I agree that the "chili" scene as originally done did not work. Seeing the various versions, my experience in editing tells me that what was released wasn't the best compromise possible. I will credit the core Exeter team for not being thin-skinned, though. They're able to accept fair critique and not overreact to it. I've been fairly brutal with my feedback on scripts and edits, and no one's ever acted like that was a bad thing.