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'Top Chef: Texas' episode 9 recap

In which we award points for miracle berries, chicken songs and flaming bourbon

January 04, 2012|By Lisa Arnett | RedEye

-Beverly stays up late studying "Modernist Cuisine" so that she can "try her best." This is an A student at work here. +1 point.
-In what might be the most fumbled quickfire to date, Beverly shoots curry whipped cream out of an aerator onto Padma's dress instead of the plate, and then proceeds to knock over a bunch of trays. This scene is followed by a quote from Ed calling Beverly an oddball. Oy. -1 point.
-Beverly confesses that she wasn't allowed to have sleepovers or go to parties when she was growing up, so that's why she's socially awkward. Between this and her abusive relationship confessional from the last episode, this is starting to feel a little "Oprah." -1 point.
-She's named one of three least favorites in the quickfire by Nathan, who said she didn't do enough to "stand out." What, spraying curry cream on Padma isn't memorable enough? -1 point.
-Lindsay confides that she doesn't want to work with Beverly because of her performance in the past two challenges. Either that represents the popular opinion of all the chefs or Heather really poisoned the well with all of her smack talk. Either way, it's not good. -1 point.
-The show is starting to look like Beverly's blooper reel when we watch her set a pan of bourbon on fire. "She's really book smart, but when it comes to common sense, it just seems like she's missing a few chapters," says Chris Crary. -1 point.
-On the bright side, she sure can run fast while carrying a big tray of barbecue sauce bottles. +1 point.
-Though Beverly wasn't sent home, the judges weren't impressed by her contributions, which included brining chickens as well as making boring coleslaw and undercooked baked beans. "You can't just sit back there and not have a point of view," said Tom. "Or else what's the point of being here?" -1 point.
TOTAL: -4 points

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