The cheftestants trek to Santa Barbara, shop for their wines, and then go to the restaurant to prepare for the dinner. Colicchio is at the restaurant to greet them and points back to a very small and messy kitchen where they will be cooking for the thirty guests. He tells them to get back into the kitchen and start straightening it out. Colicchio gives them five hours and starts the clock. Food flurry. The cheftestants bitch about the size of the kitchen and argue over sink use. Marcel asks if people can please keep the refrigerator doors closed. Doesn't seem unreasonable. Cliff bitches to us that Marcel has gotten under his skin before, he let it go, but he's annoying him again. And you're going to do something about that annoyance, aren't you Cliff? Food flurry. Son of Sam pauses his flurry to tell the cameras, "So, I'm doing beets and Marcel's doing beets. Seems a little silly to me, but that's his choice." That's okay, SOS, you can get your revenge on Marcel's silly beets when you sit idly by and laugh while Cliff shoves his face in the carpet. Cliff, not looking up from his prep, tells the cameras, "This is, like, the last battle you'll fight until the finals. And I want to go to the finals, so I don't plan on doing anything to screw that up." Can you rub your sirloin with some minced hubris please, Cliff? It will just make it all the more delectable. Son of Sam asks around if people will be able to help him plate. Elia agrees, Marcel doesn't think he can. Son of Sam repeats the scenario to us and adds, "Marcel's very adolescent in his ways, at times, and this is just showcasing that." But ganging up on a guy isn't adolescent at all, is it Sam? Dink. Marcel tells us he was just being honest about his time. Considering how Ted Ilan seemed to successfully lobby all the cheftestants not to help Marcel during the Seven Deadly Sins challenge, I'm not even going to get into that petty fight. Furthermore, given that we are this far into the Elimination Challenge and still have more than half the episode to go, Bravo clearly didn't mean this episode to be about the Elimination Challenge. Or the food.
Episode Report Card1232 USERS: C+
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