Cindy's feeling vulnerable to begin. Michelle tells her that she wouldn't have been in the bottom if there weren't teams, which is a very nice lie. Heidi greets them wearing what Amanda made for the last challenge. She tells everyone that they are keeping the same teams. I like that. They meet Tim at Spin NYC, which is co-owned by Susan Sarandon and her freaking hot baby boyfriend. It's a ping-pong place. They are going to create new looks for the employees. Brandon Hirsch is the General Manager and it seems a little odd that a ping-pong bar would have the hottest employees in NYC, but there you go. Tim tells them that each team will make three female looks and two male looks, which excites Michelle. That makes me like her.
They start by having to wait tables. It doesn't really go well. Tu drops multiple glasses. They talk to other employees about what they might like to wear. Benjamin takes a lead in his group. Matt decides to make some jeans, because he's frankly uninspired by the challenge. Benjamin hovers over Cindy at Mood, which chaps her hide. Joseph Aaron Segal finally gets to talk and the production totally throws shade at him when he says that he's sold "like a thousand" of these sweaters that he redesigns. Meaning he has taken in $78,000. Apparently, that's not something to brag about? Whatever.
They start working and it's really fascinating watching them work together because they have to verbalize what they are thinking. Daniel says that he would marry Layana if he were straight, but I feel like there's a little shade there as well. Benjamin and Cindy are working together and she is getting really frustrated with being micromanaged. He apologizes but he explains that he is only trying to be supportive. Michelle thinks that Cindy is being too sensitive. A screenprinter comes in and that's cool. Tim consults and seems to be happy with Amanda, Daniel and Layana of Team Keeping It Real. There's some drama with Patricia because she is worried about not having designed enough -- she's just making leggings. He tells her to get over herself.
Dream Team presents to Tim and he likes what Michelle is doing. He is not fond of the jeans that Matt is thinking of. They joke about making a kilt and Tim tells him to go with it. He also doesn't think that Ben's top and Cindy's jacket belong together (I disagree, if that's worth anything). He also hates James's shirt and thinks that she should scrap it. Michelle wonders if Ben should focus on himself a little bit instead of on everyone else. To be fair, that's what he did during the last challenge and it didn't help.
The models come in for their fittings and they are all beautiful. The day of the challenge, Dream Team really works hard together. Susan Sarandon and her breasts are the guest judges. Dream Team's stuff ends up being kinda rad, if you ask me. Team Keeping It Real goes and they are really good as well. I kind of like it all. Team Keeping It Real wins again! The top three looks are Layana/Daniel, Stanley (which is awesome) and Richard/Joe. The bottom three are James, Ben/Cindy and Ben/Matt. For the record, I like all of these. Layana ends up being the winner of the challenge. The bottom two are Cindy and James. Cindy...is in. Again. James is out.
Previously: The new season of designers found out that all of their challenges will be team-related. Team Keeping It Real won the challenge. David won the first challenge and was delighted. Emily, James and Cindy were in the bottom and Emily got sent home for sending the most unfinished garment in Project Runway history down the runway.
How embarrassing is it that Emily -- the first person ousted -- is in the credits saying, "If you work with me, you better be good"? Apparently, they weren't good enough to lift your team's score so that you weren't eligible for elimination. I would be mortified if I had to watch myself say that after I'd been kicked off. The first kicked off. That seems like the nightmare, right? You've left your job and home, probably done your best not to sound a little braggy when you told people you were going to be on Project Runway... or maybe not. What if you employed the humblebrag, where you drop your accomplishment in such a humble way that you are not only covert in dropping your brag ("I look like a hobo in all of my pants because they're too big"-- that's a really good one, because it's a full-on brag brag) but are also sort of bragging squared because your humility is impressive as well ("Sometimes, you just want to send regrets to all of the invites and just cuddle up at home with your beautiful life")? Either way, there is no real way to avoid a little shame at being the first eliminated, as far as I can see it.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and Matt says that being on the losing team was brutal. He is sorry that Emily left and that no one from their team helped her before it was too late. The guys are gathered around the beds and Daniel offers that at least they know what to expect now. Matt adds that they can learn from the mistakes of others and Daniel tells him that was a good one. I like Daniel. He's peculiar and positive, which is maybe my favorite combination in a person. Sometimes the peculiar turns into crazy, which I'm not so much a fan of, but people who march to the beat of the their own drummer are generally pretty OK by me.
In the ladies' apartment, Cindy is putting on her face and says that she needs to stop feeling like she got run over by a truck and get her head back in the game. Michelle tells her that she wouldn't have been in the bottom if all sixteen designers had been judged separately. She keeps persisting with that logic, much like believing that she would have won the competition if they had all been judged on their own, but it's just not true. Cindy's was certainly one of the bottom three looks. In fact, I think that Michelle's look would have only had a chance at making top three had her team won the challenge. Overall, she was maybe high middle of the pack. But Cindy's was pretty bad. In fact, the badness of the bottom three designs on the Dream Team were, I believe, what dictated the team placement in the first place. Cindy interviews that the thrill of working in teams is gone. She feels that the other designers see her as the weak link and it makes her nervous.