After a very short night's sleep the 16 remaining chefs are awoken to an early morning, high-decibel concert by a young, electric guitar-playing boy. Then they are sent downstairs to meet Chef Gordon Ramsay in the yard of "Hell's Kitchen," where they are presented with their next challenge.
In pairs of two, they will have 20 minutes to prepare a perfect medium-rare New York strip, a medium rib-eye, a medium-well filet, and a well-done burger. Right from the start, Amanda and Krupa get four points for the women. Jonathan and Brendan miss on the strip and the burger, but their other two cuts are correctly cooked. Gordon says that their burger looks like "a joke turd that you stick on your granny's chair."
Carrie and Elise get only one out of four points, while Chino and Tommy close the gap between the men and the women, winning three points to tie the overall score. Jamie and Natalie earn three more points, but Monterray and Paul cook only two pieces properly.
While Jennifer, Gina, and Elizabeth could have taken the Red Team over the top, they score only two of the possible four points. That leaves Will, who's flying solo, to get all four right and put the men over the top. He succeeds, winning the challenge for the men.
As a reward, the Blue Team heads to Palm Springs on a private jet with Chef Ramsay. They sip Champagne and ride in a tram to a restaurant overlooking the desert. Meanwhile, members of the Red Team are cleaning all eight grills to "spotless condition" as they complain about Elise's bad attitude, which the rest all feel is the reason for their loss in the earlier challenge. Then they are "treated" to a disgusting lunch of the meat from the challenge mixed together in a blender.
Back in Palm Springs, the men tell Gordon a little about themselves, but all of them are quickly turned off by Brendan, who talks a bit too excessively. Chef Ramsay cautions the players, "There's a journey that you've got to go on, and every service you've got to get better."
After lunch the women unload a full side of cattle and begin to butcher it, before prepping both kitchens for dinner service. While they work, they review the menus they'll be preparing and even continue their studying in the dorm when the day is over. But Carrie takes a break and flirts with Brendan. As her teammates question if her priorities are in the right place, she retreats to a bedroom with the competing chef from the men's team.
The following morning both teams get an early start to prep for the second dinner service. Two items on the menu will be served table-side. Will and Carrie will be making Caesar salads for starters, and Krupa and Monterray will be carving prime rib when it comes time for the entrees.
Jennifer is on the appetizer station for the Red Team, but she messes up the first dish out of the gate, a brisket salad. Over in the guys' kitchen, Jonathan, Chino, and Brendan man the apps, but Chino burns his first two attempts at risotto, prompting Brendan to remark, "Chino reminds me of a chipmunk on meth."
In the meantime, the women are putting out appetizers at a steady clip. But when Carrie can't find the proper tables for preparing the Caesar salads, Krupa offers to bail her out.
The men are finally ready to move on to their entrees, when Brendan jumps the gun and cooks a bass that Chef Ramsay has not called for. The chef pleads with the men to deliver the orders together. After Brendan tries to pass off his ten-minute-old bass as freshly cooked, the men are told to start over on their first entrée.
Elise takes charge in the Red Kitchen, which annoys not only her teammates but also Chef Ramsay. He screams at her, "If you think I'm going to tolerate your big, fat mouth talking over me every time I try tell you something, I'll kick you out here and now." The other women are thankful that Elise has been silenced.
Then Gordon sends back Tommy's overcooked duck, meaning that not a single entrée has left the Blue Kitchen. But then when the Red Team women are halfway through service, they suffer a setback when Krupa, who is out front carving entrées table-side, drops the entire prime rib on the floor.
The men make a third attempt at their first entrée. This time Brendan sends raw bass to the pass, prompting Gordon to kick the entire team out of the kitchen and bring four women over to finish their service.
Later in the dorms, the men erupt into a finger-pointing session about who is responsible for everything that went gone wrong during the service. Meanwhile, downstairs the women are on fire in both kitchens, where they complete service for the evening.
The men return to the dining room to face their fate. Brendan and Chino are nominated as the two worst chefs by their teammates. Brendan defends himself, saying that he has character and doesn't stop fighting; he also apologizes for lying about the fish. Then Chino admits, "Maybe I'm not as good as I thought I was . . . it has been really humbling."
Chef Ramsay announces that Brendan is the contestant who will be going home. "The only thing bigger than Brendan's ego are the lies that he tells," Chef Ramsay explains. "And I can't have that in 'Hell's Kitchen.' "
Gordon sends the remaining contestants back to the dorms, but only after instructing the women to return in the morning with a volunteer. She will begin working with the men in order to balance out the uneven teams on the next episode of "Hell's Kitchen."