And that's twenty minutes of my life I'll never get back. Basically, we don't know. All we know is that the only complaint came from Boulud calling it "curdle-y," and now Ted deems the whole thing fixed because of the wording.
Ted then broaches the subject of the salmon by saying, "I made the drastic mistake of ordering the salmon." I know you're trying to milk the drama, Ted, my love, but you didn't exactly have a choice in the matter. You're a judge, you had to order it, and everyone -- not just your delicate mouth -- had to taste it. So saying it was a "mistake" isn't relevant. Maybe the other diners made a "mistake" in ordering it, but you did not. Colicchio agrees that the salmon dish was bad and suffered from "one too many ingredients." "It was disgusting," Ted says with finality. All the judges agree that the lobster dish failed, and that the brioche bread pudding wasn't really bread pudding and the apples in it were undercooked. Ted again loved the tableside service when Tre hand-poured the anglaise over the dessert.
Padma saunters to the back and calls back Quatre. Restaurant April is bumming. Lined up in front of the judges, Quatre hears that they are the winning restaurant, and they cheer and cry, and Sara does some sort of whining noise that sounds like air escaping from a balloon when you pull the opening taut. Colicchio gives them props for all their changes, and Zakarian tells Sara she is the winner of the night. In the back, Dale announces that Sara is the winner, and Restaurant April applauds before going before the judges themselves.
Somber, Restaurant April waits for the axe to fall. Colicchio starts off by saying that the service was "too easy" for Brian. He wasn't focused on the details and he wasn't looking at everything that went out. Poor Brian -- last week, he was too hectic and this week, when O'Brian put several Ativans in MALARKEY!'s applesauce, he's accused to being too relaxed. The thing is, I don't really know what Colicchio is talking about. We don't have an example of the consequences of Brian's service being "too easy." The judges next go off on the salmon dish for having too many strong elements. Moving to the second course, CJ admits to being responsible for the lobster salad. Colicchio says the dish "just missed" and was too salty. Next, Casey agrees with the judges that her monkfish was overcooked, but Zakarian wants to beat the dead fish by saying, "When you go to the fish market to buy the fish, the fish is dead, you don't want to kill it again."