For once, the White Room is actually the more upbeat place to be in the Pacific Design Center. The judges dish over the room put forth by Michael, Matt, and Carisa. Very confident, Jonathan says. Hooray for terracing, Kelly adds. Let's hear it for cohesion, Ben Bourgeois agrees. Thank goodness for Matt or there would be no one likeable on this team, Margaret says. Or words to that extent. Margaret adds that she wanted to hear more about the go-go girls that didn't wind up in the final design: "What were they thinking of?" she demands. This is just a guess, but perhaps they were thinking, "If we hire go-go girls, then Margaret Russell will prattle on and on about it until every one of us wants to jam knitting needles into our eardrums. So maybe we should just skip it." It's as if Margaret is outraged that Team Discord has deprived her of the chance to lambaste something. And every judge loves the bouncer: "The bouncer made it sizzle," Jonathan says. "And they had an entry," Ben Bourgeois points out, which stands out in contrast to the less-than-impressive entry offered by Andrea, Erik, and Goil. Let's talk spitefully of them for a while. "Erik was ultimately responsible for a large portion of the design," says Kelly as a reminder to anyone who still thinks the outcome of this discussion is in doubt, "which I just think felt haphazard." Jonathan calls Erik an old-fashioned designer -- he appears not to mean old-fashioned in the "refreshing glass of lemonade on a sleepy summer's day" kind of way but more in a "whale-bone corset and crank-operated motor car" sense; I think that bodes ill for Erik. Margaret, meanwhile, turns the rancor she had stored up to denounce the go-go girls on Andrea's flower choices. "Flowers shouldn't be furry," Margaret spits; your beef is with Mother Nature, lady. As for Goil, Jonathan again declines the invitation to join in the pity party by pointing out that designers need to make their voices heard. Of course, this gets said in nearly every group challenge, it seems, and so far, the Top Designer who was cowed into silence usually winds up sticking around at the expense of a more vocal, risk-taking competitor. So, thanks partially to the inconsistent judging, it's not like there's much of an incentive to be assertive here. So it comes down to surprising ideas (Andrea, Erik, Goil) versus a pulled-together room (Michael, Matt, Carisa) -- which approach will come out on top in this never-ending struggle between art and commerce?
Episode Report CardMr. Sobell: C | 506 USERS: C+
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