Eight Chefs Remain -
Aaron had to drop out due to an illness, and Joanna was given
the boot for not knowing that the crab she was using was
spoiled. There are 8 left, and there's still a long way to
Life in Hell('s
As we see the
teams return to the dorms, Bonnie says that the ladies' morale
was down, after how terrible they were. And just about everyone
agreed that Jen taking spaghetti out of the trash and attempting
to cook it was a stupid move. Even Jen knew that it was dumb,
as in an aside, she says the pressure caused her to lose her
judgment. In the end, Bonnie said it best; they're running on
no sleep, and they're in Hell.
of a good palate
morning, the teams are lined up in the dining room, and Ramsay
asks Jen to stay away from bins this time. He then asks Vinnie
if he had any nightmares, and he pretty much confirms it.
Ramsay says they still have a lot to learn. He explains the
importance of taste, and they're about to push their palates to
the extreme. That's because it's time for the blind taste
test. Each chef will taste 3 different foods while blindfolded
and wearing headphones playing loud music, and they must
identify those foods using taste alone. Whichever team gets the
most wins. Julia and Brad are up first, and after getting the
blindfolds and headphones, Ramsay makes sure they can't see or
hear him (by calling Brad a "sack of ****" and waving his hands
in front of them). With that, it's time to begin.
Round 1: Julia
Cheese - Julia gets it, but Brad says cheddar. Close, but not
close enough. [1-0 Red]
Chicken - They both got it. [2-1 Red]
Carrots - Brad thought it was papaya, and Julia thought it was
radish. [After 1 round: 2-1 Red]
Julia gives the
ladies an early lead, going into the next pairing...
Melissa vs. Rock
1. Egg Yolk -
Rock nails it, but Melissa goes with potato. [2-2]
Potatoes - Simple enough for both of them. [3-3]
3. Venison -
Rock says "either chicken or turkey"; Melissa says "steak".
[After 2 rounds: 3-3]
Thanks to Rock,
the score is now tied, as we continue...
But before we
do, with blindfold and headphones on, Bonnie suddenly says that
she can hear Ramsay! This spooks him, and gets some laughter
from the others (except Josh, who can't hear). Ramsay makes an
adjustment to her headphones, then asks Bonnie if she can hear
him this time. Bonnie says, "What?" This prompts Vinnie to
whisper that she can hear him. Considering the timing of her
"What?", I'd say he had a reason to be suspicious. Then, Ramsay
asks again, and this time, gets no response. That's better.
Now, moving on...
Round 3: Bonnie
1. Lobster -
Bonnie thought it's langoustine, and Josh thought it's
2. Bok Choy -
Bonnie got it, but Josh says it's radish. [4-3 Red]
3. Pear -
Bonnie didn't have a problem with it, but Josh did, going with
mango. [After 3 rounds: 5-3 Red]
Well, with 1
round left, the guys are in a pickle. Down by 2 points with 3
to go, they can still win, but Vinnie needs to get all 3 to
stand a chance, though he can still possibly tie it up with 2.
Of course, that's assuming Jen doesn't get any; she can get 1 to
guarantee at least a tie, and 2 will seal a victory for the
ladies. With that in mind...
Round 4: Jen
1. Seared Tuna
- Vinnie takes his time, then says "Pancetta".
At this point,
Ramsay ends the challenge. Now, I know what you're thinking:
"Okay, so now, the best the men can do is a tie. So why end it
now, when a tie is still possible?" Frankly, I don't know.
Maybe Jen got the seared tuna right and they just didn't show
it, maybe Ramsay forgot that a tie was still possible, maybe
there's a rule where a tie goes to whoever won the previous
challenge... Again, I don't know.
Either way, the
red team has won another one. Ramsay says that as a reward,
they'll get an amazing dining experience. As for the blue team,
their punishment is to prep both kitchens for the next dinner
service, which happens to be tonight! Oh, but first, they'll
get a unique dining experience of their own; their lunch
consists of "beef liver, tongue, pigs' feet, tripe, kidneys"...
