And, they begin. Chris takes the lead with his team. In the interest of time, they're staying simple. Katzie is taking the bottom layer of her cake. Van recommends musical instruments as decor. Orlando's team is putting their personalities in their layers. For instance, Nelson is architectural and Craig is a nit-wit rookie. His words. Poor Craig. I think he's adorable and he makes me want to cry. Carlos leads his team's direction, but he has a hard time communicating what he wants.
People start working. Van is making tiny candy instruments...for the first time. We find out that his parents were Cambodian refugees. He wants to make his family feel like they belong. Melissa is eager to prove herself. She's making a cardamom sponge cake. Chris is worried about her. Carlos asks for pastry cream and Rebecca thinks he asks for PCP. That would explain a lot. Nelson is planning on making columns for a tower effect. We learn that he studied architecture in school and that's why he's so technical. His family freaked with he changed careers.
Here comes Johnny. Sally and Rebecca reveal that they are both making devil's food cake, though Rebecca insists that they're different because she's using milk and Sally is using buttermilk. Johnny ain't buying it. He also thinks the musical instruments that Van is cranking out are too small. Johnny wonders if the shape of Team Matthew's cake is too ordinary, but Chris, though he gives props to Johnny's advice in general, doesn't want to get swayed too much by his comments. Craig tells Johnny that he's going for a "pow-pow" flavor. Johnny's all "What?" Pow-pow flavor, Johnny. In your mouth. Duh.
After the consult, Katzie says that they need to be confident about their choices. Nelson's worried that his columns won't hold Craig's heavy cakes. Work day is over!
Later, Craig and Sally are chilling and he interviews that he's really lucky to have Sally there during this experience. He says that he was a fat kid (accompanied by photo evidence -- dude has indeed lost a lot of weight) and had "flamboyant tendencies" (accompanied by a pic of him in a pig suit) that made him an easy target. He wants everyone from his past to see him kick ass on the show and think about what an asshole they were to him. He seriously breaks my heart. I think he's wonderful.
The next day, they have only a few hours before having to transport the cake. Carlos is still not doing a great job with communicating. Orlando is frustrated that Craig is using a tiny brush to paint his layer. Orlando seems like he's bullying poor Craig. Everybody puts their cakes in vans and Amanda comments that hers is heavy as a pile of poop. That's my unit of measurement as well. This remote control? 1/8th as heavy as a pile of poop.