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MasterChef Recap: Francis B. Was Robbed!

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Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 5, Episode 7 of FOX's MasterChef, titled "Top 15 Compete."

We're almost down to the wire now. This week, we were even really close to losing two contestants at a time.

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Since Courtney won last week, she's in charge again. Remember how sneaky and strategic she can be? It's a team challenge and right after everyone states who they don't want to work with, she gets to team people up. Gasps abound. Courtney clicks her heels up to the balcony to watch the slapfighting.

Instead of having to listen to Leslie and Ahran yell at each other (though I think Leslie finally pronounced her name correctly!), they work beautifully and produce a decent surf'n'turf dish.

Cutter and Dan Wu end up in the bottom because both are ADD. They have to literally throw their dish out. Francis B and Christian also just flop, miserably. In fact, no one really does a good job.

All four of the guys end up having to do a pressure test of cooking spring rolls with a delicious dipping sauce. Again, pretty disappointing. At the end of the day. Francis B.'s are the soggiest and he's out.

Here's what I think, though. Dan Wu and Cutter should be going home very, very soon. They aren't interesting, are always messing up, and a little sweet dipping sauce should not be worth another week in the competition. Meanwhile, Francis B. has been a strong contender from the beginning (apart from that week when Courtney and crew helped him out from the balcony). I think he was robbed.

Is it too early to start betting on the winner? I just don't think I'll be able to stomach the gloating if Courtney keeps going, though it is nice to root for a fellow Philly gal.

What did you think of this week's competition? Let me know in the comments or @karenfratti.

"MasterChef" airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.