Anyway, Jason's first piece is so bad, I can't even tell what it was supposed to be, but he still gets six out of eight. Petrozza: 8/8. Ben: 8/8. I like this challenge, because it is our first chance to see the contestants actually doing well at something. It's a nice change from the unrelenting incompetence we've been shown so far. Craig gets two out of eight, and that means the men can't catch up.
The men's punishment is to go pick peppers on a hundred-acre farm. I wonder if they will meet Christopher Robin! Wait, that's the Hundred Acre Wood, isn't it. Phooey. Anyway, the women are going to "one of the most famous restaurants on the Sunset Strip." Is it the Whisky a Go-Go? Mötley Crüe got their start there, you know.
The women dress and groom and whatnot. ("Whatnot" in this case includes leg-shaving) The men complain about Craig. Matt, Craig's roommate, stomps around and puts on his work clothes very angrily. Then he kicks some things, then he tries to out-offensive Jason with an interview featuring an imitation of someone who has undergone shock treatment. Then, in the best moment of the episode, he's sitting cross-legged on the floor, toward the end of his tantrum, and he throws his shoe against the wall--and it bounces up and bonks him in the forehead. And he looks very sad. Ha! That's right, I take pleasure in other people's misery.
The men file downstairs in their (freshly-pressed) work clothes and are further humiliated to learn that they will be riding in a battered blue school bus. Louross describes the bus as "ganky-looking", and I have to say I agree with him.
The women take the nice bus to someplace called the "Saddle Ranch". The worst thing in the Saddle Ranch is not the mechanical bull in the center of the dining room. No, the worst thing is that on top of the mechanical bull, Season 3's Aaron is waving a hat and shouting "Yee-ha!" You remember Aaron? Asian fella, kind of portly, had to quit halfway through the season because he had some vaguely-defined medical condition that made him have to sit down a lot? Some people posted in the forums that he was a big faker? Yeah, that guy. Ramsay does not seem entirely thrilled to see him, but he's also amused.