Tim comes in and welcomes them. He is very happy to see all of them there. He tells them that the next day they will present three-piece mini collections to the judges. This will decide who is going to Fashion Week. Tim says that they need to be very strategic with their choices. Patricia says that she would be really sad if she went home at this point. Stanley is nervous because he's not sure what best represents his collection.
Tim says that there is one last surprise. Since this season has been about teams -- Michelle is like UP THE JUNCTION, not another team challenge -- they are going to get helpers again. There's a sigh of relief from everyone. Can you imagine how nervous Stanley must have been just then? If they had gotten another challenge and he had not gotten the chance to finish his stuff, I really do think he would have been finished. They will have until 11 that evening to work and their helpers will be in shortly.
Tim leaves and they all wonder who their helpers will be. Then, Richard and Samantha enter! Richard is working with Stanley and they hug each other. Stanley says, "I got my Richard." He adds that Richard is very good at hand sewing. So, he'll be in good shape if he can focus on the construction and pass off the piecework to Richard. Samantha is working with Daniel. As they hug, you see Patricia with this mortified look on her face. I'm not sure what is bothering her so much except that maybe she really wanted to work with Samantha? Or maybe she doesn't know that she is making that face. Either way, I love it. She looks purely terrified. Daniel says that he is happy to have Samantha because she can help keep a young perspective.
The door opens again and it's Layana and Amanda. Michelle gives Layana a big hug and it appears that she is pregnant! That's just like Laura Bennett. Right? Or was Laura already preggers when she started the show? Because she was kinda big when they came back. Anyway, a reminder of Laura is always welcomed, even if it's in the shape of Layana. Michelle is thrilled to be working with Amanda. I can't believe that I haven't asked this already, but I wonder how Amanda feels about the color maroon. That's a disgusting oversight on my part and I apologize. I bet she hates maroon. That means that Layana will be working with Patricia, who is pleased because she knows that Layana can do very detailed work.
We spend a little time with the designers showing their helpers their collections. Everyone is very complimentary. They get to work and Samantha pushes Daniel to be a little sexier. Michelle points out to Amanda that Stanley still has to construct garments and Amanda says that's terrifying. Michelle strangely wants to take it in some shaming direction and says that that's not setting yourself up for success. I admire how Amanda never lets anyone drag her into the muck. Because, seriously, like someone thinks it's a GREAT idea to wait until you get to the workroom to construct your garments. He had some timing issues and he has been working non-stop. This was not part of the plan, obviously. He's just trying to make it work now. So, with great passion, and also with some deference to Amanda's hair, which is off the chain right now, I'm requesting that Michelle just can it for the rest of this episode. Just do your thing. Talk about you. Like Patricia said, you guys have a bond. Try respecting it for a little bit. Amanda is worried about Stanley too, but she doesn't seem to think it's an issue of his intentional set-up.