History Series / GoodEats

30th Apr '17 3:58:01 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: How Alton got his science information changed as the show progressed. It went from food scientist Shirley Corriher to nutritional anthropologist Deb Duchon to the Lady of the Refrigerator.
** Likewise, longtime show friend W was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome unceremoniously replaced]] in the later season by the Dungeon Master.
30th Apr '17 3:28:26 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of the poaching show [[AffectionateParody Mission: Poachable]], the Mad French Chef survives his [[DisneyVillainDeath fall into a boiling lake of bouillon]] with the words "The End?" on screen. Became an AbortedArc when Alton quit the production company the actor that played the chef worked at and he didn't appear on the show anymore.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of the poaching show [[AffectionateParody Mission: Poachable]], "Mission: Poachable"]], the Mad French Chef survives his [[DisneyVillainDeath fall into a boiling lake of bouillon]] with the words "The End?" on screen. Became an AbortedArc when Alton quit the production company the actor that played the chef worked at and he didn't appear on the show anymore.
30th Apr '17 3:27:33 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of the poaching show [[AffectionateParody Mission: Poachable]], the Mad French Chef survives his [[DisneyVillianDeath fall into a boiling lake of bouillon]] with the words "The End?" on screen. Became an AbortedArc when Alton quit the production company the actor that played the chef worked at and he didn't appear on the show anymore.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of the poaching show [[AffectionateParody Mission: Poachable]], the Mad French Chef survives his [[DisneyVillianDeath [[DisneyVillainDeath fall into a boiling lake of bouillon]] with the words "The End?" on screen. Became an AbortedArc when Alton quit the production company the actor that played the chef worked at and he didn't appear on the show anymore.
30th Apr '17 3:26:07 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of the poaching show [[AffectionateParody Mission: Poachable]], the Mad French Chef survives his [[DisneyVillianDeath fall into a boiling lake of bouillon]] with the words "The End?" on screen. Became an AbortedArc when Alton quit the production company the actor that played the chef worked at and he didn't appear on the show anymore.
17th Jan '17 2:43:20 PM MsChibi
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* {{Satan}}: Appears in a few episodes, most memorably in the episode about Devil's Food Cake. He ''usually'' [[ButtMonkey gets his ass kicked, often by Alton]] (who is a Christian in RealLife).
17th Jan '17 2:42:42 PM MsChibi
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* {{Satan}}: Appears in a few episodes, most memorably in the episode about Devil's Food Cake. He ''usually'' [[ButtMonkey gets his ass kicked, often by Alton]] (who is a Christian in RealLife).
2nd Nov '16 8:50:18 PM jayharrison
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* BrandX: With few exceptions, episodes made after AB's own company took over production in 2001 have brand names obscured or replaced with a nonsense or joke name, even though the label designs can give away the stores where the products were purchased. Older episodes (Seasons 1-4) don't bother. Subverted in that whatever grocery store AB's shopping in (Kroger in the early episodes, Whole Foods and the Farmer's Market in the later ones; also Bed Bath & Beyond when he's buying kitchen gear) will always be named on-screen; for the last couple seasons, they built a grocery-store set to avoid this.

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* BrandX: With few exceptions, episodes made after AB's own company took over production in 2001 have brand names obscured or replaced with a nonsense or joke name, even though the label designs can give away the stores where the products were purchased. Older episodes (Seasons 1-4) don't bother. Subverted in that whatever grocery store AB's shopping in (Kroger in the early episodes, Whole Foods and the Farmer's Market in the later ones; also Bed Bath & Beyond when he's buying kitchen gear) will always be named on-screen; for the last couple seasons, they built a grocery-store set and laboratory sets to avoid this.



** This trope is also occasionally averted. Most often, whenever a major company is mentioned by name (Quaker Oats, Campbell's Soup, et.al.), it's used as a point of historical reference for a recipe.



** Alton's assistant Paul is usually on the rough side of things, however the actor playing him gets his own back as other characters... like '''[[LargeHam LACTOSE MAN]]!'''

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** Alton's assistant Paul is usually on the rough side of things, however the actor playing him gets his own back as other characters... like '''[[LargeHam LACTOSE MAN]]!'''MAN!]]'''



--->'''Alton:''' You know, "Oh, Bother," that's from Franchise/WinnieThePooh, okay? Some of you don't remember... You wouldn't think that Winnie the Pooh would be a regular reference for me. But I find that Pooh sums up a lot of... He wasn't terribly bright. I'm not terribly bright either.

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--->'''Alton:''' You know, "Oh, Bother," that's from Franchise/WinnieThePooh, ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'', okay? Some of you don't remember... You wouldn't think that Winnie ''Winnie the Pooh Pooh'' would be a regular reference for me. But I find that Pooh sums up a lot of... He wasn't terribly bright. I'm not terribly bright either.



** "Golden-brown, and delicious."

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** "Golden-brown, "Golden-brown and delicious."



** "Now go wash those ____y hands!" Used when working with raw meat and poultry, though in the episode about beets, he did admonish the viewer to go wash their "beety hands!" since beet juice is notorious for causing stains.

