Josh is still in shock that Rock picked him for elimination. Rock explains that he doesn't think he is leadership material. "It's on," Josh says in retaliation. The girls turn in for the night, but Julia wants to study up because she feels like she still has a lot to learn.
At 6am the next morning, everyone is woken up by reveille. Members of the U.S. Navy come in blaring horns to rouse the chefs from slumber. Bonnie was in the shower at the time, so she has to report to the kitchen fully wet. (Yet somehow, she is perfectly blow dried and coifed by the time she's downstairs.) Aaron is having problems getting ready, so Rock and Brad are tasked with helping him dress.
The tired team members line up for Chef Ramsay, who expresses his disappointment in their dinner service performance. In response, he is opening up Hell’s Kitchen for breakfast starting at that moment. Uniformed military personnel come marching in. The girls will cook for the Army and the boys will serve the Navy. The first team to complete the breakfast service wins.
The Red Team turns to Julia as leader because she is a seasoned breakfast cook. She quickly organizes them into sections of the meal. On the Blue side of the kitchen, Aaron confidently claims the omelet station. Yet as he begins, he has to trash two omelets because he has burned them. Chef Ramsay is not pleased, and lays into him. Aaron asks to switch stations with someone else.
Julia has her team working together and communicating. Seventeen minutes into service, and twenty plates have been served to the Army. The Blue Team is not faring as well, causing the foodless Navy officers to stare hungrily at their counterparts' full tables.
Josh and Brad take over for Aaron, and the Navy finally gets some grub. The women continue to work at lightning speed, but some of their customers are finding raw potatoes. Culprit Joanna is ordered by Chef to start over and she cannot get back on track. "The whole thing just went haywire," Bonnie recalls. Joanna runs out of hash browns because she has to throw out so much. Chef Ramsay yells at her for making them salty and raw. "I've had it with you," he says. The girls don’t know what happened to their perfect breakfast.
Thirty minutes into service, Julia tries to regain control. Then the boys hit a brick wall putting a halt to their short-lived hot streak. Aaron is standing around with nothing to do, and Chef urges him to make bacon and sausages. The men can’t gel as a team.
The Red Team finishes off their last service and Chef Ramsay commends Julia. Instead of cleaning her section, he has Julia go help the men out. She takes leadership of the Blue Team, and Chef is impressed that she can make it work on that side of the kitchen. He thanks her profusely.
After the soldiers file out of the dining room, Chef Ramsay notes that the male chefs don’t have a leader on their team. They look clueless. He punishes the men to KP duty. They are tasked to peel potatoes and onions for an entire military base. That’s over a thousand pounds. Sous Chef Scott leads them outside where they must all carry huge sacks of potatoes and onions into the kitchen.
The women get a special treat from the armed forces. They change clothes and wave goodbye to the men. Back in the kitchen, Aaron passes out and falls down, smashing against the counters. He’s taken away in an ambulance.
Chef Ramsay and the women have a blast flying over the Pacific in the helicopter. They land on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego and get a tour of the museum. All six sit down to a proper lunch in an aircraft hangar. This time, the women take advantage of picking Chef’s brain while they have him in a happy place.
Back at Hell's Kitchen, Rock is annoyed because Josh is trying to be the leader but can’t deliver. The men can’t even coordinate the peeling process. That night, the women return to the dorm and continue the celebration by relaxing in the hot tub.
The men finally finish KP duty and retreat to their bedrooms. They discuss the lack of leadership amongst them. Each guy announces that he wants to be team leader. Then Josh strategically votes for Brad as the leader, putting Rock at odds. Rock believes that Josh and Brad did this on purpose to weed him out. However, he’s ready to outwit them both.
The next morning, the Blue Team enters the kitchen with a newfound confidence under leader Brad. The Red Team is feeling the pressure to keep up the winning streak. Julia admits to Sous Chef MaryAnn that she has no idea what a crème brulee is. The girls are disheartened that she will bring them down.
Chef Ramsay contacts Aaron in the hospital and gives him notice that the doctors have ruled out his returning to the kitchen. Aaron is disappointed that he must go home. Chef breaks the bad news about Aaron to the other contestants. He also lets the men know that, as losers of the last challenge, they will be responsible for keeping up the bottled water supply in the restaurant which is dwindling.
