The two teams have an hour and $1200 to shop. The first team is Team Sexy Pants (Leah, Fabio, Hosea, Jamie, Melissa, Radhika, and Stefan). Even they don't know exactly how they came up with that name. The other team, Team Cougar, (after Ariane) stops to strategize before heading into the store. Alex explains that Ariane is a mom, and a little older, but she's hot and in shape. Thus, cougar. Also, overdone. Aren't we done with cougar yet? I mean, there will still be hotter older ladies, but can't they just be hotties? Ariane interviews that she's not quite sure what the cougar thing is all about. Alex decides to make macaroni and cheese. Ariane buys some different kinds of turkeys while being sure to mention the sponsor, Butterball. She adds that she's nervous because she needs to prove that she can cook after being in the bottom so many times. Do you guys get that Ariane has something to prove with her cooking? And she thinks so? And so does everyone else? Just checking. Everyone pays for the food and heads back to the arena to start cooking.
Once they arrive at the outdoor kitchen, the teams have three hours until they have to serve their clients. Eugene has the fucking genius idea to take one of the chafing dishes and rig up a makeshift grill so that he can barbecue some pork loin. He should win just for that idea, because no one else thinks of it, and it's brilliant. Here's the breakdown for Team Cougar: Ariane is making turkey, Jeff is making stuffing and a pumpkin parfait, Carla is making peach cobbler and dressings for their salad bar, Daniel is making roast potatoes, Eugene has the aforementioned pork loin, and Richard is making the s'mores. Richard knows that desserts are historically on this show where people get tripped up, but he's determined to make it work. I just don't know about the idea of making a dessert that is so ephemeral when you're serving buffet style. S'mores taste good for about two minutes after assembly, and then it's just a lot of coagulated sugar. Have you ever had a s'more that's been sitting around for a while? It's not good. We'll see.
Team Sexy Pants is working just as hard, although Stefan and Jamie are still butting heads a little bit. Stefan is making the turkey, Jamie is making some side salads (and it looks like a fresh corn salad, which is a great choice in July that would also work for Thanksgiving), Leah is making mashed potatoes, Radhika is doing a vegan stuffing, Melissa is doing sweet potatoes, Fabio is doing a pumpkin tiramisu, and Hosea is creating a fruit crisp. Hosea admits that his is not a complex dish, but it tastes good and will please a crowd.