Team Famine stands before the judges and told they are the losers. When asked what went wrong, Elia admits there was a lack of organization "at the end." "And you were the team leader?" Padmadala confirms. Clone-icchio says, "For four dishes, there was nothing that I left that table saying, 'Wow, I have to go back and have another one.'" That may be, but you were all just saying that Team Famine's scallops and strawberries were the best dishes across both teams. Clone-icchio admits that the best dish was the scallop-endive-marmalade thing and he asks who created that dish. "Elia created that dish," Michael responds. Clone-icchio compliments her on it and tells them they should have made eight dishes of that same caliber. Padmadala wants to know what Michael's responsibilities were. He says, "I was running, serving -- I was communication between the front and back." Colicchio wonders why they couldn't keep food on the table. Cliff says it boiled down to a lack of communication between those who were in kitchen and those who were in the front. So he's blaming Michael. Mia shakes her head. Colicchio calls her on it. "I did have a problem with the fact that the food wasn't coming out of the kitchen fast enough," Mia says. Colicchio asks Elia why this was happening. "We were cooking everything at the moment, we didn't work fast enough," Elia responds. "But you only had four dishes," Padmadala points out. "Yes," Elia agrees. Mia pipes up with her opinion that they could have done more and how she suggested they do six, "I was told, 'Let's do three.'" Cliff pulls a "wow, really? I didn't hear that" face. Padmadala asks if anyone heard Mia say that. Cliff shakes his head. Mia adds, "I felt like my voice was not heard. I felt like my professional opinion was not appreciated." Cliff interrupts to say, " I'm not gonna -- I can't allow Elia to get thrown under the bus because she was put up against some really hard circumstances." Now, this is interesting. Cliff is already leaping to Elia's aid when nothing Mia really said made it sound like she was accusing Elia of anything. I think something was cut here when it was determined why they were no longer going to tell the Elia is a Bad Leader story. It also explains why we never saw that clip of Cliff also seeming to be yelling at Elia during the challenge.
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