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Chris hit the nail on the head this episode: What happens in Vegas really will end up on national TV. Before this episode, I'd never been to a pool party in fact, somehow, I wasn't even conceptually familiar with the idea of a pool party until I arrived at the Cosmopolitan at the beginning of this season's shoot and found out that my room, beautiful and spacious as it was, directly overlooked the hotel's Boulevard Pool. As I was settling in on my very first day, one of these parties was just kicking off, and I was so anthropologically intrigued by this riotous daytime party that I shot video on my phone and sent it (along with some exclamation points) to my beloved bunch of Saveur editors back in New York. Little did I know that just a few weeks later I'd be attending a party at the very same place.
So I think my general lack of pool party experience serves as some excuse for behaving like a kid in a candy store a candy store that I hadn't even known existed before that week. With young men all over the place, some of them still wearing shirts that were an affront to their youthful, gym-toned abs, my actions made complete sense. A push-up contest with Cash and Amen seemed like the most natural idea in the world. I regret nothing.
James seriously went to the creepy side with his "pool-side" antics, completely losing focus about the dishes the chef's were creating and presenting. Instead, he seemed to be concentrating more on drooling over the "physicality of the male guests" and completely forgot his role of providing unbiased, constructive, culinary critiques about the food presented.
After the Grand Canyon episode, this one seemed like fluff, and the chefs' dishes overall were not as inspiring. What I don't understand was, why on earth was Holly Madison on the show? She didn't make one single comment about the food that showed any knowledge or had any depth to it. I loved watching you frolic at your first-ever Las Vegas pool party, but next time can't you find an ex-playmate who is also a foodie? Thank God Patricia and Lorena continue to prove that truly beautiful women are powerful, passionate and talented!