex-drive. 9:00 PM CT OWN

27. Million Dollar Decorators. Series finale. Kathryn finishes up the work on Lindsay Lohan’s home and finds drama, Martyn finishes the pub renovation for his sister, Mary finishes her renovation in time to host a cocktail party, and Jeffrey and Ross share their news. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

28. America’s Supernanny. Deborah tries to help a single mom who has given up parenting duties to her own parents with not-so-good results. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

29. Snooki & JWOWW. Season premiere. Snookie and Jionni get ready for parenthood, Jenni adjusts to life with Roger, and Snooki has a baby shower. 9:00 PM CT MTV

30. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Emma Stone, Josh Gad, and The Whigs. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Bachelor Season Premiere

It’s a new year and a new season of The Bachelor. They’re recycling bachelors again, as Sean, one of Emily’s rejects, becomes the new bachelor. Will he find love? Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Courteney Cox and Kevin Hart are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings

3. The Biggest Loser. The contestants work out in outdoor gyms, Dr. H. talks to them about their health, and Antonio Gates guests, cheering on the Losers during a challenge. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Bachelor. Arie gives Sean advice, as he meets the women and offers one of them the first impression rose. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Switched at Birth. Season premiere. Angelo gives the families lavish gifts, John and Kathryn consider running for office, Bay gets accused of cheating, and Chef Jeff distracts Daphne. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. College Football. 2013 Discover BCS National Championship from Miami, Alabama vs. Notre Dame. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

7. The Mob Doctor. Season finale. Grace’s family continues to be in danger, the FBI gets closer, and Constantine reveals shocking info, mobster Al Trapani infiltrates Constantine’s business even more, and Grace falls back on desperate measures. 8:00 PM CT Fox

8. Bunheads. Michelle works as a magician’s assistant, the dance studio closes, Ginny assumes the lead in her mom’s business, Melanie takes care of her grandfather, Boo helps care for her younger brother, and Sasha comes back. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

9. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Taylor brings a psychic into her home, a lawsuit doesn’t end to Taylor’s benefit, Brandi confronts her ex’s lover, and Scheana takes on shifts at Lisa’s restaurant. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

10. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The bakers make wedding cakes for picky brides who change the designs in the middle of the challenge. 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. Anthony Bourdain heads to Dublin for 36 hours of eating, drinking and shopping and finds that the food scene is keeping up with the famed drinking scene. From fine dining classics like sweetbreads and lamb to home cooked classics like a bowl of pork stew known as “Coddle,” Bourdain does his best to cover all of what Dublin does best in a few short hours. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Deception. Series premiere. A San Francisco cop looks into the death of her childhood best friend who she had lost touch with. 9:00 PM CT NBC

13. Castle. A divorce attorney who only represented women is murdered, leaving several ex-husbands as suspects, and Castle’s own ex-wife moves into the loft to take care of a sick Alex. 9:00 PM CT ABC

14. The Haunting of … Fairuza Balk has a traumatic experience at her studio, and wonders what the ghosts are trying to communicate. 9:00 PM CT A&E

15. Trouble Next Door. A couple wants community help for their six-year-old son and teen who is obsessed with music. 9:00 PM CT OWN

16. Cake Boss. In the first half hour, Buddy makes a two-thousand pound moving carousel cake for an amusement park in Atlantic City, and Carlo’s gets a facelift. In the second half hour, it’s a cake for New York Giant’s coach Tom Coughlin’s charity, and Marissa pranks the boys. 9:00 PM CT TLC

17. Hotel Impossible. Anthony Melchiorri travels to California’s legendary Gold Rush country to save one of the oldest and most historic hotels in the state – the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Bill Maher, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Miguel are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Top Chef: Seattle – Episode 9 – Monkeying Around With Pickles

Yes, I know that is a really strange combination of four words. However, I went with it. Because, this episode was all about Monkey. And pickles. It was also about extremely sharp knives. And rancid scallops. It was also about Top Chef nostalgia – which is always a good thing.

