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'Rewrapped' recap: 'Uh-oh, no SpaghettiOs'

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “SpaghettiOMG” | Aired Apr 28, 2014

In case you were wondering, there are 750 “Os” in every can of SpaghettiOs, and there have been since the less-messy spaghetti alternative was first introduced in 1965. On the third-ever episode of Food Network’s new Rewrapped series, we learn all about the Campbell’s canned meal, as three contestants attempt to recreate and innovate on SpaghettiOs with Meatballs.

Tomas Monosi, Mikala Brennan and Eliot Coven compete in the April 28 “SpaghettiOMG” episode, with Campbell’s U.S. president, Ed Carolan, joining the usual judges, Marc Summers and Jenny McCoy. The chefs start out trying to recreate SpaghettiOs, and within minutes, they’ve all screwed something up.

Tomas opts to slice up fresh pasta rather than taking the easy way out with ready-made rings, but it’s clear the shape isn’t going to be right. Meanwhile, Mikala keeps putting off her SpaghettiOs to the last minute and ends up tossing in the pasta with no time to cook. Eliot’s “Os” are also too al dente, but his fatal error is with the meatballs. Turns out using chicken and turkey instead of beef and pork is a huge no-no in SpaghettiO land.

Judge Marc Summers does give Tomas a nod for presenting his dish in a can, but his sauce is too sweet and the pasta is all wrong, so he only earns 17 out of 30 points after all three judges present their scores. Not only does Eliot screw up the meatballs, but his sauce isn’t the right color, so he scores 18 points. Mikala’s pasta is al dente, but the rest of her dish is great, so she comes out on top with 21. And with that, it’s off to round two!

SpaghettiOs“Make sure you use your noodles,” puns oh-so-funny host Joey Fatone as the contestants rush into the innovate round of Rewrapped. (It turns out to be some pretty good advice — if only Tomas had taken it to heart.)

In the second round, all three contestants are tasked with creating a unique dish that uses the episode’s featured food. For SpaghettiOs, the three dishes are all over the map. Tomas opts for paella and Bloody Marys, Mikala starts on Thai-style lettuce wraps, and Eliot creates meatball-stuffed pierogies.

Everyone but Mikala has some sort of hardship, with Eliot spilling his rinsed SpaghettiOs all over the floor and Tomas destroying his pasta rings in the fryer. Ultimately Tomas decides to ditch the SpaghettiOs altogether, which basically means he’s out of the running. You can’t just ditch the most important ingredient and expect to get good scores; that’s lesson one in the Food Network competition series handbook!

Tomas’ “uh-oh, no SpaghettiOs” mistake, titled by pun-master Fatone, lands him a 21 out of 30, putting him behind Eliot, who scores a 22 for hard pasta and chunky filling. As the judges rave about Mikala’s dish, it’s clear who’s going to win this round. The only thing against her is that it was too hard to tell her dish had been created from SpaghettiOs. (That isn’t exactly an insult.)

With 25 out of 30 points, Mikala is crowned the winner, and she takes home a year’s supply of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs! Hopefully she has kids. Or really likes canned pasta.

Next week on Rewrapped, contestants take on the Hostess CupCake. What do you think of Food Network’s new competition series so far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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