Jeff Long is staying at a place where they don't have cable. What kind of place is that? Not a very fun one, if you ask me. He'll return to civilization in time to do the full recap, but in the meantime, let's have at the happenings of last night.
The designers get stuck on a group challenge where they have to design a collection. That's six looks for a thousand smackers, and it should combine elements from the next season. Michael C., Ivy, AJ, Gretchen, Andy and Christopher make up one team… which quickly becomes Team Gretchen. Like anyone couldn't have seen that coming. They opt for Menswear as Women's clothing for the theme with the color of camel, and instead of having each person do one of the six looks, they assign out various elements to each designer. They completely ignore Michael C., who looks increasingly grateful for having immunity.
Over on the underdog team, where not a soul among them has won a challenge, are April, Mondo, Casanova, Peach, Michael D. and Valerie. They've opted for a military-inspired collection, with lace as their fabric of choice. Oh, too bad April didn't have the lace last week for her layered panties. They decide that they want each person to do their own look that has some similar elements.
At Mood, Gretchen is a nightmare, and I'm surprised that the staff hasn't killed her, but adorable puppy Swatch is there, so that's redeeming. Tim doesn't really seem all that impressed with either team's strategy, and this causes Casanova to have a meltdown and threaten to leave. His model talks him off the ledge.
After chaos, they start putting out the collections with Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) as this week's guest judge. I kind of love the team that is dubbed Military and Lace. In fact, for all his crying, Casanova's outfit is actually great, with a backless lace shirt and a sexy-as-hell pair of white pants. Naturally, Gretchen says that their collection doesn't go together, but there are metal zippers or hardwear on all of them and some bright tights and matching hair that actually coordinates. Shut up, Gretchen.
Team Luxe (wonder who came up with that name). AJ doesn't see himself in his own collection, but thinks that strong tailoring makes up for that. It's a cohesive collection, but lacks a bit of personality., since there are 21 pieces that have all been tossed together. Christopher is happy that they worked together and didn't slit each other's throats. I guess that's something.
Team Military and Lace is the winning team. Go, little island of misfit toys. The other team looks hella pissed about losing, except Michael C with his immunity. Georgina really likes that they work together. While Casanova and Peach are getting kudos for their looks, the other team is in the back trying to formulate a strategy Guess who is panicking? Not such a fearless leader now are we, Gretchen?
Once she's out on the runway defending their collection, she starts crying and says that they all really worked really hard and couldn't the judges take pity on them. You can tell she wishes she could throw Michael C. under the bus. Ivy chimes in with this fake-ass baby cry about how being told they are losers is like having a baby and being told it is ugly. Michael Kors rolls his eyes along with me. Gretchen then asks to talk more. Heidi indulges her… or gives her enough rope. Either way. She babbles about how they'd like the judges to keep the person they want to see more of. Nina complains about proportion and unsexiness. Ivy's look (she's the only one who did a complete one) is called out by Heidi as the worst. Gretchen starts singing a different tune and says that she was stuck styling a crappy collection. And then she throws Michael under the bus (even after Georgina calls Michael's blouse perfect). Everyone then says that Michael is the worst stylist in their collection and that they all should stick around. Heidi says that it is easy to point fingers at the person who is safe. They all seem surprised that they aren't somehow going to take away his immunity.
Gretchen sasses that they want a martyr and the judges have had just about enough of her snippiness. Frankly, is this what we're getting with this extra half an hour? I could really live without it. Finally, someone gets them to show which individual pieces they made. The judges discuss, and eventually Casanova wins (he should thank his model), Michael C. cries because the bullies ganged up on him, Gretchen is in the bottom two and A.J .goes home. Instead of just wishing A.J. well, Tim comes in and basically says that they shouldn't have listened to Gretchen the manipulative bitch and that they all basically behaved like brats on the runway and A.J. took the bullet. Tim Gunn, you rule! More of that please. -- Angel Cohn
Previously: The challenge was to create a look to wear with a Philip Treacy hat. Other Michael barely escaped disaster and created a look that the judges, if not every other person in America, nay the world, found only OK. He won the challenge. Kristin got shown the door. Fine, the dress was crap. I'm just upset that Other Michael won.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and Casanova, Mondo and Christopher are lounging. Christopher is still shocked that Other Michael won the last challenge. Mondo says that he thinks Christopher should have won and Christopher, this is so polite of him, agrees. He says that Other Michael's skill level is far below the other designers. In the other boy apartment, Other Michael is getting his morning coffee fix with the boys. He interviews that none of the designers really seemed excited for him, which disappointed him. That's very sad for you, Other Michael. Don't think that you will get even a little bit of sympathy from me. I'm not falling into that trap. The girls are still shocked that he won the challenge too. Valerie says that April was lucky to not get eliminated, because everyone made elaborate designs whilst she created a diaper. It was not a diaper. April jokes to Peach that everything is sad because no one understood her diaper (her choice of word). Peach laughs along as April dryly says that she has no idea what is going on in this competition. She says that the only thing she can do is be herself and let the other stuff happen has it may. Peach tells April that the both of them have targets on their backs. That's dangerous.
On the runway, Heidi greets everyone. She tells the designers that, for the next challenge, they will be working in teams of six. Other Michael gets to choose his first teammate. He chooses Gretchen. April interviews that he's an idiot for choosing her, which she says is akin to hiring Hitler. April believes that Gretchen will "put her foot" on every idea that the team has. Well, let's hope their ideas call for footprints. Heidi pulls a name out of a back to decide who will be choosing teams for the other side. It's April. Valerie interviews "Crap!" She doesn't want to be with Other Michael, but she's not crazy about working with April either. Huh? I think April seems really talented and easy-going, diaper notwithstanding. You make one diaper and the world hates you. And, not to go back to yesterday's news, but doesn't it seem like people always get slammed for doing stuff like hot pants on this show? I understand that they're hard to pull off, but...whatevs. Like any of us would want to live in a world where hot pants were not welcomed at least somewhere. April chooses Mondo.