Next, Tim visits the travel-weary Daniel Vosovic, who, upon leaving the Atlas Building, had to trek all the way across town. They're in New York. He visits Daniel with only six weeks before Fashion Week. The holiday wreath on Daniel's door also clues us in a little to the date. Tim and Daniel hug at the door. Daniel got his haircut. It's a little Joyce DeWitt, but I will deal.
Daniel interviews that, with time to spend thinking about his designs, he has lost the doubts that he had during the Project Runway challenges. He feels that his collection is "solid gold." He tells Tim that his theme is to fuse military influence with Japanese culture. The Iwo Jima Collection. Tim seems to like some of Daniel's choices. He gives Daniel this chestnut: "The easy part is steps one through nine out of ten. The hard part is what happens between steps nine and ten." Did he get that shit from The Matrix? My brain just hiccupped. Daniel says that he totally agrees, while I say he's totally lying. Brown-noser. They're talking about all of the small details. They're important. Tim says that he likes Daniel's collection, and that there is an "element of risk" in the work about which Tim is excited. Daniel is thrilled at the news.
The boys go shopping for a jacket for Daniel. Mr. V. explains that designers don't always look their best because they're spending all of their energy on making someone else look good. In a store, Daniel tells Tim that he is looking for a slim blazer to wear at his runway show. "You don't want to call Nick?" snarks Tim. Hey, if you can't say something nice, come sit by me.
Now, we get Daniel's background. Cute family -- mom and dad and an older sister. He grew up in Michigan where it was hard to be an individual. He explains that, in Michigan, to be a designer is to be a "fag." Okay, cutest picture of him with short hair. He looks like a little Dior model right there. I hope it's not a competition, because Daniel is totally losing if there's a sad-story-off. He says that his family is great and has been very supportive of him. He also adds that if you stop worrying about the things in life that you can't control, you have more time to concentrate on being yourself. Pretty wise for a twenty-four-year-old. In the most tear-inducing part of this entire episode, Daniel picks out a really cute blazer. I get really choked up when good clothes and good people find each other. Daniel interviews that he loves his life and "this is just the beginning. Bottom line. This is just the beginning."