Maya and Mila are seriously like the bestest friends ever. For now. That happened at the apartment. Heidi tells the designers that there will no longer be immunity for winning the challenges. The designers meet Tim Gunn at the top of the Atlas building, where he is joined by a Garnier hairstylist. And, naturally, the challenge is to create a look inspired by one of the four natural elements. Each of the designers randomly select an element. Anthony is on fire. Heh. They all laughed too. Ben, who has water, decides to make a shark suit. Maya has water too and decides to make some lady coming out of the water, by way of a dress. Anthony's preacher's house got burnt down, so he thought of the ruins as an inspiration. Everybody is really tense and quiet, per usual. Ben's suit clearly becomes a problem from the beginning. Jonathan believes that none of the other designers think that he is a threat. However, Tim thinks that Ben is on the right track with the suit. So, Tim was wrong about Ben. His slacks are a disaster. Ben's married to Bobby, his beau of a year and a half. They get to talk on his old school T-Mobile Sidekick. Oh my God, Jay totally helps Ben on the day of the runway show. Seriously. He finished his work and offered to help Ben. Unexpected. Amy is nervous that she made a mistake. She, as Anthony characterized it, decided to give her model "hairy tits." It's true. Roland Mouret is the guest judge. They hate Mila's outfit, which I guess I understand at this late stage, though it isn't horrible. They hate Amy's look, though I think they should have given her a little credit for such a bold concept. Ben gets slammed for his suit. Heidi says it looks like the model is wearing underwear over the pants. Jonathan's giant headpiece gets kudos. Jonathan wins the challenge! Ben and Amy are in the bottom two. They keep calling Ben's pants "jock strap pants." Ew! Amy is...in! Ben is out, which is sad. I don't feel like he really got to excel.
Previously: The designers had to create looks from materials purchased at a hardware store. Things looked pretty doomed from the beginning. Jay created an amazing faux-leather look with garbage bags. Jesse, meanwhile, got slammed for an amateurish tin man look. He left the show with all of his clothes on.
It's morning at the Atlas building. Seth Aaron is pleading with someone to get out of the bathroom. Jonathan is applying lip balm. Emilio says that he got spanked by Michael and Heidi during the last challenge. He says that he has learned his lesson. What lesson would that be? There are so many lessons that have not been followed when one creates a look of metal washers and string. In fact, he went so completely wrong during the design and execution of his look that it almost seems like he schooled us. That lesson would go as follows: When you have fudged your look and there's nowhere to run, LIE YOUR ASS OFF ON THE RUNWAY. Seriously, he deserves a bit of a hand of applause. The way he played off that disaster like he was just trying to think outside of the box? A swimsuit instead of a dress! Come on. Not to mention the way he had his girl styled over the top and acted like it was a part of his initial vision. Kind of brilliant when you think about it. Frankly, I think that's part of the reason he wasn't eliminated. The notion sort of plays against the stated mission of the show, but sometimes the fashion world is about faking it until you make it. Emilio says that he hopes that he never sees another hardware store. He adds that the part of the last challenge that really bothers him is that he was in the bottom two with Jesse, who was his roommate. But, as the old saying goes, somebody had to leave and he's glad it wasn't him.
Maya and Mila are sunning in the window of their apartment. Maya says to Mila that, during the beginning days of the competition, she was intimidated by the other designers and their talent. Now, though, she has begun to see everyone's humanity. Mila interviews that Maya is an old soul. Though Mila is almost twice Maya's age (her observation), they learn something new about each other that they share in common every day. If Mila were out and Maya in, she would be happy for her. She acknowledges that, though they are not hyper-competitive right now, that might change, but I think these two are going to remain good friends.
Jay says that the remaining men are like the Victoria's Secret Wonderbra. They lift each other. That was a pretty laborious way to make that point. And, I'm thinking, so does it change -- the people that are the boobs and the people that are the padded bra cups? Whatever, I just think that was a stupid thing to say. Perhaps it's dumber to dedicate so many sentences to that joke. Touche, Jay. Ben says that he thinks it's great the four of them have survived the competition, because they all have different points of view. Ben interviews with hesitation that he was glad he was safe again. He's glad that he has been consistent, but...he was hoping that he would have really impressed the judges by now.