Brooke does a quick change to get ready to do front of house. There are only minutes left and everyone completes last minute tasks. Stefan interviews that he doesn't feel like he talked to Sheldon enough about each menu item, and that could be a problem.
Diners being to arrive in both restaurants and the food starts going out. No major mishaps yet. The judges arrive pretty quickly; Brooke notes that she was hoping for a little more time to get into the swing of things before having to deal with judges. Padma introduces everyone: Danny Meyer, Gail, Tom, and Emeril. Brooke gives them menus and explains the concept. Danny likes the graphics on the menu and Emeril is impressed with how much they did in such a short time, and so is Danny.
Kristen is confusing Lizzie with the way that she is calling orders, but Lizzie gets it together and their first dish goes out to the judges. It's the charcuterie course by Lizzie: rabbit, pickled turnips and yellow beets in chicken and rabbit broth. Danny comments that you expect rabbit terrine, but this is great. Emeril likes the broth and adds that the mustard is not overpowering. They all agree that it's a good dish.
Josie is plating her bouillabaisse. Kristen comes over and asks if she's tested using the charger and of course Josie hasn't. Kristen tries it out; I'm not entirely clear on what was supposed to happen here. I guess all the non-broth elements of the bouillabaisse were supposed to be put in a bowl and then the broth was supposed to be foamed on top? Or something? Anyway, Kristen just pours the sauce over it, and she interviews that it's a mess, and she can't believe Josie didn't test it. Josie interviews that she's sensing a little attitude. YOU THINK? I WONDER WHY? Lizzie interviews that Josie and Kristen are butting heads over style. Meanwhile, the diners are sitting there wondering where the next course is, because this plating is taking so long. The judges are also noticing the delay. Josie blames Kristen for the delay, but honestly? We've seen Josie late with her dishes twice, and Kristen never. So whose fault is the delay?
The judges' dishes finally arrive: halibut, Dungeness crab, bay scallops with shellfish broth. Emeril notes that his halibut is overcooked and his scallop is practically raw. Well, that's a hundred percent Josie's fault. Gail can't figure out why Tom's dish has froth and hers doesn't, and guesses that hers dissipated. No one can figure out why there's so little broth in the bowl. The judges just look puzzled, and they decide that something went wrong with the dish but it's not really their job to judge the dish as it was intended. They have to judge the dish they get.