Dale asks Ted what he thinks of the braised poussin with mint gnocchi and sweet pea purée with hazelnuts and carrots. "I think it's absolutely delicious," Ted announces. "Good, because it was my dish!" Dale reveals in a stage whisper. In the kitchen, Sara examines some of Howie's very purple, very translucent, very squashy lamb. Howie agrees it's too rare and thinks it needs to rest for another minute. Sara disagrees; Howie argues. "Do them over!" Sara finally insists, as Colicchio meanders past. Howie slams an oven shut and Colicchio calmly watches. Dale brings the next course out to the judges. Padma will be enjoying Quatre's halibut with braised leeks, grape sauce, red and green grapes, and more leeks. Ted and Zakarian fork away at Padma's dish and praise it. The lamb from last week is back on the menu but instead of a braise, it's a roasted rack and is served with white beans and haricot verts (French green beans). Ted waxes rapturous over the lamb. "It's good," Zakarian nods, understatedly. "It's a Howie dish," Joey tells Sara N. at another table, "It's definitely a Howie dish. Undercooked and undercooked." I thought Howie had problems overcooking things. Also, why so bitter, Joey? Didn't Howie treat you to a bottle of wine? Meanwhile, Stephen passes among the guests, dispensing wine facts and pours. Dale tells us that Stephen has a rep for being an "ostentatious chatterbox." Yeah, but it's not going to hurt your team any. Finally the Quatre desserts come out: panna cotta with fresh berries and the crêpe from last week.
Episode Report CardKeckler: C- | 1008 USERS: C+
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