‘MasterChef’ season 6, episode 12 review: Christopher’s commentary and family visits

MasterChefWednesday night’s new episode of “MasterChef” can be best described as one of the stranger episodes that we’ve seen in recent memory, mostly because there are few ones we can think of with a less-awkward exit.

One of the biggest reasons this one felt a little odd to us was Christopher and the “eye roll” controversy right before he was eventually sent home. We don’t necessarily get the guy, given that he went on the show to be critiqued, only to then fight back a number of times over the season. We get it that taking criticism can be hard, but there are zero situations on this show where talking about is ever a good idea. That is just something to store away for any future contestants.

With that being said, Christopher didn’t go home because he made Christina Tosi mad. He was just inconsistent throughout several challenges, and while he did have some big moments, they weren’t enough to save him over time. His exit after the gnocchi Pressure Test does mean something big in the context of the overall show, though: The first super-big character of the season is gone, and now we’re at a point where almost any home cook can go home every week.

As for the “family style” team challenge, we liked it more than we thought we would going in, mostly for the simple reason that we did not expect there to be a wrinkly regarding the family having to pick their favorite team, and potentially hurting their loved one’s odds in the competition. It was at least a nice shake-up on what was at first a fairly predictable twist. Episode Grade: B.

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