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.