Beverly wins the Last Chance Kitchen competition and comes back into the competition. No one is really happy to see her, which doesn't make much sense, because if they all think she sucks, they should be happy to have one fewer challenger for the prize.
Quickfire Challenge: Wear a blindfold to choose ingredients from the pantry, but they get to see while they cook. All of their chosen ingredients have to be used in their dish. The winner gets a choice: a Prius or an automatic bid to the finals and they don't have to compete in the Elimination Challenge this week. Beverly is pathetic in her blindfold and has to have Padma's help getting into the pantry (cheating!). It comes down to Ed (who mistakenly chose pork casings, thinking they were pancetta, and ended up using them to make stock for a soup) and Sarah, who made a corn soup with mushrooms and peaches. Seriously. And then she wins, so I guess it worked. Sarah is no dummy and she picks the guaranteed shot at the final round. Ed and Paul try to front like they wouldn't want immunity, but they are idiots. There's so much about the challenges that you can't control, and some fluke could send you home for being a dummy, dummy.
Elimination Challenge: Make a dish to impress your mentor. When the mentors are brought in, all of the cheftestants get very emotional, especially Paul who is crying so hard he almost can't speak. They really get to cook whatever they think best represents their culinary point of view, so it should be some good food. Here are the dishes:
Beverly: Gulf shrimp and BBQ pork with Singapore noodles. The judges are impressed that she cooked it in a wok when serving so many people, which can result in difficulties, timing-wise.
Lindsay: Seafood "stew" over toasted couscous and broth with emulsified cream. The judges think the seafood is cooked perfectly but are a little curious about why she used cream, and the seasoning is a little off.
Paul: chilled sunchoke and dashi soup with summer vegetables. At first, the judges are worried the flavors aren't balanced, but as they continue eating, they see that it's actually really well-balanced when taken on the whole.
Ed: braised pork belly and smoked oyster crème with pickled vegetables. The judges think that the plate is packed with flavor, but Tom hates the oyster sauce. They all agree that the pickles are great, though.
Paul and Beverly are co-winners, and Sarah has immunity, so it comes down to Lindsay and Ed. In the end, Ed goes home because his mistakes were just a little worse than Lindsay's, and also he was the only one who didn't cry when his mentor showed up. Not really. But maybe.
The cheftestants sit around outside, after the Pee-wee competition, and discuss which cheftestant they think will be returning from Last Chance Kitchen. They know it's either Grayson or Beverly. Ed says it'll be Beverly, and Sarah wonders why he would say such a horrible thing. They bet a pack of cigarettes and a banana on it. I don't know. They've been drinking. I'm sure it made sense at the time.
The next morning, they report to the kitchen and Tom and Padma are standing there, waiting. And they're also about to find out which cheftestant will be returning. Ed admits that he doesn't want anyone to return. Of course. That's just one more person you have to beat. After prolonging the torture for a while, Beverly walks in. Sarah looks PISSED. I don't get why she cares. They aren't going to have team challenges at this point, and if Bev is so terrible as a chef, you'd think Sarah would be happy to have someone she knows she can beat. So either Sarah thinks Bev is a decent chef, or Sarah is just an asshole. Or possibly both. So then Tom tries to pretend like they didn't rig the whole thing so that Beverly could beat Nyesha and make it dramatic, since no one would care if Nyesha came back. Ugh.
Upon Padma's instructions, the cheftestants find that they've each been given a blindfold. They have to wear it and pick out their ingredients from the pantry. But they get to see while they cook, because that would be really unsafe. And they're saving that challenge for next season. Padma explains what they could win: a choice between a new car or a guaranteed spot in the finals. If they take the car, they obviously still have to cook in the Elimination Challenge, but if they take the finals spot, they get to sit it out. What dummy would take the car? Lindsay says some nonsense about how some people might think you didn't earn your spot in the finals if you take immunity. Well, fuck those people. You're in the finals. Did Beverly earn her potential spot in the finals? She didn't participate in the last Elimination Challenge. I hope whoever wins takes the car and then gets eliminated. Enjoy your car, loser.
Everyone dons a blindfold and tries to find the pantry. Ed immediately heads to the baskets of produce. Lindsay is looking for the seafood, and she finds a whole fish. I don't know how she knows it's a whole fish, since it's sealed in plastic, but she figures it out. Meanwhile, Bev is in some fridge that just contains water bottles, and she's of course apologizing to the water bottles. Look, if it were someone like Nyesha, who didn't actually compete in that many challenges in this kitchen, I would understand. But Bev has been there a LOT. She's just clueless. Padma actually has to help her get into the pantry, which seems like cheating. Let her wander around out in the Stew Room or whatever.