We enter the scene right after Dale's elimination. Blais says that he wanted to say a lot more to Dale when he left, but he was taken by surprise and didn't get to. Blais interviews that he wanted to go to the end with Dale, and this is the only elimination he's sad about. Well, other than his own, if that happens, I would guess. He might be sad about that. Blais tells Tiffany that she's invincible, which is kind of a shitty thing to say, because he's basically saying, "You can churn out any old crap and the judges won't send you home, even when you deserve it." I would like Blais better with about ten percent less cockiness. Otherwise, he's turning into Bobby Flay with liquid nitrogen.
Hey, there totally is a bartender at the weird bar the cheftestants go to for their post-mortem. Given the carry out cups, I kind of thought it was an empty bar that they just sit at and drink the coffee they bought down the street. Then again, they are the only people in the bar, so maybe it's just in their building, and no one else lives there yet? But who hired the bartender? So confusing. Anyway, Antonia takes a break from the fake bar to call her daughter. Antonia's a single mom. She misses her daughter. I was sure this was Antonia's death knell. They all toast and Blais says that now is when it gets tough. Mike echoes my thoughts: "It hasn't been tough?" Seriously. It's been tough. Ask Dale. Or Angelo. But this is the last elimination before the finals, so it's very, very important. VERY IMPORTANT!
The next morning, the cheftestants are waiting around to find out what the challenge will be this week. Blais just hopes that it's fewer than fifty plates, and then says that Antonia "has a good nose for these things" and asks her opinion on what the challenge will be. Antonia wonders if Padma might be coming to their place, and Tiffany agrees that she was thinking the same thing. And then like a second later, Padma walks in the door and everyone FREAKS OUT. That was pretty awesome. I mean, I'm sure there' s a logical explanation other than Antonia is a psychic, but the timing was great. Padma tells them to get ready and meet her on the roof. Antonia interviews that they'll probably have to base jump off the roof and cook an egg on the way down. Hey, don't give the producers any ideas.
Up on the roof, Padma congratulates them for making it so far. Then she tells them that their Quickfire Challenge will take place on the ferry to Ellis Island. Mike tells the dummies in the audience (who can relate to him) that Ellis Island was the seat of immigration into the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. That's all the detail they get for now, and they head off to the ferry.