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And Matt gives Andy … A fireball, what were you expecting? Knowing how Andy scored without considering the irresistible nature of Nando's fiery peri-peri chicken would just feel lame, after all. Which means handsomeness has triumphed and Ben's dream of Andy winning MasterChef stays alive. And so Audra must leave, her dream of working in the food industry crushed, to return to her job as a professional caterer.
She then gives a speech about camaraderie and blah blah blah, and finishes by leaping upon Matt Preston and trying to strangle him. After security has ejected Audra from the kitchen floor, it's down to business. Andy on 23 points versus Julia on Over the next hour or so, George says a sentence, in which he tells Julia and Andy they must cook something which could be Australia's national dish.
Well might she be panicked — she's up against Andy, who as she says is "so good with his protein", and has some skills at cooking too. Andy is making a fisherman's basket, and Julia is making lamb, both of them having decided to pay tribute to the incredibly boring nature of Australian cuisine.
If they're really feeling daring, there might be some chips, or tomato sauce.
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Andy now describes how he's going to make an oyster emulsion, but since he's just making up words now, it's safe to ignore this bit. Julia, meanwhile, hacks into her lamb while being urged to go faster by someone on the balcony, or possibly the tiny pilot sitting in her head. She describes her plans for the main, and if I understand her correctly she intends to start a bushfire. Elsewhere on the balcony, Andy's spirit animal, Ben, is giving him sage advice, and everyone else is sniggering behind their hands.
Some old guy is also calling encouragement to Julia — no idea who he is. His encouragement won't help keep her sane, though, as she attempts to turn her lamb into a cigar and smoke it. What will help her is George and Gary, who have sauntered over to Andy's bench to undermine his confidence.
It works, his pot boiling over and flames leaping toward the ceiling. Julia sees her chance, hurling a can of petrol at Andy's stove and escaping in the ensuing confusion.
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Gary points out that Julia hasn't caramelised her lamb. Julia points out that she knows what she's doing, dammit. George, though, is determined to make Julia think she's stuffed up. Again, it seems to work — Andy is plating up, but Julia once more falls prey to her obsession with letting meat rest. We all knew that sooner or later, her concern for the level of fatigue in food would catch up with her. Luckily for her, Andy has completely lost the ability to know what food looks like, and is frantically tossing foodstuffs at a plate, staring quizzically at it as if it's a magic eye puzzle.
Will these horrible dishes be enough? The amateurs hope so, but the loud piano music suggests heartache looms. Andy can't put his finger on it, but there's something not quite right with his dish — will he notice the pigeon faeces before it's too late? Also, are fisherman's baskets and lamb really that Australian? Would they not have been better off cooking something truly patriotic, like a kangaroo or a brown snake or Dawn Fraser? As we wait for the verdict we are reminded of what's at stake — the chance to get unreasonably excited about dishwashing tablets on TV.
And now, the second moment of truth out of a total of three moments of truth: First up is Julia's "crusted rack of lamb", with "vegetables".
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The dish was inspired by Julia's memories of growing up on a property and weeding bushes and having trees and I suppose at some point or other she ate lamb and stuff.
So that's a pretty great story.
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Gary is worried the lamb is undercooked. George is worried the fat hasn't been rendered. Matt is worried the others won't shut up and let him eat. Ironically, it turns out Julia hasn't let the lamb rest for long enough, which we can all have a good laugh about. It is also not an inventive dish, in that it's not a tiny medallion of raw pheasant next to a snail trail, like the judges prefer.
In comes Andy with his indefinably flawed fisherman's basket. He is behind on points, but he knows he can still win because he won a basketball game once. His dish is also inspired by his childhood, when he would go fishing, so he has at least defeated Julia in the Most Boring Inspiration contest. Gary, though, thinks the dish might have steroids in it. The eating begins, and Matt is mightily impressed with the oyster emulsion, playing along with this farcical charade, while George grunts enthusiastically.
The overall consensus is that Andy's dish is delicious and we should go to an ad break while pretending everyone doesn't already know Andy has crushed Julia like a cockroach in this round. And we're back, to hear Gary tell them that the grand finale is exhausting, so wasting more time on talking will really pep them up a lot. He explains the criteria on which they judged the dishes, because clearly the show was moving at far too cracking a pace. Matt explains how they loved lots of things about Julia's dish, except obviously for how she cooked it.
Andy, though, cooked his seafood perfectly, even though the dish looked like it had just fallen out of a barracuda's belly slit. Gary gives Julia a seven, and she reacts with an expression of relief that indicates she had no idea that "seven" means you pretty much suck. Sevens all round in fact, and Julia admits she is happy with that because she deserved much less, thus insulting the judges' expertise to top it all off. Andy has kicked Julia's steely buttocks all around this kitchen with his perfect fish and oyster gunk.
