After one of their weaker dinner services, the six remaining contestants return to "Hell's Kitchen" eager for redemption. Chef Ramsay tells them that one chef from each team will be given a half-hour to make an entrée, another will have 20 minutes, and the last will get just 10 to cook for the challenge.
On the men's team, Tommy gets the 30 minutes because he's more of a thinker. Will has just 10 minutes to prepare his food because he is fast on his feet, while Paul is given the assignment to pull something together in 20 minutes.
In the Red Kitchen, Jennifer decides to make the half-hour meal because she knows she can't cook quickly. Elise volunteers to do the 10-minute entrée, leaving Elizabeth the 20-minute slot.
Jennifer and Tommy rush into the kitchen. But as Jennifer begins cooking, Elise and Elizabeth start shouting out questions about the ingredients available for their individual dishes. On the men's team, the competitors are just focused on moving their teammate Tommy along.
Ultimately, the other chefs enter the kitchen. But with just three minutes left before time is up, Jennifer makes an unsettling discovery: her lamb is still raw.
Jennifer and Tommy are the first to present their dishes. Tommy presents lamb with quail egg on top of hash. Chef Ramsay tells him that he's never thought of the combination and it works quite well.
Then it's Jennifer's time to describe her food, and she says that it's probably the worst dish she's ever prepared in her life. But when Chef Ramsay goes to taste, it seems a miracle has happened. Jennifer's lamb is pink, not rare, and he declares it delicious. The Red Team gets one point.
Next up are Paul and Elizabeth with their 20-minute meals. Paul serves a pan-roasted sea bass, which Chef Ramsay tells him has finesse. Even though Elizabeth's monkfish is perfectly cooked, the point goes to the men.
With the two teams tied, Elise and Will bring their dishes forward. Will's lemon-seared Santa Barbara prawns are a hit with Chef Ramsay, but his vegetables have too much garlic. Luckily for him, Elise's fried, spicy calamari are undercooked, and the men win the challenge.
The Blue Team members are rewarded with a shopping spree at the trendy L.A. boutique Ted Baker of London. The women are left behind to prep "Hell's Kitchen" and set up the dining room for the first-ever black tie charity event there. At this exclusive event, the chefs will serve a six-course menu to only two tables with 12 guests each.
The men might have had fun fooling around on Rodeo Drive, but when dinner service arrives both teams are all business. Even though each chef will be responsible for two parts of the six-course meal, they still must work as a team to handle all of the diners. Meanwhile, Elise tries to make a plan for attacking the risotto, as Elizabeth decides to stay focused on her own dishes instead.
Before the guests arrive, Chef Ramsay gathers the competitors and reminds them that this is the most important service "Hell's Kitchen" has ever had. He also tells them that by the end of the night he'll decide which challengers deserve to wear a black jacket and go head-to-head as individuals for the top prize.
The Red Team will be preparing a meal for donors to the American Cancer Society, while the Blue Team will cook for those who support the American Humane Association. In the kitchen, Chef Ramsay puts Elizabeth in charge of the women and tells Paul to oversee the men.
The men bring their scallops to the pass first, but the fact that Tommy left water in the salad derails the food before it makes it to the dining room. Over in the Red Kitchen, Elizabeth fails to communicate and gets a stern talk from Chef Ramsay, who urges her to step up her game.
Thanks to strong leadership from Elise, the Red Diners receive their risotto exactly on schedule. But Tommy's risotto slows down the Blue Team, and the dish only makes it out of the kitchen thanks to an assist from Will.
When it's time for Jennifer to serve her capellini with lobster, she's convinced that Elise and Elizabeth are trying to sabotage her while they are plating. Things are going more smoothly on the men's side, and they get the food to their guests before the women do.
The women hit a snag when Elizabeth's chicken is ready too early. Elise once again takes charge when it's time to serve her Wellingtons. But she too feels manipulated by her teammates when the mashed potatoes almost go out under-seasoned.
The men complete their chicken service without a hitch, but they start to fall apart when it's time to prepare Tommy's lamb. He finally gets a plan in place, and the dishes reach the pass with praise from Chef Ramsay.
The Blue Kitchen wraps up service with an apple tatin dessert. But the women hit a wall, and Jennifer wages war against Elise over undercooked apples.
Chef Ramsay gives the win to the Blue Team and tells all three women that they're up for elimination. He hands each of the men a black jacket.
Then Chef Ramsay tells Jennifer to take off her white jacket. But instead of sending her home, he hands her a black jacket. Elizabeth isn't as fortunate, and Chef Ramsay tells her to take off her uniform for good.