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Season 5 | Episode 16 | “Top Five Compete” | Aired Sept 8, 2014

Last week Jaimee, Cutter, Christian, Leslie, Courtney and Elizabeth battled it out for a spot in the top five. A difficult restaurant challenge sent Jaimee, Christian and Courtney into a French-themed pressure test. Unfortunately, no one cooked a perfect dish, and Jaimee was sent home.

Tonight on MasterChef, it’s back-to-back episodes of the top five, and the top four. This recap will cover everything that happens in the first episode, and the follow-up article will cover everything that happened in the second episode. After tonight, we will only be left with three competitors. Will it be Leslie, Elizabeth, Cutter, Courtney or Christian? Read on to find out!

Mystery Boxes Unveiled

The first unveiled mystery box is not a food challenge, but the remaining chef’s family members! Elizabeth is reunited with her husband, Courtney is reunited with her little brother, Cutter gets to see his dad, Leslie gets to see his wife, and Christian gets to see his fiancée. What a wonderful treat for these home cooks who have been away from home for so long!

In addition to getting to see their family members, their mystery box this week is to cook their loved one’s favorite dish. Each home cook must cook an elevated version of their family member’s favorite dish in just 60 minutes. Even though this is a dish they are familiar with, the challenge here is making it restaurant quality. Whoever wins this challenge will get a major advantage in the elimination challenge, and with only a few challenges to go, they want to win any advantage they can!

Top 3

Christian: Seafood gumbo—Well flavored, showcased techniques
Courtney: Lobster mac and cheese—Complex flavors, world-class pasta dish
Elizabeth: Meatballs and grits—Beautiful collection of flavors, luxurious

Best Dish: Elizabeth

graham week 16Elimination Test

Because Elizabeth wins the mystery box challenge, she now gets a major advantage in the elimination challenge. Not only does she not have to cook, but Elizabeth also gets to decide which home cook gets to cook what protein tonight. The surprise to this challenge is that the chefs tonight are not cooking traditional proteins; they are cooking offal. Offal is any part of an animal that many people do not typically cook: tongue, brains, hearts and more.

Elizabeth assigns Christian the brains, Leslie the tongue, Cutter the heart and Courtney the testicles. Everyone seems confident that they can elevate their offal except Christian. Right away he struggles with cooking his brains. He forgets ingredients in the pantry and has a hard time staying focused. Elizabeth wanted to throw a curveball to Courtney with the testicles, but she actually comes up with a gourmet idea very quickly.


Leslie: Braised lamb tongue with spinach—Braised beautifully, visually clumsy
Cutter: Seared ox heart with stuffed poblano—Visually Cutter’s best plate, perfectly cooked heart
Courtney: Fried buffalo testicles with mixed vegetables—Visually gorgeous, well executed
Christian: Veal brain pasta with tomato sauce—Perfectly cooked brains, poorly conceptualized dish

Best Dish: Courtney

Sent Home: Christian

Christian is a phenomenal chef. He has continually wowed the judges with his use of bold flavors. His hope is to open a food truck in New Orleans. Best of luck to him!

Next Episode

Tonight we are being treated to not one but two episodes of MasterChef! To find out what challenges the remaining top four must face, and to see who goes home, check out the next post!

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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