Whole Foods madness. Bryan wants it to go well for the bride and the groom, because he's married so he likes doing things for other people? Or something like that. Seems like a nice thought, but I like it better when they are just like "I want to win." Laurine thinks that lamb goes well with the Golden Delicious, and thinks that they'll win because at these sorts of catering things people like what's comfortable and familiar, and the guys will go complicated. Interesting theory. Jennifer is yelling for an employee to help her get octopus. Eli is making tuna tartare. Ash tells the guys that the bride likes orchids and gets stuck with the responsibility of keeping a plant alive until the next day... because he's the gay guy. But he's OK with it, because "gay guys grow flowers better than straight guys."
In the Top Chef kitchen they've got two hours to cook and prep. Jesse thinks she's in the bottom a lot and doesn't want to be in the bottom again because she'll likely go home, since she was at the bottom for the Quickfire and last week's elimination. Michael's got immunity so basically he's all about beating his brother. He decides to make a frozen version of the Golden Delcious shot, paired with a goat cheese cookie. Eve feels good about designing a dish based on a shot because she has her diploma in Wine and Spirits. Just because you know about alcohol doesn't mean you can cook well. Ashley wants her team to win, despite her personal feelings about the challenge. She thinks that the women are feeling outmatched and thinks it could boost their confidence. Hector asks who's going to win and someone shouts back that it won't be him, and he starts laughing. I think I like Hector. He's making a tofu ceviche. Bryan is also out to beat his brother, and he's making a sweet and sour meringue. It melts in your mouth, but not in your hands, basically. Ash has no idea what Bryan is talking about. Neither do I, but now I don't feel so bad.
Ashley says she's got time to spare and could do another dish... as a group. Jennifer says they should keep it simple, so they have perfect execution. Wise move, don't bite off more than you can chew at this stage in the game. Jennifer interviews that it is stupid. However, Ashley wants to make the bachelor happy and give him something sweet so she decides to make a bay leaf panna cotta. And she's not a pastry chef. Good lord. People should not make desserts on this show if they don't know how to. Will they never learn? The girls start getting cocky, though, because they are all packed up and ready to go, while the guys are scrambling. Michael I. says they struggled a bit, but they pulled together. I'm so happy that we've seen blissfully little of him this entire episode.