With Gunnar gone, Christopher and Ven move into the apartment with Fabio and Dmitry. Then, they go to Radio City Music Hall to hear about the challenge. The Rockettes are there! Gorgeous. They have to make a versatile and flashy and modern costume for the Rockettes to wear. At Mood, Elena is over budget by nearly $150! This does not look good for her. Also, all of her fabric is blue, which Dmitry notices and remembers how she was always ragging on him for choosing blue. Christopher puts on a turban and lipstick to mimic Sonjia and it's kind of awesome.
They all go out to dinner and Elena apologizes to Dmitry for being so mean to him during their previous group effort. Also, Ven explains a little about how he grew up sort of solitary. Sonjia seems out to sea during most of the challenge. She's just sort of feeling her way through the challenge. Melissa's outfit has 18 pattern pieces, which Fabio rightfully points out as insane. Tim comes in and is immediately concerned for Sonjia. She simply doesn't know what she's doing. Elena's outfit looks like a band uniform and everyone sees it. Because everybody seems completely screwed, Tim gives the designers more money and another visit to Mood. Well, that's unprecedented. Ven, Fabio and Dmitry stay behind and keep working at Parson's. Christopher gives some of his money to Melissa, which is really sweet. Sonjia skypes with her boyfriend and he is legit DREAMY. The conversation gives her the steam she needs to commit to an idea and get to real work.
The day of the challenge everyone seems a little more confident. The fitting is like one of the giantest shit shows of all time. Seriously, girls don't fit into the stuff, stuff is falling apart and all the while Christopher is teaching his girl how to walk real jazzy. Debra Messing is the guest judge, which really excites the designers. Unfortunately, the challenge isn't correcting the fashion choices for her character on Smash.
The models all look kind of silly in these costumes. Christopher's idea, which includes a sequined replica of the New York City skyline, is pretty adorable. Sonjia's feathered concoction looks pretty cute to me, but we're set up to believe that this is her Waterloo. And, it seems that it is. Nina thinks that 30 Rockettes in feathers would be a "turkey fest." It seems like they only like 2 of the looks, Christopher and Dmitry. Elena starts crying on the runway and Heidi even disclaims that the judges take their decisions very seriously. They kind of like Melissa's look, but they start hating it during the judging. That's rough. Christopher wins the challenge and he meets Debra Messing! The bottom two are Ven and Elena. And, Ven goes home. Wow. I didn't expect that.
Previously: The designers created their own textiles based on "cultural dossiers" delivered by their mothers or other appropriately intimate intimates. Surprisingly, Elena does not appear to be the daughter of the devil. But, appearances can be deceiving so I'm going to reserve judgment on that one. Gunnar, who was really inspired for the challenge, just couldn't get his construction skills up to par and was sent home. Ven was also given a stern talking to for using that same fan effect in his construction. But, Dmitry won his first challenge and that was very nice.
Hello, Atlas Apartment Building. Dmitry says to Fabio that it's weird not having Gunnar there. Fabio answers that he slept in his bed. Well, that's just the sweetest thing. He interviews that the absence of Gunnar's energy is noticeable. Christopher says to Ven that they got their asses handed to them during the previous challenge. True dat. Ven interviews that it was upsetting being in the bottom two because the challenge (and the hibiscus print that was based on his cultural background) meant a lot to him. He thinks that maybe the judges don't know where he's coming from. It sounds like you're coming from Zombie Town. Pick up the energy, Ven. Ven and Christopher then move to the apartment with Fabio and Dmitry.
In the girls' place, Sonjia sorts who has won challenges and how many they've won in order to arrive at the declaration that Elena is the only person who has not won a challenge. Yeah, everybody needs to hear stuff like that first thing in the morning. Sonjia is gorgeous and talented, but sometimes she has problem with tone, like when she's ragging on the guys being more feminine than the girls. Sometimes, the things she says just sound wrong. Elena interviews that, if she wants to win the competition, she's going to have to step out of her comfort zone and do things that are different for her. She also says that she needs to manage her stress level because it affects how your whole day is going.
The designers meet Tim at a secret location that turns out to be Radio City Music Hall. Oh God... it's getting close to the time when they'll start playing the commercials for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular or whatever it's called. They are horrible and insidious and do not leave your brain for hours. The music that the production has prepared for this intro to Radio City is just the worst. It's like what synthesized crap would be used in a porn set in the Wild West. Tim is joined onstage by the Rockettes, which is cool. They (without Tim) perform a routine and everyone is spellbound. Then, Heidi comes out in a matching green outfit (the others are in red) and they make themselves a little kick line. Christopher is dying, he needs his inhaler, he can't breathe. Heidi looks really cute.