But the big, big thing is that Monkey is as dead as the old monkey in “Project X.” Look it up, that scene resonates. And, of course, Monkey went out with class and respect. Oh wait, this is Monkey. He doesn’t do that. He blamed the Show and the unexpected twist which admittedly did not benefit him at all. And then he praised himself for not hoarding all of the ingredients and sabotaging Lizzie in their last minute battle to avoid elimination. One would hope that if he did that he would be instantly disqualified for preventing his opponent from accessing the required ingredients.

This is clearly a grand day in the history of Top Chef – the elimination of the season’s main villain. And he wasn’t even a fun villain, he was just mean. And now, spoiler alert…he’s done and gone. Except for that dumb “Save a Chef” contest – in which case, he is just a couple of days away from being done and gone. When I get into LCK a little bit later on, double spoiler alert…CJ beats him. Done. Most Hated Chef in Dallas is now the 9th place finisher on Top Chef. He lost to OTV, which should make Josh happy. He lost to Josie, which should make all fans of poetic justice happy.

In addition to losing Monkey from the show, we also got to do so in one of the coolest challenges in recent memory. Nine chefs remained in Season 10…a perfect moment to bring in the show’s history. The nine chefs are randomly given a past season and a clip of a memorable moment from each one. They must make the dish in the question, with their own twist on it. There is a twist…Season 10. Padma says that she is holding on to it. It comes in to play at the end when we awkwardly get five chefs appearing at the Judges Table – three at the top and two at the bottom. Instantly, I thought it meant a final duel between the two since the Show has fallen in love with the LCK concept. Monkey and Lizzie fell to the bottom and between the two of them; Lizzie was clearly the worst one. She would have been out without the twist.

That’s because, for some reason, Lizzie had bad scallops. It’s not Top Chef, I guess it is Top Bad Scallop. How did this happen? How could the store sell rancid scallops to a customer on this high profile cooking show? Man, that is just awful advertisement. Lizzie chose to plate the dish with the bad scallops – and honestly, she was damned if she did and damned if she didn’t. She had to have a protein on the plate, or else she would have been on the bottom anyway. I guess it would have been bold to cook Jamie’s scallops with different seafood, but she may not have had ample time to pull that off.

But she plated the scallops – and we have learned from the Jamie Experience that, well, you know, Top Scallop. There are only two Top Chef dishes which would cause worse problems – desserts and risotto. And since there were no desserts listed in the nine moments, the only thing which could get in the way would be if anyone would be stupid enough to make risotto. Even if the dish is risotto. Just…stop…making…risotto, Chefs. Monkey got the Season 3 Howie moment where he and Bourdain got into it over risotto. He claims to have not had a proper flat surfaced vessel to make it and thus made a crappy risotto. OTV got a final jab in where he disagreed about the good pots and pans, but it wasn’t necessary.

Monkey and Lizzie had to compete by using the Season 10 moment – CJ’s crappy hamburger and pickles. Monkey grabbed the jar of pickles and implied that he was going to keep the whole thing and not share with Lizzie. He then swiped all of her dill. The tight quarters almost seem to lead to some sort of fisticuffs and an indignant Monkey confessional where he thinks not being a gigantic dick excuses just being a regular dick. As soon as the dishes are unveiled, it becomes obvious who won. The Elimination Challenge and special cook-off had to be healthy. And Monkey put a fried egg on his burger. A. Fried. Egg. Really?

So, Monkey is gone, gone, gone. And we have eight chefs left. My ranking of the Final Eight, from bottom to top…(of course, there is Save a Chef and LCK which will lead to potentially CJ, Monkey or Yagi Bear rejoining)…Josie, OTV, Lizzie, Micah, Papa Bear, Thumb, Brooke and Kish. That’s right – four of the eight left are women, and two of the favorites to win the season are women. Could it be?