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Next Week: Padma comes to visit, family stops by, and we're cooking on a ferry.

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Angry Dale is having a special moment.

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Chefs, you all failed to honor the fish. Dale, you buried it. Tiffany, you killed it with honey. Carla, you went overboard with the mustard and hot sauce.

Dale, pack 'em up.

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Commercials. Red Lobster offends me.

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Paula: "My mouth was wanting one thing, but it got another." That's what she said! Literally!

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Everyone's fucked up fairly badly. So, who goes?

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Carla has disrespected the fish.

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Flavor warfare!

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The bottom: Carla, Tiffany and Dale.

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Watching Mike flirt with Paula Deen is not a pretty thing.

Winner: Blais! He gets a trip to Barbados and $5k.

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JUDGES' TABLE. The top: Antonia, Richard and Mike.

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Pointless interlude. Spike, shockingly, does not make a good spy.

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Commercials. Brian: "My eye is twitching like crazy. I think it's because of Marcel."

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Antonia's dish looks outstanding. I would eat the hell out of that crab.

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Or Dale.

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Paula Deen makes quite a face when she tastes Carla's collards. And not in a good way. Here's hoping that someone messes up worse than she does. Like maybe Tiffany.

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Hey, there's a fancy chef table off in the corner! Waxman, David Burke, Carmen Gonzalez. I want to hang out at that take.

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Hey, Jonathan Waxman!

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One thing to be glad about: the general lack of Spike in the episode, despite his presence.

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The last-minute scurry seems worse than usual. Blais is causing a chemical spill in the corner. Dale is still whining.

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Dale is whining about the number of people in the kitchen. Didn't this season start out, with like, 18 people?

Antonia, channelling Tom, is determined to honor the seafood.

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Commercials. The Adjustment Bureau: do I want to see it or not? Discuss.

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"Jersey Mike is in desperate need of a punch in the anus. Just sayin'." (via @JeffHouck)

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Notebook-gate: It's the new pea puree.

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The Fabio-Blais romance is back full-force. Carla is wearing a macrame basket.

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Marcel made a funny!

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Mike: "Gumbo, that traditionally has potatoes, right?" Sigh.

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Mike takes Tiffany, Richard takes my Fabio, Carla takes Tre, Tiffany CHOOSES Marcel, Antonia takes Spike and Dale takes Angelo.

Like a fool, I had assumed one would only be saddled with Marcel out of necessity, not choice.

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ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Cook gulf coast seafood for a charity fundraiser.

Sous chefs: the eliminated contestants.

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John Besh!

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A preview of tonight's action, from Bravo:


The remaining chef'testants must use a deep fryer to impress the queen of southern cooking: Paula Deen. Deen is then joined by former Top Chef Master John Besh to guest judge the Elimination Challenge where the chefs provide the seafood at a charity event benefiting the fisherman of the gulf region. But when some of the already-eliminated chef'testants make their way back to the kitchen to assist the remaining All-Stars, will they serve as an extra hand or a burden? Find out this Wednesday 2/23 @ 10/9c on Top Chef All-Stars.


Paula Deen Visits the Top Chef Kitchen:

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