Sean is ready to give his impressions. He thought they did well, considering that they're cooking in a shack. The less successful dishes belonged to Lizzie, whose dish was slightly overcooked and had too many flavors overall, and Josh, whose bacon was unnecessary (thank you) and had a broken sauce. So glad that someone finally called out that you don't need to add bacon to everything. Sean liked Sheldon's dish, especially the creativity, and Brooke's dish which was easy but "flat-out delicious." And the winner is...Sheldon. That has to help with his confidence after the last elimination.
Padma moves right on to discuss the Elimination Challenge, which will highlight two of the biggest culinary attributes of Alaska. They have to create a dish using salmon and sourdough for the people of Juneau. Lizzie is a little panicked, because she doesn't make much bread, and has never really made sourdough. Padma reminds them that their diners will be really familiar with the ingredients, so the dishes had better be good and also unique.
The cheftestants head off to their new home, a beautiful bed and breakfast. As they explore, Sheldon pops out of a closet and scares the shit out of Brooke, which was hilarious. They enter the kitchen and find their sourdough starter, which is thirty years old (that's a good thing in sourdough terms). They all start baking in the bed and breakfast kitchen. Lizzie points out that there are so many things that can affect bread, and they have to mix their dough tonight and let it rise and proof overnight. They're all fascinated by how Sheldon kneads his bread. Josh is making two different breads. Lizzie is making rolls and she keeps asking everyone if she should make more dough, like anyone is going to give her an answer. Once the dough is mixed, they all have to sit around and wait for it to rise. They all just kind of sit and stare into space. I guess they've run out of things to talk about.
The next morning, Sheldon plays the ukulele for everyone. I can't decide if that would be annoying or refreshing. Sheldon interviews that he started as a dishwasher and he can't believe he's nearly in the finals. Josh still hasn't heard from his wife, and she's two or three days past her due date, so obviously he has that on his mind.
Finally, the cheftestants get to take some action: they head to the docks to meet their boat and go get some salmon. They all don rain gear and wait as the salmon is hoisted out of the boat and onto the dock. They have to choose which type of salmon they want. Then they have to clean the fish right there on the docks. I don't know that I needed to see salmon innards in closeup, but thanks editors. Josh says this was the best part of his experience on the show so far. Lizzie is reminded again of her late father, because he used to take her fishing. I can't snark on her; when my mom died (and frankly still, now, many years later), everything reminds me of my mom. Lizzie gets emotional in an interview when she talks about how much her dad would have loved to see her on the show, and how much she misses him.