JTMacc99: I feel very confident that if these five people had been given two days off and then were asked to repeat this task, it would have gone A LOT better.
SUCH a great point. I feel like so many of these challenges are far too grueling and set up for failure. For instance, here they had already experienced early interviews, they had a challenge right there at the airport, flew to Miami, then hotel-challenge-shopping-cooking/party/judging. At least on Top Chef, and even HK, we're given moments of cheftestants thinking, writing and planning. Here, they barely seem to know what day it is.
JTMacc99: The fact that Mrs. Stay at Home Mom could crank out a quality dish for a Spanish restaurant menu with as much ease as she did an apple tart as she did a kid-friendly meal really impressed me.
Yeah, I dismissed Melissa quickly in the beginning, and liked Jeffery and Debbie. But Melissa is showing herself as intelligent and capable, while Jeffery is increasingly smarmy on-camera to me, and Debbie (as warm as she is on-camera) has shown herself to be a jerk and a liar so I think she's toast. I think it's Melissa's to win. I was so ready to dismiss her initially as a frazzled home cook, but I'm very impressed with her.
peanutcup: Melissa bugs me even more than Debbie, because I think she is a phony or at least playing everything up about herself to win. (snip) ...Debbie is a jerk though and should go, but at least she is just out there and not putting on some fakey act.
I don't get how because Melissa seems pleasant (or blonde), she must be fake, whereas if Debbie's a bitch, at least she's honest? By this criteria it seems like no one can win.
peanutcup: Oh and yeah the bullshit if tasting all of the chilli's was such crap for a person who suddenly says how she grew up with this hispanic nanny, and also grew up in Arizona!
But in her defense, that's not what happened. She said that she doesn't cook much with peppers because her kids don't like them, but she knew exactly how to work with them, and even tasted each to arrange them according to heat level when cooking. She didn't say she did not 'know' peppers. She seemed very comfortable with the challenge and the food came out great.
peanutcup: ...her overly dramatic expressions and crying like a baby just seem to show a woman who is the little blonde baby who has everyone making her her little world is all nice and happy all the time. Jamika does at least come across mature and not like the little blonde baby girl who has had the world bow down to her.
I tend to forgive any big tears or shows of emotion on shows like this because the contestants are put through nearly impossible schedules while filming and are constantly fried, tired, and stressed. I don't blame her for crying. I'd also point out that Jamika
has cried several times (as well as wearing a permanent poutface over a 24 hour period at one point), Debbie cries constantly, and Michael, Teddy, Katie, and others have also cried more than once. This point of view appears to be more about Melissa happening to be blonde
than about anything else.
goldnpuppy: Sorry but a lot of moms work and go to school and still talk to their kids. So she did not speak english until she was 3 and she supposedly was close to her mom? How did her mom communicate with her?
peanutcup: ...she was so sheltered from any english speaking people, including her mother, that she did not speak english until she was three? There were no other family members or a father who spoke english? Did she live in a bubble with no tv or no communication with he non-hispanic family?
But Melissa did not actually speak a single one of these assumptions. I think it's a huge leap to go from Melissa's brief general comments about learning Spanish as a baby, to saying that she had a mom that did not speak to her at all or who was not close to her. I think this is reading an enormous amount into the story and is not what she presented to us.
I personally had an incredibly complicated childhood divided between a Navy dad and a poor Southern Mom, so I have some sympathy for Melissa here. I can tell a hundred different stories and either sound cosmopolitan or like the kid from Sling Blade
depending on the situation. And they would all be true. People have many sides.
, ITA. I'm not even her biggest fan, but I just think Melissa cannot win by some standards -- either she's a perky fake Barbie doll or she's an emotional wimp. So she had a complex childhood. Many people do. It doesn't make her a liar. It's so easy to watch these people and critique them (and hey, this is TV without pity after all), but at times like this I do feel bad for the contestants and the vitriole they seem to elicit from people.ETA: because grammar is our friend
Edited by Paramitch, Jul 14, 2009 @ 7:37 PM.