After dressing up in their make-believe chef gear, Lee doles out the assignments to his Blue Team comrades. Jake will be portioning the beef, while Mike will take care of the salmon. Tracy will be on salad duty. Tracy likes her team's chances: "We have Jake who's a meat specialist. We have Mike who's technically skilled. And, you know, me." Her skill? Making it easy to spot the weak link, would be my guess.
And the Red Team? Sharone's going to break down the salmon and cook it. And so he leaps right into that task eagerly. "Eagerly," by the way, should not be confused with "expertly." Sharone has butchered his first salmon beyond recognition, inducing a torrent of bleeped-out profanities from Gordon. Hey, it's an early promo for the new Hell's Kitchen season!
So, to summarize: the Blue Team is calm, cool, and collected. The Red Team is an out-of-control disaster. Jake chortles at the Red Team's disorganization. Sharone tries to pull his team together. You may remember this from a week ago when the exact same thing happened. I wonder if any of the truckers from last week's challenge got invited to the wedding.
Hey, remember when I called Tracy the weak link on the Blue Team? Yeah, it struck me as kind of cruel as well, but here we, listening to Gordon point out what a poor job she's done prepping the lettuce. You will not be shocked to learn that Tracy has herself a good cry over this. "I just let my emotions get the better of me," she says. On this show, that's a casting imperative.
Uh-oh, the wedding's apparently wrapping up, and the guests are on their way to the reception. Both teams respond to this 10-minute warning by crashing and burning. Gordon seems to realize they've made a horrible, horrible mistake entrusting a wedding reception to these eight knuckleheads. He tells Graham they're going to have to don their chef's gear and pull this atrocity out of the fire. And off comes the shirt, ladies! Joe will just stand there and lend moral support by glowering. From each according to his abilities and all that.
The Red Team gets its salad out first, while the Blue Team lags because of the delay caused by the Unacceptable Lettuce Incident from earlier. Also adding to the Blue Team's woes -- they've burnt the goat cheese tartlet on many of the appetizers. "Blue Team's [bleep]," Joe mutters. In trouble? Going to get a stern talking to? Oh, curse you, Fox censors, for robbing us of the nuance of Joe Bastianich's analysis. Tracy throws herself a pity party and we're all invited.