Back in the kitchen, the Red Team is doing final preparations on their last course. Robin is trying to plate her pear crisp and Michael is all up in her biz, grabbing her food and trying to tell her what to do. Robin tells him to buzz off and asks if she can do it. He just ignores her and keeps plating her food, so she gets pissed and keeps repeating, "This is my goddamn dessert!" Michael finally walks away but not before making a point of telling Robin, like a child or a dog, not to curse at him again, "Do you understand?" What a dick. My first impression of him was totally right. Look, I get that Robin is annoying and he thinks she's incompetent, but there are ways to manage people in a kitchen or elsewhere without treating them like not-very-bright children and demeaning them. Robin keeps arguing with him so Bryan comes over and tells them both to shut it and get the food out. Bryan interviews that he understood Michael's reaction but they should have set it aside and gotten the food out. Once the plates go out, Robin can't just fucking drop it and has to keep yelling at Michael for what he did. Just LET IT GO. He's toxic and you're never going to be friends. Continuing the argument serves no purpose. How can she be in her mid-40s and not have learned that lesson yet? There are discussions worth having and some that aren't. This one isn't worth it. Michael pulls the TOTAL DICK MOVE of telling Robin to "relax." Gah. I hate that. Shut it, both of you.
Eli finally escapes with some plates to take to the judges. The first is ganache with spearmint ice cream and chocolate tuiles (sort of like lacy chips?) made by Bryan. I am an opponent of using mint in desserts, but this looks pretty effing good. The other dish is pear pithivier with vanilla ice cream and elderflower syrup, made by Robin, which also looks pretty good. Toby thinks this is Robin's best dish ever, and Rick compliments the layers of flavor. They also all like the chocolate ganache, although Toby wishes there were more ice cream. Eli returns to the table to see if there are more questions or comments. Once he leaves, Padma asks the table what they thought of Eli's performance, and Rick says he liked how hard Eli tried. Aw. Like a dog.