The remaining 13 chefs start a new day greeted by Chef Ramsay and the sight of a chemistry lab in the kitchen. Chef Ramsay introduces two guests who bring science and food together: Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu from Chicago's Moto Restaurant. In 45 seconds they make a dreamsicle sorbet using sound waves and liquid nitrogen.
After the demonstration, Chef Ramsay tells the competitors that their next challenge is to get back to the basics, using just fire and water. He instructs them, "You can steam, you can boil, you can poach, but all other cooking methods are off limits."
Each team will get six proteins with which to cook, one for each team member. Because the Red Team has an extra chef, both Carrie and Elizabeth will prepare a prawn dish, but only the best of the two will be presented. When time is up, they select Elizabeth's dish over Carrie's.
Jennifer and Jonathan are up first for the filet mignon round. The guest judges say that Jonathan's dish of meat and potatoes "doesn't look like restaurant-caliber visually . . . but the beef is cooked wonderfully." Chef Roche tells Jennifer that she "nailed it" with her filet, and she gets the first point for the Red Team.
Monterray prepares a dish of prawns egg Benedict, which Chef Cantu feels is overcooked. He also tells Elizabeth that the seasonings in her spaghetti with prawns need work. Chef Ramsay is disappointed and requests to sample Carrie's prawn dish. Chef Roche says, "I would have preferred this to that one." Chef Ramsay informs them that if they had presented Carrie's dish, they would have won the round. Instead, neither team gets a point.
Next Jamie presents a poached salmon with citrus jasmine rice, which the judges declare is too dry. When he tries Will's salmon and egg dish, Chef Roche comments, "The textural components and the flavors work really nicely together." The Blue Team gets their first point, tying the score.
Gina then brings the judges her gaming hens, while Tommy gives them poached chicken leg and breast. The chefs all prefer Gina's dish, and the point is given to the Red Team.
Elise follows this victory with her poached lobster, which the judges call rubbery. But Paul's citrus-poached lobster gets a "bravo" from Chef Cantu and a point for the Blue Team.
With the score tied, it comes down to the veal dishes. The judges think that Natalie's veal tureen has a cat food-like texture and lacks the proper seasonings. Krupa's poached veal is visually unappealing but has "the flavor reminiscent of a good beef stew." Chef Ramsay says that it's delicious, but he has one big issue: she has cooked filet mignon instead of veal. No points are awarded for the round, and the challenge ends in a tie.
Chef Ramsay points out that the Red Team made two major mistakes: the screwup on the veal and the fact that the best offering, Carrie's prawn dish, was not presented. So the Blue Team wins the challenge.
Their reward is a trip to Spa Montage in Beverly Hills, while the Red Team is left behind to clean the fountain at the front of "Hell's Kitchen" and prep both kitchens for dinner service. They have everything ready when a very relaxed Blue Team strolls in after a day of pampering. As dinner service begins, Chef Ramsay assigns Natalie and Jennifer the task of preparing halibut sashimi table-side.
Krupa sets out to redeem herself with Chef Ramsay after her veal/filet mignon misstep, but she fails to do so when she gives him a soup-like risotto. Meanwhile, Jennifer is literally sweating it out in the dining room, prompting Chef Ramsay to call her into the kitchen to wipe her face.
In the Blue Kitchen, Tommy, Monterray, and Jonathan are preparing main courses, but Jonathan is having difficulty remembering which side dish goes with which entrée. When Paul steps in to assist, Chef Ramsay reminds him that there's a difference between helping out and taking over.
Over in the Red Kitchen, Krupa and Gina must work together to get out the next table of appetizers, but they can't coordinate the timing of their dishes. When Krupa presents undercooked pasta, she blames Gina for rushing her. Back in the Blue Kitchen, Monterray is on the meat station and feeling good until Chef Ramsay discovers that his Wellington is raw.
After more and more mistakes, including spaghetti that looks like baby food, Chef Ramsay kicks Krupa out of the Red Kitchen. Following her departure, her team pulls together and delivers entrées. But when Gina and Elise once again have trouble with their timing, Chef Ramsay loses his patience and screams, "Talk to each other!"
Tommy's inability to communicate on the fish station frustrates his Blue teammates. And when Monterray brings up an overcooked Wellington, Chef Ramsay kicks both chefs out. Meanwhile, two hours into dinner service, the Red Team is still bickering. And when raw bass is brought to the pass, Elise and Gina are sent to join the others in the dorm.
The remaining members of both teams manage to complete dinner service. With all the players gathered back in the kitchen, Chef Ramsay is annoyed, saying, "I can't see a leader anywhere." He announces that there is no winner and asks them to choose two players from each team for elimination.
The Red Team chooses Krupa and Elise, while the Blue Team selects Monterray and Tommy. Chef Ramsay decides that none of those four chefs are the weakest, and he pulls Gina out of the ranks, asking her for her jacket.
"I have not given up on you," Chef Ramsay says. "I have seen flashes of brilliance."
Then he challenges them to do better. "Are you all ready to fight back?" he asks. "Then show me!"