Michael explains that he grew up an Army brat. Voicing over a montage of photos from Michael's childhood, including one where he has a huge fro and another where he's modeling and striking his best Blue Steel, Michael tells us that he started designing at the age of nine. His talent was God-given, he explains modestly. And his parents have been very supportive of him. We then see a moment where Michael Sr. tells Tim that, as Michael Jr. developed, they assumed he would one day become a beautician. But he faked them out and became a fashion designer. Cooking, fashion designing, beauticizing Michael is sounding more and more heterosexual all the time. I read somewhere that he was, like, shocked that people assumed he might be gay. Fine, we shouldn't label... but come on. People raised in a dark cage in a basement? If they were brought into the light and introduced to Michael with, "Basement Guy, meet Michael. He's a fashion designer. He's also great with make-up. And his Coq Au Vin is divine!" If that happened? Basement guy would be like, "Nice to meet you. And who's the lucky man? The light! My eyes! Grunt." It doesn't take a huge leap. And let's all agree to not keep people trapped in our basements. Anyway, Tim totally loves Michael Sr. for being so supportive of his son.
Michael says that he wants to win to make his parents proud. Then he has a momentary freak-out where he says he hopes that he doesn't eat his words. Some meditation follows, and then we see a shot of Michael's family eating with Tim Gunn. It's very sweet. Michael seems like a really stand-up, nice guy.
Next, we see Tim from a security monitor. The monitor is in Laura's apartment in New York and Tim's buzzing to get in. "Apartment" is the wrong word... "warehouse." Tim enters Laura's warehouse. Laura's super-pregnant at this point. She tells us that the baby is going to be a boy, which will be her fifth boy in a row. She figures that the odds of that happening are about the same as someone making it on Project Runway. Five more boys and she'll give birth to Daniel Franco. We see a sculpture of a torso of a nude pregnant woman. I can only assume that's Laura. It seems stupid to pay for someone else to pose when you've had your own naked pregnant torso to work from for over four years of your own life. I know the body's beautiful and Demi Moore and all that shit... I just -- I wouldn't want to be one of those boys bringing over friends when I was in junior high. No elaboration necessary. Except to say that I would totally accidentally break it with a hockey stick or my book bag and if one of them doesn't know what to do with the naked statue of Mom, I hope they read this recap. But Laura should probably be doing a better job of monitoring their web time than to let them read this smut.
Laura shows Tim photos of her with her grandmother. She was a painter, and Laura spent a lot of time with her. Laura was a cute little girl. We see her being held by her mother, who was totally gorgeous. Also, we see her in a dance recital costume. And there's a photo of her from the late eighties looking like Cybill Shepherd and holding her oldest child -- the girl. She tells us that her mother was a sewing teacher when Laura was growing up, which was a huge influence.