Marisa and Elia tell Tom about Otto and the free canned goods and thus Lycheegate was born. Then Marisa curses when Tom calls the rest of the team over to tell them what is going on. What did she expect was going to happen? I rewound and paused this next moment several times, and it's because it was my second time watching the episode while writing this blog that I caught Marisa putting TABLESPOONS of knox gelatin in her recipe. If she miscalculated, even by a teaspoon, it can make all the difference in the world for the texture of your panna cotta. I love the part where she tries to bullshit Ming Tsai once the event starts. Needless to say, the team is less than cohesive. Now onto Team Vietnam. Josie looks like she's gone slightly nuts, and sort of reminds me of Tiffani and that time when my oven got turned down. Gotta stand by Mike on this one: Pho is actually a Vietnamese soup, and their pho looked less than brothy. Betty, however, gets the prize of the series, the Kyocera limited edition ceramic sushi knife. Not too many of us from Season 1 got something for winning an elimination challenge, let alone a Quickfire. I'll tell you what we got...we got to not go home. Once in a while you even got 16 hours to cater a wedding for 100. They'll be giving away Volvos on Season 3.
Team Korea goes to the judges table and just start mauling one another. It's kinda fun to see a bloodbath so early in the season. Frank morphs into a cross between Vince Lombardi and Tony Soprano, with a speech worthy of a professional locker room at halftime when you're down by 20 points. Lycheegate continues on. I don't think that Otto is a cheater, nor a thief. I think that he wasn't thinking AT ALL. I can fathom at least a dozen other reasons why the team failed, other than Otto's Debbie Downer move. I still would have sent Marissa home. But alas, Otto is the one to go. He seems to be very talented and passionate and I am sure this will not be the end of him and he will continue to prosper as a chef. However, if anyone can make out what he mumbles out in his exit speech, please let me know.