Judgment time: the Top Deisgners reassemble in the Joe Stewart-designed White Room ("Now with more empty space than ever before!") to learn their fate. Erik, Goil, Michael, and Andrea are told that they do not have the Top Design. But they have also not angered their cruel and arbitrary overlords enough to be sent home -- off to the side with you. Jonathan turns his attention to Matt first: nice work pulling off an Armani Casa look on a garage-sale budget, dude. And you, Carisa: the judges think your room is balanced and beautiful and have apparently set aside your client's complaints about the lack of storage. Why? Because you're the winning designer this week. And frankly, I'm perplexed. It's not that I disliked Carisa's room, per se, but the editing of this episode made it look like the client really was put off by the missing storage space and the client's opinion was supposed to be part of the judging criteria. Only it appears that it wasn't. So who are these people supposed to be designing for? The client? The judges? Todd Oldham? Some random assortment of people that change every commercial break? Either the client's opinion matters or it doesn't, and right now I'm being told that it does and it doesn't simultaneously. You can understand my confusion. Anyhow, Carisa will get first pick of the carpenters during the next challenge -- Sarah, I wouldn't hold your breath expecting to get picked -- so let's hope that pays off as the criteria on which she's evaluated inevitably lurches from one thing to the other and back again.
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