Heidi tells everyone that their next challenge (the "Unconventional Challenge") is going to "unleash" their inner beast. Josh M. thinks that they're going to some sort of fetish shop and I'm not surprised by his assumption. Tim tells everyone that they are going to make looks from supplies found in a pet shop. Olivier tells us that he has never had any pets, except for rabbits, which died. He's amazing. Bert, who has immunity, does not give a rat's ass about doing anything at all.
So, Olivier. Easily the cutest guy of the season. But... the accent? He apparently moved to England from Columbus, Ohio six years ago. And, he already has that accent. Still cute, but I don't believe anything about him now. Josh C. is really worried about the judges approving of his fit on the model, so he doesn't think about design at all. Josh M. thinks about turning up the volume to the fullest extent. Laura uses dog collars to make a skirt that has volume. People are worried, but she rocks it. Tim sort of admonishes Bert for being so lame about this challenge, but he doesn't really seem to care.
On the runway, Josh M., Anthony and Olivier have the top looks, with Olivier being the ultimate winner for his chic doggie bed-constructed look. A lot of people use pee pads for dogs as their fabric and that works well for some people, not for everyone. Also, Josh C., Bryce and Fallene have the bottom looks. Now, anyone watching will be like, "That Bryce seems like a nice fellow. Too bad he made an entire look out of pee pads and has to leave now." You, as I was, would be wrong if you did that. It's Josh C. -- whose Mormonism, along with everything else he is, I was really interested in hearing about -- who gets the boot.
Nina and Michael are in the title sequence now. As Tim Gunn might say, I'm not sure it's promoting of the spirit of seriousness of purpose of the competition to have our esteemed judges jumping around in front of a green screen. Maybe that's just me.
It's morning at the Atlas building! Josh C. tells his roomies that he's feeling better today because he can only go up... hopefully. He interviews that he's hung up on the critique that he got. For the next challenge, he's not so interested in winning as staying in the game. Bryce says that they should use Rafael's empty bed as motivation to work hard. Josh M. says that it was "different" to not have Rafael, the dude that he's known all of maybe 36 hours or something, in the apartment. He says that he'll miss him and his hair.
In one of the lady-filled apartments, Kimberly cracks that Rafael is probably back home entering Beyonce lookalike contests. This joke is met by guffaws. Lame. He looks nothing like Beyonce. Justin Bieber? Oddly, yes. But, not Beyonce. I guess you don't actually have to look like her to enter the contest though. And, the pants... I'm just saying that we know he doesn't have the best judgment. But, seriously, those pants that he made. I don't think I can get over them.
Anya explains to the girls that the six designers that were chosen for the top and bottom during the previous challenge judging were all surprised. Anya interviews that being in the top 3 makes her feel like she can DO this. Back in one of the boy huts, the guys are joking to Bert about how they're all gunning for him. Wait, that's "joking" with Bert. He replies that it's a small price to pay for being fabulous and everything seems weird and charged, like this is some weird production of The Children's Hour. I don't ever really need to see another production of that play.
The designers head for Parsons and are greeted on the runway by Heidi. Whoever is doing her hair and makeup this season is doing a bang up job. She looks fantastic. She tells them that the next challenge is designed to help them "unleash" their creativity. Oh, leashes. I get this. Josh M? His first thought is some sort of fetish/S&M thing. He's a sicko. They're going to meet Tim at 14th and Avenue B (three blocks from my former apartment, as well Life "La Vie Boheme" Cafe) for details.