The contestants were tasked with recreating guest chef Martin Benn's toffee apple dessert in a three-hour, 45-minute Pressure Test, with five minutes to plate up in front of the judges. While Reynold seemed to make his apple strips with ease, he struggled with overcooking the accompanying leaves, and with inserting a chocolate stem when he was presenting his version of the dish.
During the tasting, judge Jock Zonfrillo asked Reynold: "Why do you want to win this?"
"I haven't had an easy life, as an immigrant," an emotional Reynold said. He explained that he doesn't usually get emotional unless he's talking about his family and their shared experiences.
Through tears, he explained: My mum and dad are both very hard workers. My brothers, as well. No matter how hard my family works, there's always something that kinda knocks us down."
He noted that their dessert chain KOI, while appearing successful, is struggling to stay afloat, despite public praise of their products.
"I didn't come on here for the fame or anything like that," he added. "I came on here because I love to cook.
"Winning is not about the title. It's more about being able to give back to my family."
Melissa Leong, who was visibly moved by Reynold opening up, reminded him of the impact his journey on the show has to the people watching at home.
"There is the part of what it means to be a migrant kid — to not feel like you fit in, and to feel like you have to push against so much to get to where you are going," she began.
"I don't want you to forget the amount of people out there that will see you and see what's possible. Don't discount the hope that you give for everybody who is really pushing to realise a dream.
"It really has just been the most incredible thing to watch you up close and to really understand why you do what you do."
Reynold previously spoke about the restaurant his parents owned when he was a child, and the moment they were taken away by immigration, during the heart-warming family photo Mystery Box challenge, which was widely praised by viewers.
And yet again, on last night's episode, MasterChef affirmed how important it is to see diversity on our screens.
On Instagram after the episode, Melissa wrote a note to Reynold: "You embody so much of what it means to hold the weight of family history and sacrifice, personal pressure and expectation with such strength, focus and honour.
"Your youthful defiance is at times maddening to your MC tiger mum (that's me!), but I know you have a great heart, a quick mind, and an endless capacity to learn and beat your best, every single day."
Reynold shared the post to his stories, saying that he was "forever grateful" to Melissa. In his own Instagram post saying goodbye to the series, he thanked "my family who have supported me through and through, especially how they basically covered my a*s amidst the toughest moments in the pandemic over the months of filming", as well as his co-stars fans, partner, Chelia Dinata, friends and the MasterChef judges.
"I'm truly humbled, grateful, privileged, blessed and honored to be given a second chance to come back to this incredible competition."
Melissa wasn't the only one to be moved by Reynold talking about the difficulties of the migrant experience and how important his family and their business is to him: