They get through it and finish up the service. Afterwards, there are still diners there (I haven't noticed this before. Aren't they usually gone by the time Ramsay debriefs them?) and Ramsay calls it tough night with ups and downs. He tells them all to go back to the dorm and think carefully about why they deserve a place in the final.
Back in the dorms, wacky music plays while Tommy badgers the other guys over whether they think he did a good job tonight or not. Paul's not worried about Tommy, but he's worried about Elise because she did a good job tonight. Will even goes to talk to Elise to tell her that she's a good chef, which she takes as a sign that he's scared.
The chefs reassemble in the dining room, where Ramsay tells them he's been doing a lot of thinking. It's a melodramatic intro for Ramsay as he says he's come to know one of them and understands them, but they're just not ready to manage BLT Steak. Without waiting to see what he says, after the commercial break, I'm just going to go ahead and say it's Tommy. Not hard to predict that one.
Sure enough, he tells Tommy to take off his jacket. "Love the energy. So keep going. You belong in the kitchen," Ramsay tells him. Tommy seems OK with it, surrenders the jacket, and leaves to applause. We watch the Tommy montage. I like people so much more after I know they've already been eliminated! Then, in leaving, Tommy calls himself a "culinary juggernaut" so I'm back to finding him irritating.
But there's one more person who needs to be eliminated, and Ramsay wants to know why each person left thinks she or he deserves to be in the final. Will says this is what he was born to do. Paul says tonight's service shows why he deserves it, throwing in some nonsense about destiny. Elise says she's grown the most of everyone there. "I promise to you that I am the epitome of what Hell's Kitchen is about," she says, which he calls passionate, "as ever."
Banners drop with the HK logo projected on them, the lights come up, and the first person into the final is Will. But the wrong picture is projected on the banner, some guy who's not wearing a baseball hat.
So it's down to Paul and Elise for the final, but it's hard not to see that it's going to be Elise, especially when Ramsay emphasizes that one can command a kitchen better than the other. Even Paul knows what's coming, when Ramsay says this person won't back down, no matter what. "Shit," he says.