Carla is concerned about cooking her fish, because she's had to wait a long time for her fryer oil to get hot enough to cook the potato crisps. She runs out of time a little bit, and her fellow cheftestants chip in (no pun intended) to get her food plated and out the door in time. Carla admits that, if not for her competitors, she wouldn't have made it. The only complaint from the judges is that some of the potato chips are not as crisp as they should be, but some are. Colicchio is impressed, since this was a very difficult dish, and he thinks it's quite close. Ripert agrees.
Hosea says that, as the "seafood guy," he really doesn't want to go home on this challenge. The problem is that his fish is kind of wet and he knows that the crust isn't exactly right. He sends out his food and hopes for the best. Colicchio looks at his plate disapprovingly before he's even tasted it. They all agree that the sauce is pretty good, but the fish is too heavily spiced with the za'atar. Colicchio educates us all by saying that monkfish needs to rest before you cut it, and this didn't rest. Ripert agrees, and Colicchio adds that Hosea works in a seafood restaurant, so this should have been "right in his sweet spot," and yet it's "the least precise of all the dishes."
Jamie is the last to serve. She's not worried about her fish, because she knows how to cook that. The problem comes when she's cooking the celery. It's not soft enough at first, so she keeps it on the heat, but as a result, the liquid it's braising in reduces too much, concentrating the flavors, and the celery ends up way too salty. Jamie knows this, but she decides that she can't just not serve it, so she sends it out. As the judges sample the celery, they all make faces, and Colicchio refers to it as "a salt lick." I still nurse a pet theory that Colicchio likes Jamie best of all, so let's see how this pans out. Colicchio says that the fish is well cooked, if not quite up to Ripert's standards, but Toby responds that it's "remarkably poor." Colicchio just shakes his head and says it's not as easy as it looks. Have we seen him defend any of the other chefs that way? I think not. Conclusion: he loves Jamie. Toby goes into one of his extended metaphors about how Jamie tried to perform Ripert's high wire act and fell flat on her face without a safety net. I don't even know what that means, and Ripert just smiles and nods, so I don't think he does either.
Back in the kitchen, the cheftestants wait for judging. Hosea isn't sure how his fish went over, and Leah tells him that it should have been seared more. Interesting that exactly none of the judges had that criticism; goes to show how much Leah knows about food, I guess. The judges repair to Judges' Table for... wait for it... judging!