Weekly Wisdom -- and get ready to dodge those anvils we discussed -- "Work Vs. Friendship." T-Square tells us that it's always great to have friends in business, but that you can't let it "hurt your goals" or "hurt your business." Which is...self-evident. He tells some assembled audience of the bilked that waaaaaaaaaay back when he was in total debt up to his eyeballs, his "friends" were "happy" about his misfortunes. Um, Trump? Those are not "friends." Those are bitches. Wait, actually, I take that back, because when you're playing on that kind of chessboard, poor-on-paper but still rich, the whole money thing is a game anyway, so it's like being secretly overjoyed that you beat for friend at racquetball. Or else I'm giving him and his cronies too much credit. His point is valid, though, that you can separate out ruthlessness in business from letting it get personal. Which is a point made eloquently in the credits of the show each week. But the anvils must fly, no matter what, and the problematic relationship between women being such a primary focus this season, you might as well be forthright about it. "I fought like hell and beat the crap out of them with my success!" he Gekkos, and the crowd goes wild and turns on each other, howling wordlessly and stripping the fatter ones for meat.
The Rush meets up with Edward, their designer at Lafayette 148, who makes me think Living Colour must have broken up and found other employment. Sean sketches out their ideas, and impresses Lee with his skill, and Ivanka nods watching them, and halos the size of Escalade rims appear above their heads. Well, that's cynical. It's nice to watch them work, to be honest. This designer guy is blowing my mind. He's dressed like a Yoruba priest in space. Lee interviews us his mindset: they're not going too "out of the box," because these people are going to have to work in this stuff every day. His worry is that the girls will be "too innovative" and blow the minds of the employees with flashy designs that the staff didn't even know they wanted. Which...is what's going to happen, just not in a way that he needs to be worrying about. They are going to "innovate" all over those people's faces!
The ladies of Synergy meet with Marc Bouwer, their design consultant. Who is a world-class a-hole, but that's still pretty amazing. Roxanne interviews adorably about how he designs for "A-list celebrities" such as Melania, and that she saw a picture of them together! She giggles. They show Marc their designs and he's like, "A high-fashion approach?" Which doesn't trip any wires for him, because he's rarefied and has no idea what you would even do with culottes in this day and age, except give them to Allie as revenge, because she matches him dick for dick, in terms of headedness. She balls up the lethal concept of the culottes and throws it as his bitchy little head, and he doesn't even bat an eyelash. "What about a culotte for the suite keeper?" Sounds great! Allie interviews that the staff wanted to "brighten things up" and that there's a need for "style and functionality" -- and I need you to fucking explain this one to me in tiny, tiny little words -- "it's probably more important to be stylish than functional." The hell you say? Rewind. "It's probably more important to be stylish than functional." Roxanne? Can you smack the idiot out of your "co-PM" with a quickness? That's so...I don't even know what that effin' means.