Betsey somersaults out of the door and Tim tells them that they will have some time to caucus, then some time to design their textiles. The digital files will be sent away and they'll see the designs the next day. So, the groups get together and Anthony proposes that they use ink blotting similar to Rorschach tests as a theme. Anya is totally on board and the rest seem to agree as well. That would be very helpful clothing. If you were wearing a certain pattern and someone else was reminded of their mother or of wood chippers or mud or poison ivy or something, you'd know to get the hell away from them as quickly as possible. At least that's what my zero knowledge of Rorschach testing tells me. I'm glad we had this time together.
And, then there's the other team. Josh M. says that he's thinking circus and carnival. Of course he is. Laura says that she's gaining inspiration from sea amoeba. I know, right? Bert's like, "Who?" I wonder if all of these people can see the elements of their failure at social interaction as well as we can. Because, it's clear that Josh M., while clearly imperious and overall just plain shitty, is also a little nervous. And, Bert, with his complete stillness, is entirely dismissive which can only feed those nerves. Laura seems nervous too, which only makes her speak more directly to Josh M. which feeds the clique-y impression that Bert has of them. Poor Becky is just trying to hang on, so I'm not even sure how much effect she's having on this motley crew. That said, Bert is probably acting like this as a defense because he's been steamrolled so many times when he tried to express an idea. But also, he needs to stop being so sensitive and actually PROCESS the thing that he keeps talking about -- he comes from a different world than these designers. So, logic would dictate that, if you come from a different world, chances are you express yourself in different ways. Maybe someone doesn't think you're stupid or washed-up; instead, they just talk loud and with lots of stupid one-liners and the most crazily drawn-on eyebrows this side of Jafar in Aladdin. Becky suggests that they do something gritty and Josh's arrives at The Village People. And, Laura actually entertains the idea and has the gall to interview that Bert and Becky were offering nothing creatively. I, uh, recommend that they take part in some Rorschach testing. Becky says that their lack of ability to come up with a cohesive idea is depressing.