Last Chance Kitchen spoiler below!
Kevin took on Karen, who was rightly eliminated from the main competition for her duck dish. There are several ingredients by category. Karen got to choose the ingredient and the dish had to be tea forward. Yes, tea. Kevin did a seared tuna in a broth made from mint, hibiscus and other tea. Karen did a fish poached in lemongrass and ginger tea. Kevin's was more ambitious and he won. Karen looks pretty pissed off that she has been eliminated for the third time (twice from the main competition, and now once from LCK).
Tom then brings in the current five players from the main competition, none of whom will be eliminated in LCK; rather, three of the five will take on Kevin to try to keep him from coming back. Kevin gets to pick his opponents. If Kevin wins 2 out of the 3 battles, he's back in.
First he picks Brian Malarkey. Kevin thinks Malarkey has a hard time editing himself, and in LCK where time and choices are an issue, Malarkey might try to do too much. More ingredients by category up for grabs. Malarkey picks shells (shellfish). Tom chooses the dish, and it has to be a risotto, so basically a seafood risotto. Malarkey of course can't help himself and does a spin on risotto. He adds too much broth to the final dish because he says he wants the risotto to stay moist, so it looks more like a soup. Kevin goes the more traditional route and does a classic risotto. Kevin rightly wins. Malarkey in an interview talks about how everyone knew he should have won, which is bullshit. I can't wait for this guy to go.
Kevin next picks Bryan Voltaggio, presumably because BV has not won a quickfire challenge yet. While Kevin was contemplating his pick, my partner and I were yelling, "Pick Stephanie!" She looked absolutely panicked that she'd get chosen. Her nerves were written all over her face, and I think she would have messed up. Dumb move by Kevin. The ingredient category is stinky, and Tom decides they have to make a stinky soup. Lots of ingredients with funk to them. Kevin uses a ton for his soup, including blue cheese (yuck). Bryan is more restrained, and Bryan wins. Now Kevin has to win the third battle or he's done.
Again, my partner and I are saying, "Pick Stephanie!" She's still looking scared to death. Shockingly, Kevin leaves it up to one of the five to volunteer to take him on. Gregory takes the challenge because he wants to make sure Kevin doesn't get back in. Again, a seemingly stupid move by Kevin, but he says if he gets back in, he thinks he should have to beat the strongest chefs. The ingredient category is fruit and nuts. Tom says the dish has to have some sort of dough. Gregory makes a rice dumpling soup basically topped with a fruit salad, so a dessert soup. Kevin makes a cornbread pear and walnut cobbler. Gregory's mistake is to put a watermelon and strawberry ice on top of the soup when it's far too frozen, and Tom gets brain freeze. Tom likes both dishes, but Kevin gets the win and he's back in the competition. Cut to Stephanie looking not so happy. I still think Kevin should have gone against her second, but he's in and he did it his own way.