The judges head over to the other restaurant to try out their food. Laurine greets them, and then interviews that she needs to balance the needs of the judges with the needs of all the other diners, who will be filling out comment cards. Tom points out that there are no desserts on the menu and Padma gasps like someone told her that someone died in the kitchen. I don't get why it's such a big deal; in the past, when teams have screwed up dessert, the judges have asked why they bothered making one at all. Mike I. sends the first set of dishes out, which Laurine delivers to the table without a word of explanation, so I don't get the glamour shot and caption for each dish. I know that one is Mike I.'s Arctic char tartar and the other is his asparagus and egg dish. The char is apparently underseasoned, and Padma asks for salt, which sends the kitchen into a tizzy. The highest praise they can come up with on both dishes is that they weren't bad. Not so great compared to the raves the other team got.
It's time for the second course, but it's not ready. Laurine reports to the kitchen that the servers are talking to the guests to try to stall for time. I'm not sure why Laurine isn't out there tending to the judges. Service gets screwed up and the kitchen is backed up. Meanwhile, no one is talking to the judges. Laurine finally goes out there and apologizes for the delay, but when she goes back in the kitchen the food still isn't ready and Jen claims she didn't know she was supposed to be firing the judges' food. MISCOMMUNICATION!
Finally, Laurine brings out the food and again just dumps it on the table with no introduction or explanation. Padma has to ask her to come back and explain, and even then it seems like she's basically just reading them what's on the menu and isn't that familiar with the two dishes: Idaho trout with brown butter emulsion, hazelnuts, and braised endive, cooked by Jen, and Alaskan halibut with mussels, clams, and saffron aioli in consommé, also cooked by Jen. Well, that explains why the course was so backed up; Jen was cooking both dishes. Poor planning. Tom points out that the one dish doesn't have consommé because it's not clear. And in the other dish, the brown butter emulsion broke and it's terrible. They're all disappointed, especially the regular judges because they know Jen can do better.