It's morning and Dominique is kind of tooling with her suitcase, presumably because they don't have anywhere to put their clothes. Are there no storage solutions for these designers. She says that she's a little melancholy after the previous judging, when she had to plead with David to speak up for himself. David interviews that she's sad because she was attached to Rolando as well as his highness. He feels that he now has to prove himself. Prove himself as something other than adorable, I guess. Cause that shiz has already been proven. Theory confirmed -- the scientific method worked like a dream in this case.
The House of Emerald is obviously on cloud nine, though, if you ask me, their win was a lot like Al Pacino's Oscar for Scent of a Woman. It was just sort of time. Cindy is really happy to have won, as is Jeffrey, who is all "hallelujah!"
A note is slipped under the door and Cesar gets it. They are to meet Isaac at an Upper East Side location. They get to the address and it's Daniel, the restaurant. Fancy!!! Seriously, that place is really fancy. Eduardo says it looks very expensive. Jeffrey says that sees people "mingling" and eating, but I'm not sure about the mingling part. I don't know what he thinks mingling means. Isaac is there waiting for them in the middle of the dining room where no one is really mingling. Plus, I don't think I see any food. Isaac says that Daniel is one of the most prestigious restaurants in Manhattan. The challenge is to design a high society ball gown appropriate for a New York City event attended by out-of-towners. Dominique says ball gowns are not her forte and that Cesar has the advantage because he makes gowns all of the time.
Isaac says that a twist of the challenge is that they'll be working with "real" clients. Calvin is all "ugh" in his interview and says that he doesn't work with clients. Why? Because they are bitchy. It just got Inception up in here because I swear I was just dreaming that he said other people are bitchy.Isaac introduces clients by asking these ladies at two separate circular tables to turn around. The edit makes it look like it took them a good 15 seconds to turn around. It's the Real Housewives of both Orange County and New Jersey. Shit. Jeffrey is thrilled. Calvin says, actually quite astutely, that the California ladies are all sparkles and blondness, while the New Jersey ladies are all dark hair and bosoms and bosoms and bosoms. Isaac jokes to the New Jersey ladies that the irony of the name of the restaurant (pronounced "Danielle") is not lost on him, though I bet it was completely lost on him until a production assistant showed him the way. You really think Isaac Mizrahi is hanging out watching the Housewives? The ladies reply demurely that they don't know who he's talking about.