After a few more clips of the chefs discussing their favorite parts of the movie, the lights go up and Gail arrives. The contestants all clasp their hoarded popcorn in anticipation of whatever Gail is about to unleash on them. But then she invites a few special guests to the front of the stage. The four non-chefs who were in the theater walk slowly to the front of the stage and stand next to Gail. It takes a minute, but then the quicker cheftestants start gasping: It's the original cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory! It's strangely emotional to see these childhood icons all growed up and sporting odd facial hair and many of the chefs (including Orlando) get teary eyed. Maybe he's just misunderstood? Or maybe last week he just really earnestly wanted to remind people that this was a competition? Maybe he just plays a dick on TV? Anyway good old Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and Violet Beauregard are standing up on stage beaming down at the gasping chefs. Sadly, according to IMDB, none of these child stars ever really acted again. Maybe the Oompa Loompas scared the kidlets on screen as much as they terrified the kids in the audience? When Gail starts grilling the stars about the Land of Pure Imagination, you can see the writing on the edible wall. Sure enough Gail announces that there will be no Quickfire Challenge today, but instead the entire group will work together to transform the Top Chef dining room into an edible Land of Pure Imagination. This challenge has to be a dream come true for a pastry chef, right? Heck, I'm excited and I don't even get to help make it or eat it.
The chefs divide into two teams: one focuses on cooking and the other on, well, interior design. Set decoration? They have to make the place look good while making their own dessert. I'm not quite sure why anyone volunteered for that job, because there is no way its going to end well. So what are people making to bring Wonka to life? Oompa Loompas out of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and lime Jell-O? Craig was eviscerated by Judge Johnny last week, but like a sea cucumber, he grew his guts back this week. He has decided to take a literal cue from the movie and is making giant Gummi bears, just like the ones that grew on the trees in Wonkaland. Chris is making a chocolate waterfall, which proves to be quite ambitious and takes not only all of Chris' time, but also hours of his teammates' time as well. Carlos is making edible wallpaper, because Charlie Bucket told them the rather heartbreaking news that the edible wallpaper in Wonkaland tasted like wallpaper. Carlos wants to make lil Charlie Bucket smile with his fruit leather wallpaper, which, actually doesn't sound that much better than regular wallpaper. Orlando and Katzie are vying for title of Most Excited Chefs. Orlando is practically gleeful as he tempers 250 pounds (no, really) of chocolate for the team, while Katzie is her normal happy self with an extra sparkle in her eye as she talks about a carrot patch, which I guess we will just have to see to understand.