We’re almost there. MasterChef is almost over. The stakes (steaks?) could not be higher.

It was a total gut-wrencher, too. At least there was one (1) cute moment. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

To whittle the final three to the top two, we had a pressure cooker test to end all pressure cooker tests.

In comes chef Martin Benn with the most insane take on a toffee-apple-dessert-thing ever.

Obviously, it looked amazing. But some of us couldn’t help thinking of a few other things, too.

Right at the beginning, poor old Laura couldn’t spiral her apple in the lathe.

In a heartwarming show of sportsmanship, Emelia jumped right in to help her.

Then Reynold joined in TOO. I’m crying in the MasterChef kitchen rn.

“You’re the best,” Laura said in the end. Not a truer word has ever been uttered.

Can we all just take a moment to reflect on what this episode might have been. Okay, good. Crisis averted, possibly.

Uh-oh, is that dessert king Reynold slipping up? On THIS DISH of all dishes? Seriously, watching him make mistakes on a dessert like this is just cruel.

When it’s time to plate up, our boy Reynold is jittery and shaking his hands all over the damn place. It’s stressful not only for him, but for us watching, too.

If things weren’t emotional enough, Reynold decided to share a bit of his family story and some details about his own restaurant, and then he and Mel had ~a moment~. It was beautiful.

In the end, everyone’s biggest fear became a reality: Reynold went home, on a dessert no less. It was nothing short of devastating.

“Even though I didn’t win, I’d say it was all worth it,” he said as he walked out. Reynold, having watched your artistry for a whole season, we can confidently say the same thing.

Closing thoughts on this utter travesty, Khanh?

Indeed.