Because this session in the White Room has been remarkably free of awkwardness thus far, Jonathan decides to throw a little curveball at the Top Designers: whose room wouldn't you love to eat in? Matt thinks for a moment before fingering Goil, who takes the news with surprising aplomb given his fragile emotion state as of late. Admit it -- the moment you heard Matt say, "Goil's room," you expected Goil to run from the Pacific Design Center sobbing and ripping off articles of clothing the further he got down Melrose Avenue. Because I sure did. And it would have been compelling TV. Anyhow, Matt's afraid of the plants hanging overhead because he doesn't want something dropping into his food. After half-heartedly whispering that her choice isn't personal, Andrea selects Carisa's room: "It was because of the colors on the wall; it could be a hip eatery, but not a luxury [one]." Goil adds to Carisa's self-esteem problems by picking her room; now it's a competition to see which one them bottoms out emotionally first. The judges turn to Michael, who declines to state a lack of preference; this outrages the judges, who are being denied their taste for discord and blood. "I don't think, though, it's being, you know, not nice," Kelly scolds Michael. "In my office, if something looks like shit, I want somebody to tell me." I guess everyone in Kelly's office was out sick the day she showed up in that outfit, then. Michael again refuses to answer. And on the one hand, you can argue Michael is taking a principled stand against a loaded question that's only being asked in order to generate false drama. Or, you could contend that he's being a mealy-mouthed equivocator, unwilling or unable to offer constructive criticism that gives an insight into his own design sensibilities. I'd like to think that Michael's decision was motivated by former, but from what I've seen thus far, I can't help but suspect that it's influenced by more than a little of the latter. Anyhow, Carisa has no such qualms: Goil! Goil! A thousand times Goil! "I think it's so Goil and it's so wonderful," she says. But? "But the flowers kind of are giving me a bad vibe." Well, at least you pointed out how much the room was like Goil before saying how much you hated it -- that should make him feel okay.
Let's start off the judges' deliberations by having Tom Colicchio show us all how it's done: "I thought that most of the designers took the challenge to heart and listened and designed accordingly. I think some of them followed their own whim." And with that preamble clearly delineating what the judges are thinking, we dive into the rundown of each room. Jonathan says Matt always turns in "a chic room;" Margaret agrees, praising Matt for putting a lot of thought into his designs; Colicchio can't say enough nice things about the leather floor; Kelly speaks out against the free coinage of silver and opposes statehood for the Arizona Territory. As for Goil's room, Colicchio calls it "cheery and bright" and "definitely interesting," but doesn't think Goil paid much attention to the dictates of the challenge. "Where did he spend his money?" Colicchio demands. Those plant chandeliers aren't cheap, buddy. The judges turn their attention to Andrea -- "a luxurious, beautiful room," Jonathan says; "well thought-out," Colicchio agrees. Kelly says something about the acoustical attributes of the room, which I'd transcribe if I wasn't so distracted by her hair.