Anne throws Kate's weakness back at her, saying she wouldn't trust someone so easily influenced to get anything done. Kate claims she is now a strong, new Kate who no longer bows to the will of others. Everyone looks forward with stone faces and hatred in their hearts. Anne dismisses Team Underbus and Kate.
Now it's time for deliberation. Team 1 receives high praise for actually doing the assignment and blending in with the magazine. Team Sucks-A-Lot's yellow monstrosity was, in a word, awful. Team MAD are idiots whose negligence would cost money in a real-life deadline situation. And, somehow, from that vast field of asshats, a few have been singled out as the suckiest.
Team 1 -- boring as they are -- wins. Their page will hang on the board in the conference room. With that kind of prize, I think this was a challenge more suited to Team Big Bird. The other two teams trudge into Anne's office for their weekly beating. Anne quickly puts Team Most Improved out of its misery. They won't be going home. >[?
Team MAD hangs back, and Anne serves Megan a big old glass of humble Kombucha, calling her out for her defiant layout. Still, Anne saw great style and leadership (not to mention a kindred spirit of nastiness) in Megan, and thus grants her reprieve. Anne couches her critique of Danielle, saying her outfit was probably too casual and her photo selection probably not the best. She tells Arnaldo, "There is no greater crime in fashion than being boring," and says his transformation fell flat. She insists he must embrace fashion, not just write about it. Without further ado, Anne informs Arnaldo that he's "not the right fit."
Outside, everyone hugs Arnaldo, save Kate who sits at her desk and thinks of more things to snivel about. Arnaldo packs up his leather satchel and says he regrets not being aggressive or confident enough. He says he'll improve and live to write another day. Farewell, triangle-making, notebook-carrying, sexy-looking Sideshow Bob. You'll make a better fit somewhere like The New Republic or Rolling Stone, anyway.
Next time: Pot Megan calls Kettle Kate a bitch, spurring a household brouhaha. The EMTs make a cameo to treat hyperventilating Jason. And the contestants don red. Fingers crossed for bloodshed!
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