You know it's going to be a very special episode when Fabio walks down the stairs in his (?) house and introduces himself. Like we were all sitting in the foyer of his palatial home, while he was upstairs fixing his hair and deciding whether to wear the tan blazer or the gray one. And why does he introduce himself when we were in his house to begin with? Would we be there if we didn't know? And also, as the clip reminds us, he was the Fan Favorite, so if you're watching this, you probably already know. So Fabio reads rather woodenly off the prompter to tell us that Bravo has invited various cheftestants from previous seasons back for a dinner party, and the preview clips promise us juicy gossip and fights, the staple of any reality reunion. And typing the word "reunion" just made me grateful that this isn't hosted by Andy Cohen.
The various cheftestants arrive at the airport while Richard Blais tells us that he jumped at the chance to meet people from other seasons. Harold from Season One reminds us that he had no idea what he was getting into when he signed up for the show. I feel the same way about the people from Real World seasons one and two (NY and LA the first time around) -- no one else has any excuse for complaining about how they were "edited" or any such bullshit. Dale from Season Three says he was going to retire from being a chef before signing up for the show, but it reinvigorated him. Tiffani from Season One says that she has traveled and consulted since doing the show, and ultimately wants to open her own restaurant.
The various cheftestants arrive at Social, the restaurant where they will be gathering today. In addition to the cheftestants already mentioned, we see Ilan from Season Two (blech), who's still wearing the stupid hipster glasses. The music changes and Marcel approaches outside on the sidewalk. Because he loves attention (but will deny it until the day he dies), he has to do a big jump in the air before entering the restaurant. He still has the wolfman hair, too. Look at me! I'm Marcel! But don't talk shit about me, because my art is pure. Man, I hate that dude. Every time I start to feel a little bit bad for him, he goes and does something stupid and I hate him all over again. Anyway, he's running a restaurant in Vegas these days. He reflects back on his season (like when Frank threatened him with bodily harm) and decides that the others were just jealous, and that's why they treated him so badly. And look, they did treat him badly. They were immature little shits. But Marcel is a dick. And he needs to take some responsibility for being a dick, which is what got the group sort of rallied around treating him badly. I'm not trying to blame the victim here, but it's ridiculous if he thinks that the reason the others on his season didn't like him was because he's so talented. Flashback to when Ilan told Marcel to keep making his foams and go cry in a corner, and then cut to Fabio asking the two of them if they've hung out since their season ended. They have, and Marcel claims that they are "culinary brothers of other mothers" (what does that even mean?).