Gayle, I think that Stefan is very good at manipulating the other contestants and the judges. He fawns over all the women except Josie, who would probably pop him in the chops if he did, but the other women are too polite or to aware of how making him mad can cause him to undermine you. The statement about John's talking about the tuna being frozen was "ridiculous--it had nothing to do with anything" I believe was a case of you along, with everyone except Tom and the people who were around him in the tent, buying his explanation of him saying it as soon as Tom entered the tent, as if he ran to Tom, without any reason, "tattling" on his choice of the frozen tuna. John DID mention at the market that he thought using frozen fish on Top Chef was giving less than the best for Top Chef standards. That was his opinion, and he didn't hide it. By the same token, he did not run tattling to Tom. After askin Stefan why he chose to compete against John, Stefan said it was because he was the oldest chef (the same thing he said when he chose John. Then Tom went to John and said something jokingly about what Stefan said, and then he asked Tom why he thought he would win (asking, I assume for his opinion), and John said, "because he is using frozen fish", laughing as he said it. When they went back to the room, Stefan loudly told the group that John threw him under the bus, repeating his version of the episode. One of the women who had seen what happened quietly said, "That's not exactly how it happened," but Stefan ignored her and started loudly and aggressively asking each chef if he or she had ever used frozen fish in their restaurants. Stefan is the one who turned this into an incident.