Bonnie consoles Jen, who feels bad about her spaghetti incident. "I lost my sense of judgment being in this competition," Jen explains. Yet Vinnie keeps harping on how it was wrong to pull food from the garbage, which makes Jen feel even worse.
The next day, Chef Ramsay lines up the chefs and explains that they are not tasting their dishes. Perhaps they need help in that area? The next challenge will be to test their palettes. One by one they are blindfolded and given three foods to recognize by taste. Julia and Brad are up first. She easily spots American cheese, but Brad doesn't. They both know fried chicken, but neither can pick out a plain, boiled carrot.
Melissa and Rock step up to the plate. He beats her on hard boiled egg yolk, but they are both stumped by venison. Next are Bonnie and Josh. At first she tells Chef that she can hear him through the earphones. They are fixed to make her unable to hear Chef describe each food. Bonnie beats Josh on both bak choi and pear. The women are leading the men 5-3. It's down to Vinnie and Jen. He doesn't know seared tuna, so the girls win automatically.
Chef determines that the boys need help on their palettes, so they will be doing all prep in both kitchens for that night's dinner service. Withdrawing to the dorms, the men are convinced that Bonnie could still hear through the earphones as Chef Ramsay said the name of each food item. Vinnie confronts Bonnie, who maintains that she didn't cheat.
As the girls drive toward their reward lunch with Chef, Bonnie is appalled that she was accused of cheating. She thinks it's the men being bitter losers. Back at Hell's Kitchen, the men are forced to eat strange foods as part of their punishment to educate their palettes. Sous Chef Scott lays out plates of pickled palm leaf, grass jelly, cream herring, pickled herring, calves liver, trotters, pig tongue and cow tongue. The Blue Team begrudgingly digs in to their disgusting meals. Rock sweats profusely throughout the lunch, but he refuses to throw up.
On a different note, the Red Team meets Chef Ramsay at a restaurant called Opaque where they will be dining in the dark in order to taste their meals without seeing them. The girls start to get flirty with Chef when the lights are out. After lunch, they return to the dorms for some relaxation time since they don't have to prep for dinner service. The men exhaustedly chop for both kitchens.
Before the restaurant opens, Chef explains that the customers' comment cards will determine the fate of who wins the contest. Josh quickly delivers his risotto appetizers, but Chef Ramsay and Sous Chef Scott stop to taste them. His plates are undercooked.
Meanwhile in the Red kitchen, Julia overcooks her scallops and has to start over. Yet Melissa's risotto is already completed. Chef chides Melissa for not being a team player when the other chefs are not on the same timeframe as her. She tries to rally her team's appetizers together.
On the Blue side, Chef notices that Josh is standing around with nothing to do. He reprimands Rock for not giving him the scallops to handle. Thanks to Rock's efforts, the men get their appetizers served and move onto entrees. Yet Vinnie has overcooked his Beef Wellingtons and needs another fifteen minutes to make four more.
Bonnie is having the same problems with her entrees except that her chicken is raw. Chef loses his patience and yells at her for lying. Two hours into dinner, the women have served fourteen entrees while the men have only served six. The customers complain to Jean Phillipe and one woman approaches Chef in the kitchen. He is not happy and calls the customer a "giraffe."
Vinnie tries to flash grill rare Wellingtons in the oven to make them appear medium. Yet Chef and Scott catch him doing this. Chef Ramsay finds Vinnie has also made raw pastry on the Wellingtons and he accuses Vinnie of not caring. So far, Vinnie has thrown out six Wellingtons and one chicken.
Bonnie tries to get her Beef Wellingtons in order, but she becomes confused. One comes out raw and one is medium. Melissa tries to help her but they don't remember the timing of the oven. Neither of them knows how to answer Chef. While the women have served 28 entrees, the men catch up with 21. This advancement is short-lived when Jean Phillipe brings back a too-salty fish and an undercooked spaghetti from the Blue Team.
Chef Ramsay gathers both teams and threatens to shut the entire kitchen down if more food comes back. Bonnie is still having problems reconciling times for the chicken and Beef Wellingtons to come out at the same time. Chef doesn't approve of the chicken she finally delivers. Then Jean Phillipe brings back another chicken returned to the Blue kitchen. Chef is furious and closes the kitchen.
In a corner, Bonnie sobs to her teammates that she's not cut out for a restaurant. Rock complains that his team panicked when they only had to finish entrees.
After the comment cards are turned in, Chef reports that the customers enjoyed the majority of the food served. Unfortunately, over 65% of them won't ever return because the food took too long to get to the table. "Your restaurant would fail with those numbers," Chef explains. There will be no winning team.
Since Chef felt that Rock was solid, he asks him to nominate one person from his team who was problematic. Chef doesn't make the same offer to Melissa because she wasn't up to par. He has Jen pick out a teammate because she was the best of the worst. Rock tells Jen that he knows exactly who to select. Vinnie assumes it will be him. Bonnie is sure that Jen will pick her too. Yet Jen loves Bonnie and doesn't want to see her go.
Rock announces to Chef Ramsay that he has nominated Josh because he believes Josh has maxed out his potential. Rock doesn't feel he is an asset. Jen says that she has chosen Melissa because her leadership qualities were not on display. "I'm disappointed with both of you," Chef says. He overrules them, and selects Bonnie and Vinnie as the two up for elimination.
Vinnie says that he had his head so far up his ass during service that he has no idea what Josh's faults were in the kitchen. Yet he says he should be permitted to stay because he is the most qualified to run the restaurant in Las Vegas. Chef asks Vinnie to show some humility and admit that he was oblivious about the Wellington.
Bonnie admits that she was surprised that Jen didn't nominate her. Yet she says that she has more to learn when it comes to service even though she excels at prep with her teammates. Chef Ramsay picks Vinnie as the one to leave Hell's Kitchen. "I can't go any further with you," Chef says. "You've peaked." Vinnie turns in his jacket and leaves, blaming the vast expanse between his experience and Chef Ramsay's as the reason he was let go.
Bonnie still wants to be a chef, but isn't sure if she's meant to be one. Josh now knows that Rock wants him out. "Bottom line with Vinnie is, he's a crap cook," Chef Ramsay snaps.