Again with the leg-pulling.
Season 2 of "MasterChef" opened Monday night with the first of a two-parter to winnow down the cast of 100 finalists on the way to choosing the best amateur home cook in America and rewarding him or her with a $250,000 payday.
But of course, the trio of judges can't just dole out the white aprons that signify entree into the next round. Nooooo, they have drag it out as long as possible, and punk their willing victims before -- "JUST JOKING! Here's your white apron." What do you think about this tactic, which was used to great effect in Season 1 and is back with a vengence? It's unusually cruel, gutwrenching, compelling ... and plenty entertaining, no?
Tracy appeared to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown after her white truffle oil debacle (who knew that stuff was considered such a joke in the food world?) and chef Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot were divided on whether she should pass to the next round. She was visibly shaking when her fate came to restaurateur Joe "Death Stare" Bastianich who said, "Unfortunately, you're going to have to ... KEEP COOKING!" and turned over a white apron.