The servers arrive, and Radhika says that she was training them while still trying to manage the kitchen, although we don't see her doing much of either task. She tastes Carla's cake and says she thinks it's fine. Carla emphasizes that she can still make changes now, but once the cake is baked, it's all over. Radhika just says it's good and leaves the kitchen to go taste the wine or something. The juxtaposition of those shots made it seem like Radhika's off getting wasted while her team works hard, which wasn't the case, but I get the message the editors are sending.
Sunset Lounge team is freaking out with thirty minutes left. Hosea is behind, Leah hasn't started cooking fish, and no one has checked out front of house. Everyone runs around. Fabio gives the servers some last-minute instructions and Radhika does a toast with her team. Jamie interviews that her team is looking good. Radhika wishes them luck and promises to come back. But WILL SHE?
Fabio has put on a cream-colored suit and somehow doesn't look like the ice cream man. It's cute! I didn't realize how tiny Fabio is before. He's like a miniature chef. In an interview, Fabio says he's running the front, and they could "serve monkey ass in empty clam shell - we gonna win this one!" The time winds down and the diners are set to enter the restaurants!
Radhika and Fabio start seating their guests. I feel like in previous seasons, they have spent a lot more time on the décor of the restaurants, and getting the diners' opinions, but I guess that doesn't factor into the elimination so they kind of skipped that part. Hosea interviews that Restaurant Wars is the best competition of the season because they get to really showcase themselves as chefs in a natural setting without weird product placement or manufactured twists. He doesn't say that last part but you know he's thinking it. Radhika seems to be spending more time staring at something at the hostess podium than interacting with her guests.
Sahana has some trouble with their servers. Radhika barks out some orders on her way out of the kitchen and Jamie complains that the servers don't get it. She pulls a plate back and wipes it down while yelling at the server for messing it up. Jamie interviews that Radhika should have spent more time training the servers, but she may not have known how. So maybe she shouldn't have been front-of-house then. Jamie bitches that the orders are all screwed up. Sahana doesn't seem to have an expediter in the kitchen. Radhika kind of stands there and stares at the orders but doesn't really do anything, plus she needs to get back out front.