Thursday, April 17, 2008
Possums, we saw it the first time, and we are seeing it again: when Tom Colicchio breaks out the gay hat, there's trouble a-brewin'. Remember this little gem from last season?
As we said last year, the greatest problem with this look for Tom is that the hat, as Lisa Fernandes might have put it, squeals, "Great, bitch--have fun on the bottom."
Is the great subtextual narrative arc of Top Chef now about Colicchio's journey of self-acceptance? As with the zoo episode and the poll anointing the head judge as a bear, there's an argument to be made that Bravo conceived this particular episode only so that Tom Colicchio could sport a Bears jersey. Is it just, as Edina Monsoon used to say, "Mummy's little joke, darling," with Bravo having a snigger? (This week's most-ridiculous-ever, Divinyls-referencing poll--in a game of touch football, would you rather touch Padma, Tom, or yourself?--would seem to suggest as much. Mind you, it also suggests utter contempt for the audience.) Or is Bravo trying to nudge Colicchio over the edge? Of course, Tom does himself no favors by proclaiming Chicago as the kind of town where "sausage is like a religion."
Because, as Miss Xaxa is quick to point out, by way of warning, "In that case, you might well find God while on your knees."