Angelo justifies his decision to buy puff pastry because it's not the main ingredient in the dish. Well, it's probably second, after the beef. And if he doesn't know how to make puff pastry, he should have reimagined it some other way. Kevin reminds us that John was eliminated in the first week for buying his pastry instead of making it. The cheftestants talk about their spy names, and I think Ed has confused the whole stripper name meme with spy names, because he says that his would be Muffin Winthrop. Which is kind of awesome. Alex interviews that his favorite spy was Get Smart (not the name of a spy, but I guess he means Maxwell Smart) because he had a phone for a shoe. Actually, it was a shoe that was a phone, but you know. Alex never gets anything quite right, does he?
Ed is making chicken cordon bleu, which is one of the few dishes that I could probably make in this challenge. Probably the French onion soup, but I could make the chicken without a recipe. Anyway, normally it's chicken wrapped around a small packet of ham and cheese, so Ed is doing it inside out, with the ham wrapped around the chicken. Which isn't a great disguise, but it's better than disguising soup as soup, and as long as the flavors are good, he should be fine.
Kevin has Cobb salad, and he plans to take the basic ingredients and just change the textures. He's not sure that he's making enough changes for the dish to be truly disguised. And I think he's putting green onions or leeks or something in a blender, which seems scary.
The cheftestants arrive at the CIA, which is formidable indeed. There is a hall of oil paintings of past directors. Here's a shocker: they're all old white dudes. Anyway, once they arrive, they have one-and-a-half hours to cook. Ed reminds us that "major shit goes down" at the CIA, and he's looking around for cameras and microphones. Ed, you're not that interesting. Also, there are cameras and microphones all around you.
Angelo explains that his dish isn't very complex or creative. So that sounds like a winner. Kevin interviews that he can tell that Angelo is bothered by his lackluster performance in the Quickfire. Kelly starts to make her rice in the rice cooker, and she feels like she has a lot of time, since most of her prep is done.