Now that the teams are ready (Jen's team is Blue and Michael's team is Red), Padma explains the competition. Each cheftestant will cook for ten minutes and then pass their food on to a teammate, for a total of forty minutes of cooking. When not cooking, they have to wear blindfolds and they can't speak to each other at all. So basically, they have to try to figure out what their teammate was trying to do just based on what they see happening. This is a super cool challenge, and really could only happen this late in the season, because now the chefs know a little bit about each other's cooking style. Padma says that the winning team will get an advantage in the Elimination Challenge, and also get $10,000 to split. They have thirty seconds to determine their order, but Padma puts on her mom voice and orders them not to discuss WHAT they will cook. She's pretty good at that mom voice.
Michael V. just announces that Eli will be first, Robin will be second, Bryan will be third, and he'll be last. He interviews his reasoning: Eli will pull good ingredients, and if Robin screws up, Bryan can fix it. Mike is confident he can finish what his brother starts, so he's going last. Everyone agrees quickly.
Over on the Blue Team, Kevin kind of takes over and says that Jen should start because then it's her idea. Laurine should go second. Kevin and Mike I. aren't sure who should finish, but they agree that Kevin plates food better, so he'll go last and Mike will go third. Mike interviews that Jen is fast and organized, so she's a good choice to go first.
Everyone puts on blindfolds and time starts. Jen and Eli run for the fridge and the pantry. Jen says that her game plan was to choose the proteins and start a sauce. She got black cod and scallops, and she wanted to olive oil poach the fish and use mushrooms to make a sauce. Eli planned to just cook up some basic ingredients so he doesn't commit his team to a flavor profile, but they have some cooked ingredients to work with. He grills up some beef and cleans some vegetables.
The whistle blows and Laurine and Robin run to the cooking area for their turns, also known as "The Weak Link," because seriously. Jen and Eli have to just stand there and watch their food be improved upon or screwed up. Laurine finds the fish and scallops, and lets Jen's sauce simmer. She can't figure out what's up with the olive oil, and by the time she does figure it out, the oil may be too hot (at least that's my interpretation,) so she turns down the heat. Robin starts making a salad dressing with yuzu and shallots for the shaved fennel, and that's pretty much it.