Let's see if the Era of Good Feelings continues during Michael's evaluation. It does not. The judges think there's one set of mismatched chairs too many, and Margaret thinks that the wooden chair Michael used, while beautiful, was impractically heavy. Kelly hates the carpet -- "It felt like something you would see at, like, an airport" -- and found the lack of service areas impractical for a working dining room. Michael does not concur: "I disagree with having napkin storage in my chef's dining room." Colicchio looks like he wants to smack Michael over the head with an extensive, multi-page wine list. And now we move on to Carisa, whom Jonathan diagnoses as suffering from "empty syndrome" -- "You walked in, and it's just, like, table, nothing." The judges are particularly concerned with the size of the banquette: "It really didn't dominate the table," Colicchio observes. "It dominated the room." The judges did love the fabric on the banquette; the fabric on the patio furniture, not so much. "I think the chairs are more 2006," observes Kelly, the woman whose wardrobe is more 1896. Also, Carisa's table has no flatware, which she blames on carpenter issues; the judges are not quite clear on what carpentry has to do with knives and forks, especially for someone who got to pick their own carpenter. "What we're hearing is, the carpenter didn't understand you," Jonathan says. Carisa sees where they'd get that impression. So who was running the show, Jonathan demands. "I was running the show," Carisa concedes. "It's my responsibility." Her lips say, "I'm to blame," but her eyes say, "Damn you, Carl!"
Episode Report CardMr. Sobell: B | 493 USERS: C+
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