Harold Dieterle

Harold Dieterle on Malarkey, Howie's exit, and guest judge Dana Cowin.

on Sep 5, 2007

Howie knew he was going down and he wanted to go out on his own terms. I think it was pretty obvious the way the whole day played out -- that it really wasn't working out for him. I think that kid fights tooth and nail. He doesn't come across as a quitter at all. I just think from a strategic standpoint, if he could save face on his own he would. He thought, "I'm pretty sure I'm going home and if I can send myself home on my own accord then I'll take that route." But the judges were making it clear, and Tom made it a no-go on that one. Howie deserved to go home. It was kind of rough to watch how he was rolling. His stuff just didn't look that tight.

And finally, for the special guest judge, Dana Cowin. I'm a big fan of hers. She's been into Perilla. I really respect what she thinks about food. She eats at the best restaurants in the world, so when she comes in, I want to pick her brain apart because I really value her opinion. I guess we'll see what goes on next week.