Megumi manages to impress the judges with her Rainbow Terrine, which emphasises the maturity of vegetables. However, when it comes down to voting, all three judges vote for Shinomiya's dish based on the difference between their skill. Just then, Dojima gives his own vote towards Megumi's dish, stating that Shinomiya has grown stale. This is revealed in flashbacks to be related to how his climb to fame involved making sure his dish was done to the book with no tolerance otherwise. When Shinomiya tries Megumi's dish for himself, he comes to understand how her dish was geared towards the needs of those eating it and puts in a vote for Megumi. With Inui casting her own vote for Megumi, the Shokugeki ends in a tie, with Shinomiya revoking Megumi's expulsion. As Megumi returns back to her concerned friends, Soma laments his technical defeat.