Three all-girl teams on the chopping block ... Cathy and Anna, Bree and Jessica, and Thalia and Bianca.

Three all-girl teams on the chopping block ... Cathy and Anna, Bree and Jessica, and Thalia and Bianca.

It's the second knock out round and the remaining three teams will go head-to-head in a series of challenges whereby the losing pair will be sent home. “Today is so important - we could be facing elimination.” Yes, Cathy. That's exactly what's happening.

Tonight's match features Cathy and Anna, Bree and Jessica and Thalia and Bianca; teams that aren't exactly 'reality television' scandalous, but rather quite vanilla. We're most likely to see actual cooking and less bitching.

Once again the first round is a skills test and the teams are to trim and truss a piece of beef eye fillet. Thalia and Bianca freak out because the beef is not fish. Cathy and Anna seem pretty unfazed* by the task: “I think the easiest task is the trimming, so I'll do that and leave the trussing to mum.” That's trust.

Will the judges be impressed or will they be giving the <i>MKR</i> teams another serving?

Will the judges be impressed or will they be giving the MKR teams another serving?

It's obvious that Thalia and Bianca are just trying to remove the white bits from the red bits. They should learn to take a few tips from Cathy and Anna: “Twenty-two degrees, get your angle.” Bree and Jessica seem a little comfortable and their meat* doesn't seem too bad, but that's because we're quickly shown a glimpse of Thalia's fillet and it's butchered.

“Man she can roll some string!” Anna declares proudly. Again this is juxtaposed with Bianca getting hers stuck in multiple knots and confirms to the audience that they're obviously not going to win this challenge. Bleep.

Inspection time and Pete asks Anna if she's had much experience trussing meat before. “I have, yes.” Please Pete - did you not hear any of Anna's 20 voiceovers? Take a hint, mate. Bree and Jessica seem to have wasted a little piece of meat. Thalia and Bianca's eye fillet seems to have been post-mortemly mauled; it's a complete mess.

To no one's surprise, Cathy and Anna win the first round and the advantage is to pick what ingredient each team cooks with. This time it's a choice between beef, chocolate and skate wings. It's obvious that the skate wings are the brains of this knock out round and if Cathy and Anna “don't want to be beige” that's what they should pick. Nope. They pick beef. Chloe and Kelly look like they're about to burst out loud laughing: “Guys, really?” Thalia and Bianca get skate (because they're too good at desserts) and Bree and Jessica get chocolate (because they suck at them).

Anna unknowingly makes the first joke of the episode: “The steaks are high because we're cooking beef.” They're doing a beef fillet with cauliflower puree, mushrooms and wilted spinach. Anna thinks it's a lovely take on a country roast. Chloe and Kelly think it's going to put them to sleep.

Bree and Jessica are making chocolate ravioli with chocolate sauce and orange, combining carbs and sugar. Thalia and Bianca are making skate wings with pea puree and bubble and squeak, a sort of English-style fish 'n' chips.

Bree attempts to do some candied orange zest and finally we have something that doesn't quite go according to plan. Instead of having a toffee-like texture, it just looks like a pile of soggy mush. Second batch and now they're too crystalised. The bleeps come out and we have some drama. “I really don't like you saying that I'm stressing.”

Cathy and Anna have disagreements as to whether the beef is cooked or not. As Anna goes to open the oven to check on it, Cathy gives her the death stare. Thalia and Bianca finally get to cooking the actual skate after what feels like years of filleting. They even have Kelly's sympathy for having to cook such an uncommon creature.

Back to Bree's candied zest and it doesn't seem like the cutaways to the other contestants have helped. They look exactly the same. Helena and Vikki don't think they've done it right. No, when it looks wrong it usually isn't.

Three minutes to go and Thalia and Bianca suddenly decide to do onion rings. It must be a Generation Y spontaneity thing what with YOLO and all them hashtags. Bree's candied zest isn't “toffee” enough but it's staying on the plate. That doesn't seem too bad any more as Cathy and Anna's beef, because it hasn't rested long enough, is running all over their cauliflower puree and it looks like remnants from the Red Wedding.

It's time for the judges to taste and they're torn between the questionable addition of onion rings, the crap toffee and the lack of sauce. But ultimately it's Thalia and Bianca who get through to the final five because it turns out Pete actually liked the onion rings - “they needed to be there”.

Round three, sudden death. The two teams have to produce a signature dish that best represents who they are.

Bree and Jessica are making butter chicken with red lentil dhal and rice. Kelly doesn't seem convinced that butter chicken is a competition dish and Chloe reiterates by spitting. Cathy and Anna are doing chermoula quail with roasted baby carrots and quinoa salad. It's sounds a little bit fancy schmancy, but Anna prefers “indulgent”.

Along with their 'curry in a hurry' it looks like Bree and Jessica are making naan bread as an accompaniment. Anna starts to make the chermoula marinade and if it wasn't for her narration I'd have no clue what that was. Luckily Pete provides an additional explanation for us peasants and now we're caught up.

With the butter chicken, Bree and Jessica more or less follow a similar recipe except for the fact that Bree cooks the chicken in a pressure cooker, while Jessica cooks it in the oven. The chicken is currently in the oven, but Bree thinks they're going to run out of time. Jessica does not seem happy: “Well get the pressure cooker Bree, please. Do it.”

It seems like the producers just fed Blair a line as he awkwardly asks Cathy how her quails are doing. Chloe asks her how many she's deboned when it's pretty obvious how many there are because they're sitting on a separate tray.

The naan dough is very soft and it looks like there's going to be naan to serve to the judges. They're scrapping it. Helena and Vikki look disgusted: “What's a butter chicken without naan bread?” But Bree and Jessica think that because they've got spice and rice, everything's going to be nice.

Anna thinks her dressing is too punchy and starts to panic, only to remember that she forgot to add the yoghurt. So she does and her troubles go away and we're back to watching both teams cook well. Yawn.

Bree and Jessica decide it's time to “release the beast”. They release the steam from the pressure cooker and Bree says it's the most pressure they've been under. Not literally, I don't think. And surprise, surprise, the chicken is cooked beautifully.

Shouldn't be too surprised at this stage because based on the promos for the judging it looks like it'll be tight competition.

Bree has resurrected the naan bread and Helena and Vikki can't seem to keep up with their indecision. “I think they're dreaming, it's not going to cook in time,” they say encouragingly.

Time to plate up and Bree says what everyone's thinking: it's incredibly hard to make curry look beautiful. She thinks they need to pour extra sauce into a jug but Jessica disagrees and says there's enough on the plate. So no extra sauce and no naan. Naan.

The judges have trouble deciding on the better dish, but ultimately Bree and Jessica scrape through yet again with one more point than Cathy and Anna's score of 50. Chloe and Kelly do not look happy.

Pete and Manu reveal that we're going around the country one more time in the ultimate instant restaurant round. This time it's all about choice: two options for entree, main and dessert. At the end of the round the lowest score on the leaderboard will be eliminated.

There's going to be double the cooking, double the pressure and double the drama. The heat's not only going to be in the kitchen but at the dinner table too. Reow.

*Corrected typo