Now that Salvatore is gone, the teams are in a tizzy. Benjamin is frustrated with Siobhan and full of negative comments, while the Blue Team is concerned about only having four members compared to the Red Team's five. The next morning, Scott calls the dorm with some news: Chef Ramsay is taking everyone to one of Los Angeles' oldest and most famous French restaurants. The contestants put on their snazziest attire and are surprised when they end up at an old sandwich shop. Turns out Chef Ramsay has brought them to Philippe's, a Los Angeles institution, because the 100-year-old restaurant lays claim to inventing the French dip sandwich.
After they sit down and dig in, Chef Ramsay gives them their next challenge: Back in "Hell's Kitchen," they'll each have 30 minutes to create an amazing gourmet sandwich. As they get cooking, Benjamin continues to criticize Siobhan and what she's making. After the 30 minutes is up, Chef Ramsay asks the Red Team to choose the person with the worst sandwich to sit out in order to even up the number of competitors.
The Red Team agrees Siobhan's looks and sounds the worst and knocks her out of the competition. First up is Benjamin's pan-seared ahi tuna on ciabatta. Chef Ramsay enjoys it, but he also likes Ed's open-faced grilled ahi sandwich. He gives both teams a point.
The second round presents two more stellar sandwiches -- Holli's smoked duck breast on pumpernickel and Jason's sloppy joe with lobster. Again, both teams score. Next, Jay's country pork pate sandwich beats out Fran's balsamic chicken with roasted peppers because of her soggy bread. And finally, Nilka's roasted pork with truffle mayo wins over Autumn's pork loin with sauteed vegetables. Chef Ramsay says Autumn's presentation is like the work of a first-year culinary student. Ouch.
To break the tie, Chef Ramsay tries Siobhan's "worst" sandwich, ahi tuna on challah bread. Chef Ramsay announces he prefers it over Fran's and scolds the Red Team for disqualifying Siobhan's sammy over Fran's, making the Blue Team the winners. Turns out Siobhan got to prove herself after all. As punishment, the Red Team must make homemade peanut butter from scratch, while the Blue Team is rewarded with a private jet ride to a winery for a day of wine tasting.
Back upstairs, Siobhan lets her teammates have it and says she's sick of being underestimated, but Benjamin sticks to his guns and tells Siobhan her sandwich wasn't up to par. Later in the day, as the Red Team continues cranking out their peanut butter, the Blue Team members come stumbling back in drunk. Fran says she hopes that their high will come back to bite them the next day. Later, Holli and Ed drink even more while they're in the hot tub. After she dares him to get naked, he shocks everyone and drops his trunks. So much for being the reserved contestant!
The next morning, the Red Team is raring to go, but the Blue Team is struggling just to get out of bed. When they finally make it downstairs, they're way behind in prep and begin making simple mistakes, leading the Red Team to believe they may just have an advantage this time around.
When the season's eighth dinner service kicks off, Holli admits she's concerned about Fran making risotto on the appetizer station, but right off the bat, Fran lands a compliment from Chef Ramsay. Unfortunately for the Blue Team, the guys don't get those same appetizer accolades when Jason delivers overcooked scallops to the pass and Jason doesn't salt his risotto enough. Chef Ramsay gives them a stern pep talk and explains that he thought he got rid of the team's weakest link. Speaking of weak links, Siobhan stirs up more trouble when she messes up her scallops, but she tries to convince Chef Ramsay that a few of them are salvageable. Angry, he kicks her out of the kitchen and makes her eat the scallops she cooked.
Back in the kitchen, Benjamin takes over the fish station and tells Siobhan to stay out of the way when she returns.
But it's not just the chefs who are angry. When one customer gets an undercooked steak, he takes matters into his own hands and delivers it back to the kitchen himself (in a none-too-pleasant way). Chef Ramsay doesn't have patience for the customer's attitude, hurls a few insults at him, and moves on.
At the end of his rope with his proteges, Chef Ramsay gathers the five Red Team chefs and yells at them for Nilka's raw chicken, before laying into Ed for being slow and calling out the Blue Team for not communicating. When Ed finally delivers undercooked duck, Chef Ramsay snaps and kicks out the entire Blue Team.
While the Red Team should be using this opportunity to pull ahead, Fran only angers Chef Ramsay further when she delivers a risotto full of raw lobster, prompting him to kick the Red Team out too.
Later on, Chef Ramsay wants answers about what went wrong. Siobhan, Nilka, and Fran admit they made mistakes, but Chef decides not to declare one a winner or the loser. He implores each team to choose two nominees for elimination. After much debate in the dorms, they report back downstairs with their decisions. The Blue Team has chosen Autumn and Ed, while the Red Team has nominated Siobhan and Fran. Chef Ramsay tells Ed that at this point he should be able to cook a duck, and calls Autumn the weakest chef during tonight's service. As for Fran, he simply can't believe how many times she's been on the chopping block, and expresses his disappointment in Siobhan for letting Benjamin kick her off her station.
Chef Ramsay says Siobhan works hard and means well, but she simply doesn't have the experience and he can't carry her any longer. Benjamin, of course, is all smiles.
With half the contestants now left, Chef Ramsay tells them they've got to prove their worth.