With the teams evened out again now that Jamie has been eliminated, the remaining dozen contestants head up to the dorms, but Chef Ramsay asks Salvatore to stay behind. Chef Ramsay explains that he hasn't given up on Salvatore, but the sensitive contestant can't simply "disintegrate" every time Chef Ramsay criticizes him. He implores Salvatore to fight back.
Early the next morning Scott and Salvatore get up while the rest of their teammates are sleeping and go over strategy for winning the competition. Later, both teams line up downstairs ready for Chef Ramsay to give them their next challenge. He says he wants to find out how creative they can be and wants to test their abilities to think on their feet. Each contestant will get a chance to roll a die with letters on it. Then he or she will have 10 seconds to come up with an ingredient that starts with that letter and his or her team will have to use that ingredient for one combined dish. The guys quickly come up with halibut, endive, salsify, crab, peas, and bacon -- a rather nice combination -- and Chef Ramsay admits the dish already sounds delicious. When it's the ladies' turn to roll, Fran freezes when she gets a "B" but finally chooses beets. After Nilka and Autumn choose shallots and mango, Chef Ramsay is wary. The remaining ladies choose ham, turnips, and duck, and it's clear they have their work cut out for them.
As they get cooking, Autumn goes back into bossy mode and tries advise Nilka on how to cut a duck. Over in the Blue Kitchen, Salvatore has a hard time finding something to do. Chef Ramsay is happy with the Blue Team's halibut dish but finds their salsify chips too bitter. And though he's impressed with the ladies' duck dish, he finds there to be a bit too much fat.
It's a tough decision, but Chef Ramsay decides the men are the winners because of the Red Team's dish's excess fat, an error blamed on Nilka. The ladies must clean the restaurant's entry hall and prep both kitchens for dinner service as their punishment, while the guys get an adventurous reward: They're going skydiving! Everyone's excited‚ except for Jason, who explains he doesn't fly because he's not a bird. When they arrive at their destination, Jason's happy to discover they'll just be "skydiving" in a wind tunnel -- not jumping out of a plane. Phew.
Back in "Hell's Kitchen" the clock is ticking, and the ladies haven't finished prepping yet. The pressure gets to Maria and she breaks down in tears, prompting sous chef Andi to give her some advice: Stop being so emotional. Just before dinner service, Chef Ramsay announces the kitchens will be serving special guests at chef's tables in both kitchens with "Entertainment Tonight" host Kevin Frazier and his wife in the Red Kitchen and "Entourage" star Debi Mazar and her husband (who happens to be a chef) in the Blue Kitchen. Will the pressure of extra eyes watching the teams in the kitchen knock them off their games?
As the dinner service gets going, Jay gets frustrated with Scott for being condescending and during confessional, admits he'd beat him up if he bumped into an alley. How's that for honesty? Jason earns a compliment from Chef Ramsay for delivering perfect appetizers, but Chef doesn't have kind words for Siobhan, who accidentally added the wrong shellfish to her pasta. Meanwhile, Salvatore is rather clumsy in the Blue Kitchen and gets into a panic, prompting Debi Mazar to note that the poor guy looks like he's about to have an aneurysm.
Back in the Red Kitchen, Siobhan makes the same mistake again by putting lobster in capellini. Though she tries to blame the container's label, Chef Ramsay isn't having it. After the appetizers are out, it's up to Nilka and Salvatore to get their respective entrees to the pass. Both of them are thrilled when Chef Ramsay says Nilka's meat and Salvatore's fish are cooked perfectly. But Chef Ramsay's good mood soon fades when he realizes Ed's potatoes are rock hard, which delays his team's entrees getting out to the dining room.
Next, he gets angry with Autumn, who mangles her fish by using tongs instead of a spatula. He then moves on to Scott who undercooks his beef. Though VIP Kevin Frazier and his wife have to wait a little while for their dinners, they're happy with their meals, thanks to Nilka on the meat station. Scott doesn't have the same kind of success, and Chef Ramsay loses his temper when the contestant sends out undercooked beef yet again. Good thing their VIP guests ordered fish dishes, because Salvatore cooked them perfectly and Debi Mazar and her hubby enjoy them thoroughly.
After completing dinner service, the ladies are pleased with their work, while the guys admit to having hit a few bumps, but overall feel they did pretty well. Both teams get a boost with lots of post-dinner compliments from Chef Ramsay, especially directed at Nilka and Salvatore. He asks both of them to nominate one person from their respective teams for elimination. Nilka nominates Autumn for not performing to her full potential, while Salvatore puts Scott on the chopping block, citing his mistakes on the meat station. Chef Ramsay accuses Autumn of being soulless, but Autumn tells him he couldn't be more wrong. Scott, on the other hand, admits he had a bad performance, but explains he's the team's best leader, who just spends too much time helping others. Chef Ramsay tells him he's not as good as he thinks he is and then shocks everyone when he asks them both to their jackets off, only to have them swap teams. All 12 of the contestants live to see another day.