The teams return to the office for the routine 90-minute layout extravaganza. Kate and Ashlie discover their embarrassment photo-wise, and Kate worries they have more material than time. On the other team, Johanna purposely leads the layout charge to make up for her non-existent leadership during the shoot. That's a pretty ass-backwards way of doing things, not to mention a blatant way of wiggling out of your team's potential failure. And, frankly, it's not really any different than the role she has taken in the past three tasks -- and for which she has been criticized. They decided on a straightforward, simple design showcasing three strong pictures -- and by "strong," I mean "the best of the lamest." Conversely, Kate and Ashlie try to razzle-dazzle up their spread by displaying as many photos as possible. They are both aware that they could take a fall.
As Kate and Ashlie race to place their text in the layout, Dyshaun concocts some transparent pretext to approach and try to rattle them. As has been the theme this week, Ashlie sees right through it. A moment later, Dyshaun and his team draw a blank on the hair stylist's name, so he asks Kate. She flat-out refuses to give it to him. His response? "Thanks, Chlamydia!" I am certain there is precedent for such a graphic term of endearment. Why, among all the stupid stuff they showed last week, they didn't include a blooper real of Dyshaun calling Kate a slew of STD epithets, I couldn't tell you. But I guess you can't have it all... Anyway, Kate tells Dyshaun that she'd be hard-pressed to ever help him given what a tremendous bane he has been to her existence. In a later interview, Dyshaun backtracks that this fight was essentially a mountain made out of a mole hill. He implies that he regrets calling Kate Chlamydia, but he doesn't actually apologize. Ashlie wraps up the spread and says she's over this. Amen, girlfriend.
After the work is finished, Kate finally allows her feelings to rise to the surface, screaming at Dyshaun about his verbal abuse. She tearfully says she wants to go home, collects her things, and retreats as far away from Dyshaun as possible. She waits for the elevator, presumably quitting the competition(?). Everyone looks on stone-faced (or perhaps just as confused as I am why Kate would finally take a stand when she's about to win -- perhaps because, for the first time in her life, she doesn't have someone to blame for her failure, so she has to set up a failure simulation to pin on someone). Ashlie walks over to talk her down from the ledge, not because she likes Kate, but because she could still possibly go home if Kate leaves and their team loses. Kate decides to stay, saying that she appreciated this most bottom-line, self-serving gesture of kindness to her, though she sees it as friendship. Is it me Jesus, or is Kate a wee bit of an idiot savant?