The judges next get the entrees and sides, and John introduces them. Sheldon made fresh Hawaiian mahi mahi and Carla made whole milk-fed squab. Micah had a side of mixed vegetables and Stefan and Kristen put their dishes together: calf's liver and French fried onions. Bart cooked double cut New York steak, and Josie baked gargantuan baked Idaho potatoes. CJ served shish kebab with pilaf, and finally, Kristen made the oft-discussed French mushrooms. Time to eat!
The diners like Sheldon's mahi mahi, which they call "bright and fresh," but Tom notices that he left the blood line on and it shouldn't be there. Maybe in the '50s, they didn't remove the blood line? Just kidding. One of the owners tells how his grandfather used to pack the mahi mahi in suitcases of ice to get it to Seattle from Hawaii and get the Pan Am flight attendants to transport it. Moving on to Micah's vegetables, Hugh thinks some are underdone and some are overdone, but Naomi points out that he picked the correct blend of vegetables for the '50s. It kind of looks like a side dish in a TV dinner, which is probably period appropriate.
Padma likes the squab and the sauce especially, but Hugh and Tom have issues with the way it was butchered and Naomi thinks it's overdone. Sounds like the pendulum swung too far the other way. It does look a mess. Naomi thinks Stefan's calf's liver was totally '50s and Tom and Emeril love that Stefan respected the product and kept the dish simple, with good seasoning. The grandsons love Kristen's onion rings, which are hot and crispy but not too heavy.
Hugh didn't like CJ's kebabs, because they were underseasoned and the lamb was mealy. Tom guesses that CJ sous-vided the lamb and Hugh agrees. Tom also hates the pilaf, because the mix of rice is off and it's soggy. Back in the kitchen, CJ is bragging to Josh and Brooke about how he's playing to win. He might want to do less talking and patting himself on the back and more cooking, because his mouth is writing checks that his spatula can't cash.