The show begins without us knowing what Michelle's "second chance" is. It seems like she is just...not eliminated. Heidi tells the designers that they are each going to a different European nation. Daniel has never been out of the country and gets really emotional at the prospect of leaving. Layana is going to Barcelona. Patricia is going to Paris. Daniel is going to Berlin. Stanley is going to London. Michelle is going to stay in New York, which I guess is her punishment for losing the last challenge.
Then, my DVR skips because Time Warner is SERIOUSLY gaslighting me, people. It's all junk. Every single thing they have in my life. Anyway, Tim is talking and the next thing I see is Samantha and Layana in Barcelona. Patricia and Kate go to Paris. They are so cute looking at the scenery. Amanda and Daniel are in Berlin together, which seems like a very odd pairing. Daniel thinks a lot about the hardships of communist Berlin. As bat shit crazy as he seems, it's remarkable to watch someone get to explore the world a little bit for the first time. Meanwhile, Michelle is lonely and sad in New York. She feels like she really needs to cheer herself up.
Patricia decides her inspiration is street Paris, instead of romantic Paris. Layana is inspired by the architecture of Barcelona. Stanley and Richard go to London together. That leads me to believe they didn't get to choose their helper. I'd choose Ben over Richard. Stanley decides that he wants to go dark for this challenge. Michelle and Tu go on a tour bus together and they have a really nice time. Amanda really pushes Daniel to make his design youthful. They have to buy their fabrics in the countries they are visiting. Daniel and Amanda end up in a really crappy fabric store that doesn't even have silk. Patricia has a language barrier and almost hits a French lady. Stanley and Richard have a relatively easy time. Layana and Samantha have a problem finding leather. Michelle gets a lot of cashmere and leather.
Back in New York, Michelle and Tu are the first in the workroom. The other designers file in and it makes Michelle really upset because they are all excited about their trips. It's the cruelest thing that this show has ever done and I love it, because she is such a horrible bitch. She won't let anyone hug her, which is so petty.
Jesus, help me, this episode is two hours long. We follow them designing in real time. Oh, it looks like Michelle is OK with hugging her model. Daniel is feeling really confident about his look. Scott Patric really shows these guys the way with make-up.
The guest judge is John Legend. Cute. On the runway, Layana stinks, Michelle is brilliant, Stanley is rad, Patricia is far out and Daniel is CRAZY. He seems like he made something totally young and cool. But, who knows. The judges really like it. They loved Stanley's look as well. They think Layana is old-fashioned, which totally gave me a boner. They HATE it. They are not fond of Patricia's look either. They like Michelle. Ultimately, Stanley wins-ish the challenge. He's in. Daniel is in as well! Michelle is in as well. Good for no one except for her. That's not fair. Her look was awesome, even if she isn't. It's down to Layana and Patricia. Layana is...OUT. Yes! Oh, I'm so happy. Suck it, Layana.
Previously: The designers created looks for Marie Claire to be worn by Jordana Brewster. My computer almost got sucked into a black hole because of how anticlimactic that last sentence was. The designers "got" to work with an eliminated designer and poor Patricia really got the poop end of the stick. She worked with Richard whose uselessness in the face of how long he survived on the show I actually find confounding. Stanley won the challenge. Michelle created a t-shirt and pants though Nina specifically said she didn't want a t-shirt and pants for this challenge. Though her design was good, she lost the challenge. But, she is getting one more chance. It's a "do or die" moment. Aren't they all? Michelle does not like to be hugged.
The show begins with all of the designers backstage. The mood is tense. Stanley says that they are all waiting to hear what's going to happen. What if the judges came back and were like, "We've thought it over. That really was it for you. Later, skater."? Now, I'm no fan of Michelle because I think she's mean, but what a gross situation to have to be in. Everybody's there and safe and you feel like you're in detention or something. She interviews that it's hard to get excited about a second chance when you are worried that it won't be good enough. I'm going to chalk it up to fatigue, but it's odd that someone who has portrayed herself as top dog for much of the competition would become so unmoored by what has essentially been her first major stumble of the competition. She was on losing teams for several of the beginning challenges, but she seemed confident that her designs would have been winners had she not been grouped with such losers. Daniel tries to cheer her up and she cries that she loved what she made and she thought it would be "casual and editorial." I'm not sure that editors are often looking for casual for a photo shoot. Anyway, they all prescribe to the chestnut that "you just never know." She repeats the stuff about being on a losing team but thinking she was a winner. Now, she wonders if maybe she has a point-of-view that doesn't want to be heard. Really? It's not about point-of-view. You seriously made EXACTLY what Nina said she didn't want. Also, she said like eight times that she wanted something bold. Casual does not equal bold. The design was fantastic, but not bold. They have to do something to reprimand you. Consider it a slap on the wrist.