Other Michael relays the story of the designers talking shit about him on the runway. His mother tells him to just make friends and show people that he cares about them. She also reminds him that it's a competition. She's a badass. Seriously, I might consider renting Other Mother. He interviews that he's been holding a lot of emotion inside of him because he has no one to talk to on the show. Other Mother tells him that he is always a winner to her. Love her. JJ tells Christopher that he's very proud of him. Christopher is energized by seeing him. Mondo's mother brings him a bracelet and he says he can't promise that he'll wear it, which makes both of them laugh. He interviews that he wanted to tell her about his status, but his Catholic upbringing prevented him. He doesn't want to bring her any pain. Wow, that's a tough situation.
The next day is Valerie's birthday, her 29th. They all discuss that being with their moms kind of got to their heads a little. Andy says that he just feels "done" now. Mondo's thinking about bad moments from his past. They go to the workroom to find their fabrics! Andy's not sure what to do for his design. He doesn't feel inspired and is trying to just finish. Tim comes in and advises April to step away from the emotion of her fabric and look at the design. She interviews that it was good advice. Other Michael is happy to get positive feedback from the Gunn.
Tim thinks that Christopher is over-designing. Gretchen interviews that she doesn't like what Christopher makes. She finds his current design to be a C+. There's our Gretchen. Andy is so low-energy and everyone notices. Tim likes Gretchen's print (so does Other Michael!) but is not fond of a design element on the back of her skirt. She says she won't change it until she sees her model in it. Tim tells Valerie that her design is looking like an ice skating outfit. Gretchen thinks Valerie's outfit doesn't read "fashion." She makes it hard to not hate her. Without revealing too much, Mondo says his pattern is very personal. Tim loves it. He tells everyone that he loves their prints and gets emotional himself! Oh God, Tim Gunn I'ma marry you. I've finally found love for Tim Gunn. It was in me all along.
The next morning, Andy says he doesn't like his work. Gretchen and Valerie don't like it either. In the workroom, Mondo tries to not get worked up. Tim enters and sends in the models. Other Michael sings a country song about the competition, which makes everyone laugh. Andy interviews that Other Michael has grown on him. Then, he says that everyone hated him but now he's opened up, which is bullshit. Dude has been acting the same from the beginning. The other designers are just being less of assholes to him now. For his part, Other Michael just interviews that he's glad that he's getting a little more respect from his fellow designers. Mondo says that he respects OM for not being afraid to grow when other people wouldn't be humble enough to submit to change. Valerie thinks that she might win the challenge. It's time to WORK.