Coming at the point in the competition when contestants start falling to pieces with stress, Danish week was an fitting emotional roller coaster, with most bakers descending into tears and many flaking like delicate pastry as they rushed to master Nordic baking.
The spirit of the Viking was alive and well in the tent, despite each contestant wearing a Hawaiian shirt in honour of Jon, who was eliminated last week.
The challenges this week were smørrebrød, or open sandwiches, Æbleskiver, spherical pastries similar to pancakes, and kagekone, a birthday cake traditionally made to resemble someone you know and enjoyed by cutting of the head while the people around you scream - typical Viking stuff.
Rahul finally came down to the level of us humans, the much-loved humble and sweet persona somewhat eroded by stress. Swearing, muttering and essentially a ball of frustration, Rahul somehow made it through to next week despite none of his bakes going well and his Showstopper pastries burning.
No one can judge Rahul more than he does, though, as he said "I don’t deserve to be here anymore. I just need to be kicked out".
In the end, Ruby was named Star Baker, righting herself again after last week's toppling cake disaster, knocking out asparagus and tandoori smørrebrød, as well as winning Æbleskiver, and kagekone. Given this bout of success, it's not surprising that Ruby was the only baker to not cry this week. Small victories.
In a move that has sparked serious Twitter debate, Manon was eliminated from the tent. Her fatal flaw, it turned out, was her Frenchenss. It seems the French can't be anything but French when it comes to baking, as she managed to make a French loaf out of her rye bread and included a literal pain au chocolat on her Danish Showstopper.
It was a blow to many viewers who had come to respect her work over weeks of consistently strong baking and inventive flavours. Still, with the semi final next week, judging is about to get much more severe so try not to get too attached to anyone in the tent...
Next week sees the bakers tackle Patisserie Week, and we don't want to cry "conspiracy" or anything, but wouldn't Manon have wowed with that theme? Hmm.
As always, Twitter was heating up last night and we picked out the best bits for you...
A blue-eyed shark
Rahul, the dating mascot
We all have Kim-Sad days
Worse than Brexit?
Did anyone else feel the ground shake as the whole of the UK shrieked MANON?!? at the television #GBBO— Vicky Chandler (@VickyChandler) October 16, 2018
Et tu, Ben?
Rahul could have accidentally put Pru in the oven for 40 minutes and still not have gone home this week #gbbo— Ben Jones (@_bendavidjones) October 16, 2018
Disney's next project
I’m ready for a spin off where Noel Fielding takes Rahul on adventures to places he’s never been before #GBBO— Lauren Oldfield (@LaurenOhh_x) October 16, 2018
Justice for Manon
Keep your hands to yourself, then
It's like Paul realised how worthless his handshakes had become as of late so he's wildly overcorrected and is now making everyone cry this week. 😟 #GBBO— Emma (@askirmishofwit) October 16, 2018