It's their moms! And, seriously, I don't know what it is, but the sound and look of excitement on all of the designers makes me cry like I'm watching Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" video. Or, the trailer for Burlesque, a film which I believe might possibly change my life. Valerie cries like a baby and interviews that she cries at Hallmark commercials. She's that girl. Mondo gives his mom a long hug and interviews that he didn't want to let go.
Gretchen, who is still alone, deduces from the emotions she's witnessing that these are the moms of her fellow designers. We see her wipe away a tear. She interviews that this is scary for her because her own mother has a very hard life. Her stepfather is wheelchair bound and her mother can't leave him because they are "not very well-off." Seriously, that phrase breaks my heart. Whatever you feel about Gretchen, she carries herself with a lot of dignity and stuff like that can't be easy to say. She says that she had a panic attack at the thought of her mother not being there. Then, her mother walks in with open arms and Gretchen and I cry. She's so happy to see her mom. She cries to her mom that she was so afraid that she wouldn't be able to come, but Mom says that of course she was going to come.
April's mom is Miss America. Seriously, she must have been a teen mom. April interviews tearfully that she's so glad to have her mom there. The mannequins are thankful that they are made of absorbent fabric and won't need tissues. Other Michael bawls when he sees his mom AND his son. Very cute kid. Christopher interviews that he was expecting his mom, but, instead, it's his partner, JJ. Come ON! They embrace and kiss and Christopher tells us that they've been together ten years and he's the most important person in his life. And, he's gorgeous. I'm a FUCKING PUDDLE HERE, PEOPLE. So, that's the story behind the wedding band.
After they all meet each others' family, Tim enters and announces that he's suspending the work day. They all get to spend the day with their moms/JJs! We see everyone out and about. Most at restaurants. April and her mom get pedicures, which is so perfect and lovely. Over pizza, Valerie tells her mom that she will never forget her experience on the show. Andy tells his mom that he has had to remain himself throughout the challenges and she approves of the effort. April says that, because she is the youngest there, people have underestimated her. But, she thinks she has gained some respect. Mondo takes his mom to the Highline and tells her that the beginning of the competition was really hard for him and says that he had a breakdown and had wanted to go home.