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Masterchef – It’s all about Kate

This episode starts with a good five minutes of recap. It gives me a chance to watch a bit more of Sarah, since we really don’t get to see a great deal of her under normal circumstances. It must be galling for her, having a role that’s two rungs down the ladder from Victoria “it’s over to the gift shop, Tony” Nicolls on Sale of the Century.

Finally, we get to tonight’s show. Chris makes what I think will be an early fatal error by naming Josh and Aaron as the weakest – a sure way to guarantee they’ll hasten off to the nearest couch to foment their own rebellion against the losing leader. They are shown chatting about Chris’ failings with the chicken and we are expected to conclude that they will, therefore, vote for Chris.

We hear Julie say that she doesn’t know who she’ll vote for. Chris doesn’t think Josh is taking the competition seriously enough and Andre (Andre!) thinks he has mad skillz, but lacks knowledge.

Whilst the Reds are working out who they’ll boot, the Blues are learning about Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Kate is pleased that she’ll be able to improve her understanding* of Asian flavours, and she and her teammates discuss who they think won’t come back from The House of Blue Leaves.

Josh: “I’ve put my life on hold for this.” The ability to deliver this line on cue is probably a prerequisite for Selling Your Soul to Reality TV 101. You get additional points in casting for the whine of entitlement. And guaranteed camera time for failing to acknowledge that everyone has made major changes to their lives to accommodate the demands of the competition.

The Red team lines up behind their spikes. Let the spiking of names begin! Julie votes for Geni and her comments don’t make a great deal of sense. Geni, after all, led the team to victory the previous week. Josh votes for… Aaron! Oooh. Aaron votes for… Josh! Wow, these guys are no good at strategy. Chris votes for Josh. Andre votes for Josh. Josh is told that one more vote, and he goes. Geni votes. For Josh. He goes. It’s all very friendly, but Julie is worried that there might be drama back at the house.

Which there is. Kate bursts into tears and starts demanding who voted for him. I don’t understand why the Red team answers her, beyond: Shut. Up. Kate!

This girl? Needs to go. It has nothing to do with her skills, but then neither does this show.



1 Anonymous { 05.21.09 at 10:08 pm }

Kate’s tears and demands were completely over-the-top nuts. I had horror flashbacks to BigBrother. I agree, she really must go. This element of the show is just so frustrating!

2 Anonymous { 05.21.09 at 10:11 pm }

ps. At least Kate has Sam for comfort…

3 CG { 05.22.09 at 6:05 am }

wow, Julie’s vote against Geni is interesting and suggests some underlying issues. perhaps Julie sees Geni as her true competition? funny though she would reveal any issues by voting for Geni at this point when it would have been easy to “go with the flow” and vote for either Josh or Chris…is Julie naive or strategic?

4 RetroGirl { 05.22.09 at 8:55 am }

I found it really annoying when Julie said she didn’t vote for Josh and Kate said “Thank you Julie” in a sulky little voice like Julie had done it as a favour to her. What the???? Also found it a bit weird how Sam led Kate downstairs by the hand afterwards. For goodness sake, they’ve known Josh for a few weeks, talk about a total overreaction!

5 RetroGirl { 05.22.09 at 9:06 am }

Sorry, forgot to say that I also found it annoying when Chris said to camera that voting off Josh was nothing to do with the Kiddie Mafia. I don’t believe this for a second, as Josh was not the weakest in the team and was not the one most responsible for losing the challenge. I think it was a strategic move, and a smart one at that, and would have admired Chris if he had the guts to say “Yes, we voted to break up the alliance that had formed.” Be honest instead of pretending it was about food knowledge.

6 Injera { 05.22.09 at 9:43 am }

Anon – Sam and Kate are like the worst petulant Survivor contestants right now!

CG – Is it possible that Julie voted for Geni because she wanted to vote for someone who was otherwise safe? That way she’d have a “clean” conscience… But then you’d think she’d word Geni up and they’d agree to do a vote swap. Hmmm. Naive or strategic. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

RetroGirl – agreed that Josh doesn’t seem like the weakest in that team (although it’s always hard to tell what is vs what seems in the way people are given superstar/numbnuts edits!). Kate’s “thank you” to Julie was foul. I also agree with you that Chris was being disingenuous when he said it wasn’t about the Kiddie Mafia. Um, stop using that term, then, Chris. Kind of weakens your case.

7 Anonymous { 05.22.09 at 11:33 am }

Yes! That “thank you” made me want to eat raw chicken and die! Just awful.

8 Anonymous { 05.22.09 at 4:38 pm }

Word to everything said re: Kate. Did you know that she threatened to leave the competition because Josh was eliminated? It’s in the papers. Girl is batshit insane.

9 Injera { 05.22.09 at 5:23 pm }

Oh, Anon, thanks for the tip on Kate’s “threat”! That’s hilarious. I’ve been trying to understand the purpose behind threatening to quit/quitting. I just can’t. She and Aaron should get together – they make as much sense as each other.

10 Kiddy mafia fan 101 { 05.23.09 at 7:23 pm }

i think kate was just upset you can see she and josh were extremely close and she is only young and is immature and cant handle things but she was upset that her sam and josh had a friendship and now they are called kiddy mafia it is a little dumb to threat quickly but you have to remember shes young and not dumb but not wise and she really liked josh.

11 Reality Raver { 05.24.09 at 11:38 am }

I am just re-reading these fabulous blogs to catch up on what has been happening on MasterChef. It sound fab.

But with Josh whining about putting everything on hold to be on the show – doesn’t he work for his family fish business. It is not like he had to sacrifice his job like some of the others may have.

There now appears to be more “character development” of the contestants. So looking forward to checking out Kate.