Eight maids a milking: Melissa makes gorgonzola and NY strip steak on sourdough crostini with cranberry vinaigrette. Melissa interviews that she's feeling really confident about her concept and her execution. The judges claims that they can only taste cheese when they eat her dish, and no steak at all.
Three French hens: Leah makes braised guinea hen with butternut squash on brioche. Natasha Richardson doesn't get why the brioche is there, and Colicchio agrees that it's really dry and unnecessary. I'm assuming it was necessary so that the food could be a portable bite that you could pick up? I can appreciate trying to make your appetizer portable, so people don't have to carry a fork around, but I guess that doesn't work when it makes your dish taste bad. Just guessing.
Six geese a laying: Ariane makes deviled eggs six different ways, with ingredients including crab salad, balsamic vinegar, salmon, etc. Natasha thinks they're great, but Colicchio is bothered by the idea that someone could win the competition with a deviled egg of all things.
Eleven pipers piping: Hosea makes pork loin with chipotle mashed potatoes with apple brandy jus. Colicchio thinks the pork is cooked well, and Michelle Bernstein thinks that the seasoning and flavors are great. The guests seem to like it as well, and some of the female guests really like Hosea, as they stand there and flirt with him while he's trying to cook. They even start pinning their ribbons on his sleeves instead of in the designated spot. They love him. Leah gets all jealous and jokes that she's going to beat up the women that were flirting with him. Maybe she should leave that opportunity to Hosea's girlfriend? Then again, the girlfriend might want to beat Leah up. Or Hosea, since he's not exactly discouraging her attentions.
Ten lords a leaping: Jeff makes seared Halloumi and Kassiere cheese with roasted beets and pears. Jeff thinks his station was "a mosh pit" with a huge line all day. Michelle Bernstein likes the flavors and combination of ingredients. Hosea thinks Jeff is his only competition, and Jeff's looks and presentation will earn him some votes.