Can't believe I finally caught up with this show via iTunes and that no one posted a thread for last week's show (the first one in Aspen) Not sure if I feel that the challenges were good for this stage of the game. IMHO, the best were in the previous episode in Manhattan. No gimmicks there. I was hoping for more of the same here. Cooking the fish outside on uneven ground on a stump brought back the gimmicks. And yet another top notch judge with impeccable credentials. Some may feel Eric Ripert was wasted here. Maybe. I dunno. But I did like it how he disagreed with I think it was Gail and complimented Casey's sauce. Gail sure did backpedal from here comments. Looks like a good final. I'm pleased Casey is doing so well here at the end. I thought for sure that Tre would be representing Big D proudly at the end, but Casey is going to do it instead. Kudos to her. Apart from the weird onion incident which may simply be attributed to her being caught with her pants down so to speak by not having her knife sharp, she has shown she is very, vary capable. It's gotta be either her's or Hung's to win. I know many don't like Hung. He's pretty damn cocky, especially when people don't like some of his things. In the past, he's thought judges didn't get it or whatever. He has broken and spilled things. But I have seen him help out in the past, even if he may have not always done so. To be fair, it's a competition and most of the time, they are individual competitions. He's in it to win, and has stated such since the start. He's certainly honest about it. The kid's technical skills are without questions. The other contestants recognize and acknowledge this. So do the judges. The Manhattan Project episode made this point abundantly clear. Have people been reading the blogs on Bravo's website? I of course love Bourdain's. He should be a regular guest next season. Get rid of Ted Allan and Gail Simmons. Have Tony there every week. The show will be full of comments like "This looks like something you would find in Bob Marley's closet". Priceless. Colicchio's blog provides some good insight as well. Helps clarify some things that never made it to air.