The Elimination Challenge was pretty tough. I think Howie and Dale did really nice jobs with it. I thought both their dishes were really smart. You know, there was a teeny outrage during our wedding challenge when we used wedding cake mix in Season 1, and the cakes were fine. There were no complaints about the cake. And now, again, other people used pre-made ingredients and it's like, "Oh, smart idea." I thought that was kind of funny. Vindicating a little.
Howie's pork chop dish was great. I thought he was one of the few people who didn't really take it literally and kind of did it and put a twist on it. I thought he did a great job. I was trying to figure Micah out, I was pulling for her. But then that meatloaf looked like a train wreck. I get it -- her head wasn't entirely in the game, she's got a kid, and I think that's where her focus was. If you can get past that first week, you're going to be in a good place. But that first week is hell. It's really about getting adjusted to your environment. After that first week, you're in it and realize that this is the game to be played. Some people play it better than others, is all. I'll catch you guys in two weeks. Happy fourth of July!