On the bright side, they didn't allow the guy who sweats on his food back on MasterChef last week.
On the other hand, Chef Gordon Ramsay is persevering with his perverse fantasy of having a vegetarian whip up the best pork belly dish in the nation.
Under normal circumstances, there'd be but five contestants left for judges Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot to humiliate en route to the title of America's top home cook.
Instead, there are seven.
Last week, the judges threw a curveball, each bringing back a favourite who'd been tossed in recent episodes. The entire episode was an elimination challenge to re-admit one to the group.
They were: Lynn, an apparent genius at presentation, but an anxiety sufferer who, on more than one occasion, was caught dripping sweat in his food as he hurried to finish and the Southern-honed Bime, who'd had mad skills as a fryer but didn't necessarily get along with others.
And Ramsay's choice was Bri, the cute little vegetarian who was determined to cook anything, whether she could bring herself to eat it or not.
Long story short, Bri is back - much to the consternation of MasterChef's designated villain, Krissi, who gloated like the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid when Bri was kicked out the first time.
Far be it from me to agree with someone so malicious, but I have to wonder, esthetically, about a chef who cooks food she has no affinity for and is unwilling to taste. And why isn't it an ethical dilemma to cook up rabbits and pigeons (as was on the menu during MasterChef's Live Off The Land episode), let alone pigs, cows and chickens?
Of course there's a precedent for counterintuitive contestants on the show. Inspiringly, blind chef Christine Ha was the previous season's winner. But her skills only proved that sight is far from the most valuable sense when it comes to cooking a gourmet meal.
And of course, hate - of the sort between Krissi and Bri - makes good reality TV.
But there's something esthetically wrong about Bri's participation (and the teasers for Wednesday's episode show her "savior," Ramsay, already screaming and berating her in a kitchen situation). I'm sure she could run an amazing vegetarian restaurant. But I wouldn't line up for her steak.
Otherwise, I'd like to see Krissi follow her out the door, along with Luca (an Italian who can't seem to cook anything right except risotto). Of the rest, my heart is with James, who has imagination and flair (but get a hairnet, dude, or join ZZ Top).
The odds, however, are with Natasha, who has had every obstacle thrown at her and still won. Everybody knows it, so the only drama left in the series would be a surprise elimination.
MasterChef airs Wednesday on Fox and CTV.