The judges deliberate. Marcel wowed them.
Elsewhere, Sam, Elia, and Ted Ilan talk a bit of smack about Marcel. Because they still haven't learned their frigging lesson. Ted Ilan says, "He got here by the skin of his teeth -- he was on the chopping block so many times." "He's rude," Elia says. Really? How else would you expect someone who got attacked and nearly had his head shaved while you sat there and did nothing to act? Polite? Sanctimonious louse. "Disrespectful," Ted Ilan adds. "Arrogant," Elia lists. Son of Sam sits back and says nothing. Maybe he did learn his lesson while the others have their heads so far up their own asses they can't get away from their own crap. "He's been tcheeeting the whole competition," Elia says. Oh, what's this now? Since when? Name a time, Elia -- name an event! Ted Ilan jumps on this and says she has to say something. Son of Sam smiles. Maybe he knows she will be ridiculed for this. Maybe he's smiling at the fireworks that will play out. Maybe he's smiling because he just realized Elia's tongue and lips would make a nice pickle. "Elia, please -- we have to say something, this is the chance," Ted Ilan says. "If you say something, say it about cheating," Son of Sam advises.
The judges deliberate. Elia didn't wow them, and Sam played it safe. Colicchio announces, "It dawned on me, he didn't cook anything." "So?" Padmadala interjects provokingly. "This is a cooking competition," Colicchio says, his eyes wide, "He didn't cook anything." "He cooked it by marinating it," Padmadala counters, "That's just totally valid." She's really slurring. Colicchio doesn't think so, even if Gail agrees with Padmadala. "There was just no development of flavors," Colicchio goes on. "There was TOTAL development!" Padmadala insists loudly, rolling her eyes and her head, "It just wasn't developed by heat." This is hysterical. I think Padmadala's off her nut, and I'm loving it. Didn't Sam have to cook the pudding part of the haupia? Also, the tuile would have been baked. Taking into consideration that Son of Sam supposedly didn't cook anything, Chef Wong admits he's starting to think "a little different." Gail says if they're going to say that Son of Sam played it safe, then she's going to bring up that Ted Ilan played it safe when introducing Spanish ingredients. "He's a line cook in a Spanish restaurants -- he has made Spanish dish after Spanish dish because that's what he knows, because that's what he works with every day," Gail explains. You go, Gail! Again, they all give him points for the taro leaf addition. Padmadala notes that Sam has the most Quickfire wins and Ted Ilan has the most Elimination wins.