The food is served and, of course, the appetizers are first. The judges this week are Emeril, Tom, Padma and Hugh Acheson, with guests Naomi Pomeroy and the Canlis brothers. Tyler made a fresh crab leg cocktail. Lizzie made marinated herring, which is served with plain saltine crackers. That's ballsy. Josh made the oft-mentioned French onion soup. John's dish is steamed clams Bordelaise and Chrissy made the overdressed Canlis special salad. Finally, Brooke made seafood salad a la Louis.
The judges dig in. The judges think Tyler's crab leg cocktail shines, because it's time period appropriate and he really let the crab shine. Josh's soup, on the other hand, has some problems. It's too salty and not hot enough. The judges want to see the cheese bubbling and it's congealed and just sitting there. One of the brothers point out that diners would have a problem with the soup, because you need a spoon, and then a fork and a knife to eat the crouton, because it's hard. The judges think the seafood is cooked perfectly in Brooke's seafood salad and that it's a quintessential '50s dish. Moving on to Chrissy's Canlis salad: Emeril points out that it's overdressed and the croutons are soggy. Tom thinks she used the outer greens from the head of lettuce, so they were wilted to start out with. It seems like she made a few mistakes: used the outer greens, overdressed them and then added hot bacon and the heat further wilted the greens. Plus her dressing was underseasoned. Yikes. Naomi thinks Lizzie's herring is her favorite dish so far and Emeril loves the saltines. Tom and Emeril both have mild praise for John's dish; it doesn't matter because he has immunity anyway.
John is getting ready to send out the entrees for the judges. Carla is walking around muttering to herself loudly as usual and Stefan tells her to shut it because he can't hear anything. Meanwhile, the servers are bringing the squab back into the kitchen because it's undercooked. It's not clear how much of this information makes it back to Carla; we do see John tell her that the last squab was "a little rare," but that's it. She's too busy arguing with Stefan to listen anyway and as much as I hate John, it's not his job to sit Carla down and talk to her about the doneness of her dish. It's also not clear how much of the squab Carla is testing as it comes off the grill. John tells her about another rare bird and Carla passes the information on to Sheldon and Bart through the tiny slit in the wall. I'm not sure what the fuck Carla is doing all this time. Presumably, her squab is all prepped and just needs to be fired as needed. So is she just standing around arguing with people?