Chef Ramsay, thrilled with the most recent dinner service, shocked everyone at the end of the last episode by not eliminating any of the four chefs, which means Autumn, Benjamin, Holli, and Jay all get to remain in the competition.
The next morning, the contestants get an early call from sous chef Andi, who tells them that Chef Ramsay has something very special planned for them and they must dress nicely. The Savoy Hotel (where this season's winner will become head chef) is currently under renovation, so Chef Ramsay is unable to take them there. Instead, he's brought the Savoy Grill to them. They get to enjoy a dish from the restaurant's menu that Chef Ramsay has prepared.
After they're finished, he announces the next challenge: They must re-create what they just ate. To help them out, he places the same meal in the kitchen for them to taste again before they get cooking. Autumn, Holli, and Benjamin are all sure the protein in the dish is venison, but Jay's not so sure, so he decides to cook three different meats to try to figure it out. As for the main ingredient in the puree, everyone has chosen apple except renegade Jay, who goes with pear. Another ingredient three of the four choose is pancetta. Only Autumn goes with bacon.
Chef Ramsay is happy with the way each of their dishes tastes, but who got the ingredients right? Turns out Jay's instinct to use pear was right on, but his decision to use flank steak as the protein was wrong. It was actually venison. Chef Ramsay says he wants to taste Jay's and Holli's dishes again because those were the two he liked best, a statement that nearly brings Autumn to tears.
Chef gives the win to Holli because Benjamin's sauce was slightly watery. During confessional Holli says that though Jay and Benjamin think of themselves as superstars, maybe they're starting to realize that she really can cook. Holli is rewarded with a relaxing day on a yacht, while the losers must stay behind and clean the dorms.
Upstairs, Ben complains to Jay that he should have won, while Jay says he'd be "suicidal" if he had lost to Autumn instead.
Jean-Philippe accompanies Holli to the yacht where her young son and his father are waiting on the boat. While they enjoy their day at sea, Jay is going crazy during punishment, thanks to Autumn's constant complaining. When Holli returns and Benjamin realizes the win would have gotten him precious time with his family, he gets frustrated and continues to rant that he should have won.
The next morning, Benjamin wakes up with a bad back (thanks to yesterday's strenuous punishment, which involved lots of lifting) and announces he can't help with prep. After Ben spends a few hours napping and lounging in the hot tub, he requests a visit with a chiropractor. The chiropractor's adjustment helps some, but not enough, and Benjamin tells his three competitors that he's dropping out of the competition.
Benjamin visits Chef Ramsay in his office to tell him the news, but Chef Ramsay advises him to think carefully about that decision. Indeed, Benjamin changes his mind and shows up for service, frustrating the other three cooks who spent all day prepping. Chef Ramsay enters and explains that he'll be testing the finalists' leadership skills by giving them each a turn expediting at the pass.
Dinner service successfully kicks off, and Jay is first at the pass while Scott covers his station. Jay does well running the kitchen and also passes his first two quality control tests with flying colors when he realizes that Scott has sent capellini up with lobster instead of crab and that the risotto actually contains crab, not lobster. Thanks to Jay's command of the kitchen, most of the dining room has already received their appetizers.
Next, it's Holli's turn, and she's a little nervous since she's never expedited before. Soon after she begins shouting out orders, Jean-Philippe successfully sabotages her by sending up a ticket with only five entrees for a table of six. Holli doesn't catch the error until Chef Ramsay points it out, prompting him to tell her she's got to run the brigade and can't let it run her. After things get a little messy when Jay spills risotto all over Chef Ramsay, Holli ends her service with a smile when she passes Scott's last quality control test and calls him out for cooking only one side of the scallops.
Ben steps up to the pass and Holli notes that he mysteriously seems to have recovered from his back issues. He's off to a strong start but fails his first quality-control test by not catching that the Wellington was sent up with the wrong type of meat. After catching a few more mistakes, he heads back to his station, and Chef Ramsay invites Autumn to the pass. Trouble is, when she calls out orders, nobody's responding with the usual "Yes, Chef!"... that is until she tells them to do so.
At first Chef Ramsay is impressed with Autumn's command of the kitchen (which Holli calls "bitchy") and how she spotted a ticket mistake, but she fails to catch a wrong ingredient in a dish that Scott sends up. Chef Ramsay grows annoyed when she giggles after he points out the mistake, but she ends on a high note (albeit frustrating her competitors) when she sends back lots of dishes for not being up to her standards.
After the successful service, Chef Ramsay drops a bombshell: It's going to be difficult, but he's got to send two of the four home tonight. He asks them to go upstairs and decide who's staying and who's going. Jay and Benjamin both think Autumn should have to go home, and Holli nominates Benjamin for making them all cover his prep work and flip-flopping on his decision to quit.
Downstairs, Chef asks all of them to explain why they should stay. Benjamin says he's simply the best cook, Jay points to his passion, Autumn says she's never quit and she's strong, and Holli explains that she's had consistent services and has never been up for elimination.
It's a tough decision, but Chef Ramsay says the first person going home is Autumn. Then he announces that Jay gets to stay, which means it all comes down to Benjamin and Holli. Who's going to go up against Jay as one of the final two? Chef Ramsay gives the honor to Holli. Sorry, Benjamin. You may think you're a better chef than everyone else, but, apparently, Chef Ramsay doesn't agree'