Tom thinks that Beverly earned her spot. Padma recaps that Sarah, Paul, and Beverly are moving on, so they have to decide if Ed or Lindsay will join them. Gail thinks their dishes showed how much they've grown and where they are now, but they both overthought their dishes and did too much. Tom makes the point that they've all moved on from where they were when cooking with their mentors, and perhaps they tried to go back to that former place and it screwed them up. That seems like a stretch, but Tom seems like he speaks from experience.
Hugh thinks that Lindsay had a vision on what she wanted to do, but she had a number of missteps. Tom points out that she knew what was wrong with the dish, but Gail counters that she did know, and she didn't do anything to try to fix it before bringing the dish out. In Lindsay's defense, she says that she figured it out as she was walking out for service, so it's not like she could do anything at that point. She would have had to remove the cream somehow, or take out the dried spices. Really, the only way to fix it was to start over and she didn't have time.
Gail thinks that Ed should have just not served his terrible oyster sauce. Hugh thinks Ed is great but he has a busy mind. Tom can't believe that Ed took canned oysters as a substitute for fresh instead of reworking the dish, since there was no law saying he had to cook oysters. Hugh thinks he should have done what great chefs do - see what's great at the market and work from there. Or at the very least, make a substitution. I mean, the oysters weren't even the main part of the dish. They were just in the sauce, and there were a lot of other ways to get a smoky sauce without oysters.
Ed and Lindsay come back out and Tom doesn't give his usual speech about why each person failed. Instead, Padma just tells Ed to pack his knives and go. Ed immediately tells Lindsay that she deserves it and thanks the judges for the opportunity. Well, at least he had a classy exit. Lindsay is excited to make it to the finals, even if she wishes she could have done better for Michelle Bernstein. They walk back into the Stew Room and everyone hugs Ed. He leaves, and the final four cheftestants toast him. And next week, they're going to British Columbia and it's going to be really cold and they'll be doing that skiing/shooting event from the Olympics? Interesting, I guess.