Over on Team Jack and the Beanstalk, Craig takes one for the team and confesses that he overstated his skill set and that his teammates rescued them from the brink of disaster. Johnny clucks disapprovingly. Gail then loudly bemoans the overwhelming ginger flavor and the hazelnut headiness in the two desserts. In short, so much unbalanced-ness makes Gail unbalanced. The teams are sent off to the stew room while the judges weigh their futures. As the contestants do the obligatory stewing, Craig's inexperience and Lina's cake catastrophe are pitted against each other. At last the judges make their decision: It's Lina's turn to go. Everyone makes sorrowful noises and pretends that they care that a stranger was eliminated. Lina makes the obligatory "she threw me under the bus" comments on her way out the door. And thus begins the second season of "Top Chef: Just Desserts."
Melissa Locker a.k.a. Lulu Bates is going to excise her sweet tooth now. You can follow her on Twitter @woolyknickers.
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