MasterChef in tweets: The Long Night

Wednesday night's episode was looong, but there was no shortage of surprises — or upset.

click to enlarge MasterChef competitor Jeff Philbin, who's representing Tampa, during the Episode 12 Skills Test. - FOX. © 2017 FOX Broadcasting.
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MasterChef competitor Jeff Philbin, who's representing Tampa, during the Episode 12 Skills Test.

OK, OK. MasterChef's Long Night wasn't anywhere near as terrible as the one that's referenced on Game of Thrones, but still. Wednesday evening's show was looong.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard two one-hour episodes of the cooking reality series would air back-to-back. The producers, however, made it worth our while. As usual, there was no shortage of surprises or upset in the kitchen, none of which, I might add, centered around Tampa marketing director Jeff Philbin. So, there. Haters.

We did learn, though, that Chicago addiction counselor Eboni gets squeamish around crawfish (kinda odd, considering she's cooked animal testicles on the show), which was pretty entertaining.

Sorry, Ebs.

"These things got little claws like lobsters," she said at one point, super creeped out.

Episode 12 picked up where we left off last week, with the judges revealing that Texas rancher Newton didn't make it back from Vegas (no send-off for the cowboy or anything). That meant his competitor, Detroit minister Yachecia, was still in the game.

But back to Philbin: The Carrollwood resident did pretty well for the most part. He ended up nailing the recreation of host-judge Gordon Ramsay's crawfish dumplings in the first 'sode, and worked great alongside New York dancer Dino during Episode 13's Team Challenge, which tasked the home cooks with preparing a chicken-and-potatoes dish.

What everyone thought about Team Jefino:

How things for Team Jefino actually turned out:

"I'm extremely proud right now," Philbin said after time was called. "I mean, Dino and I set aside our egos, our tension, maybe our animosity against each other, and focused on winning."

For the sake of brevity (since our guy is safe and all), I'll get to the point: Jenny and Adam were sent home, during separate elimination battles, when this week's long-ass run was said and done. And let's be honest... it's automatically a good show whenever Ramsay — whose no-filter feedback was particularly on fire throughout both episodes — utters the words "piss off."

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