Back in the workroom, the sewing machines are rattling away. Mitchell says in an interview that he has a lot of ideas, but that technically, he's in "big, big trouble." As he works, he has obviously been talking to Shirin about Ra'Mon. Flogging the machine, he says "I think [Ra'Mon] wishes I knew how to sew a swimsuit." Yes, I imagine he does wish that. The fabric shoppers return from Mood and Nicolas could not be more pleased that Gordana has almost completed their first design's macramé portion. Now he must begin working on their avant-garde look and... well, he's nervous. Somehow, he chose a bunch of stretch lace to use for this design, some of which he intends to dye blue, and, examining it on the dressform, um... "I'm afraid that my garment's going to look like a blue tranny."
I have not been given even a moment to delight in my Nicolas/Gordana love when we are immediately whisked back to the ongoing Qristyl v. Epperson smackdown. They are trying to agree on how to sew something and have absolutely no ability to communicate with each other. She has a chip on her shoulder, he can't seem to strike the right balance between passive and aggressive and it's truly a wreck of a team. Epperson seems to be trying to get her to work with him, but she's mad that he's trying, and acting like he's accusing her of not being good enough to be on his team. Frankly, if he was doing that -- and I can't get a good bead on whether he is, or not -- he'd be right. I feel like I just repeated something I said earlier, but they keep showing them having the same fight, different ways, so I can't help it.
Over at the Mitchell/Ra'Mon area, disaster is beginning to strike. Ra'Mon says that one of them needs to concentrate on the avant-garde piece while the other finishes the bathing suit. Mitchell says he'll do the latter, of course, probably because he's already finished it. Tim Gunn enters, announcing himself as the Prophet of Doom. They all laugh, but he really is one this time as he tells Carol Hannah that her model, Erika, has booked a commercial job and will not be available for the fittings. He says she will have the opportunity to work with another model who will be there to fit, if she does not want to risk not being able to put Erika in the clothes before runway time. Carol Hannah acts like this is a pretty big tragedy, though I don't know why, since I believe this will be the very first time Carol Hannah would be working with her. I guess it could be that she feels bad that choosing another model will mean Erika gets cut from the show. Carol Hannah decides rather than take the risk, she'll bring back Valerie, who was sent home after Malvin was aufed.
The models arrive for fittings and hair consultations. Carol Hannah seems pretty pleased with how Valerie is going to look in her avant-garde piece, so that seems fine. Poor Gordana is watching Nicolas pin his model into his avant-garde look, and... yeah, it's tranny. And not in the good way. I mean, she looks like an Asian space hooker. Meanwhile, Ra'Mon and Mitchell's models scowl at each other as their designers work out their fittings. This is a great moment for me to segue about the companion show that comes on after this one: Models of the Runway. Y'all. Call me unobservant, yes, but I didn't even realize this was a real show until this week when my Tivo recorded it for me, in secret. I just... am not about keeping up with the reality shows, and it's embarrassing to admit it since I probably saw ten commercials for this during the three PR broadcasts I have now watched. Anyway. It is the most ridiculous show on Lifetime, and that is really saying something. I recall it now especially because of these two models, who are in a hate war. Apparently Mitchell's model, Fatma, said something under her breath at some point about how she wished she could punch Ra'Mon's model, Vanessa, and this indirect infraction caused Vanessa to flip. They had a screaming match in their house where Fatma legitimately tried to apologize, but Vanessa, because she does not get to eat food and must therefore subsist on drama, attention and the salt from her own (constant) tears, went into a Whine Spiral that was so hilarious, I had to turn the show off so as not to spoil the perfect three minutes I had just seen. If they made up, don't tell me, because Fatma's awesome "this bitch is crazy" look as she tried to get out of the situation will sustain me for quite a while.
So, Vanessa is totally stonefaced as Ra'Mon wraps her in this rubbery fabric that is supposed to be inspired by a wetsuit. What it really looks like is one of Jennifer Garner's costumes from Elektra. Ra'Mon is really frustrated. That design is not working out, but worse is Mitchell's constant ADD-style flitting around the workroom where he is mostly flirting with Nicolas and ironing like, one tiny piece of fabric over and over again. I have no doubt that Mitchell is talented, but he can't do any of this stuff well enough to compete in these challenges. Ra'Mon can't figure out why he's not working harder, and feels like Mitchell is bringing them down. When Mitchell manages to burn himself with the iron, Nicolas good-naturedly jokes that he is going to laugh so hard when Heidi sends Mitchell home -- obviously not imagining that it can really happen. Mitchell seems not to believe it can happen, either. "It'll be like, on the chalkboard, 'auf wiedersehen, bitch!'" Ha ha! Except, no, that's not funny, because you're not accomplishing anything on this challenge and Ra'Mon is over there getting an ulcer.
The Garnier hair hottie, Philip Carreon, arrives and consults with everyone about hair, while Tim Gunn travels the workroom in search of things to be concerned about. As always, it is a mixed bag. Johnny explains that he and Irina have come up with an oversized-macramé design that will extend across the model's bustline. This draws a "wow" from Tim, who says he loves the idea. The team high-fives as Tim heads over to Epperson and Qristyl, who show him their surf-inspired look. You know, it's not bad... until. The fabric is a fern print and the whole garment appears to be a dress that, when the corset-area is pulled away and the skirt removed (or maybe all of that is supposed to be one removable piece?) is revealed to have a bikini underneath. Tim is initially loving it, but when they show him the removable parts, he is afraid that, when the judges "see panties," the sophistication element will be removed. Epperson, who looks ultra-tired, says he knows what to do, and Tim moves on.
Shirin and Carol Hannah; Logan and Christopher; and Althea and Louise are all doing wonderfully together, and Tim compliments each of their designs-in-progress. The producers can't waste any time on these, of course, because he hasn't gotten to Mitchell and Ra'Mon, yet. We even gloss over Nicolas and Gordana, who appear to receive a "bravo" even though you know Tim had something to say about the tranny suit. Clearly, though, the bell is tolling loudest over with Mitchell and Ra'Mon. They receive the ultimate Tim Gunn smackdown: "I fundamentally don't get it." Sad. He says he feels like he is in a cartoon with a superhero (the avant-garde jumpsuit) and a Greek goddess (the allegedly surf-inspired look). He is correct that there is tragedy on both sides. Ra'Mon realizes that they are in the eleventh hour and that something must be done. After hearing T