Keep Emeril, remove Hugh, please.
I'm really pleased to see that there are more than just the one token Asian minority represented this season. Also, Ed is so witty and makes the otherwise somewhat bland episodes entertaining when he speaks.
I totally agree, anonymiss
. I didn't miss Hugh's attempts to inject a humorous (well, at least humorous to him) sound byte to be replayed in every "On the last episode..." I'm not much of a Tony Bourdain fan, but I feel like he has earned the right to grasp for ridiculous sound bytes when judging. Hugh, not so much. I'm still trying to figure out why and how he is there as a rotating judge. Emeril was professional and his critiques helpful, far more "Essence of Emeril" than "Emeril Live". Obviously, this is a YMMV thing. Hugh's blog has positive comments galore, so good for him.
And I too love Ed's talking head segments if I try not to focus on his unfortunate jaw problem. He's kind of like the Greek chorus for the show. They start off with a compliment, then zing! Last week: "Heather and Beverly seem to be having some friction. <big pause> But to be honest, Heather is just being a complete bitch." This week: "I love Ty-lor and he's a great chef...but man, you suck right now." This was after Ty gave him the sriacha.
I think that was the most gratifying elimination in nine seasons, and Tom's pressure cooker comment restored him to my good graces. Thank you, Tom (even though I despise the fact that Heather won a car)!
I did feel badly for one person: Heather's mom. When Heather was doing her bitch and moan talking head about leaving, she said she hated that she was being eliminated for her mom's dish. My thought was that Heather's mom, if she has any ounce of integrity, would be more embarrassed by Heather's behavior on the show than the fact that she was eliminated for a poor version of Mom's mystery meat beef stroganoff.
As other posters have stated far more eloquently than I, the damage done to Heather's "goodwill" in her business far surpasses the value of the car she won. I can't imagine that it would have helped business any, but who knows?
Edited by TWoP Nikita, Dec 22, 2011 @ 9:42 PM.