Padma shows up and asks them all to come in to Judges' Table, so they go. They start with Leah. Pepin tells her that her egg was undercooked and her Hollandaise was too thin. Leah explains how she thinned it at the last minute and Padma says she thinned out the flavor. I think on top of saying it was too thin, Pepin is saying that her sauce broke, which is a no-no with any sort of emulsion. That's basic technique. They move on to Stefan and Colicchio breaks the news that his salmon was overcooked, which surprises Stefan. Padma explains the problems with the spinach, and Colicchio says the sauce was good, but combined with the creamed spinach, it was too much. Stefan looks devastated, and seems to realize for the first time that he's in danger. Toby adds insult to injury by saying that the potatoes weren't crispy enough, so there was no variety in texture.
They move on to Hosea. Padma says that Susan really liked his dish, but Colicchio adds that she wanted a more traditional scampi. Pepin thought the tomatoes were too refined, and Hosea explains that was by design, because he wanted a pretty plate. Pepin thinks that taste comes before beauty. Fabio gets feedback next. Padma says that his chicken was delicious, and Lidia was very happy. Toby thinks Fabio reproduced a dish from his own childhood, which is what Lidia had in mind, and Pepin agrees that the flavors and spices were all very traditional. Colicchio has to be the buzzkill when he says that the salad was, as Wylie said, "an airplane salad." Fabio doesn't even try to defend it and says he's going back to the Stew Room to shoot himself for doing an airplane salad. Everyone laughs and Colicchio quips that the airlines are always looking for good chefs. Didn't they do a challenge about that one time? Ah, yes, in season three.
Finally, they get to Carla, who says that she wanted to keep her dish simple and make it perfect, but she was disappointed because the squab was overcooked. Colicchio agrees with her but says that some people thought it was fine. Pepin says if you couldn't see it, you would have thought it was fine by taste, because it was so tender. Carla is pleased that Pepin is defending her. Everyone is surprised that she managed to get fresh peas, since they're out of season, and Pepin says that the whole dish was perfectly prepared. Padma sends them out for deliberations.