The show begins with Andrea missing and Kooan showing signs of stress. So, Tim says that Andrea left without anyone knowing. And, then Christopher says that he feels like this was a joke being played on him, displaying tell-tale signs of a narcissism that I feel like had already started to say show last week. Then, they interview everyone else who fairly bashes her for leaving, including Ven who says that it was bad form for a teacher. Whatever being a teacher and being a reality TV show dancing monkey have in common beats me. They work hard to conflate the rigors of this show with the difficulties of working in fashion and maybe they have some sort of point, but... I don't know.
The challenge is presented at the Michael Kors flagship. They're challenged to create a look for a woman on the go. Fucking A, these people talk a lot of trash about Andrea. I think it's super presumptuous of them to pretend they know what was going on. Everyone develops a scenario for their woman on the go and they're mostly completely fictive, like Christian's girl who wears Louboutins to a dive bar? Yeah, that's a whole type of person. They go to Mood and there's a lot of tension hanging in the air. Then, back at the workroom, Kooan announces that he thinks he should go. God, they make this show seem like the worst place to ever be in the world. Tim comes in and tells us that Andrea is fine and is not coming back to the show. Kooan announces that he wants to find another way to make it in the industry. This means that Raul gets to come back. Ven bitches about him complaining to much and Alicia says that his construction skills suck.
They're calling this the Michael Kors Challenge. During consultations, Fabio looks like he might be in a little trouble. Buffi's taste level also comes into question for a lot of the designers. Tim tells Christopher that he's worried about him because he seems ambivalent, but he assures him that he's happy to be there.
When Heidi greets everyone on the runway, she takes the opportunity to bash Andrea and Kooan some more, which just seems excessive. Can we leave them alone for a minute? Hayden Panettiere, who is credited as a singer now and who is starring in my most awaited show of the new season Nashville, is the guest judge, along with the lovely Rachel Roy. Buffi's dress looks ridiculous, like a dress with a giant pink bib. A lot of the designs are quite accomplished though. Sonjia, Dmitry and Christopher are in the top, while Fabio, Raul and Buffi are the low scorers. Michael says that Buffi's girl looks like she's wearing a hairdressing smock. In the end, Sonjia wins the challenge and Buffi is sent home.
Previously: The designers created Emmy dresses for former contestants. That Irina girl was pretty horrible. She terrorized poor Kooan. The designers worked in teams and Christopher just skewered Andrea on the runway for the mistakes that he felt she made. Raul was eliminated and Andrea fled in the night.
It's morning at the Atlas building and Christopher says that he's not sure how things are going to be with Andrea. Why? Because, she deserved him telling the judges how she was. Hmm. Interesting turn of phrase. That really isn't an answer to the question that he has put into the air, which is why would Andrea be upset with him? It might be an answer to the answer but I think it shows a little discomfort with his own behavior that he leapfrogged past evaluating his own actions and just started blaming Andrea some more. Christopher interviews that he was unsure of what to do on the runway and he pushed her in front of a bus. I at least appreciate the slight nuance in the freaking dinosaur of a clichÃ©. I think the thing that bothers me most about this whole thing is the way people get attacked when they show any signs of being unsure. Seriously, God forbid a person reflect for a moment and wonder if they are in the right place. No! Must be completely obsessed with Fashion Week. Done. Nathan tells Christopher that people get over shit and I think he's just saying that because maybe Christopher hasn't stopped talking about it and it's morning and he just wants a little caffeine infusion before having to dance that dance again. Roger that.
Kooan is kind of meditating in bed. He interviews that this morning he does not feel good. Gunnar interviews that Kooan was very quiet when they were working together as a team, probably because Irina was such a monster. Gunnar says that you can tell that the pressure is really getting to Kooan.
The designers go to Michael Kors's flagship store on Madison Avenue to meet Tim and hear about the next challenge. Michael is waiting with Tim when they arrive. The store is really beautiful. Lots of light and reflective surfaces. Melissa says that the Michael Kors business plan is her ideal. Tim has some business to talk about before they discuss the challenge. So, apparently Andrea left without telling anyone. Production hasn't been able to contact her but they have every reason to believe that she's fine. Now, here's the fun part. I mean, I guess it's not the greatest form in the world to walk out on something like this, but they spend the next two minutes of this program dedicated to character assassination.