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."
In Houston, with five weeks until fashion week, Tim arrives at Chloe's house, this time driving a kicky blue Saturn. She answers the door with much excitement and gives Tim a big hug. Her mother is behind her and very demurely (and very camera-consciously) shakes Tim's hand. She's really cute. Chloe interviews that she is very excited to see Tim because "he's such an amazing person." She gives Tim a tour of the house. First, she shows him a painting of Chloe and her seven sisters. Cute thought, but the painting is seriously nightmare material. All of these floating heads. My mother had a picture of me and my brother reproduced in charcoal when I was like four, and she finally had to put it away because it really freaked my shit out. It was just weird. I'm feeling a similar thing with the floating Dao sisters' heads. Tim is stunned that Chloe has seven sisters. Chloe explains that because there are eight of them, her store in Houston is named Lot 8. There's another, less frightening picture of the Dao sisters that was taken when all of them were in their thirties. Tim comments on their beauty.
Now, Chloe shows Tim a picture of a young girl (maybe four years old) and says that was her when she was in the refugee camp. Before I continue, both Daniel and Santino are lucky the sad story contest doesn't exist. Failed fashion lines and awkward childhoods do not hold a candle to refugee camp. That's hardcore. Apparently, their family tried to escape from Laos in the seventies, but were caught and kept in a prison for families for four years. Finally, they got out and joined Chloe's uncle in Dallas, Texas. There's a picture of all of the girls playing. Chloe interviews (with just a hint of tears) that their family has been very lucky.