First off, the guest judge Maria Frumkin didn't seem like anything. I think her name kinda matches how she's feeling -- she was a little bit of a frump. She liked maybe two things, one of which was Sara's cheese tart. I thought Sara's tart was really appropriate. I mean she's been really waiting to incorporate some of her cheese-making style into her dishes, and i thought that was really cool. Joey won the Quickfire, and he just really cracks me up. Him and Howie--they're at each other's necks one week, and then the bruisers reunite. There was huge love and a lot of man-hugging going on. It's just one of those things where they're mostly all bark and no bite. They may be loud, aggressive, and a little obnoxious, but when it's all said and done, they both ran away.
As far as the use of frozen pie crust goes, with the time allotted you certainly couldn't have made it fresh. One thing I would like to comment on is that I really think that Brian constantly extends himself--he gets a lot done in a little amount of time, which I think is really impressive. I thought there was some really cool stuff there, and I always like to see how much people can get done and how they're going to attack the challenge. Joey basically just made a couple of tarts. You just needed to make a filling, which some people couldn't pull off. But Joey was smart in keeping his mouth shut and saying he didn't really know much about pastries, but he made some nice little stuff there. I thought that was cool, and I was happy to see him get immunity. I was cracking up watching Hung's chocolate mousse, and I was just thinking, "Alright buddy, where's your monkey now to pull you out of this one?"