A Very Special Episode of Top Chef
Colicchio walks over to Stephen and asks about the wines he chose. Stephen confirms that he put together a whole set of pairings. "Now," Colicchio says, getting into it, "We're serving these courses head-to-head, right?" Stephen agrees with this statement. Colicchio just sits there, trying to bite back a smile and nods, "Okay…" "Soooo…?" Stephen asks, cocking his head and turning red. Colicchio HYSTERICALLY tries to figure out how to put this gently. His face goes through several different variations on how to start his next sentence. The sentence that will strike dread into Stephen's wine marinated heart. "You're serving your wine with the other food as well?" Colicchio says, and he's almost gleeful. Either that, or he's just totally cracking up over how dense Stephen is being. Stephen stands there, mouth open, and you can see the exact moment when he is all, "Fuuuuuck!" And realizes how truly screwed they might be. "What if your wine goes better with the course that they're preparing?" Colicchio asks. Stephen doesn't answer. That's a DUN! on this show if I ever heard one. I'm also sort of surprised that none of the other Onesies cottoned on to that thought either. I'd think Tiffani would have pointed it out.
Leaving Stephen to his misery, Colicchio stumps over to Dave, who is being predictably frenetic and talking fast. He promises Colicchio, "I'm trying to breathe. I'm working on breathing." Colicchio announces they have forty-five more minutes before the first course is served. "And no one is paying attention! That's great to see -- you're all working hard. Take care!" Colicchio leaves.
They have thirty-nine minutes left and Marcel has just told us, "I'm so weeded right now." There's a crash from the fridge. Ilan has dropped a hotel pan of something onto the rubber floor mats. He swears. Sam looks around at him, but Marcel hasn't reacted. Ilan tells Marcel that he just dropped his diced mango on the floor. He apologizes and says he'll wash them off. Hey, Ilan, this is television, you know? What you do in your restaurant is your business -- oh, right. You don't have your Own Restaurant. Harold does. The camera hones in on Ilan desperately trying to scrape bright yellow bits of mango out of the mat. Ilan asks if Marcel wants him to wash it or cut new mango for him. Cut new mango, dude. Just do it. Marcel tells us he spent fifteen minutes just getting the mango into the perfect dice and now it's all over the floor, "That was just ridiculous." Okay, but he offered to redice for you -- make him do it.