Six Chefs Remain -
things just fell apart for the blue team, and Melissa was
quickly ejected. Now, with half a dozen competitors left, it's
back to men vs. women...
Heading back to
the dorms, the red team was stunned, not because Melissa was
gone, but because of how quickly she was sent out. Bonnie
compares it to the main character of a movie dying in the first
5 minutes. Meanwhile, the guys know that Melissa just crumbled,
and now, with her gone, it's once again game time. But the
ladies also seem confident, since they feel that they're
underdogs, but they've done better that night. This could get
really competitive now...
It's the start
of a new day, and in the dining room, Ramsay reminds them that
only 6 are left, and he needs them all to take it to the next
level. With that, it's time for the next challenge; a standard
challenge that Ramsay gives to every potential chef that steps
into his kitchen. Basically, they have to create dishes from
leftovers; 1 appetizer and 2 entrées. And they have 30 minutes
to do it.
challenge starts, the teams get to see what they have to work
with; white wine, spaghetti, vegetable stock, beef, chicken, and
others. Each team has an identical tray of this stuff. The men
manage to figure out what they want to do soon enough, and with
just over 20 minutes left, they are on their way with their
dishes. But the women, with less than 20 minutes to go, are
still trying to decide what to do. Ramsay tells them to use
their time wisely, but that's proving to be hard for them to do
at this moment. With about 10 minutes left, the blue team is
busy cooking and staying organized, while the red team is still
trying to decide. Suddenly, Bonnie comes up with the idea of
steak and eggs, and Julia goes with that. Looks like the ladies
have finally decided on what to cook, but will they have enough
time to make them as good as they can be? We'll see...
Time runs out,
and the dishes are done and ready for judging. Brad and Bonnie
are the first to step forward. Brad presents Curried Bass with
a crustacean tomato pasta. Bonnie seemed worried after seeing
that. Apparently, she had a rustic chicken stew. But it turns
out that Ramsay liked both of those dishes equally, so it's
1-1. Next up are Jen and Josh. Jen presents steak and eggs.
Ramsay was expecting more from her, saying that he would have
expected that from Julia's menu (since she's a short order
cook). Josh presents a chicken leg and some pea tendril, with
some of the tendril stuffed in the chicken. Ramsay also
expected more from him, saying that the chicken wasn't
completely cooked and the sauce was disgusting. So, the score
remains tied at 1-1.
Now it's down
to Julia and Rock. Rock presents Surf and Turf, with a petite
rib eye and pan-seared bass. Ramsay says it's delicious. Julia
presents... fish and chips. Um, yeah. The fish is a deep-fried
sea bass. Ramsay says that it's nice, but it was just fish and
chips, and they're supposed to be dealing with fine dining.
With that, the men are declared the winners, 2-1. For the
punishment, the ladies will have a lot of dull, tedious, and
boring work to do (that's what Ramsay called it), because it's
spring cleaning time. Plus, they'll have to unload all the
deliveries that will be made that day. As for the guys, they
have a rare opportunity; a chance to get back at the man that
has been in their face all season. Yep, they have a shot at
revenge against Ramsay!
mistakes, and hunting down a chef
With the men
getting changed and ready to head out and see how exactly
they'll be doing that, the ladies begin cleaning. But Julia
immediately spills something. Oops. Later, the guys arrive at
the Hollywood Sports Park, where Ramsay lets them know what
they're doing; it's paintball time! It'll be 3-on-1, with Rock,
Brad, and Josh teaming up against Ramsay. They can shoot him as
much as they want, but if any of the 3 is hit once, that person
is out. But they could use some practice first, so the guys get
to warm up by firing at some targets. And wouldn't you know it,
4 of the targets have some familiar faces on them. The faces
are of Ramsay, Bonnie, Jen, and Julia! Needless to say, they
have no problem practicing with those targets!
Back at Hell's
Kitchen, the first delivery truck has arrived, and the ladies
start carrying in boxes of fish. But they also have to make
sure the orders are correct, and Bonnie has the checklist. Once
the packages are in, they start checking the fish, but Julia
pulls out what has turned out to be the skeleton of a turbot!
Looks like someone screwed up! The fingers are pointing at
Bonnie, who had the checklist. So, with Mary Ann's help, they
go over the list to figure out what else went wrong.
Hollywood Sports Park, the men are ready to go after Ramsay.
But he gets the first few shots, popping out from behind a car
to surprise them! The men scramble to hide, and luckily, none
of them are hit. They do manage to turn the tables a bit and
nail Ramsay a few times, but soon enough, Brad is the first one
eliminated with a shot under the knee. Meanwhile, Mary Ann and
Scott are both getting ticked at how the ladies screwed up so
much with the delivery. Over at the paintball, with Ramsay
eliminating Josh, it's down to Rock. But Ramsay is proving to
be very good at this, ambushing him and nailing him to end the
game. The men are still happy, though, as Josh says that was
one of the best rewards!
while the red team is dealing with another delivery (and
hopefully making sure they get it right this time), the blue
team arrive. Julia asks them for some help, but they just walk
right by and into the building. Inside, JP asks them if it
would be nice for them to give the ladies a hand. Brad's
response: "It would be!" JP says he would help, but he has some
back pain. Rock says he has the same problem, before the guys
head to the dorms. Well, on one hand, that was kinda rude of
the guys to not bother helping, but on the other hand, the
deliveries were part of the ladies' punishment for losing...
