This was a really boring reunion. Perhaps this bunch is too civilized for some good drama? It begins with Heidi and Tim and the designers, minus the final four, who are brought out shortly thereafter. We see some footage of the events surrounding Jack's exit, and apparently Victorya was upset and angry about it. Could mean anything, right? Well, no one explains it and it's driving me insane. Upset that they didn't halt the show for him? Upset that they brought Chris back? Upset that Jack was there when he was sick? I don't know, and nobody's telling me. Jack is still contemplating whether or not he'll come back next season.
We see a montage of gay Kevin footage. He's a very good sport about it and Tim says that if this show didn't make Kevin gay, nothing will. There's new footage of Elisa acting wacky, which I really liked. There's a reel of the million times that Ricky cried and he seems annoyed that it's being shown, but pretty much handles it like a champ. I wish I knew what he was expecting. Michael and Nina join the reunion, and we see some really funny footage of Michael seriously losing it during the runway show for the Diva challenge. He could not stop laughing and it was amazing. They ask a bunch of questions from the Bravo site that are actually pretty good, like "Which was the worst design?" and "Are any of you upset about anything anyone else said?" Carmen's a "yes" for the latter. Apparently, Sweet P and Kit didn't seem sufficiently upset that she was eliminated and that was hard for her to take. Kit hugs her and Jillian assures her that they were all sad to see Carmen go.
There's a montage of Christian saying "fierce." America loves it, and he is crowned Viewers' Favorite! The designers are fairly split on who they think will win in the end. Even though Rami hasn't been passed through to the end, there are votes for Jillian, Rami, and Christian. Some people say that they are interested to see what Chris will do, but nobody's betting on him.
It's reunion time! I can't help but hold onto a little of the childlike anticipation of this special show, but...let's face it, it's never exciting. Except for the first year, when whosit British lady got drunk and spilled her wine. That whole episode was actually kind of exciting, as I recall.
We're at the Parson's runway, but sans runway. Heidi greets the designers, who are in their usual runway spots, except now they're on fancy couches. She and Tim welcome them, and Heidi says that they look more relaxed. Tim agrees, then Heidi reminisces about how tense all of the designers looked when they were having their designs judged. Imagine that.
Heidi asks all of the designers how their new notoriety is suiting them. Kevin says that it's a little weird, since their lives haven't changed in regards to their jobs (yet...hopefully?). So, it's odd for them to be walking around at their jobs having people recognize them. Heidi directs this question specifically to Simone, who she points out left on the "early side". Simone says (and I'm assuming this will be the first and last time we hear from her this episode) that things are good and she and Kit got accosted in the airport by a bunch of young girls who wanted their autographs.
Kit says that she gets emails from 8-year old girls who send scans of their illustrations and solicit her for advice. She says that the best part of the show has been being "a positive inspiration to young kids who want to design." Yeah yeah. Maybe that's true, but it always embarrasses me when people say shit like that. Elisa chimes in that it's great when young girls come up to her and tell her how she gave them hope that it's okay to be different. Alright, I want numbers. How many girls did this? If the girls were together, that doesn't count. How many groups of girls expressed their admiration this way? Do you know what I'm saying? ["You're saying Diablo Cody hasn't inspired as many sardonic teens as she lets on?" -- Joe R]
Sweet P says her favorite part is when celebrities recognize her. Jack Black and Catherine Keener said she was their favorite. That's kind of awesome. She adds that Brad Pitt was nearby when this happened, so she couldn't believe that they would care about her at all. She loved it.