In better news, Ted thought Sam's dish was the prettiest. He thinks Cliff did a good job, considering that there isn't that much purple food to choose from. He also thinks it was clever of Michael to pick the pink fish that turns orange. And the carrot chips were, of course, delicious. Michael smiles, and you can see what looks like a gaping hole in the side of his mouth, and ew. The winner is... Michael. Man. Now it's really too bad there's no immunity. Sam says that it was good to see Michael get his first win, and claims to have been happy for him. I'm sure it's all relative. Happy it wasn't Marcel, I would certainly believe. Michael interviews that beating strong players Sam and Cliff was great, but not getting immunity was less great. You can tell he wasn't kidding when he said that he just wanted to take the damn day off and soak his teeth in vodka.
Padma explains to the cheftestants that their next challenge involves "inspiration." The inspiration here is that the seven of them will create a seven-course dinner inspired by the seven deadly sins. Cliff immediately loves it. He comes very close to rattling them off accurately, except that he leaves out gluttony and repeats "envy" as "jealousy." They'll work here for three hours, then they'll pack up and go elsewhere to present a dinner party for Debi Mazar and friends. And Ted is sticking around, because Gail is off blowing on her nails or something. They'll draw knives to find out what sin they get. Michael pulls lust. Sam gets anger. Elia pulls pride, Ilan gluttony, Cliff greed, Betty sloth, and Marcel envy. It turns out that Michael's reward for winning the Quickfire, even though he doesn't get immunity, is that he can swap his knife -- "lust" -- for any one he wants. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), he decides to switch with Marcel and take envy instead of lust. Marcel thinks this was crazy, because lust is "a gold mine." I'm sort of inclined to agree that envy is more conceptually challenging than lust, for which you can probably make something extremely rich and beautiful and be done with it.