Gail starts off by asking if the Native Americans had a leader. "I thought I had some clever ideas to put a spin on it but they were shot down," Michael starts. What were his ideas, the judges want to know. "I wanted to make, like, a turducken lasagna. Could do like a layer of chicken or duck-chicken --" Colicchio interrupts to ask why he didn't do that because he thinks it sounds good. Michael repeats that he was shot down. Betty widens her eyes innocently. The judges give him props for his amuse bouche. Michael smiles that he's getting a "little redemption." Padmadala agrees that he did redeem himself with the amuse bouche. Colicchio wants to know what was cutting edge about the twice-baked potato. "I don't know, man, I just thought by putting some shrimp in it, maybe, I don't know, I've never eaten them with shrimp, you know, at home, so that's like a spin, you know?" Michael grins. Colicchio covers his eyes, laughing. "I love you like a son, already!" Bourdain announces. "Oh-ho-ho!" Betty laughs in disbelief. Bourdain admires Michael's sheer contrariness. Michael makes a mental note to look up "contrariness" and then immediately wonders what it was he was going to go look up. Bourdain goes on, "Your twice-baked potato, in spite of its absolutely Flintstonian execution, it was the single (for me) most enjoyable mouthful of food that I had this evening. The taste, it didn't suck." Okay, I have to admit, "Flintstonian" was absolutely hysterical. Turning to the salad, Bourdain wonders why Carlos chose it. Carlos says he didn't choose it but no one else wanted to do it, "so I decided to grab it by the reins." Colicchio points out that Carlos didn't have to make a salad. Carlos agrees, he didn't have to, but he did and he is very proud of what he did. Colicchio makes an "oookay" face. "It's Thanksgiving and you should be thankful for your friends and the food that you have because some people don't even have food," Carlos opines pollyannaishly. "Bad isn't it?" Colicchio says sarcastically. "Be nice!" Carlos orders. Colicchio makes another disdainful face.
Episode Report CardKeckler: A | 642 USERS: C+
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