Alexis speaks up: "Dawn, I like you because I'm usually the person everyone likes least on the team, but no one has ever said that I didn't work really, really hard." Okay, but when they don't like you, they are often going to say bad things about you. But still, aw! Poor Alexis. I want her to have her own show. Or I just want to take her out for drinks. Dawn argues that she did work really hard even though everyone keeps saying that she doesn't. You know, except for this painting task, the complaints against Dawn are not generally that she doesn't work hard; it's that she's negative. Bethenny admits that Dawn has been the weakest link on the team for a long time. Leslie once again gets in her talking points about Matchstick winning if they can only get rid of Dawn. The three argue. Finally, Martha looks up at the ceiling and says she can't even get involved with the details because it wastes time. Martha tut-tuts Leslie for her horrible time management, but says that because she volunteered to join a losing team, she's going to give her another chance. Martha is sorry that Bethenny wasn't more effective in getting the furniture delivered on time, but because she thinks the overall design was good, she thinks Bethenny should stay. "And Dawn, you're making excuses. Something is wrong, you don't seem to be functioning as a member of the team -- you just are not effective. And therefore, Dawn, I'll say goodbye," Martha finishes. Shake, and they all leave.
In the lobby, I was most interested to see that Bethenny turns from her suitcase to grab Dawn in a hug. Given how she landed on her in the first task and just called her the weakest link over the course of all the tasks, I'm really surprised to see that. It's the first time we've seen any of the team members bid each other a fond farewell post-conference room. Maybe Bethenny isn't such a bitch after all. Hm. Well, as long as Hateful Jim remains hateful, my world will still make sense.
Martha thinks she needs to do a major reshuffling of the teams, and then she proceeds to write the meanest letter yet. In essence, she says, "Dear Dawn: You suck more than anyone has ever sucked before. Yours, Martha Stewart."