Howie and Sara M. discuss whether or not they should put the fennel into the stock or freeze it raw. Sara M. tells us that Howie is not easy to read, and it's frustrating that she can't tell what her teammate is thinking. Sara M. peppers Howie with questions about the pasta, the seasoning, and if he tasted it. While I don't think it's out of line for Sara M. to be asking Howie all these questions, I can see that her voice -- raised to a level that makes it fish-wifey -- could get annoying and nag-alicious. Howie tells us that he resents someone like Sara M., who "hasn't ever shown anything in ANY challenge," questioning him and how he's doing things. Not that Howie would necessarily know this, but we did find out from Gail's blog that Sara M. was considered to be the third finalist in the "Latin Lunch" challenge. Maybe Sara M. is so concerned about Howie tasting the seasoning because she knows it could be overly salty from the tablespoons of HOWIE SWEAT he keeps adding to things.
Colicchio arrives for his Sniff 'n' Sneer and learns that Howie and Sara M. plan to freeze their marinated shrimp raw. "It has to go from frozen to shrimp cooked in ten minutes," Colicchio reminds them doubtfully. Over at Casey and Dale's station, Colicchio notes their use of tinned artichokes. I like how he says "tinned," instead of "canned," it's very WW II England when people were living off tinned fish paste and vegetables. Now THAT could be a challenge -- cook a gourmet meal, using ration booklets. They often ate whale meat, you know.
Colicchio moves on to Brian and Sara N., and Brian tells Colicchio, "We're going to keep it light -- do a little bit of chicken rigatoni and we've got a nice little name for it." Of course you do. MALARKEY! takes over and beats, "It's called TROJAN…CHICKEN…RIGATONI!" Colicchio looks slightly nervous as he asks, "Is something going to come out of this pasta?" Yeah, all of Brian's personalities. At once. "Yeaaaah!" MALARKEY! continues, "It's LOADED with surprises!" Over with Joey and Hung, Colicchio specifically gets Hung to explain how he knows the secret to the challenge's success is to freeze everything individually, including the sauce, which should be chopped up so it spreads out. CJ and Tre confirm to Colicchio that they are definitely cooking everything separately and will freeze every component separately.