Gordon Ramsay's Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 19
Contestants' Bleep-O-Fucking-Meter: 26
Previously: Gordon Ramsay pretended to shut down Hell's Kitchen, but it was just an excuse to send the chefs to the Borgata in Atlantic City. Robert had chest pains and left the show with pericarditis. Andrea won the challenge and was given immunity in a transparent attempt to build up tension since clearly no one was going home at the end of the episode. And indeed, Andrea stunk even more than Ben. So we're left with Andrea, Ben, Paula, and Danny.
As the chefs file out of the kitchen, Gordon tells Ben to practice, saying "I was wrong," then chants it at him as he leaves. That's kind of petty. I like it! In the dorms and in an interview, Ben talks about how he's having a rough time. Danny thinks Andrea should be going home. Paula thinks Andrea is fighting, but that doesn't really say anything about her cooking ability, does it?
The next morning, everybody comes into the kitchen as Chef Ramsay finishes some dishes. He talks about timing, speed, and accuracy and presents his dishes as being things he serves in his restaurants. There's "the most amazing duck", beef, and a fish stew. Excuse me, "a beautiful fish stew". How come the beef didn't rate an adjective? The chefs eat and Chef Ramsay insists they pick favorites. Paula and Andrea like the fish, which Chef Ramsay is delighted to tell them is all cooked in one pan. Danny likes the duck, but Ben goes with the fish. And the challenge is to duplicate the fish stew. Thirty minutes. Go!
The voiceover tells us that the kitchen contains all the required ingredients, which seems only fair. But there's a lot of other fish in the refrigerator, so they have to decide if it tasted more like red snapper or squid or lobster. If only there was some sort of random fish-choosing device. Some sort of wheel of fish, say. Danny picks red snapper, while the other three go with halibut. Andrea has bay scallops, but everyone else has sea scallops, which are larger. I think Gordon likes sea scallops more. Paula is using water, and everyone else is using fish stock. This is starting to sound like one of those logic puzzles, where Andrea lives in the red house to the right of the person who raises cockatiels. For alcohol, Danny and Paula use white wine, Andrea Sambuca, and Ben Pernod. We see Ben cover his bottle with a towel and smile devilishly. Ramsay calls him a "shellfish bastard". Andrea congratulates herself on not making a big deal out of it.