Between two sets of commercials, we get that weird Bravo thing of a tiny scene that is out of place and doesn't mean anything. It's Simon telling Jaclyn a joke about a dog who liked the movie Doctor Zhivago, but not the book. Erik laughs like a maniac from across the room.
Gallery. China reintroduces our judges: Jeanne, Bill and Jerry. And this week's special guest judge: novelist and artist Jonathan Santlofer. She also reminds us of the challenge and the prize. Then the gallery show begins. Miles's cover looks like some sort of weird circuitry board, with the title and author names so tiny you can't read them at all. The judges think it's weird and witchy, and wish it would have related to the book somehow. I think we're going to be hearing that a lot. Nicole's little "Eat me" cookie for Alice in Wonderland is cool, but not really a book cover, according to the judges. One of them thinks it's weak. Jaime Lynn likes her watercolor a lot, but we don't hear the judges' thoughts.
John's bright time machine seems to appeal to the judges. Nao's self-portrait, with some sort of weird thing in front of half her face, doesn't impress the judges enough to even speak (although Jerry does make a face that seems less than impressed). They think Abdi has great lettering and a great image, but that they don't go together. Abdi thinks his piece is sad. Peregrine's okay with hers, but doesn't love it. The judges seem to think it's more Little Mermaid than The Time Machine. Ryan thinks his picture of a guy's face in a few different expressions, with lots of paint and color on it, captured and modernized the story. The judges say nothing. They don't think Jaclyn's would jump off shelves. Like many of them, her type is way too small and doesn't serve the book. Erik feels good about his cover, but we don't hear the judges' thoughts. The judges laugh about Judith's book, since you can see Jane Austen, but can't really make out the title. They like John's very commercial-looking book cover. I think he'll win it. It looks the most like an actual book. It has blood dripping off the top, and it forms the line in the D in Dracula.