Padma announces that it's time for Restaurant Wars! And they will stay in the same teams for this Elimination Challenge. Rick is giving them use of his restaurant, where each team will take over a floor and a kitchen, and it also means that they're not responsible for the décor. This is a good thing, in my opinion, because a good chef will probably hire a designer in a real restaurant anyway, and it's always kind of weird to see them arguing about whether to put the peacock feathers in a blue vase or a green one. If I wanted to watch Top Design, I would. So they will be judged on their restaurant concept and menu, their execution of the food, and their front-of-house service. Rick asks that they honor the concept of his restaurant, which is a sustainable seafood restaurant. He gives them a card explaining which seafood is most sustainable. I have to ask: is it really environmentally conscious to have a seafood restaurant in the middle of the desert anyway? Obviously there are a lot of environmental implications to have the seafood shipped to Vegas in the first place. Maybe I'm not supposed to think about these things. Finally, the Blue Team has to decide if they want to let their Quickfire money "ride" on this challenge -- if they win, they will each get $10,000 instead of having to split it. They decide to take that risk.
Both teams have thirty minutes to plan. The Blue Team immediately decides not to make dessert as one of their three courses, because they've seen how horribly it's gone wrong for teams in the past. Laurine says she knows "quite a bit about front of the house" and takes on that role. In her interview, she tells a bit of a different story, where she makes it out like she doesn't REALLY want to do it, but she's taking one from the team. Jen and Kevin seem to take the lead on meal planning.
The Red Team determines that they all make some version of American food, so that's their theme. Bryan volunteers to work on dessert, and Mike V. remembers that the judges loved Robin's apple crisp, so she decides to make a pear crisp. Bryan is going to make something similar to what he did in the Devil and Angel Quickfire, which didn't actually go over all that well. Mike points that out, and Bryan gets offended; he thinks Mike is just being an asshole, but Mike insists he just wants to make sure they put out the best quality dishes. I can kind of see his point; why would you make another version of a dish that the judges really didn't like? I mean, it's not like Bryan just ended up in the middle of the pack with that dish; he was in the bottom three. So I would also have concerns. The brothers work it out and Bryan promises that his food won't suck this time; maybe having more than thirty minutes to cook will help.