So the chefs all gather at their townhouse to figure out how this is going to work and you KNOW this isn't going to go well. Angelo starts babbling about something and then Kenny speaks up and suggests that they pull names for partners and pull names for a course. I agree on the latter, but not the former; let people cook with whomever they want. So Kenny and Angelo stand up and start arguing and no one else can get a word in edgewise. I enjoy the fact that Tim is standing there with Kenny and Angelo, trying to be part of the leadership, but really contributing nothing. He looks like a bodyguard or something. Kenny interviews that he wants to be "the alpha male presence" and the more Kenny talks, the less I like him. I want to like him, because I hate Angelo, and he hates Angelo, so we have something in common. But come on, dude. Cut the crap. Alex suggests having teams of four and everyone is like, "Hell, no" because they don't even want to do teams of two. Poor Stephen suggests a fresh fruit platter from the team as their dessert and not one person agrees with that idea. So at least they are united on something. Also, that was a terrible idea and he should go home, just for suggesting it. Can you imagine Colicchio's face if they put out a fruit platter as one of their dishes? So the arguing continues.
Kenny floats the idea of each pair doing their own protein, starch, and veg, and Amanda points out that it's really dumb to have six starches. I hate to say it, but she's right. Kenny wants this to be the same as the previous challenge, and it's not. Tim yells out that they need to check their egos at the door, and thanks Quincy Jones during the recording of "We Are the World," but how is that useful? Kelly points out that Angelo is getting weirdly aggressive and cracking his knuckles while Kenny is a better leader, since he is calm and cool. What she really means is that Angelo's a douche and Kenny is chill. Kenny suggests that they work with the same partners as the previous challenge. Ed's not down with that since A) he hates Alex and B) he wants to work with Tiffany. The problem is that everyone else is up for it. Ed tries to be diplomatic as he says, "I'm up for working with somebody else." He turns to Alex: "No offense, but I'm game for anything." Nice try, dude. Alex totally knows you hate him now, and as it turns out, no one has the balls to say that they don't want their previous partner, so Ed is stuck with Alex. AWKWARD.