It looks like some sort of fatigue is starting to set in with some of the designers, while some seem to have been set free creatively. The designers go to the workroom which is filled with Glad candles. It looks kind of like someone's going to be sacrificed, but Tim is there and says that it reminds him of the unconventional challenge that took place at a flower shop. Was that the second season? I somehow recall maybe Santino Rice doing something with flowers, but I really can't be sure. They will be doing the same here. It's not over yet. Heidi comes in and says that she likes the hardware store too. They, as teams, have to create a line of six looks that use both places.
To even out the teams, Dream Team gets to choose two team members from the other squad. They choose Stanley and Layana. Michelle makes it clear that she doesn't want to work with Patricia ever. Then, Team Keeping It Real gets to choose one member of the Dreamers. They choose Michelle. Heh.
Richard and Michelle team up to make a dress and it sounds like a good match at first, but Michelle gets nervous when Richard starts thinking creatively. Amanda hates flowers and chooses some moss for her design, but then it starts shedding like mad. Benjamin tries to weave a fabric and everyone thinks that he is going to have time management issue similar to what he has had in the past. Stanley feels confident with everyone on Dream Team except for Samantha.
Richard and Michelle finally find their way and start to love their design. Daniel realizes that none of their looks are cohesive. Tim comes in and says the same thing when he consults with them. He thinks that Joe's look might be a horror show and Joe doesn't think that's a problem. Amanda and her moss appear to be the weak point on her team.
The day of the runway show, Layana tells Samantha that she dreamt about what Samantha should do to fix her look. Nice. Jow has a hard time getting his girl into his dress. The guest judges are Leandra Medine, an adorable fashion blogger, and Bette Midler! She's adorable! Because I couldn't begin to make a dress with flowers and hardware, everything looks pretty great to me.
Dream Team wins! That means that Michelle is the only person to have lost every single time. The judges seem to be wild about every design in Dream Team's collection. They also seem to be very fond of Team Keeping It Real's collection as well. Samantha wins the challenge! That's huge praise for a design during a challenge that I don't think has been matched for universal praise. The bottom two designers are Joe and Amanda. Heidi tells them that it wasn't an easy decision. Joe is out. Boo.
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Previously: The designers had to create looks Heidi as she launches a new perfume, "Surprise." Kate and Daniel both won the challenge, because Heidi needs lots of dresses. Cindy just couldn't hang with this crew and finally got the boot.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and Matt is telling Tu and Daniel that it is time to wake up. Holy Crap, Daniel's pajamas. They are beyond psychedelic. Seriously, wearing them would be like sleeping with the lights on. In one of the girls' pads, Michelle asks Amanda if she's ready to start the whole rigamarole (I just spelled that correctly on the first try- I really need to point that out) again. Amanda says that she is because with each challenge she has a moment where she's like, "Oh, that's how you do it." That's a good, positive way to think about this stuff. I think I would be too tense and hysterical in that setting to ever have that sort of equanimity. She interviews that she needs to have more fun. Her reticence to make too much of a statement means that she is continually ending up in the middle of the pack. Amanda has really beautiful hair. Nice follicles.
In the other apartment of girls, they are all still celebrating Kate's win. Patricia says that she is thrilled because she believes in her. Kate interviews that she needed the win, because it reminded her of who she was. This reality show esoterica never gets easier for me to comprehend. Exactly who did you think you were before? Is the idea of you this concrete thing that never changes and you just spend your life dancing around it with varying degrees of success in proximity to the real thing? If that's the case, my real self must be bored as hell because I probably visit it like twice a decade. I feel like we change all of the time. Sometimes we feel more confident about our abilities than at others, but this quasi-spiritual notion of success and identity is really bothersome to me. It smacks of Manifest Destiny or some shit.
In the second dude dorm, the mood is heavy. Benjamin is telling Richard and Joe that he cannot continue as he has. He needs some sort of jolt of energy. He says that he needs to reassess his game plan, because there can only be one winner. That feels like two completely unrelated thoughts, but sure, nothing seems incorrect about what he just said. Back with the other boys, Matt points out that their team has five players now, while Team Keeping It Real still has their original eight players. He is hoping that the teams get mixed up a little for this challenge. He interviews that if things continue as they have and Dream Team loses again, they will start losing team members who really deserve to remain in the competition. Meanwhile, he feels like there are several members of Team Keeping It Real who have survived based on the high scores of their other team members. We see footage of Richard and Patricia when he says this, but then he goes ahead and names Joe and Amanda as the people who he feels are weak on the other team. He says that Amanda has presented several questionable looks and he doesn't even know what Joe is doing. Now, I first want to say that I kind of dig Joe and, aside from having him just shave his head instead of rocking the Benedictine bald cap that he's got, I really wouldn't have him change a thing. The thing is though, he's a weirdo. And, as bizarre as this seems because truly creative people are often oddballs, this show doesn't have a lot of tolerance for truly weird people. Mondo was the most successful weird dude and he was mostly just weird in a visual way because he was so tiny and wore such odd ensembles. The weird souls don't get much play on this show and that makes me sad because they make my world go round.