He steps forward to give Gary a hug, the air thick with emotion and great howling sobs from Ben on the balcony. Time for round three, which Andy cannily guesses will be a dessert, rather than a cup of coffee or after-dinner mint as it might have been. Dessert, of course, is Julia's forte, her parents having both been blast freezers, and Andy's five point lead and stylish hair may not be enough even now.
In steps the guest chef to present the final challenge — Christine Mansfield, legendary dessert chef and stop-motion puppet. Christine lifts the cloche of death … And reveals … A candle with a blob of chocolate ice-cream on it. We're informed that this thing is actually a Gaytime, which is patently untrue, as it has neither a stick or a wrapper. Christine then explains how to make her Gaytime candle, a very complicated process compared to the traditional method of "go down to the shop with a couple of bucks".
Julia begins by making her honeycomb: While she is engaged in the ancient apiarist's art, Andy is busily describing the incredibly dull process of making something or other with eggs and milk and stuff.
After that thing, he must make another thing, which has a pressure point apparently. Just one though, so it shouldn't be too hard. He puts his mousse in the fridge and returns to the bench to discover he's made the mousse completely wrong and has to start again. Above, Ben falls to his knees and screams, "WHY? Julia is happy to be making a dessert and watching Andy have a nervous breakdown.
Gary tells Andy he enjoys watching him sweat, while Christine offers each contestant a poisoned apple. Julia isn't entirely happy with her mousse! There are lumps in it — her batteries have fallen out and into the bowl! Andy has his own problems though, as the recipe informs he must mix something into a "homogenous paste", and he must confront his greatest fear: He is not helped by Ben calling out "come on fancypants" and making things incredibly awkward.
There then follows a succession of shots of cylinders being rolled, which is not as exciting as it sounds. Yes, her exoskeleton is beginning to lose its structural integrity under the studio lights. Andy's rolling adventures though are going remarkably well. Could the dessert queen be about to succumb to the Admiral of Handsome? Probably not, because Andy's caramel has split, man. He has only three minutes to fix this problem, which is nowhere near enough time, so he decides to whip up a bolognese sauce and hope for the best.
Meanwhile, Julia's thermostat has broken and everyone is yelling at her, thinking they're being encouraging but actually driving her into a bloodthirsty rage. Anyway now time is up, and Julia and Andy breathe a sigh of relief, knowing they will never have to cook anything again as long as they live.
For the next six hours we listen to Status Quo. When we return to the kitchen, now bedecked in cobwebs and the skeletons of the weaker crew members, Julia presents her dessert to the judges, admitting with refreshing modesty that her greatest weakness is her relentless perfectionism. The judges quite like Julia's Gaytimes, even the deformed ones that are shaped like fish, and it taste OK as well, though not as good as Christine's original.
His Gaytimes all look fantastic, and Christine notes that he's "nailed the biscuits", a euphemism we can all agree with. But in the end, the result will come down to the cold, hard, ridiculously elongated facts of the scoring.
It's remarkable that it's come down to this moment — when we sat down, all those months ago, to start watching this episode, it seemed so far away, and yet here we are, the final two standing before the judges, just a few thousand pointlessly slow sentences away from finding out which one of them is a pathetic loser.
Matt then reminds them of what the prize is, for the benefit of amnesiac Andy. And because two-and-a-half hours just isn't long enough to watch a cooking competition for, George insists on quizzing Andy and Julia on their feelings, and discovers that yes, they have some. Matt takes the lead, asking Andy's parents if they are proud of their son, which actually they are, and then telling Julia's husband that he is in fact Julia's husband, to which he reacts with gentle good humour.
Matt Moran then has his say, which is as meaningless and tacked-on as everything else he's done this series, and hope burgeons in every heart that perhaps we are about to find out who has actually won the thing. Then Debra named a Victoria Sponge Cake was it too much information?
She was into the elimination cook off. Off course she sobbed. Amina was smart enough to go for the obvious and went for the Orange Poppyseed Cake and also managed to get a quip in about how she had never cooked it but eaten kilos of it. Seriously not going to be happy if she does not make top ten. Kylie picked marble cake, and Debra went with the Flourless Orange Cake and then Ben decided to go with the cake Emma had selected. He was stumped and went with Devil Chocolate Cake, and he was told he was also in the elimination.
Now we were never actually told the cake was a Sacher Torte but it looked like it. Nor because of the drama were we told what the other cakes were which was a bit of bummer, but I did think I spotted a tea cake and a Hummingbird Cake in the mix. Ben was not happy about having to cook off against one of his best mates, and looked like he was going to fall on his sword saying he was in the competition to learn and he could do that outside, whereas Emma was there to win. If Ben cannot see after months of filming that Emma does not have a chance of winning he is not that bright.
Then Beau steps up and offers to stand in for Emma. If not put it in with a financial penalty. Also Ben was told off-camera that if he pulled out another of the contestants would have to step in. Quite frankly if they had eliminated both and if that meant I had to sit through 20 minutes of test pattern I would have been fine with that. However obviously someone had given Ben a slap off -camera and in the cake cook-off he produced a very nice Raspberry Mojito Cake.