Though Autumn and Scott came close to getting the boot at the end of the most recent dinner service, both were spared by Chef Ramsay...and ordered to switch teams, which means that Autumn will be joining the guys on the Red Team and Scott will now be part of the ladies' Blue Team.
The next morning sous chefs Andi and Scott hand out butcher uniforms to both teams, and when the remaining 12 contestants wander outside they discover a pig pen filled with mud and a bunch of piglets romping around. Though they fear they're going to have to butcher the little guys, Chef Ramsay puts their minds at ease. Six pigs are wearing collars with the names of different cuts of pork, while another six have collars bearing the names of different side dishes. For the challenge, each contestant must try to catch the pig with the best cuts and ingredients for making a good dish. As Nilka struggles to catch a pig (and ends up with blood sausage), the Blue Team members quickly snatch up the coveted pork chop and pork loin. After all the collared pigs are collected, the teams divide themselves into pairs and start cooking. The ladies become annoyed with Scott's bossiness (which was also their biggest complaint about Autumn), while Autumn struggles to fit in over in the Blue Team.
After 45 minutes in the kitchen, the pairs present their dishes to Chef Ramsay. Nilka and Fran put their blood sausage and prune combo up against Benjamin and Ed's pork loin and bok choy. Nilka admits that she's not pleased with how it turned out, and Chef Ramsay couldn't agree more. He spits out his first bite and demands to know who had the bright idea of pairing prunes with blood sausage. (It was Scott.)
After the Blue Team gets the point, Jason and Autumn present honey-glazed bacon with honey slaw. Chef Ramsay likes it but thinks the slaw is too sweet. Autumn notes during confessional that she had suggested mustard for the side dish, but her idea was shot down. Holly and Siobhan's pork tenderloin and paired sweet-and-sour apple wins them the point and evens the score, which means it all comes down to the final two dishes. Chef Ramsay enjoys Jay and Salvatore's pork loin chop over pinto beans -- and then gets a long explanation from Maria about her and Scott's sweet potato soup made with ham hock. Chef Ramsay isn't pleased with the fact that the potato overshadowed the pork, so he gives the point and the challenge win to the Blue Team.
The victors are sent to a luxurious hot springs spa for sea weed wraps, mud baths, and massages, while the Red Team must clean the pigs outside. Later, during some down time in the dorms, the contestants all reveal secrets -- some deeper and darker than others.
The next morning, after the contestants head down to the dining room, Chef Ramsay reveals that "Hell's Kitchen" will be serving a barbeque menu for the first time ever. The chefs begin prepping the night's dishes, including baked beans, collard greens, and pulled pork, but Nilka does a bit too much prep when she starts frying the chicken at 2 p.m., three hours before the dining room opens! Chef Ramsay gives all the contestants a stern lecture, explaining that "Hell's Kitchen" is not a "fast food joint."
Later, Chef Ramsay announces the restaurant is overbooked. The solution? They're going to be doing a double seating. First, the Red Team will cook while the Blue Team serves, and then they'll switch for the second service. Maria runs into trouble right away when she sends her crab hush puppies to the pass with raw crab, angering Chef Ramsay. As Fran rides her team to get orders out and gets frustrated with Nilka for not answering her, the team members erupt into a yelling fit, and Fran pulls it together and gets the appetizers out. Chef Ramsay soon turns his attention to Scott for being careless in the kitchen and overcooking chicken, and then he destroys Siobhan's final burger with his bare hand after she overcooks it. Two hours into service, the Red Team's time is up, and Chef shuts down the kitchen.
At 8 p.m., the second dinner service kicks off, and though the Red Team is slow to turn orders in, the Blue Team moves quickly to get appetizers out and soon moves on to entrees. In the kitchen, Salvatore continues to show a lack of communication skills, and out on the floor, Maria mixes up orders, costing the Blue Team extra time. But it's Jason's sloppy move of throwing a piece of chicken in the deep fryer with the French fries that pushes Chef Ramsay over the edge. After Chef gets through screaming at him, the team gets the rest of its orders out and completes its service.
Afterward, Chef Ramsay tells the haggard chefs that these were the worst dinner services of the season. He declares the Red Team the losers but announces that Fran was the one who impressed him the most and asks her to come up with two nominees for elimination.
Upstairs, Maria and Siobhan both admit they had a bad nights and Scott pulls Fran aside and explains why it's in her best interest not to put him on the chopping block. Downstairs, Fran nominates Maria and Nilka for elimination, catching Nilka off guard, but she's put at ease when Chef Ramsay calls Scott to the front and sends Nilka back to the line. Maria tells Chef Ramsay that though she had a bad service, she knows she can do better, while Scott says he that "busts his ass" and truly does possess leadership abilities.
Chef announces he's sending Maria home and implores Fran to follow her instincts next time. During confessional, Fran regrets her bad judgment, while Nilka says she hopes Fran "feels like a jackass because she should."