As the teams start the dinner service, Chef lays into Rock when he notices him squinting and winking from the sweat on his brow. Rock insists he’s fine. As the women cook, Joanna intends to step up her game. Yet Chef Ramsay chides her for her salty and soft risotto. Joanna must start over.
The men get going with their appetizers, and Chef commends Rock on his risotto. Rock is convinced that he is the true leader of his team, despite Brad’s self-appointment. Rock now needs Chef Ramsay to see him as the leader. Jean Phillipe notes that the dining room is low on water, and Josh transports cases of water from outside to refill the bar. After a day filled with potato sack lugging, Josh is hurting.
Forty-five minutes into the dinner service, Bonnie and Joanna struggle to get out their first courses. Chef is annoyed that Bonnie’s scallops are raw. Josh finally returns to the kitchen, and the boys' team becomes cohesive. Chef recognizes this but they still only have two orders out.
Meanwhile, the women are making their third attempt to get an appetizer served. Chef Ramsay gets a whiff of rancid crab from across the kitchen. He shouts at Joanna for not noticing while cooking with it. Good thing they didn’t send out any food so far because she could have killed someone. Chef dismisses her from the kitchen and appoints Julia to her station.
One hour into dinner and the Red Team's side of the restaurant is still waiting for one morsel of food while half of the Blue’s customers are enjoying their meals. Chef is angry when one of the men’s scallops is wrong even though Vinnie was ready to send it out. Chef smashes the scallop on Vinnie’s chest. Vinnie doesn’t back down and snaps a retort. "You've now just confirmed in my mind that you aren’t trustworthy," Chef screams. "So f**k you." Vinnie keeps quiet and starts the dish over.
Thanks to Julia and Jen, the customers on the Red Team’s side finally get their risotto after an hour. However, Jen throws out a batch of spaghetti before realizing another order has come in. She takes the pasta from the top of the garbage and washes it in the sink. She's about to re-boil it when Julia learns what's going on. Julia is appalled and makes her trash it. They are lucky Chef didn't see the mistake.
Brad orders Josh to deliver his Beef Wellington, and Chef catches Josh saying no. Chef accuses Josh of trying to sabotage a teammate. Josh denies the claim wholeheartedly.
Two hours into service and the women manage to get all the appetizers out. They move on to the main courses. Meanwhile, the men lose their advantage since they haven't gotten one main course out. Chef catches Brad scraping burnt crust from the bottom of his Beef Wellington. When he makes Brad start over, the Blue Team comes to a standstill.
Jen realizes that all of her Wellington meats are overcooked. She begrudgingly tells Chef, who is unhappy. They are fourteen short on the main courses. Jean Phillipe reports that customers from both sides are now walking out. Chef Ramsay throws everyone out of the kitchen and balls up the tickets. He closes the restaurant.
The contestants line up after a brutal night. Chef chides them for not even completing a service. He calls out Brad for being a poor leader, and then praises Rock on his best night ever. Chef laments that 95% of the women's customers never got their meals. He says he doesn't trust Bonnie. Chef Ramsay names the Red Team as the losers. "All of you made embarrassing mistakes," he says to the girls and instructs them to meet as a group and choose two for elimination.
Back in the dorm, Joanna nominates herself and Jen as the two weakest. Bonnie concurs that Joanna should go. Julia mentions Jen's garbage spaghetti incident, and Jen is forced to confess to the others what she did. They all agree her actions were unacceptable. Bonnie and Melissa single out Julia's lack of fine dining knowledge. Joanna stands up for Julia, but the team decides that Joanna and Julia are to be the ones on the chopping block.
The girls pile back into the restaurant and deliver their decision to Chef Ramsay. As Joanna announces Julia’s name, Jen interrupts and nominates herself to go home instead. Joanna is shocked, but explains to Chef that everyone but herself chose Julia. Jen admits what she did with the spaghetti. Chef Ramsay makes all three women step forward. Julia doesn’t think she is out of her league, and Chef agrees. Joanna tries to defend herself as not doing what Jen did, but Chef argues that her rancid crab was just as bad.Chef selects Joanna as the one to go. He thinks she ultimately gave up and screwed over her team. If she can't maintain one section, how could she run a business? The women walk away defeated. The men feel confident for the next challenge.