The designers leave the runway and the judges confer. Roland thinks that Maya really accomplished a lot. Nina still thinks she's working from inspiration, but Michael doesn't know if she knows who she is. Heidi thinks Seth Aaron showed his superior tailoring. Roland thinks his clothes speak for him. Michael felt that Jonathan did beautiful things with color, which Nina agrees with. She thought it was poetic. Roland loves that Jonathan is a romantic and adds, "But, hey, I'm French." Ha!
Now, for the bad kids. They felt that Ben really failed. Nina hated the shark teeth accent. Heidi thinks it's odd that he did so poorly. Nina felt that Amy's look was weird. Michael thinks that she chose a concept too ambitious for her to achieve and ended up with a weird mess. Nina wonders if she's trying too hard. Oh God, really? Can you try too hard when faced with a life-changing opportunity? Heidi felt that Mila's look was boring. Michael says it was "Mila Designs for a Mall Walk." That's brilliant. Heidi wonders if it's worse to be too ambitious like Amy or boring like Mila. Nina then mocks Mila for not knowing what to do if she couldn't do her traditional black and white stuff. They have made their decision.
The designers return to the stage. Seth Aaron is in. Jonathan is the winner! He thanks them, Roland in particular. He grabs Amy's hand before leaving the runway. He interviews that winning gave him the power to get to Bryant Park. Power meaning confidence. Maya is in, as is Mila. That leaves Amy and Ben. Heidi says that Ben's suit was an amateurish mess. They hated the pants and the shark teeth. She says that Amy's look was not beautiful or elegant. Amy is...in. Poor Ben. Amy hugs him and leaves the runway. Ben gets his kisses and thanks the judges for the opportunity. He gets very tearful backstage and tells everyone that he wishes them the best. He interviews that he wouldn't change a thing. Tim enters and says that he's sick that Ben has to leave. Ben says that fashion is a passion that you can't get rid of -- we haven't heard the last of him.
Jeff Long is a writer/actor in Brooklyn. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org