Finally, we get to the Insomniac's Bread Pudding. Tre says, "My minimal knowledge of bread pudding -- or pastries at that -- was it's the best effort if I could give at it." But Tre, you did say you could do bread pudding in your sleep. That doesn't really sound like "minimal knowledge." Ted Allen knows they aren't pastry chefs and acknowledges he's not one either, but bread puddings aren't difficult to make. Colicchio wants to know if anyone on the team knows how to make bread pudding. CJ does but he didn't offer to make it because it was Tre's idea; it was Tre's dish. And to keep blame from landing on CJ for being too passive or willing to let Tre take the fall, I will repeat that Tre said HE COULD MAKE IT IN HIS SLEEP. Zakarian wants to know where CJ was and why he wasn't helping his chef with the bread pudding: "Did you taste it?" CJ did and found it a little boring. Casey looks plaintively at the judges as Zakarian goes on that CJ is supposed to be watching Tre's back. CJ looks over at Tre, hoping for some understanding. Colicchio brings up the fact that CJ hand-picked his team, "What happened?" CJ doesn't know what happened because he thought their food was good and that they did a good job. Colicchio points out, "The other team took the soft opening, took the criticism and really, sort of stepped up, where you guys didn't act like chefs." Padma excuses them while they debate some more.
In the back, Restaurant April tells Quatre what the judges thought about their hard opening versus Quatre's.
Colicchio thinks Restaurant April suffered from overconfidence, and he just didn't see an intensity in the team. Ted thinks there was no leadership on the team and sort of generally blames everyone. Taking each cheftestant in turn, Ted harps on the awful salmon -- it's getting so I almost wish I could have tasted the dish just to see how bad it was -- and Zakarian attacks CJ for not having Tre's back. Speaking of backs, what's on yours, Zakarian? Let's discuss the polo shirt first. It's striped and looks like you belong on the S.S. Minnow. That's pretty bad, but what makes it worse is that you are wearing a blazer over it. A blazer over a not-ical polo shirt? And you all were going off on Dale's attire? I don't think I agree with New York Magazine that Zakarian is one of the most beautiful New Yorkers. I mean, I don't live in New York, but judging by the people I know in that city, there are way prettier people than him knocking around. And they don't look like they styled their hair with a delicate balance of silver shoe polish and Brylcreem. Ted wonders if CJ abdicated responsibility because he didn't want to be in the hot seat or because he knew Tre would do it better. I think that because we know -- and the judges should know -- that CJ is a personal chef with less experience (if any) at being an exec chef than Tre, it's pretty obvious he did what he did for the good of the team. Ted brings up the fact that while Dale did both FOH and made a dish, Brian didn't contribute any such thing. Finally, Colicchio reminds us how they disliked Casey's monkfish.