The judges mull. They think Irina's outfit was wearable and chic and looked really luxe. They also love Althea's look because she created something architectural but cozy. It was impeccably crafted, too. Carol Hannah's cocktail dress rounds out the top three. They think it is young and beautiful and refined with a quiet elegance that all of them could wear. Nick doesn't argue, so I won't either. They move on to the designers with the lower scores. Logan's look is universally derided as being the '80s idea of the future. Nina calls it an indulgent fashion student project. Heidi remembers that she told Logan to let the judges know who he is and unfortunately he is zippers. (I am Zippers! Here me roar!) Zippers might be the worst clown name ever. Gordana's attempt at edgy elegance was so sad that no one really wants to talk about it. Christopher's dress incites giggles because it was just so misguided. Too many petals, too much material, bedskirts! The have made their decision. The challenged file back on to the runway for judgment.
Heidi reminds the designers that one will be in and one will be out. The designers manage to avoid shrugging or rolling their eyes, which is actually pretty impressive considering how impatient they must be at this point. Carol Hannah is safe. She smiles and leaves the runway. Althea stares down the judges like if they pronounce Irina the winner her hair will leap from its place and strangle them all. The judges take the threat seriously and announce that Althea is the winner of the challenge. Althea's hair settles down as the judges explain that they all wanted Althea's outfit for themselves. Althea readily agrees to the bribe and heads backstage to make her victory lap into Carol Hannah's open arms. Oh Carol Hannah don't be nice to her! She accused you of never making pants! You can't be friends with someone like that. Althea pretends not to understand what Irina was accusing her of, but then tries to distinguish between her hours-long screed against Logan and his collar and the unfounded and cruel accusation made against her by Irina. The difference is that she talked about Logan behind his back, while Irina did it in public. Oh, right. In the end though, she doesn't care, because she won and Irina didn't nyah nyah nyah. Back on the runway, Irina shrugs and accepts her runner's up pass to the next round of competition. I would call it the Miss Congeniality spot, but Irina SO isn't congenial.
The bottom three remain on the runway. Heidi calls Christopher and his ears perk up. He is safe. Good god, can't they just put him out of his misery already? He's been in the bottom for four weeks (or is it five?) running. Just send him home to his parents' basement so he can go back to making slutty outfits for his Barbies. Don't get me wrong, Logan and Gordana both deserve to be in the bottom this week, but Christopher should not be allowed to design another day. Heidi turns to Gordana and tells her that her two looks were not related. Her outfit was sad and drab and dated. Gordana shrugs and smirks, and that little gesture is so infuriating that I am surprised Heidi doesn't storm the stage and crush Gordana under her boots. Really, it was very adolescent like she might as well just bob her head and wave her finger while she's at it. It's like the most obnoxious teenage behaviors in a 45-year old's body. Unsettling! Logan's look was desperate for editing. Heidi calls Gordana's name and Gordana clenches her jaw and glowers at Heidi until Heidi announces that she is safe. Hearing that she is safe, Gordana breaks into a huge smile, hugs the judges, sheds a single tear, and then dances off stage humming "Beat It" at top volume. Logan is out. Holly kisses him auf, he thanks the judges and heads backstage to bid farewell to his former competitors. He is a little stunned to be sent home for creating something so innovative and out there, but he knows he is not trying to design for middle America. He is a rebel, a loner, an Idahoan masquerading as a Seattleite. He is looking forward to the next step and the next opportunity. Pretty, pretty Logan heads out of the competition and undoubtedly into the arms of some (twelve) vixens at the Viper Room. At least we still have Tim Riggins.