The cheftestants arrive at Restaurant Depot to pick out mass quantities of groceries. Flats of produce, large plastic envelopes of herbs, and boxes of meat are stacked everywhere. It's like the loading dock of a really, really big grocery store. Betty and Sam gather up their stuff for Team Feast. Mia and Michael do the same for Team Famine.
Over at Wild Oats, Ted Ilan and Marcel's hairdos battle it out at the fish counter. Seriously, we all talk about Marcel's hair, but there have been quite a few times when Ted Ilan has mohawked his own follicles in some bizarre attempt to slap Marcel's pompadour with a glove and challenge it to a duel. This is one of those times. Ted Ilan and Marcel decide on mussels. The fishmonger is going to put the netted mussels in a plastic bag. "Uh, don't put them in a plastic bag, they'll suffocate," Marcel orders, his arms folded. Ted Ilan shoots him a look. "I could wrap them in paper," the fishmonger offers. "That'd be better," Ted Ilan says and Marcel echoes this. "Thank you," Ted Ilan adds. Marcel does not echo that. What a punk. "Don't be a dick," Ted Ilan says, playing with his Treo. Marcel protests he's not being a dick, he just doesn't want them to get dead shellfish. You were being a dick, Marcel. Marcel then tells us that although they are working as a team, the cheftestants have to fight for their individual bit of turf. He calls Sam and tells him he's going to do "that Belgian endive thing" if it's cool with him. Son of Sam, on the other end, supposedly says, "Okay, fine" with waved away irritation. I'm not sure how the cameras could have so expertly timed that call and response, but I'm already bleeding from all the possible cuts, I'm gonna stop thinking about it.
Cliff calls Mia and Michael to tell them they're getting rid of the lobster-potato canapÃ© and replacing it with something else. Over at Restaurant Depot, Mia's annoyed to hear this, "Okay, I'm not really cool with this because we had a plan!" She doesn't like them changing midstream without discussing it. Cliff explains carefully that this is why they're calling her right now. Our view of Mia keeps getting slightly interrupted by sliding doors. I think the cameraperson is standing right in front of them to film all this and they just keep opening and closing. I'll bet they think it's artistic when it's actually just annoying. Cliff tells us that Mia wanted to fight about everything. At the Depot, Mia tells Michael they're scratching the lobster idea. "For what?" Michael asks. Mia shrugs and hands over her phone. Michael doesn't want it. Mia tells us, "Cliff is very stubborn and set in his ways. Either you like Cliff's way or you don't like Cliff's way and you still have to do what Cliff says." Michael swears up a storm about Cliff changing his mind. Michael decided to get the frozen lobster tails anyway. Michael tells us he's afraid he's in the "danger zone" if he doesn't come up with something good, so he's grabbing steak and lobster for safety's sake. He suggests making a surf-and-turf canapÃ©. At the Depot checkout, Team Feast and Famine goggle over each other's food haul. Betty can't believe Team Famine has so little compared to their glut. Citing her catering company, Mia says she can't afford to lose this challenge.