We have to talk about the grill situation in this kitchen. There's a grill room that has (surprise!) a grill and it's tiny and covered in cooper panels. And you can only access it from the kitchen by a door or by looking through a tiny slit window. Weird! And inconvenient, since there are multiple people who need to use the grill and there's not enough room for all of them in the grill room. This will be important later.
Chrissy seems a little worried about her ability to make this iconic salad; she should be. Josh interviews that there wasn't a lot of French onion soup around in the '50s, which I refuse to believe. Maybe not at home, but every steakhouse (and I imagine Oklahoma is full of steakhouses) has French onion soup, no? Josh uses it as an excuse to talk about how his grandparents ate calf testicles... like we get it, you're country, but you don't get to have it both ways. You can't get mad when people think you're unsophisticated but then also brag about your heritage like that. Pick a side.
Carla is prepping her squab by crushing the rib cage with her hand. That's an unconventional method. Wouldn't the tiny rib bones splinter inside the breast that way? I don't know; I buy my meat boneless if that's what I want, because I am a spoiled suburbanite. Anyway, Carla's squab needs to be grilled but she's somehow not allowed in the grill room? She says that only Sheldon and Bart are allowed in there, although we've seen CJ and Stefan in there too. I don't know why she agreed to this; I don't know how it was negotiated. But it's bullshit and she should have never agreed to it, especially with a dish like squab, which we've seen doesn't fare well to tiny fluctuations in length of cooking. Anyway, CJ is making kebabs and he decides that he will sous-vide his meat if it doesn't get cooked enough. This could also be a grilling issue, but it's not clear.
John yells out for someone to give him tape so that he can set up "an expo line." Everyone ignores him, as they should, because why doesn't he get off his ass and walk around and find his own goddamn tape? John continues doing what he likes to do most, which is give people instructions.
The judges and guests are seated. They show Chrissy dressing her salad and there is a LOT of dressing on that lettuce. It looks pretty weighed down. Now, look -- I like a heavily dressed salad, but I don't think a real foodie would eat it that way, since it would drown out the taste of the vegetables. As John tries to get the food out on time, there is some confusion with Josh's soup. It's not clear to me if the confusion is John's fault or Josh's fault, but they seem to get it settled fairly quickly.