Last night was one of the most anticipated episodes of Great British Menu and I imagine viewers expecting drama weren't disappointed.
That's right - it was the North West's turn to do the fish course and once again we got to see the kitchen sparring of regional judge Marcus Wareing and returning contestant Johnnie Mountain.
Fans of the show will know that these two have a history. Their GBM relationship has never exactly sailed on an even keel, but nor has it ever been quite so tense. You've seen the episode, I'm sure, but in summary...
Mountain has in the past never scored more than a four for his fish course. Keen to improve on that, he went down the molecular gastronomy route and presented a very conceptual dish that aimed to recreate the sea.
Wareing was unimpressed with said dish and scored it two out of 10.
Mountain, evidently disappointed with the two, pulled off his mic, swore a lot and walked out. There followed the sound of things being thrown about off camera while his fellow contestants Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne looked on aghast.
There was a LOT of discussion about this on Twitter last night - in fact a cursory search reveals that at this point it has yet to fully abate - and the public response has been very divided (see Storify below). Accusations of bullying have been thrown at Wareing from viewers, while others commend his assessment of the dish and disapprove of Mountain's extreme reaction.
In true reality TV judging style, I shall begin my own critique with for me... Wareing's score was unneccessarily harsh.
What score do I think the dish deserved? Without tasting it, I couldn't say. But a two suggests to me there was a complete lack of effort, and I don't think that's something Mountain can be accused of.
If a low score was warranted, it could have been given without a) essentially knocking Mountain out of the running for the Friday final - yes, he could have produced two blinders while Rogan and Byrne both messed up royally on one of their final two dishes, but that's a lot of variables that need to fall into line, and b) potentially damaging a man's professional career.
Because while it made compelling television, everyone involved still has a day job; a business to run. Any media exposure runs the risk of making or breaking you I suppose, but - and perhaps I'm being a little sentimental and sappy here - I'd like to think that in the interests of solidarity, the chefs will ultimately have each other's backs.
Ultimately though, the episode ended on a cliffhanger... will Mountain be back for the main course? Not wanting to ruin it, you'll just have to tune in tonight to find out!