Going into the first hour of Wednesday night’s two-part “MasterChef,” we heard proclamations that we were going to have one of the most shocking eliminations that we had ever seen. About fifteen minutes from the end of the hour, we had a pit in our stomach as to what is going to happen.
You see, whenever we see time ticking away at the end of a challenge, we tend to think that it is just creative editing making us think that some home cooks are down to the wire. Tonight, it turned out to really be the case as Andrea was struggling to get her sausage-in-a-bun to the front in time for the Pressure Test. As a matter of fact, she didn’t make it and was eventually eliminated because “rules are rules.”
There are several reasons why this is terrible, starting with the fact that the winning team of the farm-based Team Challenge put her down in the Pressure Test because she was a threat. Meanwhile, Nathan was given safety because no one was worried about him. There was another sad ironic twist in all of this given that there is no love lost between him and Andrea at all.
Also, it seemed like Andrea actually made one of the better sausages of the group. You could argue that someone else could have stepped up and gone home in her place (Diamond had arguably the worst sausage), but why would you do that? This is a competition. You’re in this to make a better life for yourself.
The biggest takeaway that Andrea should take from this is that she is probably going to get more love and goodwill than almost any other person this season other maybe the winner, and it was all due to one unfortunate mishap that she obviously tried to avoid. It’s hard to review an episode like this, given that it was a compelling ending, but at the same time incredibly sad. Yet, we cannot blame production because once you start not enforcing rules, everything starts to become fair game. Episode Grade: B, a little bit of good and bad.
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