Like lasers of death in a '70s James Bond film, Heidi's eyes turn towards Christopher who stands stock still like a squirrel in a bike path. He tries to justify his existence, but fails. Heidi does not like the weird neck thing on Christopher's teal tunic. When Heidi does not like it, nobody likes it. She derides it as looking like a lobster bib. The shirtdress horrifies Michael Kors to no end. It is just a re-hash of a librarian's uniform from the '70s and not in a good way. More in a tablecloth sort of way. He doesn't understand how it relates to the teal charmeuse disco ball. He doesn't believe that Christopher thinks the two looks actually go together. As Christopher openly weeps, Epperson tries to explain, but fails under the frowns of the judges. Nobody likes it and nobody wants to look at it anymore. They are dismissed from the runway.
The judges start in on the losers like vultures picking over the corpses of dead designers. No one liked Louise's ruffle dresses. They didn't understand them. They didn't work for customers. Christopher's outfits had nothing to do with each other. One was a disco satin bubble dress that was badly made, the other was a shower curtain nighty. They can't decide which was worse, but the adjectives for Christopher's were so much better. They move on to the designers with the higher scores. Everyone swoons over Irina's sundress. I think Michael Kors said if you saw it in Macy's "it would stalk you" which totally makes sense because I am pretty sure Irina would too. The top was dressy and romantic. Martine thinks that blue was a really difficult challenge. No, no it wasn't. It was blue. It was not a recycling plant or a grocery store. It was not hard. The judges also think Carol Hannah's outfits would "hang well on the floor together", which sounds pretty blah, but in the context of all the horrible things they have been saying about the losers' clothes, this sounds downright glowing. The judges have made their decision.
As the designers line up in front of the judges, Heidi ominously announces that "one or more of you will be out". Ooh is it a double secret elimination? Or a secret double elimination? Or a double secret double elimination? Shirin is called out and dismissed from the stage. She thanks the judges for sparing her life. Irina is chosen as the winner. They congratulate her on her looks, especially the dress, were really well made and the looks were perfect for the INC line. I can't help but think that Christian Siriano would use "perfect for the INC line" as a slur. He would be right, too. Irina is dismissed from the runway, very pleased with herself. She doesn't get immunity for this win, but she gets to design a dress for INC for distribution in "select" Macy's across the country. Also she wins the knowledge that she is marketable to the mainstream. Something every middle of the road designer aspires too I'm sure. Thank god Ra'mon didn't have to suffer through this indignity. Although I'm sure he would have won if he had wanted to. With Irina's win, Carol Hannah and Gordana are dismissed from the stage. They smile in relief and almost gratitude. Next Epperson is kicked off the stage. Nicholas is reminded that he is very lucky that he has immunity this week. He blows a kiss towards Christopher and Louise. He actually looks like he means it when he bids them farewell. The judges pounce on Louise. Heidi declares her ruffled dresses as far from anything a woman of today would want to wear. Bad overworked bridesmaid dresses that were not sellable. Christopher is harshly told that his dresses had nothing in common except for how clueless they were. They were badly made, badly styled, and no one would ever buy them. Is judgment getting harsher? I mean, yes these were not attractive looks, but geez Heidi leave them with some self-esteem. Louise is auf'd. Everyone just stands there, the drum beats start up again and you wonder if Christopher is escorting Louise home. It's a total fake out. Christopher is in. He gasps, covers his face, tries not to cry, fails, pats Louise, and runs backstage to hide under his covers and suck his thumb. Louise is too doped up to really react to the incredibly harsh criticism or the news that she is out. She just stands there, blinking. Heidi kisses her off, she is lead backstage, Tim hugs her and she is gone. In her exit interview she swears that this will make her a better designer, but I think it will just make her a better patient at her therapist's.