With four hours till the show, Tim comes to visit the group and tells Jay that he has an "ultimate make-it-work challenge" ahead of him, because Julia, Jay's model, can't be here until 5:00. There will be, as Tim says, "mere nanoseconds to get her ready." Jay reminds us that 5:00 is actually the time of the show, so this creates a problem for him. At 1:00, Jay is on a Space Communicator (just like on The Apprentice!), talking to Julia's voicemail, telling it that coming in at 5:00 is "cutting it close." I'll say.
With three hours till the show, the other models show up, and Jay places another call to Julia. No luck -- it's voicemail again. The other designers dress their models as Jay frets. With two hours left, Jay asks the other models whether they have any friends they could call who could drop in with no notice and model for Jay. They assure him that Julia will be here, and then Jay interviews that if he winds up getting screwed because of Julia, "there's going to be hell to pay." Didn't you always think it would be Morgan who would ruin someone? Who would have suspected Julia?
In the L'Oreal Paris Hair and Makeup Room (Subtle! Classy! Not overdone at all!), the models get their hair and makeup done. Meanwhile, Robert tries to do Jay a solid by calling a friend whose girlfriend is a model (why doesn't it surprise me that Robert has such a friend, or that the friend's name is Rudy?) and seeing if the girlfriend can come down. While Robert waits to hear, Jay wonders whether he should just wander the streets, begging for a model. "Anybody wanna model for me?" he calls out pathetically. As he watches the passing crowd, he smokes and remarks, "All the models have been replaced by these weird, middle-American people." What I love is that everyone in range at the time he says this is, like, a guy in a suit. I have no idea why Jay thinks all the guys in suits just got here from Illinois. Maybe they're reading agricultural magazines.
With a half-hour to go before the show, Kara is very pleased with the way her outfit looks on Jenny. Robert, on the other hand, has bad news from the model-girlfriend-having friend, who says the girlfriend is not available. Jay tells us that this fell apart because the girl "has PMS," and then he's on the phone to Julia again. He begs and pleads to her machine that she show up as soon as she possibly can. At about three minutes to 5, Austin is pinning up Martinique when Jay approaches him. "Austin," Jay says, "can you model for me?" Tim comes in and asks Jay what's up with Julia, and Jay confirms that there's no sign of her yet. "What is your alternative plan?" Tim asks. "Do you have one?" Jay laughs. "Austin," he says. Jay interviews that they realized that Austin basically has the same build as the models, so they could just swap him in. Particularly since this is a fairly simple sweater-and-pants outfit, Austin is fairly easily able to slip right into it as Jay watches, undoubtedly relieved. "This is the butchest I've seen you," Jay comments. It really is kind of shocking how perfectly nice Austin looks in an outfit designed for a woman.