The Katie Leebot drones that she thinks they have their decision and calls back Harold, Stephen, and Tiffani. With absolutely zero emotion in her voice, The Katie Leebot congratulates them for being in the top three. All chefs get high praise for their dishes, but the single winner is Harold. Yay! That and Lee Anne's were my favorite dishes. Harold is thrilled and feels he redeemed himself after the Quickfire. In the kitchen, the waiting competitors cheer for Harold after Stephen and his pink tie and awkward hand flourishes present him as the night's winner. Andrea, DonKen, and Candice are summoned to the Judges' Table and are told by the android that they represent the bottom three in that night's challenge. One of them will be eliminated. Gail tells DonKen that there was no continuity on his plate -- it was bland and poorly seasoned. DonKen admits that he wasn't happy with his dish either. Whatever happened to flipping the plate off the table if they didn't like it, O Kenny Boy? Colicchio tells Andrea she had too much produce going on in her dish and it was a mess. Andrea agrees that it looked like a bomb went off on the plate. Or an enema. Keller criticizes Candice's overcooked chicken, which Candice accepts with good grace. A weird Colicchio voice-over tells DonKen, "Ken, based on the dish you presented, we don't think you have what it takes to be a Top Chef. It was bland and, frankly, it just didn't taste good." The Katie Leebot drones in, "Please pack your knives and go." DonKen thanks them very much. They all leave the table.
Back in the kitchen, DonKen announces that the "Paddy from Ireland" is leaving. Some of them pretend to be sad; Tiffani just looks smug and interviews that she knew DonKen would be the one to leave. Dave says that he might be the most relieved that DonKen is leaving: "He kind of took some of my energy and passion [drink!] away because of the attitude." DonKen interviews that he thinks his tongue got him into trouble, "but that's me, I express myself. I'll always be me -- I wouldn't want to be any way else." He's got his health, so he's okay. No, really, that's what he says. Anyway, he's gone, and bravo to Bravo for not keeping him around for the Hateful Jim quotient.
We're sort of off to a slow start here, but the previews promise a delectably ugly season, and we all know they ain't just whistlin' Dixie! Watch this space.