Everyone is so excited not to be the one voted off first, they can't shut up about it. They are stunned to find out that they'll be designing this week for actress and model Rebecca Romijn. Now, she happens, at the time when this was filmed, to be quite pregnant. So, they are to design a chic outfit of any kind for an expectant mother, with a budget of $100.
Tim reminds them that their designs are to be beautiful, chic and form-fitting. Lots of freaking out ensues about pregnancy, fabric, everything, life, etc. Malvin "plays around" with "ideas" about "alternative fertility." Y'all, there aren't enough quote marks in he world. He references birds' nests and eggs. ANYWAY. Several of the men can't quite get a grip on how babies are made.
Tim arrives on the second day of work and passes judgments of varying viciousness. When Malvin mentions throwing jodhpurs (FOR GOD'S SAKE) into his chicken and egg design, Tim casts rightful aspersions. Mitchell tries his own hand at the smackdown, suggesting to Ra'Mon that his dress looks like a bowling bag. It sort of does, but Ra'Mon is confident that he has struck a good balance in his design.
The models hit the runway with the most fake-ass looking bellies you could imagine -- the beach ball stomachs are KILLING ME. I can't even tell what these dresses are supposed to look like, because most of them look ludicrous. [With this whole Models of the Runway spin-off, does that mean no special models ever? This week could have used some actual pregnant women. - Zach]
Shirin and Althea's designs, however, are quite beautiful and receive high praise. Mitchell screws up the shorts and T-shirt he's made and gets reamed, and Malvin's chicken sling receives similar bashing. Ultimately, Shirin is in, and Malvin, amazingly, is out. Don't know which came first, but, this week, the chicken and the egg come last.
As if we needed to be reminded, last week Ari was sent home for, just generally, being ridiculous and making clothes suitable only for people from, or traveling to, space. Althea says in an interview that she was really surprised to see Ari go. Girl, are you high? Poor Althea, having to read these lines while she sprays her hair into place for challenge #2. In the boys' chambers, Malvin perches on his headboard and wraps himself in curtains while eating an apple and watching the shirtless Logan stroll around their room. This bird-like pose will strike us as significant later on.
Mitchell, we are reminded, sent a girl down the runway last week wearing a sheer, nude dress when his smocking ordeal failed to fit the model. "I'm just really happy, Mitchell, that you're still here," Nicolas says, sweetly. Mitchell laughs and says yes, the first thing America will learn about him is that he sent a naked lady down the runway. "With a gorgeous collar!" Nicolas adds, and they all laugh. Frankly, that collar was kind of cool. Mitchell says he thinks he deserves to still be there and wants to "rekindle" his dream. Rekindle it from last week?
At the runway, the designers are greeted by Heidi, resplendent in a cougar-printed mini dress and ankle boots. She tells them all that this week, they'll be designing for "a soopamottle" who is also a film and television star. "Initially," Irina interviews, "I was thinking 'is Heidi talking about herself?'" Heidi continues that this mystery person "has a biiiiiig surprise" for them. Behind the scrim at the top of the runway, we see the pregnant profile of none other than Rebecca Romijn-Stamos-Romijn-Connell. "Oh, shit," Nicolas says in an interview, "ooohhhh, shit! Pregnancy challenge! I have never done a pregnancy outfit in my life." Of course he hasn't.
Rebecca comes out and the designers act like 1) they have never seen a pregnant woman, and 2) Rebecca Romijn is the most famous person in the world. She is one of those things, at least, and she is gorgeous. Heidi says she looks so good, she first thought to have Rebecca come out in a swimsuit, Sports Illustrated-style. "You wish," Rebecca says, shaking her head, revealing that she is actually pregnant with twins. "My life definitely doesn't stop just because I'm pregnant," she says. She says that means that the designers are challenged to design something that she will be able to wear to any type of event. Can I slip in, here, that RR-S-R-C, while totally stunning, talks kind of superloud? She says that the outfit they design can be something she might wear to a lunch, a party or a meeting. "As a woman, you still want to celebrate your shape [while pregnant]," she says, "so I'm looking for something that has a beautiful silhouette."