Anyhow, the winner is Andrea. She gets immunity and the honor of taking home this week's Top Design. So that wraps everything up. Wow -- and about 45 minutes quicker than normal. Wait -- we've got to stick around and watch them build this thing, too? Aw crap.
"I can't even imagine what I'll feel not having that pressure and fear," Andrea says, post-victory. I imagine you'll feel irritation at having to be team leader since that also comes with winning this challenge. Todd illustrates just what an unpleasant task this is going to be: "You are now head foreman of this job," he says, with a snappy salute. "It's up to you to delegate the work of your six new assistants." I can think of no more unpleasant task than having to manage the likes of Ryan, Michael, and Carisa -- I can't imagine those three teaming up to build a sandwich without police intervention. The budget is $5,100, which seems like an awful lot of money to be dedicating to a garage. But then again, I don't have my garage double as the Globe Theatre.
We now interrupt the challenge of catering to the whims of rich packrats for the traditional selecting of the carpenters. As I mentioned at the outset, the Top Designers will now be picking the carpenter that will follow them around to the end of their days, or at least until Jonathan Adler dispatches them with a contrived catch phrase. Last week's inexplicable winner Carisa gets to pick first. Of course, since this week is a team challenge, none of the picks we are about to watch will matter until a future episode. So this exercise is really rather pointless. Now that I've dimmed whatever enthusiasm, you might have felt toward this filler, let's get on with it. With the top selection in the 2007 Top Design carpenter draft, Carisa selects Carl Mueller. From the ESPN studios, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is outraged -- he didn't have Carl going until the third round. Me, I would have an opinion on this had Carl ever been involved in any previous episode in any meaningful way. (Carisa says of all the carpenters, Carl has delivered the most finished product, which means he must not have had a lot to do with the cabana episode. They could just be shouting out names at random, and I would be none the wiser. And I suspect you would be, too. So let's see how many of the following carpenter names I list are the names of actual carpenters, and which ones I've just made up: Andrea picks Blair; Matt picks Ed; Goil picks Sarah, destroyer of Carisa's desk; Ryan picks Robert; Michael picks Cary; and Erik wraps things up by picking Jared. To show you the serious thought that went into this selection process, Michael forgot the name of his carpenter during the post-selection interview, and Erik picked his carpenter despite having never really heard of him or not really knowing in advance what he's capable of doing. That's how Mike Brown would up at FEMA, by the way.