Mike brings out his fourth and final course, dessert, which is rosemary caramel custard and pine nuts with citrus, celery, and apple. The judges think it's just okay; the custard was cooked too quickly so the texture is off. They agree that it's Mike's weakest dish.
We go back to Blais to see the reception on his fourth and final dish: cornbread with foie gras ice cream and whipped mango. You guys. The ice cream really, really looks like cat food. If you've ever opened up a can of wet cat food and smushed it with a fork, that's what this ice cream looks like. Let's hope it tastes better than it appears. The judges are not impressed, although they like the cornbread and mango parts. Spike goes back into the dining room and says that the only part the judges don't like is the ice cream, so maybe they could tinker with it and make it better for the next round of judges. Hubert Keller says that Blais did well, and built with each course, so the dessert seemed like even more of a letdown. In Restaurant Iz, the judges think that Mike did a great job, and the only complaint was the wait between the first and second courses.
Now they have to do the whole thing over again for the other group of judges. Blais says that he's exhausted, but he needs to rejigger his ice cream to make it better for the second group of judges. All these changes during service are making me very nervous. It seems like a bad sign.
Weird interstitial features the sous chefs talking about how awesome Blais and Mike are, and how much they deserve to get to the finals. We get it, editors. We're already either convinced or not convinced. I like it better when they do weird interstitials that are more like bloopers. At least then I feel like they deserve to be recapped.
The judges swap restaurants. Mike's group have nothing but compliments for his food. They don't show as much detail as they did in the first rounds. The only new information we get is that they think Mike's dishes showed a lot of range, and the judges were impressed with the number of components that Blais included. Blais serves the revised ice cream, and it gets much higher marks from the judges. It looks way better -- it looks like ice cream instead of cat food. The people who will be on the panel at Judges' Table leave.
Mike and Blais enter the makeshift Stew Room to wait. They agree that their teams were excellent and gave them no problems. Mike says that he cooked his heart out and he thinks it will be close. Mike is all giggling and awkwardness and Blais is all inner turmoil and it's killing me.