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** "Now go wash those ____y hands!" Used when working with raw meat and poultry, though in the episode about beets, he did admonish the viewer to go wash their "beety hands!" "beety" hands since beet juice is notorious for causing stains.



* LongRunners: Premiered on Food Network in July 1999. The last episode, "Turn on the Dark", aired February 2012.
* LyingFingerCross: In "Tender Is The Loin II", Alton is forced by his lawyers to declare that he would not eat the raw carpaccio that he was going to prepare. As they walk away, we see him lift his hand with the two fingers crossed. (Ultimately, it doesn't help.)

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* LongRunners: Premiered on Food Network in July July, 1999. The last episode, "Turn on the Dark", aired February February, 2012.
* LyingFingerCross: In "Tender Is The the Loin II", Alton is forced by his lawyers to declare that he would not eat the raw carpaccio that he was going to prepare. As they walk away, we see him lift his hand with the two fingers crossed. (Ultimately, it doesn't help.)



** Usually he does this not only because it's cheaper, but because every time he starts building one (or is forced to go buy more cookware) he brings up the fact that there's only one unitasker he'll abide in his kitchen, and if you're doing things right you shouldn't have to use ''it'' at all--a fire extinguisher. And in the 10th-Anniversary special, [[spoiler:''he uses that in a dish too'']]. [[note]]Although the one he used in the show was a CO[-2-] extinguisher, instead of the chemical one always displayed previously.[[/note]]

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** Usually he does this not only because it's cheaper, but because every time he starts building one (or is forced to go buy more cookware) he brings up the fact that there's only one unitasker he'll abide in his kitchen, and if you're doing things right you shouldn't have to use ''it'' at all--a fire extinguisher. And in the 10th-Anniversary 10th Anniversary special, [[spoiler:''he uses that in a dish too'']]. too'']].[[note]]Although the one he used in the show was a CO[-2-] extinguisher, instead of the chemical one always displayed previously.[[/note]]



* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: When Deb Duchon shows up after the umpteenth time after Alton says "Nutritional Anthropologist", he asks "How do you do this?" She replies with "Study. Write papers. Go to conferences. What do you mean?"
* NotSoRemote: The DesertedIsland in "Down & Out In Paradise" is [[spoiler:actually Hawaii]].

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* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: When Deb Duchon shows up after the umpteenth time after Alton says "Nutritional Anthropologist", "nutritional anthropologist", he asks "How do you do this?" She replies with "Study. Write papers. Go to conferences. What do you mean?"
* NotSoRemote: The DesertedIsland in "Down & Out In Paradise" is [[spoiler:actually in Paradise"? [[spoiler:Actually Hawaii]].



** Alton tends to slip in and out of a (rather horrible) Scottish accent during the "Ode to a Haggis" scene from "Oat Cuisine".



** One scene from "Creole in a Bowl" has Pac-Men, [[XRayVision seen via X-rays]], demonstrating how the pancreas handles sugars and other carbohydrates.



** In earlier season, Alton has specifically mentioned Old Bay seasoning in at least one episode.

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** In earlier season, Alton has specifically mentioned Old Bay seasoning by name in at least one episode.several episodes.



* TortureTechnician: A "cackling Igor" TortureTechnician supplies Alton with tortilla-making implements and a few other delightful terrors, like a device that uses blades for tenderizing meat. Alton addresses him as "Dungeon Master", which, given the nature of the show, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep may well be his actual name]]. He seems to be renting Alton's dungeon basement solely for the opportunity to do this particular job, because his lease favors the landlord heavily; Alton can evict him at a moment's notice if he's not happy with his tenant's job performance.

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* TortureTechnician: A "cackling Igor" TortureTechnician supplies Alton with tortilla-making implements and a few other delightful terrors, like a device that uses blades for tenderizing meat. Alton addresses him as "Dungeon Master", "DungeonMaster", which, given the nature of the show, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep may well be his actual name]]. He seems to be renting Alton's dungeon basement solely for the opportunity to do this particular job, because his lease favors the landlord heavily; Alton can evict him at a moment's notice if he's not happy with his tenant's job performance.
24th Oct '16 4:49:54 PM Ninetails2000
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Alton originally had a southern accent before starting production and dropped it once he started the show. Early on, he'd slip back into it over certain words and statements.
** In the episode "Oh My Meat Pie," Alton's British accent would sometimes break back into his normal speaking, or worse, back into his natural southern accent.
** He invokes this at certain points where he wants to put emphasis on something that's southern tradition, such as when talking about peaches or greens.
14th Oct '16 8:00:24 AM JoieDeCombat
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* CrossOver: With ''Series/MythBusters'' for a Thanksgiving episode in 2012. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It was glorious.]]

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* CrossOver: With ''Series/MythBusters'' for a Thanksgiving episode in 2012.2012, testing whether or not it's possible to cook a holiday dinner in the engine compartment of a car. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It was glorious.]]
13th Oct '16 7:36:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TheyJustDidntCare: {{Invoked}} by "Thomas Jefferson" at the beginning of "American Classics IX: Pumpkin Pie".
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