Stuff like that. Gross stuff. With that, everyone heads back
to the dorms; the ladies to get dressed, and the guys to prepare
for an icky lunch.
backyard, Brad and Vinnie bring up the fact that, for a moment,
Bonnie could hear Ramsay despite the headphones. Vinnie adds
that there's too many conspiracy theories going on. He then
goes and asks Bonnie about her saying that she could hear
Ramsay, adding that she even identified the part of the bok choy
that Ramsay mentioned. Bonnie gets ticked that it sounded to
her like an accusation of cheating. Vinnie tells her that he
wasn't calling her a cheater, but she's apparently thinking
otherwise. Then, as the ladies are on their way to the reward,
she mentions this to the other women, and they couldn't believe
In the dining
room, the guys have dishes in front of them, and Scott tells
them exactly what is on their plate, before giving them barf
bags, just in case. Meanwhile, the ladies meet Ramsay at a nice
place, and promises them a unique dining experience. It turns
out that they're at Opaque, and the experience is dining in the
dark. So, we get infrared cameras to see what they can't see.
After being led to their table, Ramsay decides to throw bits of
a dinner roll at them, just for fun. Yeah, that definitely
qualifies as a unique dining experience. Back at Hell's
Kitchen, the men are eating the disgusting food, and Rock is
Ramsay and the ladies manage a toast, despite not seeing where
each others' glasses are, then one of them compliments his
voice. Bonnie thought it was easier to talk to Ramsay in the
dark! On the other hand, Rock seems like he's ready to throw
up. Brad was afraid of a domino effect; if Rock threw up, then
one by one, the rest of them would as well. Soon enough, Rock
gets up and heads to the restroom. Soon enough, the red team
returns, and they head straight to the dorms to rest up for the
dinner service, as the blue team does the prepping for both
With a few
minutes to go, both teams line up in the red kitchen, and Ramsay
announces that tonight, their fate is in the hands of the
customers. Their comment cards will determine the winner this
time. With that, Ramsay gets them going in their kitchens.
Trying to get
the Wellington right
Once again, the
doors of Hell's Kitchen open at 7PM. Orders are taken, and
Ramsay likes the current atmosphere. He then tells JP to inform
him immediately of any complaining from the customers. In the
blue kitchen, Josh has a risotto ready, but Ramsay says to put
it back on, because it's not cooked properly. He shows how it's
supposed to be done, then tells the guys to get a grip. In the
red kitchen, Bonnie looks at Julia's scallops, and says that
they're overcooked. Melissa asks if Julia is ready, and she
says she needs an extra minute. Melissa doesn't seem to be
listening. Ramsay asks what's going on, and Julia mentions the
overcooked scallops. He then yells at Melissa for trying to get
ahead of everyone else. But at least she's doing something,
unlike Josh. At this point, he doesn't have anything going, and
Ramsay yells at him about it. With that, he gets Josh and Rock
to switch stations.
customers at blue tables are now enjoying appetizers thanks to
Rock. So, it's on to entrées for them, and Vinnie is on the
meat station. But he's struggling with it; he needs more time
for the Wellington, because he overcooked 4 of them. Ramsay is
obviously disappointed. Back in the red kitchen, Bonnie is also
struggling with the meat station, but with chicken. But when
Ramsay asks if she just cut some chicken in half and put it in
the pan, she doesn't seem to know what he's talking about. This
causes Ramsay to yell at her about the answers that she has been
giving during service. And there's more problems; the chicken
is dry, and there appears to be uncertainty about which chicken
is for what. Bonnie said a moment ago that a certain chicken
was in, but it turns out that it wasn't in yet. Now, Ramsay is
yelling at her about lying! This isn't looking good for her at
2 hours in, and
despite everything that went on, the red team has served 14
entrées, compared to 6 from the blue team. We see JP telling
customers at a table about a delay in main courses, and one of
them has decided to head up to the hot plate herself to find out
what's going on. I was wondering when we were going to see this
happen... Ramsay asks JP which table she's from, confirming
that it's from the blue side. He then tells the maitre d' to
"take the giraffe back to the table". Needless to say, the
customer was offended. Back in the blue kitchen, Vinnie is
still trying to get the Wellington right. Some food is brought
up, and Ramsay sees a problem. He asks the blue team to stop,
and tells them that the Wellington is rare, when it's supposed
to be medium. Yep, that's Vinnie's fault again. Vinnie tries
again, and once again, it's not done properly. Ramsay tells him
to trim it properly, with a serrated knife. He then wonders how
much Wellington has been overcooked and thrown out, and he sees
a private garbage bin at Vinnie's station! And it's getting
quite full! Ramsay tells Vinnie that a restaurant wouldn't open
with that much garbage.
