Gordon tries to reverse the fortunes of a diner in New York; finds unprotected meat and fish in a restaurant on Long Island; and thinks meatballs might be the answer for an Italian restaurant in New Jersey.
Gordon helps a father-and-son team in Michigan; comes to the aid of a restaurant in New York that is stuck in the 1980s; and clashes with a restaurateur in Stamford, Connecticut.
The chef tries to help the owners of a failing cafe in Philadelphia; visits a restaurant in New Jersey run by a mother and daughter; and offers advice to the owner of a restaurant in New Jersey who has lost his passion for food.
Gordon visits a business in New Jersey run by two warring brothers; takes on a hot-headed owner in Providence, Rhode Island; and tries to create order in the kitchen of a restaurant in West Babylon, New York.
The chef heads to a floundering soul food restaurant in Plainfield, New Jersey; visits a once-thriving Italian restaurant in New Jersey; and encounters family disharmony at LA's Burger Kitchen.
Gordon comes to the aid of a struggling Italian restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts; tries to help a man struggling to run two adjacent eateries in Brooklyn, New York; and tries to save a struggling soul-food restaurant in Pennsylvania that resembles a dentist's waiting room.