A Very Special Episode of Top Chef
Finally, Harold gets into it. He yells at Marcel, "Why don't you fucking sit down and calm down? And be a fucking professional and an adult. Stop being a fucking child." The camera pans over to follow Marcel as he meekly obeys Harold. Harold has one leg slung over the back of the couch and he's pointing an angry finger at Marcel. Hee! He's talking to Marcel like he's a hyperactive child who has had too much sugar and needs to wear a helmet! But man, when HAROLD has to tell you to shut the fuck up, that's like, dude, you have gotten BEYOND annoying. He never told Stephen to shut up, and, man, he never even told Tiffani to shut up. Not even when she apologized for her back running into his knife! Harold's like the dad who never really gets mad. Just lets the mom do most of the parenting and punishing, but then when he does get mad, it's scary. Because you know you're in trouble for reals. Harold tells us that Marcel needs to work on his professionalism. "My bad," Marcel jives to the room, "My sincere apologies." Oh, Marcel. I think you're done.
The next morning, the cheftestants have two hours to prep. Food Flurry. Stephen opines that his butter-poached lobster tail, using saffron-infused butter is going to be "spot on." At least he didn't say soigné. Harold's feeling pretty laid-back about his "old school" Sicilian spicy duck meatballs with gnocchi. Ilan tells us that he's going head-to-head with Harold, "It's a little exciting," So exciting, he's considering sticking the immersion blender back in his mouth. Someone -- I do think it's Lee Anne -- tells them how much time they have left. We miss you, Lee Anne! And here is Colicchio for his Sniff 'n' Sneer! Wait, didn't I read that he wasn't going to be nosing around the kitchen any more? And also, after all his protestations last year how he WASN'T a mentor, that he might actually be taking on that role this year? Maybe that all only applies to when Season Three actually gets going. The best part of Colicchio's Sniff 'n' Sneer is when Marcel tells Colicchio that his lobster going up against Stephen's is "going to be a smackdown." Stephen raises his head over this with a firm and bemused smile on his face, like, "Oh, reaaaaaaally?!"