Bonnie is trying to get her Wellington done right, but she says
she needs a bit more time. Melissa then helps her with it, but
they run into a problem; one is medium, but the other is still
rare. Ramsay wonders what is going on, and sees that there is
some apparent confusion at the station. Bonnie finally says
that she has to start over, which is not good news. So, the
ladies remain at 28 entrées served. Can the guys catch up?
They do make it to 21, but the fish on one dish was found by a
customer to be salty. The dish is returned, and the men are the
ones having to redo that. But that's not the only one they'll
have to redo; another dish is returned, due to not being cooked
enough. Ramsay tells Josh to taste it, but in an aside, he says
he doesn't believe that it was undercooked. Hmm.
gathers both teams, and reminds them that the customers are
deciding who wins, before letting them know that if one more
dish is returned, the service is over. As they are sent back to
their kitchens, a customer is complaining about dry venison.
Uh-oh. Ramsay calls for a time in the red kitchen, and Bonnie
says 11 minutes, because the chicken is still cooking. And yet,
the Wellington's ready, according to her. From what Ramsay
said, the Wellington was supposed to take longer than the
chicken, so... yeah. Soon enough, Bonnie brings up some
chicken, but Ramsay says it's not good enough. He checks the
other chicken at her station, and is clearly disappointed. But
not as disappointed as he becomes when JP returns yet another
dish from the dining room; this one has cold chicken.
Ramsay gathers the teams over and tells them of it, and drops it
on the ground before telling them to shut everything down! Yep,
this service is over. As customers are filling out their
comment cards, Bonnie is crying. She says she's not cut out to
be there. Julia tries to encourage her, but it's not working.
She seriously wants to go home. Meanwhile, Rock kept saying
that they panicked. He does feel that everyone should have
performed better, including himself.
lined up, and with comment cards in hand, Ramsay goes over what
was said on those cards. The customers enjoyed the majority of
the food, but 65% won't come back, because the food took too
long to be served. Ramsay says a restaurant would fail with
those numbers, so there's no winning team tonight. He then
tells Rock that he was solid, so he'll nominate one teammate.
Ramsay adds that Melissa won't nominate anyone, because she was
bad tonight, then mentions how he couldn't get a straight answer
from Bonnie. So, Jen will be nominating one teammate, since
though she wasn't brilliant, at least she wasn't bad this time.
Back in the
dorms, Jen asks Rock what he'll do, and he says he knew what
he'd do before the service even started. He feels that Jen's
decision will be more difficult than his. Meanwhile, Vinnie
tells Josh and Brad that he feels he'll be nominated, since he
clearly did the worst. I can't really argue with that.
Elsewhere, Bonnie feels that she'll be nominated, having said
this to Melissa. Again, I can't really argue with that.
Moments later, Jen is talking to Vinnie, and he says that maybe
she should nominate her toughest competitor. Hmm.
No one is
sitting at the nearby table this time, because both teams are
lined up in the dining room, ready for elimination. Ramsay asks
Rock for his nomination, and he chooses... Josh? Rock says he
maxed out his potential. But I think this has to do with a
rivalry between the two, which was mentioned in an earlier
episode. Ramsay then asks Jen for her nomination, and she
chooses... Melissa? Jen says she didn't think her leadership
qualities were there, based on that night's dinner service.
Ramsay then expresses his disappointment in both Rock and Jen
for not nominating the worst people. So, he decides to overrule
their nominations, and asks Bonnie and Vinnie to step forward!
Frankly, I'm not surprised.
Ramsay asks why
they weren't nominated, and Vinnie says he didn't know how Josh
did, due to having his own head up his ***. Bonnie says she was
surprised that she wasn't nominated, and she knows she screwed
up. As for reasons why they think they should stay, Vinnie says
he's the most qualified chef there (yeah, right), and Bonnie
says she's able to guide her team during prep, and she's
learning from her mistakes. After flashbacks of Bonnie being
yelled at for lying and Vinnie being yelled at for the constant
screwing up, Ramsay has decided that... Vinnie is gone. Thanks
to being unable to get any Wellington right, he has to take his
jacket off and leave. Ramsay then tells the others that most of
the weak links are gone, but he'll go crazy if he hears any more
excuses. He then sends them back to the dorms.
week, the teams run through a supermarket, and apparently,
Hell's Kitchen will host a wedding reception! With the teams
still struggling in the kitchen, the bride and groom may have
made a mistake...