I love Michael Vartan. A lot. I really do. Putting him in this episode all by itself raised the quality of the show. Putting him on a show with former castmate Cooper, giving him a French accent, and setting him at war with Cooper just got them a 9.6 rating. Above average indeed.
The comedy was better than ever before. John Cho's reality check was totally called for. I loved the bread guy. Funny. "My space will be respected." The creative cursing was as funny as the craziet stuff on The Sopranos. The only thing I wonder is what is Bourdain's problem with the French? He seemed to have a issue before the Michel ever stole his dish. Daley's reaction to the sack was priceless. His telling of his horror story of Frenchmen everywhere was even funnier. Every line Vartan had was so rich I occasionally had to pause my player so that I could stop laughing.
"It is, how you say, on."
"Is it the color that we spoke of?"