It is a terrible thing, the worst thing ever for a talented chef, to go home after a really, really awful night, knowing they did a lousy job. That their customers left unhappy--that they failed, screwed over a dining room full of people who came to them with empty bellies and hearts filled with hope and expectation. One has disappointed not just room full of strangers, but oneself. And having been in that lonely, dark place, I feel for the contestants -- all of them -- who endured this most difficult challenge.
But Casey should know that she showed us all how to go out with grace. That she owned up admirably to having "left in Antonia's hand" a ticking time bomb. That she showed us how to lose -- nobly, audaciously, and with style.