It's the final countdown! Heidi tells them that they all deserve to be there. They go to Coney Island, where they meet Tim at the Ringling Brothers Circus tent! Sadly, he doesn't enter on the trunk of an elephant. Their challenge is to create a high-end runway look inspired by the circus. Funny, aren't they always warning people to not make things look like the circus? The circus performers put on a show for the designers, which is pretty cool. I thought they might be too tired to enjoy it, but Jay is hypnotized by the topless boy acrobats. They are kinda dreamy. Tim tells them to think "fashion." Everybody finds esoteric elements of the costumes by which to be inspired. Everybody talks about making it to Bryant Park constantly. Tim tells Anthony to turn up the volume. They have two days for the challenge, which makes everyone thrilled! Anthony is worried/excited early on that his color palette is different from all of the other designers. Mila interviews that Emilio is getting a big head. She would prefer that he stop gloating. Tim tells Emilio that he needs to use color, but he doesn't listen. Anthony starts to freeze. He doesn't know what to do. After the fitting, Emilio realizes that Tim was right and adds some color. Cynthia Rowley is the guest judge. Frankly, I think Anthony's is the only design that doesn't look totally ridonk. Anthony gets lambasted for using a poly fabric. Mila, Seth Aaron and Jay also get props, but Emilio gets raves. They all have to say who should go with them to Fashion Week -- Seth Aaron chooses Emilio and Jay, Jay chooses Seth Aaron and Anthony (tears, it's sweet), Mila chooses Seth Aaron and Emilio, Emilio chooses Seth Aaron and Mila, and Anthony chooses Emilio and Jay. Final judging: Emilio and Seth Aaron are going to Fashion Week. Mila and Jay are in too!! They have to design collections, but one will be eliminated before Fashion Week. Anthony is out. Tim congratulates him and sends him to the workroom. He's so sweet.
For next season we'd like to see some Lifetime inspired challenges where the contestants have to figure out what a model would wear when she sleeps with danger.
Previously: The designers created a look for Heidi Klum to wear on the red carpet. Make that, "the designers minus Maya." The reasons that grow murkier the more I think about it, Maya left the competition. Anthony was brought back. Emilio and Anthony were both winners of the challenge. And, Jonathan, sadly, was sent home.
Doo-da-loo-doo! Doo-da-loo-doo-doo! It's the final countdown! It's morning at the Atlas building and Anthony is trying to wake everyone up. His tactic is to sing in the exact key of shut the fuck up. Seth Aaron looks like he maybe will kill Anthony. That would be sad when he's come so far. Anthony interviews that winning the last challenge was great. He tells Seth Aaron to (rhetorically) pinch him, but Seth Aaron actually pinches him. Anthony continues in his interview, saying that he wants to stay in the same frame of mind for this challenge but needs to "pump up the volume." Continuing his quest to be killed by the not morning people in the apartment, Anthony puts on some giant sunglasses and mugs at Emilio while saying loudly, "Welcome to a morning at home with Anthony." Emilio does a decent job of being genial while conveying that he will not be fucked with. Emilio interviews that they're going into the last challenge. This is what they have all been waiting for. He adds that Bryant Park is going to be his defining moment. Very well.
Meanwhile, Mila is getting ready in solitude, ironing her hair by her lonesome. She says that she's still reeling from the fact that she's in the final group of five designers and is headed into the last challenge. She's feeling a lot of pressure but is trying to visualize herself showing her collection at Bryant Park. Emilio tells the other boys to put their faces on and collect their purses, for now it is time to leave for Parsons. They make Mila say, "Parsons here we come," and she sounds all wan and lame. It's really funny.
Heidi greets all of the designers with the classic and woefully underused, "And, then there were five." She asks the designers how they feel about heading into the final challenge. Anthony answers, "Scary as hell." Everyone laughs. Heidi says that they all deserve to be there, which... well, if you want to get technical, Anthony doesn't really super "deserve" to be there. If you ask me, and you didn't, I kinda think that if someone was going to get a free pass, it should've been the people that had made it along with Maya to the point where she was quitting. It would have taken some creative producing and editing to maintain the tension in the last episode, but it's Jonathan who should have benefited from Maya's departure. IF YOU ASK ME. For the final challenge, Heidi says that she's sending them to a tent. It's not a Bryant Park tent, but hopefully it will help them get there. Tim will meet them at this tent. Anthony interviews that something "rugged" is about to happen. He's got to be pulling our legs. He tells us that he didn't pack any rugged clothes and you don't wear Gucci drivers to the mountains, unless you're driving, maybe.