Following a difficult elimination in the previous episode, the teams return to the dormitories. The Blue Team is determined to win a service, having lost the last challenge. In the meantime, Krupa is celebrating the Red Team's win by relaxing with a few drinks.
The next morning the chefs are up and ready to go, but Krupa is in a world of pain. All of the contestants then meet Chef Ramsay in the dining room. He asks them to create something delicious from a table of ingredients that includes grains, fruits, and oils. After hearing a few of the contestants' ideas, he introduces them to his guests, beer sommeliers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune.
The competitors are told to prepare individual dishes using one or more types of beer. Chef Ramsay has designed the challenge to test the chefs' creativity and their ability to make a well-balanced and delicious dish using a unique element.
Krupa's night of celebration is catching up with her, and she's not performing at her best. Since the women have six chefs to the men's five, they are told to drop one dish, and they choose Krupa's rabbit.
Both teams rank their offerings from best to worst. Each team then presents their worst dish first. Carrie's stout-marinated filet goes up against Paul's salmon with Hefeweizen broth. The beer sommeliers like Carrie's entree. But while Paul's salmon is cooked well, his broth is bitter. The point goes to the Red Team.
Jonathan and Elise are next. She has prepared a salmon cooked in a Belgian white beer. The judges like the lightness of the dish. But they're less pleased by the flavor of Jonathan's pan-seared chicken breast topped with pineapple and raspberry Lambic beer, and they say that it's too sweet. Again the women score, and the men do not.
Jennifer's Hefeweizen chicken and sausage stew is the first unsuccessful dish for the Red Team, and she does not get a point. Natalie's chocolate stout filet finally puts the Blue Team on the board.
Next up, Elizabeth shares her amber mussels and clams, which are deemed too salty. But Will's Lambic-infused venison loin wins positive reviews. With just the top-ranked dishes from each team left, the men tie the score, 2 to 2.
Jamie has marinated duck in the Belgian white beer and added a glaze of the raspberry beer reduction. Sommelier Christina says that she was hoping someone would do duck with the light raspberry Lambic. Surprisingly, Tommy made a similar duck dish using the Hefeweizen and the same Lambic. Chef Ramsay says both dishes are good but one dish has an edge. The win goes to the Blue Team.
The men and Natalie are told that their prize is to be guests at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Once again facing a loss, the women are left behind to clean and then unload bags of ice and kegs of beer on delivery day. As the pressure mounts during the day, tensions rise between Elise and her teammates. Back in the dormitories that night, they tell her how they feel.
At prep for dinner service the next morning, Elise seems to have a new attitude, and the women seem ready to go into the evening's challenge with a more harmonious team. And as "Hell's Kitchen" opens, the men are ready to redeem themselves during the restaurant's Beer Night.
Two specials have been added to the menu tonight: Belgian ale-steamed mussels and stout-spiced venison. The Red Kitchen's newfound team unity has them off to a good start on appetizers. Meanwhile on the Blue Team, Natalie's unsatisfying scallops have sent them back to square one.
When Chef Ramsay discovers that Elise didn't drain the salad before service began, he gets angry with the Red Team. They recover nicely, but Natalie continues to struggle in the Blue Kitchen, having set aside 30 scallops to re-fire. After Will gives a quick tutorial to Natalie, the Blue Team is back on track.
The women move on to entrees, but Chef Ramsay rejects Jamie's raw sea bass and Krupa's venison, which is cold in the middle. Elise takes it upon herself to organize the women. The men have problems with the pastry on their Wellingtons, and Jonathan puts the blame on Tommy.
As the women start to pump entrees out of the kitchen, Elise confuses them by yelling out orders. Krupa gets frazzled and threatens to derail the Red Kitchen. When Jonathan overcooks the Wellington and Natalie undercooks the sea bass, Chef Ramsay kicks them both out of the kitchen. Jonathan storms out, threatening to quit.
Shorthanded, the remaining three members of the Blue Team race to complete dinner service, as do the women. But when all is said and done, Chef Ramsay declares both groups losers and asks them each to nominate contestants for elimination. The Blue Team chooses Natalie and Jonathan. The Red Team picks Krupa and Jamie.
Although he declares it a difficult decision, Chef Ramsay sends Krupa home. But before he sends the other chefs back to the dorm he declares, "We're not done yet." The episode ends with the words "to be continued" appearing on the screen . . .