Previously: A lot of egos moved into a house and competed to be "The Next Great Artist" -- "Great" being a relative term. Now we're down to three: Peregrine, Miles and Abdi. Each artist had three months and $5,000 to blow the art world away, which should give us a better idea of what these fools can do when they're not making pop-quiz art. Apparently, they didn't have enough to fill an hou-rlong finale, because we get a recap of each of the finalists' seasons. Miles was OCD and slept on his art, but it totally worked for him. Abdi was good and then struggled and then was awesome. Peregrine was boring and then boring and then sort of okay. The winner will get $100,000 and a show at Brooklyn Museum.
Two months after last episode, Simon's traveling to see the finalists. He starts with Peregrine in Kansas City, Missouri. Simon's impressed by her home, and then meets her jazz musician/horn sculptor husband. Peregrine says her marriage is quite traditional. Then it's time to see her art, which she says is a "carnival theme." She took decorative pieces and cast them in beeswax (it looks like a doll head). Then she is casting a horse in various colors. She drew a picture of a girl vomiting. And a bunch of other vomiting drawings. And she has two unborn twin fawns under glass that she bought at a toy store (seriously? There is a toy store that sells unborn animals? Disturbing) and wants to photograph. He thinks she might have too many different things going on, but she says she's not worried about that, since this will all go great in Simon's space. Simon gruffs: "Be bold. Be amazing. Be dazzling. And be phenomenal!"
Next, Simon heads to Dover, Pennsylvania, to check in on Abdi. Abdi's as giddy as a little boy about having Simon in his house. Simon meets Abdi's mom, who is pretty freaking awesome, which explains a lot about Abdi. He takes Simon to the basement, and shows him his art, which he says was inspired by his last piece: He wanted to explore the human figure. He's made some athletic sculptures, and some giant canvases. Simon tells Abdi he needs to dazzle the judges and what he sees here is okay, but not dazzling. He tells Abdi that he's so technically skilled that it's harder for him to come up with the edge. Abdi's disappointed, because he wanted this to go great, but I think he's okay with it.