All said and done, Gale names her bottom three: Eric because his sundae didn't stand out or make her want to meet him, Danielle because she didn't get the Neapolitan reference, and Erika because she stayed too close to the typical nuts and bananas sundaes we're used to. As for the top three: Zac for his "interesting" panko crumbs, Yigit for combining ganache and sauce, and Morgan for its contrast in textures and temperatures. And the winner is... Morgan! It's Morgan's first win on the show, and he tears up again at the thought of winning with a dessert for his son. Call me a spoil sport, but I kind of wish he'd gotten the rocky road scoop so he could have named his dessert "Sunday Muddy Son Day."
This week's elimination challenge will break up the cheftestants into three teams of three. Since Seth left and fucked up the numbers, the producers decided to bring back Heather C., she of the maligned peanut butter cookie. Despite her misgivings about team challenges, Heather is pumped to rejoin the competition. The rest of the chefs are pretty much all like, "Well, you're not Seth, so come on down!" Because they were the top three in the quickfire, Gail names Zac, Yigit, and Morgan team captains. Morgan jokes that he wants Gale Gand before choosing Heather H. and Eric because he thinks the three of them balance each other out. Yigit taps Erika and Danielle. Zac picks Malika and Heather C., dubbing their group "Team Breakdown" in light of their tendency to cry.
Gail explains that the teams will be creating desserts inspired by performance art group The Lucent Dossier Experience, then serving those desserts at a party for LDE devotees. Morgan says that, like most of us (I'm guessing), he's never heard of LDE, but their act involves swinging, fire-wielding, and aerial acrobatics. Flambe anyone? And I called it! Gail further adds that the desserts must incorporate both fire and a "magnificent showpiece" for their station. With a look of stress on his face, Yigit explains that a showpiece is a time-consuming, labor-intensive architectural structure that represents a certain theme of the room in which it stands. Zac nervously admits he hasn't created a showpiece since culinary school. Finally, says Gail, each member of the team must put his or her own unique stamp on a specific dessert that echoes the concept and theme of the showpiece. Eric thinks this task is crazily intricate.