Will FINALLY moves Natalie over to fish and sends Krupa over to dessert, but not soon enough to prevent them from needing to wait another eight minutes for bass because Natalie has to pretty much start from scratch. Meanwhile, Paul is yelling at his team to push through on the final tickets, pumping them up by urging them to prove to Ramsay it was a mistake to cut them. And then Will's team gets things back in gear as the fish finally starts getting out. It looks like both kitchens wrap up around the same time -- Paul's proud that he's the only one in Hell's Kitchen who managed to get Elise and Carrie working together -- and Paul and Will each earn a "well done" from Ramsay and then they hug each other, with Paul and Will each saying they don't think they won.
Afterwards, with the chefs lined up, Ramsay thanks the returning cooks for great work, and everyone basks in the praise. It's time for them to say goodbye -- hugs all around. Ramsay says he's going to be going through every comment card and looking at every detail, and he'll call the guys when he's made his decision.
Will and Paul head back to the dorms to wait. Paul can't sit still; he's pacing around the couches, so Will joins him in anxiety. Eventually they settle into the chairs, all nervous energy and stubble. "You look exactly how I feel right now," Will tells Paul. Meanwhile, Ramsay's decision appears to involve looking at comment cards, staring at pictures of Paul and Will up on the wall like this is the finale of The Gay Bachelor, and watching fuzzy-bordered flashbacks.
Then, at 10:24 p.m. the phone call comes. Paul answers it. "Thank you, chef," he says and then tells Will, "Let's go." They head into Ramsay's office, where the boss man tells them it was an incredibly difficult decision. He says Will was Hell's Kitchen most consistent chef across the board, and there is no doubt that he belongs in a kitchen. Paul has been one of the best since he arrived, and his passion is undeniable.
Ramsay tells them both to step up to the doors. They do so, give each other a low-five, looking like they're trying not to pass out. Ramsay guides them step-by-step through the process of HOW ONE OPENS A DOOR, and they each put their hands on their door handles, and wait for Ramsay to count to three to turn them. I have to say -- I'm no reality show junkie, but of the ones I watch, I like this reveal the best, with the crowd lined up waiting to see who comes through the door.