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Somehow, we remember last year's "have your recipe turned into a Swanson frozen meal" episode being much more... mirthful. Back then, we were cheering for the jovial, bacon-loving leprechaun Kevin Gillespie
, and entertained by the dueling (if far less lovable) Brothers Voltaggio
This year, with the exception of the irrepressible Tiffany
-- who, incidentally, didn't get much face time this episode, unless you count the prank where Ed
woke up wearing her dress -- there wasn't much mirth and merriment. In fact, it was pretty much 60 minutes of bitching. By the time it was all over, we even forgot someone won the right to be enshrined in deep-freeze cardboard for an eternity.
What happened? Even the elimination challenge of running a baseball concession stand didn't do much to enliven things. Instead, we watched Angelo
repeat his Tony Robbins
self-empowerment mantras to himself -- really! -- as he tried to weasel his way out of taking orders at the stand, a role he volunteered to play.