Just as the contestants settle into their REM cycles, a fire alarm sounds, and everyone must run downstairs, where firemen are congregating. Ramsay quickly informs them it was only a drill. Andy says that "Hell's Kitchen is like this really cruel joke that your friends are playing on you." I sometimes feel that way, too, Andy. Ramsay introduces the next challenge by noting how much preparation and teamwork the firefighters behind him demonstrate -- as opposed to the numbskulls in front of him. As such, the teams will be serving a fresh pasta meal (chicken Alfredo, meatball marinara, and a garlic bread appetizer) to the brigade of ravenous firefighters. The team wins that feeds its side of the dining room first.
Everyone on the Red Team recognizes that they need this win like a fat kid needs cake. (Yeah, I dragged that one out of the vaults.) Announcer man reminds us that teamwork is paramount in this challenge. As the ladies begin their service, it quickly becomes clearly that Lovely is not going to be the VIP today (or any day). Her need to pee and brush her teeth is really messing with her garlic bread-making abilities. She stumbles, disoriented and mutters a bit. It's not promising. Doing the same, pretty much, over in the men's kitchen is Andy, who is also tasked with making garlic bread. He miffs his teammates and Ramsay by not using all the ovens to expedite the service.
Twenty minutes in, the firefighters are getting feisty because they haven't even gotten food -- not even garlic bread, for criminy's sake. Seriously, you slather it and toast it. Ramsay rechristens Lovely "Irritating" because of her ineptitude. Luckily, Ariel steps in to help with that complicated two-step process and gets things moving along. Firefighters cheer. God, they've been broken down already. This show is like a social psychology experiment on 'roids. Over in the blue kitchen, Andy's also having trouble with his bread vis-Ã -vis his ovens. Even though the others have the pasta ready, he's holding them up. Robert takes every opportunity to talk shit behind Andy's back. Because that's all he's good for. And Van channels a labor coach in his interview, telling his teammate, "Push, Andy, push!" Yuck.
Thirty minutes into the challenge, the firefighters on the red side have gotten garlic bread. What an accomplishment! Especially since the Blue Team hasn't even gotten that far. Eventually Andy gets his shit together, and the toasted bread goes out. Announcer man deems this hurdle "The Garlic Bread Debacle." I am totally naming my fake garage band that. We'll be the opening act for The Nelly Yuki Project. As the men starting turning over their entrees, the women try to pull ahead by shortchanging the firefighters on their pasta dishes. Ramsay goes all Palin and claims that this insignificant act is an affront to all of mankind and a sign of disrespect for men who save lives. For shame!