The judges discuss what to do. Tom hated both losing dishes so he doesn't know what to do. They still don't know who came up with the idea of pasta salad. Mark points out that the pasta salad had no flavor. Colicchio noticed that Laurine had some awareness that her dish was lame, but Preeti thought it was awesome. Gail is mad that Laurine had awareness and didn't change anything, but Colicchio points out that Preeti should be embarrassed that she stood behind that lame dish. They all noticed Mike's palpable anger, and Mark thought he might even throw a punch. Gail and Padma point out that his dish was flavorless and unappealing, and they weren't required to work in pairs. That was something the cheftestants decided on their own. Back in the Stew Room, Mike is at least able to laugh about how angry he was in front of the judges.
The judges call Preeti, Laurine, and Mike back in. Colicchio says that the food was good today for the most part, but the people standing there produced the worst dishes. Mike's dish was a throwaway, which won't cut it in this competition. Preeti and Laurine produced an uninspired dish, and Preeti doesn't get that while Laurine did, and should have done something about it earlier. Padma tells Preeti to pack her knives and go. Preeti points out in her exit speech that this competition is a lot stiffer this season than in previous seasons, which I think is true. But she still made my aunt's pasta salad in a competition of elite chefs.
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