The cheftestants arrive at the kitchen and start prepping. Ed will be serving first, and he explains that he's making two sauces, one white and one dark, to represent the struggle between good and evil. Paul is making a dish with many, many components and he's worried about his ability to juggle them all. Beverly says that she's making halibut and forbidden rice. Paul interviews that he thinks Beverly is making halibut as kind of an eff you to Lindsay, since Lindsay accused her of screwing up her halibut in the last challenge. Paul adds that Beverly has more cooking experience than anyone else in the house, and people underestimate her. I do think they're wrong to treat her poorly because she hasn't been in charge of a restaurant or whatever, but she is kind of annoying and a weirdo. They've been overly mean to her, but I also get why they are frustrated. Let's not pretend that Beverly is a hapless victim; as I said, she just seems oblivious as to why people might be unhappy with her.
Lindsay talks more about her dish; it's scallops over a witch's stew, and she explains that she first had it when she started working with Michelle Bernstein. Lindsay should just marry Michelle Bernstein if she loves her so much. She never stops talking about her. Sarah is cooking lamb's heart, which she knows is an unusual ingredient, but she thinks it's appropriate for a serial killer, which is how Charlize described her character.
Grayson is cooking black chicken, which looks appropriately disgusting, but is also very lean so she has to be careful of overcooking. Chris plans to use liquid nitrogen at the table and if there were ever a challenge where his weirdo theatrics were needed, it's this one. Paul's juggling is failing; he's burned two of his ingredients. That's actually not bad, percentage-wise, but he is concerned about his ability to execute his dish.
The judges and guests arrive; in addition to Tom and Padma, we have Emeril, Eric Ripert, and Charlize Theron. They're sitting in a super Gothic looking room that fits the theme. That would be a fun dinner, though I don't know if I would want to eat some of the grosser-looking dishes. Time is almost up for the cheftestants, and Ed is first to serve, so he's plating. He explains that the last thing he puts on his plate is deep-fried fish scales, and the scales ended up looking like spikes. He feels good about the dish he's sending out.