Dale's next, then Lisa, who's a "little bit shaky," quite literally, as she knocks over the bottle of water provided to cleanse palates between bites. Padma jumps back like Lisa's poured gasoline on the table, but Ming diffuses the situation by telling Padma that "it's okay, it's just water." I would not want to be the one to spill something on Padma. She's got definite Naomi Campbell potential. Various shots of the cheftestants and the item pairs, as voice-overs explain what to look for: with chocolate ($1.00 and $8.00 per bar), says Dale, "I'm looking for a high fat content, something rich, I'm looking for a bitterness." Bingo, Dale! Lisa misidentifies an item and opines that "this entire thing would have been easier without a blindfold on." Yeah, well, then it wouldn't be that much of a challenge since, as Lisa goes on to explain, you can tell a lot by sight. She correctly identifies the better butter ($9.00 and $4.00 per pound) and cheddar cheese ($18.99 and $2.99 per pound) -- which both do look markedly different -- so just quit your whining, okay?
Dale, nailing the soy sauce and the sake, "got all of the Asian ingredients right," which pleases him, but, after explaining that he has loves and has "boughten a lot of caviar," picks the eggs that sell for $2.99 an ounce as opposed to the ones that go for $17.00 an ounce. That "killed" him. But how about boughten? That mouth may be a somewhat adept taster, Dale, but it doesn't speak very well at all.
Nikki, Andrew, Antonia and Spike follow in rapid succession, and then Jen bites into pork two ways -- $24.00 per pound (damn, that is really expensive) and $6.00 per pound, which looks rather pale and slick, and chooses correctly. Mark gets something wrong, Richard gets something right, which looks to be olive oil ($3.99 for 750 milliliters versus $25.00) -- after he extols his "great" hands, his "good" skills, and his "sound" techniques, he says that if one is "in the bottom three in this challenge I think it's a big embarrassment." As much as I would love to see Richard lose this one, I don't think it's going to happen.
Antonia believes that her "palate is very, very good," and takes the time (well, as much time can be taken in twenty seconds) and the fingers to do the job right, using different fingers and taking meticulous sips of water between each bite to make sure that "I'm not cross-contaminating flavors." The sake ($72.00 versus $5.99 per bottle) apparently doesn't throw Zoi or Nikki, but manages to stump Andrew, who, when asked by Padma if the challenge was harder than he expected, sums it up quite nicely with an emphatic "Hell yeah."