As per Chef Ramsay's request after the most recent elimination, Benjamin must join the Red Team, but he's not too happy about it, calling the team fragmented and announcing, "I'm going to go hang myself."
The next morning, Chef Ramsay tells the remaining ten contestants that "Hell's Kitchen" is going to be holding a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. After the chefs meet the still-in-love golden couple, Sal and Marcy, they're given today's challenge: The teams will have 30 minutes to put a modern-day spin on three of the classic dishes served at couple's reception: Trout Amandine, Chicken Kiev, and Steak Diane.
Despite Benjamin's lack of enthusiasm about joining the ladies, he decides to step up and lead his new team, and amazingly, the women all start working together for once and churning out their dishes...without chaos! Unfortunately, things aren't going as well on the blue side, thanks to Salvatore, who, after deciding to roll the dice on Chicken Kiev meatballs, has undercooked them with time running out.
First, Sal and Marcy try the reinterpretations of the Steak Diane. When Nilka serves her dish, made with crab and mushroom reduction, Chef Ramsay calls her out for veering too far from the original dish, which includes cream, cognac, and mustard, though she admits to not being too familiar with a Steak Diane. Jay's steak includes elements of the classic dish, and the couple gives the point to the Blue Team.
Next up, Autumn serves the chicken Kiev meatballs, and Chef Ramsay notices one is undercooked. Holli's chicken dish, made with garlic lemon and parsley butter, is just like Marcy makes at home, and the Red Team gets the point, tying the game.
It all comes down to the trout. Benjamin presents the Red Team's dish, made with almonds, chanterelles, and vanilla, while Jay serves his team's trout with lemon, fennel leaves, and an almond streusel. It's a split decision! Marcy likes the Blue Team's trout variation, while her husband prefers the Red Team's dish, which means it's up to Chef Ramsay to break the tie. It's close, but he gives the win to the Red Team.
After a string of losses, the Red Team finally gets a reward and is whisked away to a '50s style diner complete with roller-skating waitresses, a hula-hoop contest, and giant cocktails. Back at "Hell's Kitchen," the Blue Team is charged with decorating the dining room for the anniversary party and baking a three-tier cake. Before getting started on their punishment, the guys let Salvatore have it over his chicken meatball debacle.
The next morning, both teams report downstairs, ready to prep for the big party. As Ben takes charge in the Red Kitchen, Jay, who's taken on the role of Blue Team leader, cuts his finger and nearly passes out, but is able to report back to service quickly. Just prior to opening the doors, Chef Ramsay announces that every Steak Diane will be cooked table-side tonight, just as was done in the 1950s. Nilka and Ed are given the honors.
The party gets off to a good start. Sal and Marcy are served their appetizers first, and then the kitchens begin cooking for the rest of the guests. But the night is teetering on trouble when Marcy notices that the cake is a bit wobbly and looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Ed and Jay are sent to the rescue and are able to stabilize it.
Forty-five minutes into dinner service, the Red Team makes its first mistake, thanks to leader Benjamin, when he sends out cold crab cakes. After he burns his next few, Fran offers to help him make new ones. But she doesn't exactly get the appreciation she expected when he yells at her to get out of his way.
As the teams start cooking the entrees, the pressure is on as Salvatore tries to get a handle on the garnish station, but runs into his usual problem: he's not communicating, which causes mistakes, frustrating Chef Ramsay. His frustrations grow when Holli sends raw chicken to the pass and Fran stumbles on the garnish station. The curse of the garnish continues when Salvatore falls behind yet again, leaving a string of meat dishes waiting at the pass as he races to catch up.
Though the party was a success overall, Chef Ramsay explains that, at this stage, everyone should have been giving 110 percent. He calls out Fran, Salvatore, and Holli for their simple mistakes and declares the Red Team the losers.
Ben and the ladies must go to the dorm and choose two contestants to go on the chopping block. Not surprisingly, they have trouble agreeing but eventually settle on Holli and Fran. After some of the Blue Team members catch wind of the nominees, they put in their two cents: Holli isn't the worst cook on the team. The Red Team goes back to discuss who should be nominated all over again, and Benjamin changes his vote to Siobhan.
Downstairs, Holli tells Chef Ramsay that the team has nominated Fran and Siobhan. Benjamin explains that Siobhan lacks technical skills and a passion for food. So what do they have to say for themselves? Siobhan tells Chef Ramsay that she's young and ambitious and pushes herself very hard. Fran explains that she never makes the same mistake twice and is tough and determined. Chef Ramsay shocks everyone when he sends them both back to the line and announces that it was another chef who had the worst service tonight: Salvatore. He tells him his time has run out and sends him home.