All three people run into the kitchen and start cooking. The music really goes into drama overdrive as they struggle to come up with one more dish. Nyesha says that she's having to draw upon reserves that she didn't know she had. Richie thinks the other two look bewildered, but he's focused. He's coating some pork tenderloin in Fritos, and he thinks that will be unique. After struggling to come up with a plan, Beverly strains the chili and uses the liquid part as a sauce with some seared tuna. Nyesha basically combines those two idea and uses the liquid as a sauce with some Frito-encrusted shrimp. Well, she also borrowed her Quickfire dish. So I don't know how original it was, but I also don't know that it matters as long as it tastes good.
The other cheftestants all sit outside and discuss how happy they are to not be cooking. Chris Moto is worried for Richie, since they are Moto buddies, and he thinks Richie is an all-around good guy. Meanwhile, time is up for the losers, and they have to take their plates out to the judges. Nyesha is worried that she didn't put enough sauce on her plate, but it's too late now.
So here are the dishes they present: Beverly makes seared tuna with habanero creamed corn. The chili has become a sauce upon which everything else sits. Nyesha makes Frito-encrusted black tiger shrimp with roasted corn salsa. The only evidence of the chili is a tiny smear on the plate, so yeah, I'd say she didn't use enough sauce. I mean, she basically made a whole other dish. Richie made a Frito-encrusted pork tenderloin, potato hash and ricotta cheese chili puree. I guess he used the chili in the puree; again, it's a tiny part of the overall plate.
The judges talk about the dishes. Susan was disappointed that Richie's dish lacked seasoning, and Tom agrees that it was one-note. Padma points out that Richie did a lot in thirty minutes, since his dish has multiple components. Gail liked Nyesha's shrimp, but wanted more sauce. Tom is disappointed that she just shaved some raw corn off the cob and didn't add any dressing or sauce or anything. Mary Sue thinks that Richie and Nyesha seemed embarrassed about the mole, while Beverly reimagined it and also showed off her culinary skills. I wish they judges had been able to tell the losing team WHY they were the losing team. It wasn't that their mole was bad; it's just that it was mole instead of chili. The judges like that Beverly changed the flavor profile.
As they wait, Beverly interviews that she's worried about this dish, and she doesn't want to go home yet. Richie went through a lot of trials and tribulations and doesn't want to leave yet, and his buddy Chris Moto massages his shoulders to give him encouragement. But the judges have reached a decision, so it's time to find out who's going home.