The designers meet Tim at the South Street Seaport to get the details of their next challenge. It's apparently the Lexus challenge, so that's awesome. They're going to dress up some cars. Wait. No, they have to make Emmy gowns in the color of an assigned Lexus (that's some stretch) for special guests. They work in teams of two, which no one seems psyched about. They play this weird key game to find their partners then get taken in a Lexus to their clients. Christopher and Andrea are a team and Anya from Season 9 is their client! She's just as gorgeous as ever. Alicia and Raul are designing for Mila from Season 7. Kooan and Gunnar meet Irina from Season 6 and from the beginning things look contentious. Melissa and Dmitry work with April, which seems perfect to me (at least the Melissa part). Sweet Valerie from Season 8 is the muse for Nathan and Sonjia. Laura Bennett!! Oh, this is fun. Buffi and Elena (who are completely bummed about working together) are designing for her. Then, Fabio and Ven get Kenley.
During the consultations, Irina is pretty difficult. She almost makes me feel sorry for Gunnar. At Mood, Melissa and Dmitry have a problem finding the fabrics that they want. Alicia and Raul decide on a print for Mila. Tim comes in to tell the designers that the winner of the challenge will get to go to the Emmys. Ven gets frustrated that Fabio isn't as skilled as him. Elena gets stressed and it really skunks up the room. April totally seems like the best client, added to the fact that Melissa and Dmitry really work well together. Mila doesn't really like the print that Alicia and Raul choose, but she's really cool about leading them in the direction that she would prefer. Kenley continues to redeem herself for her behavior on her initial season by being a really great client. Elena is a stress ball and I felt like I was going to have a seizure watching her. Christopher starts to freak out because Andrea moves at a snail's pace. Raul totally hates the red carpet. I get it, but I don't think you're even allowed to say that.
On the runway, the guest judge is Krysten Ritter from that show with the long name that's actually pretty funny. The one with Dawson. I have to say, I kind of loved most of the gowns. Mila's doesn't look great, but I think that comes from those guys just not being that into evening wear. The dress Gunnar and Kooan made for Irina is not great. Valerie's is cute but maybe too tight? WEIRD - Gunnar and Kooan have a high score. Ven and Fabio are in the top, which was more expected. God, everyone, I really can't stand Gunnar. I did like his green sweater though.
Mila is cool about how horrible her dress is. The judges are not as cool with it. Anya is also cool, though she says that Christopher and Andrea seemed too ambitious. Christopher really reveals himself to be not as nice as we thought he was. He completely throws Andrea under that stupid bus. He's a big baby about it too. Krysten seems really embarrassed by the exchange. He's actually quite horrible. Ven is the winner of the challenge. The bottom two are Alicia and Raul. I'm sad for Raul, but he's out and I'm glad it's not Alicia.
Also? Andrea apparently leaves in the middle of the night.
Previously: It was the Unconventional Materials challenge and the designers had to use items found at Dylan's Candy Bar. Lantie was eliminated for really just not getting it at all.
The title sequence this year... these guys could not be worse actors. "Get it together!" Christopher says and it reminds me of Valerie Cherish saying "I don't wanna see that!" In fact, all of them seem like that. My take-away is that Lisa Kudrow is a genius and that show is perfect and you should all watch it. The Palm Springs episode as well as the finale are brilliant.
Everybody is sitting around having breakfast and Ven says that he is glad that during the previous challenge he went with his "vision." I honestly have no earthly idea what he's talking about since there didn't appear to be a single thing that was pulling him in any other direction. Raul, who is having breakfast next to Ven, interviews that he thinks that Ven might be a one-trick pony. Everything can't always be pretty. Oh God. Listen, Lifetime, if we're going to prompt these people to speak critically of each other, please invest in some writers or even just buy a thesaurus or that book of idioms and make the designers flip through it so that we don't hear things that seriously have been repeated every one of these 10 seasons. I mean, I feel like I'm even repeating myself by writing that. I understand that fashion is sort of culture's silly putty and it's just mimicking what's happening in the world (which repeats itself often), therefore it makes sense that we would hear the makers of fashion utter similar repetitions; but...this is TV. You can't repeat yourself like that. Or you shouldn't. Who am I kidding? All of these shows repeat themselves. The Bachelor and the stupid "feelings" and "falling for" bullshit. The Biggest Loser and their ridiculous "journey." Can't anything be new? At least new-ish? I'm sick of all of these stupid phrases. They don't mean anything anymore.
In related news, I was actually talking to my therapist this week about sort of the same thing. Anyway, I hate most rhetoric and my therapist was saying that he really dislikes the phrase "Fake it til you make it." And, my reply? "I always think of Apprentice: Martha Stewart when I hear that." And, at that moment, I saw my doctor mentally clear an hour a week in his calendar for the next five to seven. Waa. This may sound random and a little insane, but all of the redundancies I mentioned are precisely why So, You Think You Can Dance is the best reality show on television. They constantly change the format and it keeps you engaged. And when they change the format, they're very honest about why they're doing it. It's purely to make things more exciting. In the end, their purpose of delivering dance to a wide audience is better served because we're all more engaged by the show format and the ins and outs of the competition rules. Something about Project Runway really needs to be changed around. I forget almost everything that has been made the second I click off the television. I'm afraid that Buffi's melted cotton candy bird's nest hat is going to be my only memory of this entire season.