Amanda has always wanted to be a spy named Natasha who carries a .22 in her garter. I can't make too much fun of her. My favorite thing to do in a parking lot is to lock my car using the remote on my keychain without looking back, and pretend like I'm a spy setting off an explosive device behind me but I'm so cool that I don't even look back at it. Try it. It's fun. Anyway, Amanda is supposed to be disguising French onion soup. She's disguising it by making...soup. Kelly interviews that her concept is really obvious. Instead of a crouton, she's making a tuile. Wow, they will never know what they are eating! Good thing she's not a spy.
Kelly is taking kung pao shrimp and using the flavors but making it into a soup. The problem is that she's not familiar with the flavors, so she doesn't know if she has them right. Alex tells her to make it her own. Is she really taking advice from Alex? Kelly pretty much says that she would never take advice from Alex. Just when you start to feel bad for Alex, Amanda of all people says that she likes him and respects his cooking. Kiss of death. Alex's concept is to take the flavors of veal Parmesan and wrap them in a tortellini. He made his own pasta, so this is actually a decent idea. I am impressed. Now he just has to execute it well.
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.