Judges' Table. One of these four will be winning a trip to Italy. Gail thought it was some of the best food of all time. Blais explains that the strategy was not having a strategy, and they just sent people up randomly. Tony tells Carla that her soup could have been homey, but she elevated it. Gail tells Antonia that her layers of flavors were interesting, and the raisins were a great touch. Tom compliments Blais's tabbouleh, since he isn't going to mention that the lamb was gamy. Blais won't be winning this one. Tony tells Fabio that his gnocchi was light and miraculous. But the winner is Carla. YAY! In your face, stupid Dale and Mike! Carla wins a trip to Italy, and she is crying. In an interview, Carla admits that she wants to throw it in her teammates faces, but she also feels validated.
Carla has to send out Casey, Tiffany, Tre, and Spike for elimination. Blais points out to Jamie that she's kind of got a "story going on." Jamie says she's trying not to be offended and wants to know what he means. It's obviously kind of meta so they don't give much explanation, but I believe what he's saying is that she has given the editors something to work with now, and they will definitely craft a storyline around Jamie not cooking, since it's happened twice. I took it as a warning to her that she should watch what she says and does from here on out, because she's just giving the editors more ammunition. He wasn't saying, "You don't deserve to be in the competition" or even "You should have been eliminated this week." Just, "The editors need to craft storylines and arcs for the season, and you're giving them a good one, so think about it." Maybe I'm wrong, but he seemed really non-confrontational about it, and Jamie seemed really defensive, so I think she knew exactly what he meant.
Casey, Tiffany, Tre, and Spike head out to face the judges. Padma asks them what strategy they employed. Spike explains the "worst dish first" strategy they meant to employ and Casey shakes her head. Gail sounds surprised that they thought Casey's dish was the worst, and Spike says he didn't say that, and when Tom asks him directly, he says that he thought Jamie's was the worst. Colicchio wonders why Jamie isn't even up for elimination then, and says that their strategy backfired.