Spike and Manuel confer -- or, rather, try to find movies that match what they want to cook. Manuel mentions Like Water for Chocolate, since it's a Mexican movie, and he cooks Mexican food. I suppose that's a valid line of thinking when asked to create dishes inspired by your favorite film, but it's starting to feel like Manuel needs to move beyond the Mexican. Spike has no idea what Manuel's talking about, and neither do I when Manuel explains that he doesn't want to kill people on their mouth on their second course." That doesn't seem like something to aspire to in any course. Spike counters by suggesting Vietnamese food and, by extension, Good Morning, Vietnam, because nothing says delicious Vietnamese food like Robin Williams. Manuel goes along with Spike's vision of a summer roll, excited to learn something new and add his two cents in the process.
Jennifer (Jen from here on out -- it's shorter) and Nikki opt for Italian (Nikki needs to show some diversity as well), and they hit on Il Postino for their cinematic inspiration, which is a good choice for simple, rustic, romantic food. Jen suggests they "hold hands," which gets a bigger laugh from Nikki, but I did chuckle. They'll do pasta, which, if I ever find myself in one of Nikki's restaurants, I'm going to order, since that's clearly the part of her repertoire of which she is proudest. Nikki's got the dough, while Jen will shape the tortellini, a shape of pasta reputedly based on some Italian vixen's particularly alluring navel. No intel on the specific contours of Zoi's bellybutton, but Jen does again discuss the difficulty of competing with her lover. It's hard, y'all!
Speak of the devil, Zoi and Antonia are busy planning their filmic feast -- a lamb dish, inspired by the Spanish colors in Almodovar's Talk to Her, which is, according to Antonia, "about two very creative women, it just sort of represented us." Well, yes, but they spend most of the movie in a coma, so hopefully she didn't mean that too literally. Ryan, correctly guesses that Mark is from "New Zealand, New England" and that they'll have little in common when it comes to movies. When Ryan calls Dumb and Dumber "funny as shit," Mark counters with To Kill a Mockingbird, which is funny as shit, all the more so because Mark's completely earnest. Mark, looking a bit high, starts naming films, and Ryan (looking slightly like a male Janice Dickinson) stares at him like he's speaking Swahili. Mark mentions a film called Bad Boy Bubby -- according to IMDB, "male frontal nudity," "disturbing," "female nudity," "gas mask," and "dead cat" are just a few of the many plot keywords, so I desperately hope they choose that one.