Guest Post: Dinner Date – Did Janine Pick The Right Guy?
Again Brain Dead Dave has done a hilarious recap of Dinner Date – however his recap has got me curious to know what happened on his dates where he got blind???
The recap below:
Dinner Date begins late again with some Manu-script about the way to man’s heart being through his stomach. Off his face, three sheets to the wind,hypnotised and loaded up on Cointreau – is how readers variously described Manu’s performance last week. We need subtitles for the seemingly poleaxed Pepe le Peu’s narratives Janine is a 28 yr old brunette. Dance Teacher and disco queen by night, radiographer by day. She’s been single for eight months and says her love life has been “crazy” and “out there”.
Seafood is a favourite of Janine’s and she plonks for the menus of Justin,Rhys and Adam from the five possible suitors- inoffensive looking guys in the mid 20’s 30 range.
Justin is an adventurer /outdoors type. He does some smoke blowing about kayaking across the ditch to NZ with a mate,unsupported. Oh whatever,mate,it takes a lot more tenacity and passion to watch a season of Ma$terchef.
Justin’s got a slow roasted lamb dish with tomatoes for a main and raspberry chocolate cheesecake planned. He starts panicking about the graininess of the home made ice cream and we see him sculling a drink as
Janine’s arrival nears. As she arrives Janine admits to being apprehensive about “blind dates”. I’ve never been one one myself…plenty of dates where I got blind, but.
Janine’s is underwhelmed with Justin’s walking around in his socks. He’s pretty naïve to think that won’t matter. Women get fussy about thongs and stuff like that.
Justin tells her he’s “professional” adventurer and reruns the kayaking to NZ yarn,making me wonder exactly what goes across the ditch with them on these “adventures”.
Janine then stalks Justin into the kitchen commencing an interrogation into his love history. Bad move because the prawns are burning and the asparagus is overcooked. Janine’s hanging in the kitchen ,laughing.
Nevertheless Janine says the entree is “yummy” and they get to talking about books they’ve read. She’s impressed that Justin has read the twilight series.
The main is slow roasted lamb with blistered tomatoes on a green pea mash. Janine loves it and reckons Justin can cook,has muscles happening and handsome.
Sweets are chocolate brownies and raspberries. Justin’s faltering and freaking out about the home made ice cream but Janine’s impressed ,telling him that he’s outdone himself. She gets some leftover brownie and a mint plant and kisses him goodnight.
Justin scores her an impressive 8 out of 10 and as we go to an ad break Manu returns to champion Justin’s effort as “magnifique”
Second date Rhys Janine’s next dinner date is Rhys, a 30 yr old online sales guy. He’s been single for two years and with that Justin Bieber haircut he’s packing ,it’s no wonder..He loves the ocean,Japan and seafood and has duly “‘prepared” sushi Atlantic salmon,tempura prawns and a chocolate self saucing pudding, among other things for her dining delight.
Rhys gets off on the Japanese theme even more by tarting up in a kimono before Janine arrives .We hear the tune Turning Japanese,then Rhys opens the door and insists that Janine don a kimono as well.She’s happy to play along and Rhys reckons she’s very good looking. She isn’t too bad at all.
They ‘re enjoying the sushi and Janine starts her interrogation about why Rhys is unbelievably single etc. She doesn’t like the beard he’s sporting either.
Rhys reveals that he’s never done tempura before and it’s taking ages to do. Janine let’s him know about it with “I’m dying for it”,ruining Justin’s concentration even more.
Janine loves the main ,telling Justin he’s “superseded her expectations” before she notices a burning smell coming from the kitchen. It’s a pot of hot ,smoking oil still on the burner. Rhys takes it off and completely at his wit’s end he puts it on the floor,burning a crop circle like design into the carpet.
Manu takes us to an ad break,noting Rhys’ embarrassment.
Janine has to help with actually baking the dessert . The oven hasn’t been preheated and we hear JJCale’s After Midnight to remind us that the date is dragging on badly here. Justin spills chocolate over the kitchen floor and finally at 1.20 am the cake /pudding comes out of the oven.
Janine goes home at 1.30having still enjoyed herself,describing Rhys as funny and witty. He scores her 9/10,praing her for putting up with his stuff. Manu calls Justin’s effort “impressive” and praises him for surviving and turning the situation to his advantage.
Third date. Adam
Adam is 30 and runs a wedding car hire service. He loves his Lebanese family and lives at home in their palace. He’s built like Rocky Balboa.We see him preparing sweets, pouring some Midori over mangoes. I get a phone call here and miss several minutes.
Adam’s invite a heap of family and friends to the dinner date there’s Lebanese finger food on offer., which he’s got his Mum to prepare.
Adam’s nervousness is a major factor in proceedings.
First ,Janine tells him she’s a radiographer -he thinks that’s a DJ.
At main time,Adam can’t turn the oven on properly to cook some seafood he’s managed to put in a frypan. I thought maybe he doesn’t know how to turn it on. He lets his failure with the oven get to him and he becomes even more nervous and can’t hold any conversation at all at the table. The mango comes and goes amid the awkward atmosphere.
Janine still liked the seafood though she notes “it’s a little bit raw with the oven”.She’s a trouper and tells us she enjoyed herself but really needs ‘funny” guys. Poor Adam was giggling at nothing through sheer terror.
Adam scores Janine 9/10. She’s been a good date on the three occasions, in my opinion,apart from the interrogations in the kitchen.
It’s time for Janine to choose and I really thought she’d go for the first guy Justin.
But Janine chooses Rhys, the bearded guy who I thought might have been tipsy and burned a lot of the food.
They get a weekend at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast. Nice place. Their dinner is interesting as Rhys has shaved his beard off with high hopes and Janine has got another Maria Venuti top out to distract him with. Rhys says he could get serious about Janine and they’ve plans to catch up.. Manu winds up with details that the two are stiiill talking about another date…but that if you’re planning to visit Rhys…”Ring ze fire Brigade”
Thanks for the comments last week. I love the pieces of music played. the producers have got a sarcastic sence of humour with their song placement.
The show moves at a fast enough pace,I don’t really get time to note what the contestants are wearing(or not wearing).