With 45 minutes to go, Chris -- who is making a caramel banana cream pie -- helps Matthew fill a pastry bag for the toasted meringue to top his rhubarb pie. As they say, how many chefs does it take...? And then Carlos and decide to use liquid nitrogen to set his lemon curd tart since there are only 10 minutes left, and everyone takes the opportunity to mock him for it. Carlos: liquid nitrogen :: Marcel: foam. As the clock ticks down, Chris proves he is the most can-do, helpful guy of all (even after last week's verbal diarrhea). After lending a hand (quite literally) to Matthew, he aids Carlos in pouring the aforementioned liquid nitrogen. Again, while mocking him. With a minute left, Matthews is toasting his meringue when he reflexively uses his second hand to shift the plate. He jerks it back the split-second he realizes what he's done and prays "that nobody sees it." Which is a nonsense thing to hope for when you're surrounded by cameras, but whatever, there's only a minute left, no point in stopping now.
Gail and Francois return and start with Orlando's raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry pie. With very little comment, they move on to Sally's red plum and strawberry double-crusted pie with white chocolate Chantilly. The presentation is thoroughly unappealing -- like a busted pot pie with a scoop of ice cream on top -- but damn if it doesn't sound delicious. Again, very little comment, and they move on. Chris presents his banana cream pie with banana caramel. He gets the first praise of the challenge from Francois, who deems it "not too sweet." They turn to Carlos and -- you guessed it! -- rib him for using liquid nitrogen on his raspberry lemon meringue pie. Carlos's competitors are still laughing at Gail's comment, but Francois says the pie is well-cooked. Finally, Gail asks Matthew about his slip-up. He is totally honest, but unfortunately Gail tells him he is disqualified.
Francois delivers the breakdown. The bottom two includes Sally's overly tart pie. He also didn't like that she added the Chantilly at the last minute. Despite his earlier compliments, Francois also places Chris in the bottom because his cream pie had too much cream (huh?), which overwhelmed the banana. Chris doesn't understand because he thinks he banana-ed that mofo six ways to Sunday. Oh well, sorry, baby. No new heart for you! That leaves Orlando's homey pie and Carlos's well-balanced flavors and beautifully piped topping. But who's the winner? Francois says it came down to technique and announces that Carlos won -- his third in a row. I think Chris should win because that lemon curd would be a sloppy mess if he hadn't helped with the liquid nitrogen. Who's with me?