The next day,
it's time to prepare for the next dinner service, but before
they start, Ramsay has something to say. It's going to get
really serious tonight, because for this service, each team will
create their own menus! They'll each have to decide on 3
appetizers, 3 entrées, and 3 desserts, and the guests will be
ordering from those menus! Ramsay says that he wants to see
creativity and excitement, and he wants to see teamwork from
them. They have 1 hour to come up with these menus, as they run
back to the dorms.
start coming up with ideas, though there is some worry when it
comes to Julia, who had to ask what an ahi tuna is. The guys,
well... Brad was taking control, putting up his own ideas and
shutting down others. Rock wants to serve macaroni and cheese,
but done in a fancy way. Brad wants to call it a cassoulet.
Hmm. Julia wants to try putting a New York strip steak on the
menu, but Bonnie apparently sees it as a cop out. Bonnie then
suggests cooking rabbit, if they can figure out how. Jen
questions if that could be considered classy.
the teams walk out to begin prep, Bonnie and Jen are bickering.
"Hell's B****es", indeed. Once in the kitchen, Ramsay looks
over their menus, starting with the red team. He asks Julia
which of the 9 dishes were her ideas, and she says none. She
says she wanted steak and shrimp in there, and Ramsay says that
if they want to replace one of the dishes in their menu with
that, they can. So they do just that. Over with the blue team,
Ramsay sees that they're being a bit ambitious with their menu.
He asks them if they can pull it off, and Brad says they can.
Well, he was in control of this one, so he'd better be right.
Later, during prep, Bonnie asks for help with some bacon, but no
one is answering her. This worries her, and Mary Ann reminds
the team that this is supposed to be a team effort. Jen says
that she's here to compete. If this is foreshadowing, then
we're in for a long night.
between coming up with a dish and making it
opens at 7PM, and we see that each customer will choose which
menu they order from. We also get to see some dishes from each
menu. The red menu has a classic theme, and includes Julia's
New York strip steak (added at the last minute), Jen's seared
ahi tuna, and Bonnie's bacon-wrapped leg of rabbit. The blue
menu has a sophisticated theme, and includes Brad's turbot and
mushroom consommé, Brad's lamb chop with herbed gnocchi, and
Brad's sautéed chicken breast with truffle cassoulet. Somehow,
this kinda reminds me of a similar situation from Season 1, and
remembering how that turned out, I'd say the ladies have an
The red team
gets the first ticket, and they get going. They also get the
next few tickets, leaving the blue team with pretty much nothing
to do for a bit. Of course, the ladies still have to cook the
dishes right, but Julia needs about 5 minutes for the rabbit
dish. Ramsay asks who came up with it. We know that it's
Bonnie's idea, but she says it was a collaboration. I'm
guessing she doesn't want to be the only one to blame if that
dish goes wrong. As it is, they don't know how it's supposed to
be cooked; Jen says that Bonnie thought it would be like a
chicken drumstick! Ramsay reminds them that though it is their
menu, it's still his standards.
At 7:32PM, the
blue team finally gets their first few orders! They get going
quickly enough, and with Brad handling the ravioli dish, they're
getting appetizers out at a good pace! Maybe a bit too fast,
though; JP returns one from a customer, saying the ravioli is
cold, and that the customer wants a shrimp salad instead.
Ramsay yells at Brad about this. In an aside, Brad says that he
does know how to cook pasta perfectly, but his nerves got to
him. Meanwhile, Julia finally has a rabbit dish ready, and it
gets served! Soon enough, the red team gets their appetizers
out, and are on to entrées. And as the orders for the entrées
are read out to them, there seems to be a lot of popularity for
the New York strip steak! They'd better hope they have enough
supply for all of this demand!
Now, the men
are also on to entrées. Rock notices that a pan that Josh is
using isn't hot enough. But when he mentions this, Josh says
it's hot. Hmm. Brad says to not start arguing, but Rock says
he isn't, and that he just wants to make sure nothing gets sent
back. Back in the red kitchen, Julia has some steaks ready, and
Ramsay sends them out, before complimenting her on how good they
look! Not bad for a last minute entry, eh? Back in the blue
kitchen, Josh is busy with the lamb, and Ramsay is asking how
long it'll be. No answer. Ramsay yells for a time, and Josh
says they're on the way. He brings up some lamb, but Ramsay
says that while one was nicely cooked, another was boiled. So,
he'll have to restart them, as Ramsay says something in Josh's
ear: "You can't cook!"
