Judges' Table. Tom opens by telling them that the food was amazing and the difference between the winner and loser is really small. That would be more scary, I think, because what you say and how you defend your dish could make a difference. If the food totally sucked, what you say doesn't matter, because you're going home. But if all the food was good, it seems like it could come down to what you say at Judges' Table, which would freak me out.
Ed starts by saying he tried to give the astronauts what they asked for, spicy food, even if they might not be familiar with Moroccan cuisine, specifically. Bourdain says that he had a lot of things going on with his plate, but he pulled it off. Ripert disagrees, and thought the dish was too complicated, but he recognizes Ed's talent. Tom concludes by saying you can get away with a lot of components if they're all done well, and Ed's food was done well.
Next up: Tiffany. Tom says that her tomatoes were kind of mealy, and leaving the skins on the peppers was a mistake. Ripert suggests putting lemon juice in the sauce to make it brighter. Tiffany tells them about the mussel mistake. Bourdain wanted her to use a different fish, to match up with the excellent sauce. I would imagine she chose whitefish so it wouldn't compete with the mussels, and then without the mussels, everything was kind of bland.
Tom tells Kelly that her artichokes were cooked perfectly, and she admits that she learned the technique in Provence, which impressed Ripert.
They move on to Angelo, and Tom says that he found the crystallized ginger too sweet. And then Angelo just goes nutty. Or nuttier. He says that he "took a submissive role" when making the dish, and he "felt like [he] made love" to the short ribs. And then he giggles awkwardly. Bourdain tells him that he has no idea what Angelo is talking about, but his dish was good. Ripert liked it too.
Finally, Tom tells Kevin that his dish was good all around, and his only criticism is that the steak could have been cut thicker. Bourdain says that Kevin might have played it safe, but Kevin goes back to his theory that the astronauts would want something familiar.