[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad. Read at your own risk.]
Breaking Bad certainly isn't treading lightly in its final episodes.
Just one week after the AMC drama wasted no time having DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris) confront his meth-cooking brother-in-law Walt (Bryan Cranston), the show was equally speedy in getting to the fallout. On Sunday's episode...
In this week's episode of MasterChef, the top 6 becomes the top 7 again when Bri re-enters the kitchen after beating out Bime for a white apron. Underneath the mystery box is a 16-ounce T-bone steak. The contestants are challenged with the task of cooking a dish that highlights this cut of meat. T-bone steaks are aptly named for the T-shaped bone in the center, which separates the fillet or tenderloin cut from the strip steak.
Bri and Gordon Ramsay
In this episode of MasterChef, the remaining six contestants won't be cooking. Judging from my Season 3 experiences, I don't take this as a good sign. Sure enough, past Season 4 contestants return to battle their way back into the MasterChef kitchen. During my season, eight previously eliminated cooks returned, each handpicking an ingredient for their collective mystery box. This time, however, the judges have pre-selected which contestants would have a chance at re-earning a spot back in the competition...
There are seven lucky cooks left on MasterChef. Another humongous mystery box sits on the stage. When it rises, we see the families of the remaining cooks. Even I get misty-eyed at the reunions. It's hard to be at MasterChef—you get up at different times every morning, not knowing what's going to happen that day, what you'll be challenged to do, who'll be going home. You film long hours, and the whole time, you're sequestered...
Jordan, Jessie and Gordon Ramsay
This is the toughest MasterChef team challenge yet. The remaining eight contestants have to spend the night in the woods and, the next day, cook a restaurant quality meal using rustic, camping-grade equipment: one knife, a flint for starting fire, an iron skillet, and a single wooden spoon. Say what?
An all-new MasterChef returns this week with a gigantic mystery box. The box raises, and out steps Eva Longoria. She picks the ingredients for the challenge, and there's pork tenderloin, shrimp, avocado, mango, corn, jalapeño, tomatillo, garlic, onion, Mexican chocolate—a clear homage to her Mexican roots...
In the same week that the Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage legal in California and to make federal benefits available to same-sex spouses and when both New York and San Francisco are celebrating Pride weekend, it seems appropriate to check in on the not-exactly-subtle symbolic journey of True Blood. From the very first episode, when vampires were encouraged to "come out of the coffin," the show hasn't made it a secret that it aims to tell a story about civil rights, specifically gay rights.
Gordon Ramsay, Christine Ha
This week marks my return to the MasterChef kitchen...but this time, I'm on the other side as a guest judge. I could feel the nervous energy on set, and it's such a relief to be standing next to Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich instead of behind a station.
Gordon Ramsay and Jane Lynch
The remaining 15 MasterChef contestants get what I call a true mystery box. It's full of strange international ingredients, including salt-cured tuna from Spain; Okinawan sweet potato; elk flank from northern Europe; Russian cod liver; rambutan from southeast Asia; and Chinese black moss.
Welcome back, fangbangers! Season 6 of True Blood has certainly taken a dark turn, huh? (And that's saying something about a show in which most of the protagonists never see daylight.) Luna is dead. Eric and Pam are in a fight. The smarmy governor of Louisiana has declared war on vampires. Tara's been shot. Jason ran his truck off the road. And Bill, well... we still don't know exactly what happened to him...