Robert's design will be "2055 Street Wear." He will be using pants, a parka vest, a dress, and vintage lace. Robert explains that he believes the world of 2055 will be unable to sustain coffee plants. Apparently, fashion designers will be called upon to provide an alternative. Robert's idea is solar panels on the clothing. I'm guessing that he has imagined that humans will evolve and be able to break down sunlight into not only Vitamin D, but into caffeine as well. I'm starting to understand why Jay thinks Robert doesn't belong here. Austin finds the idea silly: "In my opinion, he's always the weak link." What's happening? Robert's reputation is dissolving before our eyes.
Wendy is explaining her garment to Kevin. She's clearly thinking a lot about functionality and the needs of the 2055 woman. Then, in the skin-crawlingest moment of my entire week, Wendy whispers over her worktable to Kevin, "I'm cool. You didn't know that. That I'm cool." Then, they laugh as they kind of do a high-five clutch. Where's my Valium? Kevin interviews that he and Wendy had the worst relationship, but that suddenly, that has changed. "I don't know if I'm being played or not. I know I can't trust anybody." Jay adds that Kevin and Wendy have been "buddy-buddy" during this challenge, but he surmises that it is only for the good of the team: "I'm sure, later on, the truth will come out." I didn't realize that those two hated each other so much. I would have picked Wendy and Austin as the big rivalry up to this point.
Lots of shots of the designers designing away. With four hours remaining until the deadline, Tim Gunn enters the Workshop. Kevin's progress report for Tim includes, "As long as we have all of the right pieces..." and Tim stops him. Tim reminds Kevin that the "design" of the pieces is what is important. He wants the collection to be cohesive, and reminds Kevin that his leadership position makes this his responsibility. He asks Kevin if he is checking on the other designers, and Kevin's reply is, "It'll take me a lot of time, but I'll do it." I sense a little attitude. He shows Tim a sketch of their pod coat. Tim is disturbed. He kind of rips Kevin a new one. He doesn't really offer any advice, but it seems that he is unhappy with the lack of cohesion in the collection. He points out that the process of judging has turned into a question of who the weakest link is and Kevin, as the leader, is vulnerable. It's kind of unclear what is making Tim so unhappy. Could be that the designs are unfinished. Maybe it was Kevin's lack of leadership. In any event, Tim tells the designers that he leaves them "reluctantly," but he does leave.