Dale presents his Ramen noodles with hominy, black beans, queso fresco, and a fried egg. Dale, I love you, but that looks and sounds pretty gross. Dale goes on that he added some hot salsa to his "really spicy Mexican breakfast." "That's got a little kick," Michael observes. "Oh, yeah," Padma agrees weakly. Wow, there's something about her delivery there that is so hysterical. Maybe her acting coach really did pay off! "Thank you," Padma adds in the same weakened tone, half-laughing. Dale points the way to the water, and Padma coughs as she tries to sip from a bottle. Guess she's not a phaal phan. Dale stands there, getting red and grinning sheepishly. Their palates doused, the judges arrive next at CJ's station, who explains, "I had the aisle with everything pickled and pre-made salad dressing." "Not bad," Padma shrugs, emoting like hell. Anyway, CJ has a curried potato risotto with a bitter orange marinade, and we'll just stop right there -- exactly what aspect of the curried potato risotto needed to be marinated? He also has blanched leeks with hot banana peppers. CJ adds, "I will warn you, however, that I sweetened my potato risotto with salt, so it's not as sweet as I'd like." Padma is confused and tries to work it out, but CJ interrupts her and says, "Well, let's just go for it and we'll see what happens here." The Brians and Sara are loudly cracking up. "Have fun with it, Padma -- here we go!" CJ cajoles. "I want him to take a bite first," Michael says, handing his fork to CJ. "I've taken quite a few, my friend, and I'm not going back," CJ laughs. Michael scoops up a taste, commenting, "I must say, it looks a bit of a mess." However, after he tastes, we don't get to see what he thinks. Hee -- that was pretty damn funny as well.
Episode Report CardKeckler: A+ | 850 USERS: B
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