First of all, I would apologize to all of you who emailed me to tell me I shouldn't be writing about this show since I am clearly an idiot for not agreeing with the judges' elimination last week. Except that I don't want to apologize because I am not sorry. I didn't love Erik, by any means. I just thought it was unfair to send him home when he was on a team monopolized by a crazy (if talented) person and his harem, none of whom would let him add anything creative to the project. It would have been nice to see him kicked out for actual art he did badly (which there has been plenty of so far). This time, Peregrine should have gone, in my opinion. She hasn't done anything truly standout since she's been here, and she proved herself a complete puppet last week. Oh, well. There's always tonight. So, previouslies: Nicole's team chose her as the winner, which didn't give her immunity. And Erik got sent packing. China repeated herself robotically.
In the morning, Mark and Ryan are happy to have won, but are upset about Erik being gone just for dealing with personalities he didn't click with. Ryan says he also thinks Miles is playing a part most of the time. Miles, on the other hand, wakes up and ... wants some cornflakes. Then he remembers Erik's gone and breathes a sigh of relief. As Miles struggles to open his cornflakes, Abdi suggests breakfast on the roof, so they go next door to invite the ladies. Abdi thinks it would be awesome to get rid of last week's tension, so they all head up to the roof and look at the beautiful view of the city. Ryan and Abdi bond over ... having nothing in common, I guess. Abdi's lived in lots of East Coast cities. Ryan's only lived in Chicago suburbs, and was raised a Jehovah's Witness. He says his mother is very religious, so when he left the religion, he essentially became an outcast. Nicole notices how few of them are left. But a special guest, Simon, joins them. He's very privileged to take them to an amazing museum. Nicole: "Everyone's super excited. Artists really love to see art and be around it." Wow. Deep.
Simon over-enunciates his excitement as he walks the group through SoHo and finally takes them to the Children's Museum of the Arts. Not exactly what they were expecting. China's there to greet them. They sit at the little kiddie-sized tables, and China tells them their next challenge: To create a piece of art that explores the first experiences that shaped them into the artist they are today. They will only get to use materials here in the museum. Which means pipe cleaners, tempera paint, colored pencils, etc. Miles says he wants to throw up and sneeze at the same time (?), because his tools are a huge comfort to him and he doesn't want to go home for not knowing how to use popsicle sticks. Simon gives them all day at the museum and then just one hour at the studio tomorrow to finish up. Simon gruffs: "Be bold! Be amazing!" He is really overdoing it this episode, even more than usual.