It Came Upon A Sniff And Sneer
As Tiffani demands to know what proteins Stephen has, Tre attempts to get Stephen to work for him. Sadly, Stephen has to admit, "I have to help Tiff." Yeah, that's because she barreled in there yelling about who had to help her. Man, the expression on Stephen's face when he grabs a bottle of wine and a platter of something -- his osso buco, I guess -- is priceless. He's just so resigned and annoyed to be back to helping Tiffani in a final. Tiffani tells us she grabbed Josie, Sandee, and Stephen because "they are the people that know and like me best." Really? Do Josie and Sandee know you at all? Also, since when does Stephen like Tiffani? Because judging by the expression I mentioned above, he's cursing the fact that Tre wasn't more bloodthirsty when they ran back into the kitchens.
Tre realizes that he absolutely has to do a dessert now, and nods at Betty's proffered white chocolate mascarpone and asks her to do a crumble. Tiffani announces that she doesn't want to use any ingredients she's already used. Then why did you hold onto the cider for dear life, Tiffani? Tiffani regales us with the tales of how her high-end "leftover sandwich" came to be. Something about crappy leftovers, but then she thought to use Stephen's braised veal and blah, blah, blah. Whatever, Colicchio loves her so there's no way she's not winning tonight. In fact, I'm convinced this was just all a big ploy so Colicchio could get a "do-over" for Tiffani and have her win.
Tre cooks, Betty is loud, and Josie parrots Emeril with an "Oh, yeah, baby." The food is plated, and CJ says, "Go get your twenty grand, Tre." Tre tells us this is not about the money for him; it's about "pride and redemption." We then get Tiffani saying, "Yeah, it's be nice to walk out with twenty grand, for sure!" Tre and Tiffani arrive to Padma laughing, "Yum! Yum! Yum!" Do you think Gail ever wants to stab her with a fork when she gets all cutesy like that? Colicchio makes some comment about expecting open-faced turkey sandwiches. "I came this close, seriously," Tiffani tells them. See how they just think EXACTLY alike?