Kristen goes back and has to send out Carla, Chrissy, CJ and Josh. Those four stand in front of the judges and Padma tells them that their dishes were underwhelming and two of them will be going home. Josh is told that his dish was almost inedibly salty and it was cold. Josh can't believe that the soup was cold and blames it on John and his faulty expedition (expediting? Expedititorium?). Chrissy is told that her salad was soggy and the dressing didn't have enough flavor.
Tom tells Carla that her squab was poorly butchered and overcooked and he wonders if it came out the way she wanted. Carla says sadly that she got to try the last one and Tom and Padma interrupt her like, "WTF are you talking about that you only got to try the last one?" Carla explains that she didn't actually cook her own food and she did check it a few times. Padma's jaw literally drops. Tom points out that, as chefs, they often have other people cooking their food for them, but they know that ultimately they are responsible for the dish and it needs to be checked and rechecked until it's perfectly done. And would you really want one of your competitors cooking your food? Perfect opportunity for sabotage. I don't think that's what Sheldon and Bart did, but it just seems like a bad idea all around.
Finally, CJ is told that his lamb was mushy and Padma asks him if it was what he wanted. CJ says that the grilling wasn't charring it enough, so he sous-vided it too. And then grilled it, hoping that some of the edges would get charred and thus not be mushy, since it's not like he had enough lamb to redo the whole thing. Tom is aghast and wonders why CJ would do that, since it's not remotely period appropriate. Emeril says that the lamb was dry and the marinade didn't come through.