In the panic to get everything plated, J refers to himself in the third person again, and Lacey falls down. Ben: "All I gotta say, gentlemen, is Hava Nagila." Shut up, Ben.
Both teams claim to be happy with the dishes, and then bring in the bar mitzvah boy, Max, to do the judging. That seems reasonable. First: Andrea and Giovanni have chicken soup. Andrea has a strained analogy about her spring chicken soup symbolizing Max's ascent into manhood. Max's grandmother seems to really like the red team's chicken soup, but Max feels that his friends would prefer the blue version.
Ben smugly interviews about how great his brisket is. LA's has a cherry barbecue glaze, and Max picks the red team's. Not that I'm implying anything, but have you ever noticed that every single time there's a three-part challenge, the first two parts are always won by different teams? Anyway, Ben gasses on some more about how he figured that he'd automatically win the challenge due to his Jewishness.
Burgers: Carol vs. Robert. Carol interviews that she felt that Robert's burger looked burnt and greasy. Robert tells Max that he's becoming a man and deserves a man-sized burger, and Giovanni interviews, basically, that Robert is fat and therefore good at hamburgers. Carol explains that her burger involves a trio of lamb, veal, and Kobe beef, and mixed in bleu cheese, and so on. My worries about the cheese appear to be unfounded as everyone digs in. Max can't decide right away, and we see Carol and Robert telling them in detail why their dishes are better, invoking symbolism, sun-dried tomatoes, and aioli. After a commercial, Max finally picks the blue team, saying that the bleu cheese was not that great. Robert celebrates.