Things are getting tight at the Atlas Building. You can just feel the tension, as everyone gets closer to the finish line. Heidi tells the designers that "Image Is Everything," then sends them to hear about the rest of the challenge from Tim. He tells the designers that fashion and music are closely related. The challenge is to create a signature style for this band, The Sheepdogs, who are an unsigned band that will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone because they won this voting thing. The winning look will be featured in Marie Claire and Rolling Stone and they'll be working in two teams of four. Ugh. Teams. This is a button bag venture and Tim chooses, for the first team, Olivier, Viktor, Kimberly and Josh. That means Laura, Bert, Anthony and Anya are a team. We get flashbacks to how horribly Laura, Bert and Anthony worked together the first time. That was painful. Then, we meet the band. They look like Sheep Dogs. That means menswear. Everybody's freaked. They start to play and Olivier almost passes out because it's just too loud for him. Each designer will work specifically on the look for a specific band member.
Anya calls their team Team Harmony right off the bat, as a clever way of warding off the usual crap. The other team is Team Untitled. At Mood, Bert loans Laura money for supplies, which is a cute little moment. Olivier is again upset that he's working with someone who takes up space on the planet. Josh takes off his pants to use himself as a model or to once again show the world his ass, I'm not sure. Anya and Viktor talk some really reasonable smack about Olivier and how he can't work with people. This is a Garnier challenge, so we get to see a long segment of the boys in the band getting their hairs did. Bert is in trouble right out of the gate. His look is just weird and feminine and, well, let's be real -- Bert is not cool. Cool is Key West and Bert lives in Maine. The drummer for this band is so cute and should have babies with Anya. Josh is worried about being too gay for his rocker, but his crotch-emphasizing stylings are a hit with the client. Olivier's fitting is embarrassing for the poor client. He should rename the band Body Dysmorphia.
Adam Lambert is the guest judge! The boys come out to play while wearing the new designs. Team Harmony looks BUSTED. I guess Anthony's is OK and I secretly don't mind Anya's that much, but mostly they just look really dated and silly. Team Untitled is not that much better. Viktor's is so easily the best. Olivier's is such a disaster. Bert's? Not horrible. Anya gets her first bad critique and takes it really hard. So, Anya, Kimberly and Olivier are in the bottom. Viktor wins the challenge! Kimberly and Olivier are in the bottom two and it's Olivier that goes home. Viktor gets to see his look get photographed and he's super proud.
Once again, the sun has risen over the Atlas Building. No offense to him because he seemed lovely, but, with Bryce gone, it seems like the designers are aware that it's totally game on. Everyone here is strong now. Josh says that the competition is exhausting and you have to have a lot of endurance to... endure. Anya interviews that everyone who remains (including Bryce, I'd imagine) are friends, but "friends are friends until there's high stakes." If that doesn't solve the mystery of the food poisoning of the entire Scandavian bloc of Miss Universe contestants in 2008, you're not paying attention. Olivier tells us that he started the competition strong, got lost along the way and is trying to get back into the winner's circle. Oh, Olivier. He seems less and less capable of life in the real world to me. All the time. Maybe he's really uncomfortable on camera? Or maybe he's doing that thing that I've see young creatives affect -- that sort of savant thing. I don't know, but I wouldn't want to have lunch with it. Anyway, he's a weirdo and I think he's doing it on purpose. Watching the fat people comments now, he knew full well that he was saying something a little rude.
At Parsons, Heidi meets the designers on the runway wearing this short dress with long flowy sleeves with cut-outs at the shoulders that I feel like Nina Garcia would try to set on fire if she could. She tells the designers that she has one thing to say about the challenge: "Image is Everything." Hmm. She tells the designers to go meet Tim. Anthony is pulled into this show's ridiculous game of Let's Decipher Heidi's Frankly Usually Indecipherable Clue About The Challenge and wonders if they'll be looking at old pictures of rock stars. I feel like maybe the designers have started to refuse to play along to this game and are being fed words from a refrigerator jumble magnet poetry set or something. I would say, "Flowers. Verily."
The designers are to meet Tim at.... OK, I'm back. I just spent a really long time figuring out what the hell Heidi just said. Her accent is usually not a problem, but the word "Rockwood" may be her Waterloo, though you might think she's saying "Rotterloo," as she seems to pronounce those consonants the same way. Time Warner and I need to talk about them fixing the closed captioning on my cable. So, they aren't meeting Tim at Walkwood Music Hall, because there is no such place. Instead, they'll be going to Rockwood Music Hall to hear about the rest of the challenge.