Sarah thinks the show is torture. Blah. People are making judgments. Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, fills the designers in on their new torture experience, ur, challenge. The designers are supposed to design a look that defines the Marie Claire woman. I have so many things to say about that, and I'm absolutely saving all of them for the recap. All I have to say is... TNT. The network, not the explosive. The winner will have a billboard in Times Square. Some photographer who is apparently huge will be shooting it, though I'd never heard of him. And, I know nothing. I mean, everything. I know everything.
Jason is still wearing his stupid hat. Michael Drummond is still cuter than bows. Can't stand it. Mondo tells us that he doesn't sketch until he has his supplies. Casanova brains Peach with a bolt of fabric at Mood. Danger. A.J. refuses to help Casanova make a pattern and... well, I really can't blame him, though it was ugly to watch.
Tim enters and tells Mondo in the loveliest way that his design in the first challenge was a revelation. Then, Mondo explains that he doesn't have a sketch, which Tim kindly doesn't freak out about. The same can't be said for his reaction to Jason's lack of progress, and he looks pretty hot in a tank top, though still stupid with his ridonk hat. Tim thinks that Jason is headed for disaster. Gretchen thinks that Nicholas is ripping off her first challenge dress. Tim, possibly blowing his load for the entire season, asks Michael Costello if his weird slutty kimono isn't very "Blanche Devereaux." Tim Gunn is Dead, Long Live Tim Gunn.
As they scramble, Peach looks like she's in big trouble, which is sad because she's so weirdly self-aware. Tim returns and tells everyone that, the next morning, they will each have a shoot with a photographer. The judges will consider the shoot with the runway show. Amazingly, Gretchen helps Casanova even though she doesn't want to do that. Later, they're all at home and seemingly having a good time. Then, we see that Mondo is totally, devastatingly lonely and hasn't been able to connect with his fellow designers (though I think a few of them would like to know him better) and it's very sad.
At the photo shoots, we see an interesting side of all of the designers. They take charge and look alternately skilled and amateurish. At the runway show, Heidi shows up and does her increasingly offensive lack of actual work. No one is getting immunity. The guest judge is Joanna Coles.
There's a bunch of talk about what a Marie Claire woman is, which doesn't hold a lot of water, since that's their sponsor. Valerie gets a lot of good response -- go CLEVELAND.
Mondo appears to survive, and it's lovely. The designers return to the stage. Mondo is in. He's a weirdo and I love him. Gretchen wins!!! Valerie is in. And, now for the losers. It's gotta be Nicholas, right? Peach is in. Jason is out and we never got to see him with his clothes off. What is WRONG with this show? Nicholas is out too, for good reason. He sucks. It's sad, but right.
Previously: I almost died, I was so bored. We meet all of the new puppies at the fashion pound and none of them really showed the moxie to get taken home. Gretchen won the challenge, though her look was by no means extraordinary. McKell was the first person sent home.
So bluefly.com has been usurped by piperlime.com as the omnipresent sponsor of the show. The winning designer will have a chance to sell their collection on the site. Don't we all have that chance, really? Who does piperlime think they are, trying to turn me down? I don't THINK so. OK, folks, I must admit that this recap will be partially brought to you by hard core allergy medication because this summer has been so insane in the weather department. Or, I'm dying like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. Only with less singing and better acting.
We see the ladies waking up at the Atlas Building. Sarah laughs in an interview that she woke up dead tired and is fairly certain that the show is not about fashion design but instead about the public torture of designers on television. This after one day? Christopher tells us that getting to Atlas was very exciting for him because it meant that he was really on the show. Hmm, there's something inauthentic about his hairline. His eyebrows, sure, they're "shaped," that I expect. But, there's something about the hair, yes? It's practically Elizabethan. I don't trust him.
Gretchen says, as she applies eyeliner, that she was surprised to see McKell go home. April agrees and interviews that McKell's dress was a safe design and she didn't think she should have gone. Peach says that the boys are probably fighting over the bathroom in their apartment more than the ladies are. April interviews that she loves Peach and she's a surrogate mom for her. I'm sure Peach loves being that. We're all just waiting for the day when we can be surrogate old person for some whippersnapper. Who's with me?
Michael asks Andy about the AIRBRUSH MAKE-UP MACHINE that he has. Andy tells him not to judge. Oh, shit. That is serious. Cute Michael tells us that he only really knows Casanova. How horrible. He says that he knows Jason is really quiet and that Christopher is "this hot guy." That's the exact two people that I would have mentioned other than cute Michael. Especially if I was living with them. Cute Michael also mentions that Mondo seems like a weird guy.