Gretchen wakes up and says to April that she's glad Valerie and Ivy are both gone, because they talked too much and pulled focus all of the time. On the runway, Heidi makes everyone change models. Mondo's model goes home! That doesn't seem quite fair, does it? Heidi is the client! They have to design something for Heidi's activewear line for New Balance. She shows them a few looks to give them inspiration. For someone always harping about high fashion, it's not very wow. But, that's just me.
Everyone is a little confused about how to begin, except maybe for Andy, because they've never really made activewear before. Gretchen says she doesn't like Heidi in the workroom. Christopher's model leaves, so Mondo's model gets another chance! Mondo has a meeting with Heidi and it goes beautifully wrong. She's snarky about his work and he sort of throws it right back at her. Then, she says she thinks he's being rude and he says that, actually, he's being hurt. That said, she was going to hate his work on the runway, so it's good he got a chance to save it. He gets really upset, and Christopher gives him a really generous pep talk. Gretchen also freaks out when Heidi criticizes her. She had some moments where she went a little too far, but I think some of her frustration was warranted, though you wouldn't talk to your boss that way. Other Michael gets a bunch of criticism again, but Heidi digs his stuff. Before she leaves, she tells them that they have to create 3 looks total.
Former designers are sent in to help. Other Michael is freaked because so many of them were assholes to him. Mondo chooses Valerie. Gretchen chooses Casanova. Christopher chooses Ivy. Other Michael chooses AJ. April chooses "the hot blonde" Peach. And, Andy gets Cute Michael! YAY!
Ivy calls Other Michael a cheater. Huh? She is an asshole. Sadly, no one really checked her, which I found upsetting. Maybe I missed something? He doesn't seem like a cheater to me. Lucky? Yes. Unsophisticated? Perhaps. Devious? I, uh, just don't think so. Mondo and Gretchen at least interview that it's ridiculous to act like Other Michael isn't appreciated authentically by the judges.
Norma Kamali is the guest judge. Mondo, April and Andy are in the top. Gretchen, Other Michael and Christopher are in the bottom. Gretchen argues with her on the runway. Andy wins! Not really excited. Christopher is out. Sweet guy.
Previously: This show was amazing. The designers had to create textiles that were inspired by their own lives and Mondo created this pattern that paid tribute to his years as a person living with HIV, which he hasn't shared with his family or many people at all. Valerie's expiration date came and she was sent home, while Mondo won the challenge and the admiration of a ton of people watching.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and Chris tells Mondo as he's trying to wake up that his hair resembles Edward Scissorhands. Mondo interviews that he's won three challenges in a row and is very excited. He seems so buoyant right now. It's almost disconcerting, like someone's holding a gun to his back or he has been possessed.
Gretchen and April are lying in bed and staring silently at each other. Gretchen finally says, "Hear that?" Pause. Pause. Pause. "Exactly." April starts laughing and tells her that's fucked up. Gretchen explains that for weeks she had been awoken each morning by two giggling girls. April agrees that Valerie could talk too much. Gretchen says that Valerie was always thinking about what was going on in her head. She needs some time to figure out her own feelings as well. That's true and all about Valerie talking too much, but I kind of feel like Gretchen has positioned herself to be consulted about everyone's choices. She shouldn't have offered her two cents all of the time if she didn't want people to eventually start asking for it.
Christopher says that the dwindling number of designers (there are only two women remaining) makes real for him the possibility of going to Fashion Week. Mondo says that the stakes are high and he doesn't even like steak. Do you see what he did there? "That's deep, Mondo," is Christopher's reply. Mondo interviews that he's feeling that he has a good chance of winning as the next person. Andy interviews that, since he was in the bottom three last week, he needs to redeem himself in this challenge.
At Parson's, Heidi takes the runway while carrying the lovely black velvet button bag. The designers see this and immediately groan with fear. "Hello," she chirps. There's a touch of evil to Heidi, no? She never sounds more genial than when she's giving someone horrible news. She says that, before the next challenge is presented, the designers will have to choose new models. They at Project Runway feel that the designers have gotten too comfortable. She really ripped the words out of my mouth. That is exactly what I think of when I see these designers -- FAR too comfortable. The models come onto the runway. Mondo gets to choose his new model first. I don't know any of these women. The model who gets the boot? Mondo's girl. Gretchen apologizes to Mondo as his girl leaves the runway. That seems weird that she left. Mondo interviews that he feels bad for her because she probably assumed she'd be going to Fashion Week if Mondo won. You could say she helped him win those three challenges in a row too. This is odd.