Spike likes chicken salad. That's why he made it. And because it wouldn't frighten the cops, those food sissies. Not, he assures everyone, because it would make things more difficult for the competition. Sam questions the level of thought that went into the use of the tomato, lettuce, and bread -- Spike wants to know what was so bad, so Colicchio asks if he chose the ingredients because they were integral to his vision or because he's a schemer (not that there's anything wrong with that). Even if you do make choices for strategic as opposed to creative reasons, counsels Colicchio, use what you choose. Oh, and by the way, the combination of olives and grapes in the chicken salad was rather weird. "Salty and sweet," responds Spike. "What don't you understand about salty and sweet?" Oh, zing -- he really got you there, Colicchio! Except that olives are more than salt, and their flavor simply doesn't work with grapes, you little shit. Spike counters that the people's palate liked the food, even if the smarty-palate judges didn't, and they argue about who's better until Colicchio asserts his "final say" authority and Spike gets a gong from the sound guys.
Lisa makes the judges tell her why she's there instead of going all knee-jerk defensive in response to Padma's question about the reason for her presence. Your stir fry was neither, says Colicchio, and there were so many, many things cooked incorrectly. Long beans, shrimp, and (most notably) brown rice were woefully undercooked, even after microwaving, he continues. This compels Lisa to confess that "somebody fucked with my rice." She delivers her sob story and her conviction that, no, Ted, she did not accidentally turn it up to high herself, because she had the burner set at low and was using a timer, and the rice had about ten to twelve minutes left when the evil agent struck (which is a bit odd, because if the rice only had ten minutes left, wouldn't it be at least partially cooked?). Dirty business aside, says Colicchio, all the other stuff was raw.
"Do you have anything else to add before the judges deliberate?" asks Padma, each word pregnant with significance. Lisa, squirming under the realization that her claims of sabotage haven't saved her from elimination, decides to employ her new-found love of the rules, and a defense for looking out for number one, to call out Andrew on his failure to use a whole grain. "I don't want to point fingers," she says, pointing fingers. "We are aware of it," Colicchio assures her, because we know all. We just like to watch you all implode. Ah, says Andrew, "I've always been against the grain" (ouch) and, when asked why he didn't use one, again focuses on his desire to be different, to do "rice" instead of rice. Colicchio then confirms that Andrew understood the challenge (and was therefore knowingly breaking the rules, as opposed to being unaware). He did, however, lose his rule sheet early in the challenge (I've never seen a rule sheet in any of the episodes, although it does make sense that there would be one), and forged ahead without it. Lisa apologizes for calling Andrew out, and maintains that he'd have done the same to her. He wouldn't, he says, and that's the difference. "If I say any more, I'm scared I'm going to get punched," says Lisa. If only.