Poor Stephen. He got lambasted at Judges' Table more than once. In fact, one of the harshest comments was when Gail said his food looked like cat food. Man, this is rough. They could have made a montage similar to this for anyone if they dug through and found only the bad things. Okay, maybe not THIS bad. Stephen explains that his style is to use trial and error and keep cooking a dish until it's as good as it can be, and he didn't have time to do that in the competition. That's how I cook! My husband gets annoyed sometimes when I make the same dish multiple times in a week, but I want to keep trying different variations until I get it right. Then I totally forget and never make the dish again. I really need a better way to organize my recipes.
Stew Room! It's like the blooper reel. Everyone loves it. They played craps with giant dice made of boxes, and they played blackjack with fake cards. And once they played baseball and Angelo threw the ball so hard that it got stuck in the wall.
Andy asks John if he's still pissed at himself for using a premade pastry puff and getting eliminated first. John says that he would have done it differently, but his restaurant is doing well. Then Andy asks Tracey if it hurt to be told that her food was an insult to Italians. She says that she hoped it would get edited out but Tom laughs and says he knew it was harsh right after he said it, but he also knew it would make the show. Then there's a little plug for the Just Desserts show with Gail as host, where Gail admits that hosting is a lot harder than just judging. Padma is like, "THANK YOU!" This leads into the judges' blooper reel. I can't really describe every shot, but it features a lot of Padma getting impatient and Colicchio giggling.
Weird Interstitial. Ripoff of Conan's old "If They Mated" bit. You kind of have to see it, but those are some ugly kids.
Andy introduces an alternate version of the credits that's basically like soft porn, music and all. Amanda looks really, really uncomfortable about it, and she gets mad that she just did what they told her to do. She needs to fucking lighten up. It was funny.
Who were the most exciting celebrities? Amanda enjoyed cooking for Nancy Pelosi, and Kelly was excited to meet Buzz Aldrin. Boring.