Back in the live studio with Padma, we learn that there are "some Hung supporters in the audience." Ahem. I'm sure his brothers are proud to be so described. Padma says that in the audience are Hung's mom and brother and a "rather familiar face." Pathetically, instead of showing the folks who are actually relevant tonight -- Hung's family -- the camera focuses on the rather familiar hair of Marcel. Ew! Marcel traded in his Wolverine sideburns for an Amish beard! So unattractive. No matter his height, coloring, or age, every guy who tries that just ends up looking like Abe Lincoln.
The six chefs get into the kitchens to start prepping and going over their menus. Rocco is impressed to hear that Hung has a bottle of tamarind juice to use for one of his dishes, and Hung tells us that Rocco totally gets him. Aw, they're in love! Although we never got to see it in The Restaurant, we've heard that Rocco is at his best when he's actually cooking, so this could be quite the television redemption arc for Rocco. Hung sends Rocco off to get cutting boards and other supplies.
Dale asks The Todd about his googolplex of restaurants. Michelle dips in with "He has so many restaurants -- you're amazing, I don't know how you do it!" The Todd's all, "I can't even remember them all sometimes." Dale tells us, "It feels really strange to say, 'I know you have more restaurants you can count, but chop me garlic right now.'" Dale goes on to say that the sous chefs are not allowed to give advice, but that you could see it on their faces when they really wanted to say something.
Casey seems to be having difficulty verbalizing her instructions to Michelle. They discuss the pork belly prep. Michelle tells the camera she's worried about the pork belly because she fears they don't have enough time to get it tender. She personally would not have chosen it. Casey mutters to herself as she collects ingredients and tells us, "Sometimes it's almost easier to just do it yourself because as you're doing it you think of things. Or you might change something, or do something a little differently." Casey stands there and thinks aloud to Michelle about her menu. Michelle tells the camera that she's a minimalist, so every time Casey added something, she wanted to subtract. This is not boding well for a XX win.