Backstage, Chloe is bawling. "You're such a good person," she says to Daniel. "And to me that's more important than being a great designer." I think she's really shocked that Daniel stuck his head out for them like he did. Because she's upset, her statement sounds a little like, "You're not a great designer, but that's all right because you're a good person." I think what she really means is, she's trying so hard to be a winner in this arena that she may have lost sight of other stuff. And however exciting it may be to see great design, it's always more overwhelming to be faced with great humanity. Daniel didn't save lives or anything, but, if anything, he has continually made it clear how important this opportunity, and fashion design in general, are to him. For him to not fight to stay because of principle must have been a pretty huge deal to him. Tim Gunn enters and says, "Daniel, you leave here with tremendous dignity and integrity. I have a lot of respect for that." Then, as everyone says "here, here" and applauds, Tim hugs Daniel. Honestly, it's all so sweet, I feel a bit misty-eyed. In a way, I could imagine this moment being more important for Daniel than any other in conjuncture with this experience. He has the respect of everyone in the room. Daniel interviews that he has no regrets and feels "a sense of redemption" for last year. He feels that he got to show everyone what he's "about." On his design that will rest in the Fashion Cemetery, above his name, he writes, "Follow your bliss, always ", does one last Daniel Franco Shuffle, and is gone.
Episode Report CardJeff Long: A | 1487 USERS: B-
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