After the break, we get a huge letdown when Lisa Kline says the contestants' inspiration will be each other. Everyone groans, because these people seriously hate each other. DJ Eric informs us that Kathy is a jewelry designer and Merle is a fashion critic, just in case someone happened to tune in without having seen the opening credits or any previous episodes. Thanks, DJ Obvious! The contestants pick amongst themselves. You'd think that last week's winner would get first choice, but since DJ Eric won last week and his stuff sucks, I'm not complaining. Louanna gets Kathy, while Merle takes Louanna, thus crapping all over Kathy's attempt to take Louanna. Kathy shrugs and picks the Dandy instead, but he's already been taken by DJ Eric, who has been picked by Team Dandy in return. Thus, Kathy is stuck with Merle.
The teams go off to brainstorm. Kathy tells us that Merle likes things from the '30s and poetry. Wow, Merle sounds like no fun at all. As for Merle, she wants to make a dress that uses the asymmetry found in many of Louanna's designs. Louanna and Jim come up with "a wrinkled pillowcase top" and "jeans." Hmm. Not sure about that one. Or what a "wrinkled pillowcase top" is. But if they're trying to say that using actual pillowcases as shirts is now fashionable, I am all for it. It would make getting dressed in the morning so much easier. Team Dandy want to make something with a "sexy rock and roll quality." But DJ Eric doesn't play rock and roll. He just plays shitty club music. Dandy also makes quite a stretch in saying they're using bright red fabric because DJ Eric is Latino, and is therefore "red hot." You know, if they really wanted to use DJ Eric as inspiration, they should just have Roberto do all the work. And then end up with the same crappy skimpy dress that J. Lo wore ten years ago every single week. As for DJ Eric, his brilliant plan is to make "a dress." Don't worry, though, because Galina is back on the job! She says they can make it a long dress because the Dandy is tall. That's actually less of a stretch than Dandy's thing about using spicy Latino colors.
The Trim Room opens. Kathy grabs some blue fabric she wants to use as a liner for her dress while Louanna struggles to make sure she gets some denim for her jeans. And that's all for the Trim Room. Every week, it gets less and less exciting.
Team Dandy take a break from their work to look at what DJ Eric and Galina are doing. Roberto doesn't like it, of course, saying that they're taking Team Dandy's gothic-inspired designs "too far." Especially since Team Dandy maintain that they aren't gothic. Kathy uses the large rock to scrape away at her fabric, making it look like silk. Jim asks her how she likes her jeans. She says "high-waisted," but only if she "had the body for it." Since when could you not have the body for high-waisted pants? Don't old people wear those all the time? And they don't have awesome bodies. Jim interviews his credentials, which is an early warning sign that he'll be going home tonight. As the teams prepare to head out for the night, Thai tells Louanna that she's crazy to think she can make jeans in such a short amount of time. Uh oh. Thai's the fastest guy there by a factor of like 10, so if he says something can't be done in time, then it cannot be done. Louanna is clearly rattled, and Merle doesn't help when she swings by to put her unsolicited two cents in: "that's a lot of work. Big time work."