At 9PM, after
we find out that 52 orders were for red and 48 for blue, Josh is
still struggling with the lamb, with Ramsay pointing out that a
number of them look boiled. Rock noticed that Josh was freaking
out, and tried to get things reorganized. Meanwhile, in the
dining room, we see how various dining experiences are going.
One table in particular is seeing the gentleman served before
the lady, and the lady is feeling offended. Looking at the
table, the gentleman ordered from the red menu, and the lady
ordered from the blue menu. I guess that explains that. JP
brings this up to Ramsay, and he, in turn, yells at Josh about
it, since the lady was supposed to get some lamb. Josh brings
up some more lamb, but Ramsay yells that it's rare. Looks like
the lady will have to wait a little longer. Ramsay asks Rock
and Brad to help Josh, but Rock didn't move, seeing that Brad
was closer to Josh and figuring that he would provide the help.
Brad isn't exactly helping, either; he's just staying at his
station. Oh, geez...
In the red
kitchen, Ramsay calls out an order and starts wondering where
Jen went. She apparently went to clean something up. Ramsay
tells her to get on service, before making fun of the way she
walks around with one arm up in a certain way. In an aside, she
says she doesn't walk around like that. But a flashback shows
otherwise. You be the judge. In the blue kitchen, Josh is
trying again with the lamb, and this time, he gets it right!
Thankfully, he manages to keep it up, and the blue team gets
more entrées out! They've even overtaken the red team now, and
Ramsay mentions this to the ladies. He then notices a problem
with how Bonnie's cooking is going. The gas isn't on. Ouch.
Bonnie then admits that she doesn't know what she's doing.
Yeah, like Ramsay says, turning the gas on would help.
nearly all of the entrées from the blue team have been served.
But some dishes are being returned, with the same complaint:
bland. Ramsay calls Brad over and asks him to taste it. And of
course, Brad is then told to start again. Back in the red
kitchen, Julia has a steak ready, but Bonnie says she burnt the
garnish and has to start it again. And with no one in the red
team talking, things are falling apart here, and Ramsay is
rather ticked off, kicking a bin in frustration. It's 10:08PM,
and after some more yelling from Ramsay, the ladies finally get
talking again, and in turn, they get moving. They complete
their entrées, and in the meantime, the guys complete their
service by getting their desserts out. But in the red kitchen,
the communication breakdown returns, but in a different form:
Bonnie and Jen are bickering again. Oh, dear. But despite
this, the service does get completed. As the teams are cleaning
up, Josh says that he feels he's going home. The way things are
gone, that is possible.
customers gone and the teams lined up, Ramsay starts by
mentioning that the ladies' last 4 tables were embarrassing,
showing that they didn't have stamina, and that the men weren't
a team, and Josh was a disaster. But Ramsay is really concerned
with how neither Rock nor Brad tried to help Josh when he was
struggling. With that, Ramsay says that there's no winning team
this time. He then says that the one person that impressed him
the most was Julia, because of how well she did with the
steaks. So, she'll have to nominate one teammate for
elimination. In the meantime, the guys will have to decide as a
team which one of them is also being nominated.
Back in the
dorms, Julia is asking the other ladies what they think, and
Bonnie figures that she'll be chosen. But she also says that
her creativity is better than what she does in the kitchen. I
can't really argue with that. In an aside, Bonnie says that if
she is nominated, she'd have the best chance of staying if Josh
is also nominated. Speaking of whom, Josh tells the other guys
that he's tired of being the "whipping boy" when it comes to
nominations. Brad says the obvious, that none of them want to
go. Soon enough, Rock has to go and take care of something, and
while he's gone, Brad asks Josh if he's bitter about Rock
nominating him as much as he did. Hmm. Apparently, Brad feels
that the reason Josh feels like the "whipping boy" is because of
Rock. But they still have to come up with a collective
Both teams are
now lined up in the dining room, ready for the elimination
process to begin. Ramsay asks for Julia's nominee, and Julia
chooses Bonnie because she has a problem with getting the food
out. Ramsay then asks Brad for the blue team's nominee, and he
says that they have chosen... well, him. Brad says that he was
chosen because they thought he took too much control of the
menu. Rock says that this wasn't completely the case, and they
voted on it, but Brad did try to take the leadership reins, and
it caused them to be unsuccessful.
So, Brad and
Bonnie step forward, and have to convince Ramsay to let them
stay. Brad says that he is remotely good at what he does, and
he could run a restaurant correctly. Bonnie says that she is
creative, and she just needs more time to work on improving her
cooking. After some flashbacks of Brad screwing up the ravioli
and Bonnie trying to cook without the gas on, Ramsay says that
Bonnie... should wake up, and Brad is leaving. Whoa. I did not
see that one coming. And apparently, by the looks of it,
neither did Bonnie! Afterwards, Ramsay tells the teams that
they need to be successful as teammates before they can be
successful as individuals, then sends them back to the dorms.
Next week, the
teams merge, they'll have to impress some VIPs, Jen and Rock
butt heads at the dinner service, Josh apparently pushes
Ramsay's buttons, Julia melts down, and someone won't even make
it through the service!