The club lets out, and the drunk people head toward our cheftestants. MALARKEY! screams, "HEEEEEY YEAAAAAAH! WE GOT TACOS!" while Casey tries to convince a drunk guy, who is totally hitting on her, to try their little burgers. "I don't even really believe they knew what was going on -- they're just here for the free food," Casey tells us. The drunk guy calls her "Jay-Z" and tells her she's really nice. After Bryan has had his turn pimping the tacos and the oysters in a relatively calm manner, MALARKEY! comes back to scream, "GRITS! GRITS! GRITS! GRITS! GRITS! GRITS!" Tre notes that the Brians have a good energy vibe and understand that it's important to keep the party going. CJ tells us he heard that MALARKEY! was being "cheesy as all hell" and thought it was fantastic, so he decided to "go to battle with MALARKEY! on this one." Yeah, but CJ, the man's a veritable army -- you can't compete with that. Plus, he's got crazy-person stamina. Sara N. complains to us that there are so many grasping people and they are grabbing at stuff inside the catering truck, and it's really hard to keep up. In the catering truck, Sara N. can't find the lid to the blender when she needs to make more milkshakes. After we see Howie fail to answer a quesadilla question from Casey, CJ takes stock of his team for us: "Howie's a bulldog, he's not smooth about anything, he doesn't communicate well with anybody. And Sara's just kind of like drifting off, and helping here and there, and she's only plating, like, three or four burgers at a time. Teamwork's not so good on Team Orange." In response to a demand outside, Sara N. calls back that her mini-burgers are coming. Howie tells us that Sara N. wasn't keeping up with the demand for the burgers.
The judges show up, and CJ ladles Colicchio up some café con leche and calls into the truck that they need to get some food out to him. The impression we get across several scenes is that Colicchio is waiting a long-ass time for his food. Meanwhile on Team Black, Brian serves Govind some oysters with a watermelon granita-mignonette and a spicy ceviche taco. Sara M. steps up next to explain her jerk flank steak soft taco with cilantro cream and pico de gallo. Brian affirms that all their food was a collaborative effort and explains to Govind that Tre is serving up his bacon-wrapped shrimp on cheese grits with a tomato-chipotle butter. Tre tells us that Govind was very impressed with the look and taste of his dish. Finally, Brian gets Hung to hand out his onion rings and teriyaki chicken wings. Ted Allen shows up and wonders if there's more noise coming from inside or outside the catering truck. And Colicchio is still waiting for his food from Team Orange. He finally gets Sara N.'s mini-burger with caramelized onions, says, "Nice job," and walks away. That was...anticlimactic. Ted Allen arrives to sample a mini-burger and asks how the ground chuck was seasoned (salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, parsley). Padma steps up, and CJ gives her his ceviche taco with shrimp, scallops, Anaheim chiles, cilantro, and scallions as well as Casey's four-cheese casey-dilla with vegetables and a roasted pepper sauce. "Mmm, THIS is nice," Padma mumbles through the food. Howie hands out his "Media Noche," a Cuban grilled pork sandwich with fried plantain chips. Padma takes a big bite and her mike picks up serious crunching. "That's a nice crunch, huh? With the cheese?!" CJ says encouragingly. Given Padma's non-reaction, they might as well have dubbed crickets chirping over that scene.