Heidi: "Hey, Tim, how do you like my tuxedo?"
Tim: "It's fine, I guess."
Howie Mandel runs out and rips off Heidi's tuxedo to reveal a miniskirt:
Tim: "What the hell was that?"
Heidi: "It's called comedy, Tim. You wouldn't understand."
We start the episode by learning that Korto is really old:
Korto: "I'm thirty-three."
Wow. She would be in her forties by the end of her second term as president.
We start the hating on Kenley:
Leanne: "Kenley should have gone home long ago because I don't like her."
I guess I missed the part about this being a competition for Leanne's friendship.
Heidi: "Oh, yeah; it's right there in the fine print. Right next to the part about having to pretend you drive a Saturn for the rest of your life."
Jerell is all alone is his apartment and he's losing his mind:
Jerell: "I painted a face on this volleyball with my own blood but it could never take the place of Pleather. For starters, Wilson has too much dignity to talk about himself in the third person."
Heidi comes out in a dress that makes her look like she was swallowed by a very small leopard:
Heidi: "Guess what? We're actually using the models this week! Hey, has anyone seen the models? I know I left them laying around here, somewhere."
Heidi tells us that only three of the designers will be competing at fashion week:
Heidi: "Notice that I said 'competing.'"
Yeah? What's your point?
Tim takes the designers on a field trip to a magical place where flowers and other plants grow right out of the ground, instead of in pots and vases like they are supposed to:
Tim: "It's called a botanical garden."
I think you're making that up.
But, the one thing I would expect to find at a botanical garden, if such a place existed, would be Collier Strong, L'oreal makeup artist. And, sure enough, he's there!
Collier Strong: "I love driving my beautiful and fuel-efficient Botanical Garden to photo-shoots, where I use the new Liquid Extreme Botanical Garden on my clients so they can appear in a spread for the next issue of Botanical Garden."
I am so sick of all the blatant botanical garden promotion on this show.
Anyway, the designers have to design an evening gown inspired by nature.
Then we have a sentimental montage sequence set the music of Tears for Fears: The designers are taking pictures of flowers and having pillow fights, Kenley finds the perfect fuchsia snakeskin fabric and Leanne is being chased by bees, everyone laughs and eats cotton candy on the boardwalk, and then the summer is over and everyone has to go to different colleges.
The scene at Parsons the New School for Design gets ugly when Kenley realizes that she forgot her tulle at Mood and, even thought the other three designers all had tulle they weren't using, none of them will offer her any. I understand they don't like her but that's just rude. One nice thing about Project Runway is that the designers help each other even though it's in their best interest not to. The designers should want to win because they have the best design, not because someone forgot fabric at Mood. I'm not a Kenley fan but I bet she would have given the other designers her extra fabric if they had needed it.
Anyway, to relieve the tension caused by that scene, Alison from season three or four pretends to design some dress inspired by the Saturn that she was forced to drive for a few minutes.
Tim lets Kenley go back to Mood to get her tulle and she is very gracious about not lording it over the other disappointed designers. Thankfully, she can now complete her horrible, hideous dress.
Collier Strong does the makeup for the show:
Collier: "I'm going to use purple eye shadow for the purple dress and green eye shadow for the green dress."
You're a genius, Collier.
Kenley tells us what a struggle her life has been:
Kenley: "My father was a tugboat captain and that's why I turned out like this."
That was such a inspirational story.
Back in the design room Tim makes his rounds:
Korto's lace is bothering him.
Kenley's fish scales are bothering him.
Jerell's unfinishedness is bothering him.
Leanne's Hello Dolly costume is bothering him.
For some reason Tim is so proud of each and every one of them. He gives his final words of advice:
Tim: "Remember to borrow egregiously from the Bluefly wall."
At the commercial break Bravo asks if we would have given our extra tulle to Kenley.
Here are your options:
a) No way would I help that bitch.
b) Absolutely not.
c) Why the hell would I?
d) Kenley can drop dead.
Gosh, that's a tough one.
Before the runway show, we see Korto praying:
Korto: "Dear Suri Cruise, please grant me the strength to get through this challenge."
That's interesting; I didn't know Korto was a Presbyterian.
On to the runway with judges Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and some woman named Georgina they found hanging out in front of Parsons.
Leanne created this really ugly dress based on lavender. I can see the flower inspiration and I'm sure the ruffles were hard to do but I really hate it. The silhouette is so boring I just want to slap someone. God, I hate this dress. The judges, of course, like it.Korto created an almost pretty dress based on a really beautiful orange flower. The flower was so gorgeous; it really would have been the perfect time to do some of her magic with volume. Instead, she created a simple silhouette, though not nearly as boring as Leanne. The lace is just godawful. I don't know what she was thinking. The judges think it is a beauty pageant dress.
Jerell's dress is the only one that's interesting. It's based on roses and I think it's really kind of cool. His model looks like she has a stick up her ass but I think she always looks like that. The dress isn't finished well but the judges like it.
Kenley created a dress for a drag queen. The top part is actually a very beautifully-fitted, though boring, sheath dress. But then she put all these horribly tacky leaves on the bottom. It looks like a craft project. Nina thinks it looks like a reptile:
Nina: "But not in a cool way."
That's right. It looks like a reptile in an uncool way.
Heidi: "It's not elegant."
Kenley: "I wasn't going for elegant, Heidi!"
Heidi: "Well, we don't like it."
Kenley: "I DIDN'T WANT YOU TO LIKE IT, HEIDI!"
Michael: "Kenley, why are you being so ungrateful? We all are such big fans and we just care about you so much and want you to succeed."
Nina: "Oh, don't be such a yenta, Michael. We all hate her."
Jerell wins . . . nothing. No, seriously, did he win anything other than bragging rights? I always say someone didn't win anything and then someone points out that I'm wrong and he actually won an internship as an assistant Editor at Large or a date with Collier Strong or a shirt inspired by the amazing new Saturn or something. Let me know if I missed the prize.
Heidi tells us that this was the closest decision in the history of the world:
Heidi: "Actually, just in the history of Project Runway."
Same thing. Then she tells us who is out:
Heidi: "Nobody is out!"
I KNEW IT! YOU LIAR! You said only three people were going to Bryant Park!
Heidi: "No. I said only three would be competing at Bryant Park. Remember?"
So, all four of them will create collections and be back for Fashion Week but one of them will be out before the show so that only three will be competing in the finale. It's similar to last season. The difference is that, instead of the bottom two competing against each other for the third spot, any one of them could be out. So we are exactly where we were when this challenge started. If it weren't for the hideous dresses, this challenge would have been a complete waste of time.
I leave you with the designers telling us which of the other designers should not be competing at Bryant Park:
Leanne: "Kenley sucks."
Korto: "Kenley sucks."
Jerell: "Kenley sucks."
Kenley: "Well, I think Korto's style is just too classic to really wow them at Fashion Week."
Korto: "I can't believe you would say such a horrible thing."