It seems like each season we have one episode that is a total train wreck from the chef's point of view -- last season it was the wedding, I honestly never thought this season it would be Thanksgiving dinner. Cutting the odds down for the chefs by half certainly put the heat on -- unfortunately it seemed to push Elia over the edge, while not having any noticeable effect at all on Carlos. I guess this whole thing really goes to show that no one ever knows how things will play out -- least of all us! The myth of the all-knowing manipulative reality producer really is just a myth. You cast people you believe in and create challenges you think are interesting and legitimate, anyone who tells you we know how this whole thing will play out either doesn't work in this business or is lying. I remember early in the production, once we had confirmed who our final cast would be, we played our usual guessing game of what we thought might happen.