12 Chefs Compete
Last time, the chefs were up to their
knees in sausage, while Dave received some bad news from his injured
arm, but he vowed to keep going. The men got even for the loss in the
challenge as they finished dinner service, forcing the women to send
Tek considers herself lucky that she's
still here. Meanwhile, at 1:15a, the chefs are still awake, and Dave is
learning to function with one thumb.
The next morning, the chefs meet Natasha
James, whose husband SSG Otis James, USMC is returning from an overseas
hitch in Iraq. He literally flew in last night, and now tomorrow night
will be the most amazing welcome home party he's ever seen. Next
challenge: one appetizer, two entrees, and the best of three wins.
Robert and Suzanne learn that SSG James
love shrimp, baked potatoes, soul food, and grilled lobster tail. now
they have to convey those likes to their teams. They have 45 minutes to
put something together. The winning team's dishes will be served
tomorrow night. Robert has a collaborative style of leadership that
seems to be working for the blues, while Suzanne... could do better.
Blue: Spicy Seafood Bouillabaisse
Red: Caesar Salad with Baked Prawns
WINNER: Red (1-0)
Blue: Bacon Wrapped Fillet with Grilled Shrimp
Red: Mac & Cheese with Buttermilk Fried Catfish
WINNER: Blue (tied)
Blue: NY Strip with Grilled Lobster Tail and Mash
Red: Broiled Lobster Tail with Pasta
WINNER: Blue (win, 2-1)
The reward for winning is a day of being
fighter pilots doing maneuvers. The ladies, on the other hand, will be
redecorating the dining room.
Suzanne didn't communicate "soul food",
and Tennille probably would've nailed that in the bud if she did. As a
result, she's pissed. Meanwhile, Van can't stop quoting Top Gun. The
ladies on the other hand get some help from Gordon's wife Tana... who's
apparently as type A as he is. The ladies find some way to have
some fun... with helium. The guys return and the pressure is eased
Next day, it's time to prep. The red team
has not won a dinner service YET. The blue team are trying to ride the
high, to that end, they're not divulging any information about their
menu. Seems like they just don't want to win, they want to bury the
ladies. Ramsay advises the team... Teamwork.
"JP... Open Hell's Kitchen, please."
Everything's set up with SSG James in
mind. Tonight's menu has his favorite foods, and he has no idea that
everyone in his life for the last two years is in the room to welcome
him home. Well... he does now! There's one more surprise... his mom.
That's quality nice.
Okay, let's get to work! The men get the
honor of cooking for the man of honor tonight, and they take it very
seriously. The ladies, though... can't get anything started. They
finally start on apps for their first table, while the men are finishing
them up. Now we're onto the grill, keeping the momentum up. Jim's steaks
turn out to be the hit of the night. Kevin gets worried as Jim doesn't
answer Ramsay's request. Kevin has a blast playing hero. Speaking of
heroes, the guest of honor's entree is perfect.
Tek and Tennille are fighting over
control of the grill... and the rest of the team is not faring any
better. Five people end up cooking the grill on the red side. You mark
the food, and then finish it in the oven. Tek is really fouling up the
steaks, and Ramsay is not pleased... at all. They end up not sending ANY
Meanwhile, the men are pushing entrees,
while Andy is concerned with Dave's hand. Dave doesn't need concern,
thanks. He's got his dishes to work on. The ladies, though... are still
hoping to push their first entree. Ramsay pulls Tek to the side and
tells her to get a grip. He also tells Jim to pay more attention to his
food. But with Kevin's help, Jim sends out the blue team's final entree
just as Tek's ready to send out the first red entree. But the lobster is
Desperate times call for desperate
measures, as Ramsay calls in the blues to finish what the reds never
started. With Kevin on the desserts and the rest of the blues finishing
in the red kitchen, service is finally complete. But it's anything but a
hero's welcome for the ladies... who will jointly decide who'll be put
up to the pass for elimination.
The men, though, celebrate their victory.
For the ladies, it's basically a question
of who can cook and who can't. Tek apologizes for the first table.
Tennille suggests her and Amanda up. Sabrina says that she likes
Tennille, but she's a weak link.
At elimination, Tennille nominates Tek
for overall deflating. Tennille then nominates herself, though she says
that she's not the weakest person on the team. She thinks that Amanda
should be the second nominee. Ramsay agrees. Tennille says that with
every service she gets stronger. Ramsay sends her back to the line.
Tek says that she doesn't want to walk
out of Hell's Kitchen as a failure. Amanda says that she can get
stronger as she goes. Ramsay's not convinced. He thinks she's beat.
... but she lives to survive another day.
TEK is sent home.
"I kept on waiting for Tek to emerge. She
couldn't even handle her station. Tek had a total meltdown."
Next time, can the men ride the high of
three wins in a row with one man down (and possibly out)? And what
happens when Tennille does the unthinkable and snap back at Gordon
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