The women are ecstatic that Melissa was moved to the Blue Team. Melissa feels the same way, and promises the men that she will never sabotage them. Rock isn't swayed by her niceties. The Red Team calls a meeting. They are convinced that without the "bully" they will do well. While hanging out in the dorms, Jen lets it slip that she has restaurant experience and is not merely a pastry chef. Rock is shocked, but impressed by her gamesmanship.
Chef Ramsay assembles everyone in the kitchen the next morning for a challenge. They will be forced to come up with creative ways to use lobster. Julia is worried because she's never even eaten one. Bonnie is afraid to boil a live lobster. "I hate being responsible for killing something," she explains.
Since Josh couldn't tell the difference between a lobster and a scallop in the taste-off, he will be sitting out the challenge. He can advise his team, but cannot touch the lobster. So it's three against three. Each chef will have to pull a live crustacean from the tank. Then the teams will have one hour to create three dishes. Bonnie overcame her fear and dumped her lobster in the boiling water.
Josh instructs Melissa, as Jen oversees Julia for the Red Team. After the hour, Bonnie presents a grilled lobster salad with baked apples. Chef is impressed because she grilled the lobster well. Melissa has a citrus herb salad with poached lobster. Chef likes the freshness of the fruit, but the lobster isn't cooked properly. Bonnie gets the point.
Julia stayed in her comfort zone with the standard risotto recipe from Hell's Kitchen with added lobster. Chef loves the tenderness of the meat. "I really did just guess," she says. Yet he thinks the risotto itself is boring. (Isn't it his recipe?) Rock has whipped up a buttermilk fried lobster tail. Chef Ramsay deems it perfectly cooked and clever. Rock gets the edge over Julia.
Now it's up to Jen with her lobster and crab bisque. She used eclectic spices and cooked her lobster to a smooth softness. Brad has a lobster bisque with a chantilly. Chef calls it "nice." Yet he chooses Jen's bisque as the best, and the Red Team takes it. Bonnie thinks that they won because of their simplicity of flavor. Chef acknowledges that this was the hardest decision so far.
The women get to take part in a photo shoot and an interview with InTouch Weekly. The losers must do the opposite of glamour and separate all of the restaurant's recyclables from the garbage. Rock is audibly annoyed with the outcome of the challenge. He tosses pots during cleanup. Sous Chef Scott leads the Blue Team to the trash.
The women pile into a limousine with Chef and pop open a bottle of champagne. When they arrive at the shoot, they are whisked into hair and makeup. While the Blue Team is going through the garbage at Hell's Kitchen, Rock is summoned by Chef to come to the shoot. When he gets there, Chef makes him rummage through the trash pails to separate the recyclables. After they are dressed, the girls pose like Charlie's Angels around Chef Ramsay.
Rock returns to the restaurant even angrier. Brad gives him space to simmer down. Yet there is a dinner service looming, and the teams start prepping. The Blue Team is confident with four people, but the Red Team is feeling good with one woman down. Chef announces that Bonnie's grilled lobster salad is on the night's menu as a main course. As the losers of the challenge, the Blue Team will have to run to the tank to fish for lobsters with every order. Josh steps up to the task. Chef warns Melissa not to screw up her last chance.
Hell's Kitchen opens. Rock gives Melissa a pep talk to make sure she will work with the team. Brad screws up when his pot's water isn't boiling. The Red Team is getting good marks from Chef on their apps. Then Brad makes one too many appetizers when he's trying to please Chef. While the women have their food on the tables, the Blue Team's customers are still hungry.
Melissa makes the scallops incorrectly, which is setting back her team. Meanwhile, the women in red have pushed 28 of 50 apps. Chef warns them not to mess up their accomplishments. Warped as it may be, they take this as a compliment. Bonnie stops the on going roll when she causes a fire on her burner. She doesn't know what to do, but Chef helps her out.
Josh is scattered, and Chef catches him with unsalted mashed potatoes. The women are banging out their dishes to compliments of Sous Chef MaryAnne and Chef Ramsay. "If anybody screws this, you've only got yourself to blame," Chef adds.
Brad churns out overcooked risotto. He blames Melissa under his breath because she was responsible. Julia starts to struggle with a fish dish and Chef accuses her of not listening. Then he turns to the Blue kitchen, where Melissa doesn't recognize that her monkfish is overcooked. Chef removes her from the entrée and puts Rock in her place. Moved to the vegetable station, Melissa runs out of potatoes.
Julia and Bonnie disagree over the Wellingtons, which causes Julia to break down in tears. Yet the Blue Team has received a full table's dishes sent back. Chef becomes frustrated with them and shuts the kitchen down. After the restaurant closes, Chef lets the Blue Team know that they lost. He singles out Josh for never having a good service in the whole contest. Then he tasks the four of them to come up with their two elimination candidates.
Back in the dorms, Melissa tells the three guys that she doesn't think she should be eliminated. They discuss how to determine the merits of consideration, and whether it should be based on that night's service or an overall performance. They regroup in the kitchen. Chef asks them if the decision was difficult. Josh says yes out loud, and Rock shakes his head in silence. Chef Ramsay doesn't even wait to hear their two choices. He has Melissa turn in her jacket. "You, madam, have had more chances than anybody," Chef explains as she leaves.
Yet Chef Ramsay says he isn't done yet. He asks Brad and Josh to step forward. They each plead for their survivals. Chef gives them both another chance. It's down to three girls vs. three guys, and everyone is intent on winning.