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'MasterChef' semifinals: Boys vs. girls

Season 5 | Episode 17 | “Top Four Compete” | Aired Sept 8, 2014

Tonight we were treated to two episodes of MasterChef. The first hour we saw these home cooks cook offal, and everyone said goodbye to Christian. You can check out the top five recap here.

Now we get to see the top four compete. It’s officially the semifinals! Who’s going home tonight? I know each of you has your favorites, but did any of them make it through? Read on to see which team wins the first challenge and which two chefs must cook head-to-head in the pressure test!

Team Challenge: Boys vs. Girls

Blue Team: Leslie + Cutter versus Red Team: Elizabeth + Courtney

Since Courtney had the best dish earlier in the evening, she gets to pick her teammate first. Surprisingly, Courtney picks Elizabeth for her team, which means Leslie and Cutter must work together. Cutter and Leslie have had difficulties working together in the past, so I hope they can put their differences aside to succeed in this team challenge. Each team has one hour to make a restaurant-quality appetizer and entrée based on ingredients from one of their home states: Texas, California, Pennsylvania and New York.

Leslie and Cutter choose the Texas box. It’s full of meats, fish and starchy vegetables. Courtney and Elizabeth choose the Pennsylvania box, which is full of herbs, vegetables and earthy meats. Both teams get their game plans together pretty quickly and get cooking.

Normally Cutter and Leslie butt heads in the kitchen, but tonight it’s Courtney and Elizabeth. They’re having trouble communicating, and they aren’t working together. I’m not sure their dish is going to come together unless they can resolve their differences. Over on the guys’ side, Cutter injures himself. In the first major injury of the season, Cutter slices part of his finger. He’s able to continue cooking, but that has got to hurt!

Courtney + Elizabeth
Appetizer: Pan-seared rainbow trout with poached pear—Well-cooked trout, underwhelming taste, wrong combination
Entrée: Venison medallions with herb mashed potatoes—Great venison, missing vegetables, lumpy mash

Leslie + Cutter
Appetizer: Ribs with molasses glaze + corn—Delicious ribs, ingredients not shown off properly
Entree: Ribeye steak with potato, turnip, carrot purée—Well-flavored steak, underseasoned mash, undercooked steak

Winning Team: Courtney + Elizabeth


cutter week 17Pressure Test: Leslie vs. Cutter

Cutter and Leslie have never gotten along on this season of MasterChef. For some reason, they always seem to butt heads, especially when they were on each other’s teams. Tonight, in this semifinal episode, these two must go head-to-head. Whoever can wow the judges will go into the finale with Elizabeth and Courtney. Whoever loses will say goodbye to the MasterChef kitchen forever. The stakes could not be higher.

Ironically, this is also the toughest pressure test to date. Cutter and Leslie have to cook three dishes from the California-themed box. A sea-urchin risotto, a yellowfin tuna Niçoise, and a Jidori chicken teriyaki. What a challenge! Gordon, Joe and Graham are not making it easy for these home cooks!

– Risotto: Strong wine flavor, cooked perfectly—BEST
– Chicken: Overcooked, missing sauce
– Salad: Beautifully cooked tuna, missing eggs—BEST

– Risotto: Good flavor, undercooked
– Chicken: Overcooked, great sauce—BEST
– Salad: Poorly cut tuna, good salad

Winning dishes: Leslie
Sent home: Cutter

Cutter has made it through many difficult challenges and has been the most surprising competitor this season. Best of luck to Cutter!

Next Week

It’s the finale! Only one episode left. It has come down to Courtney vs. Leslie vs. Elizabeth. I truly believe this will be the most intense episode of MasterChef yet!

Who are you rooting for? California Leslie, the pressure-test master? New York Elizabeth, who continues to wow the judges? Or Pennsylvania Courtney, who has always been one step ahead of her competition?

Tune in next week for the gripping MasterChef season 5 finale!  

MasterChef airs Mondays at 8/9C on Fox.

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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