What the hell just happened? This season was going so well and then we are suddenly in a gruesome head-on collision with product placement. I can accept the ubiquitous sponsor tie-ins, but when the entire challenge becomes an advertisement for hair products, it's not surprising that the actual designing goes out the window.
In model news, Heidi organized a pool party, that was big on "pool" and decidedly lacking in "party." Alexis was finally eliminated, after doing all of our heads in and having inappropriate relationships with trees. And I'm suddenly feeling very protective of Holly because of the douchy way Emilio treated her:
Emelio: "Holly is such a fantastic model, I think other designers should have the opportunity to work with her. That's the kind of generous person I am."
HOW DARE YOU TREAT MY HOLLY THAT WAY!!
Emelio: "Well, if she hadn't been such an Amazon woman, I would have had enough materials."
So, if she had been a couple of inches shorter you would have been able to make a dress?
What a douche.
Anyway, last week Jay won immunity and Jesse was eliminated. We start the episode with Emilio telling us he needs therapy because he was so traumatized by going to a hardware store. And Mila tells us about the connection between her and Maya:
Mila: "We have such a bond even though I'm twice her age. She's forty, right?"
In one of the boys' apartments, Seth Aaron, Anthony, Ben, and Jay talk about how great it is that the four of them are still together:
Jay: "You guys are the wind beneath my wings. We support each other like Spanx."
One of them will be going home this week. Duh.
The designers go up to the roof of the Atlas apartments to learn about this week's total bullshit challenge:
Tim: "Designers, look at New York City. I won't do the Earth, Wind & Fire joke because I'm pretty sure we've already done this challenge. Whatever. This is Philip Carreon."
Philip Carreon: "Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, Garnier. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, hair-care products. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, natural ingredients. In conclusion, bullshit."
Well, that's what I heard, anyway.
The designers pick their elements and then immediately get to work completely ignoring them:
Ben: "I picked water but I hate water so I'm doing a shark."
Emelio: "I picked earth and my model is a woman of color so I'm going to make a dress that will look good on her and has absolutely nothing to do with the challenge."
Anthony: "I chose fire so I'm going to make a grey dress because my pastor's house burned down."
Seth Aaron: "I have air but I hate the sky so I'm just going to do whatever the hell I want."
Before Tim makes his rounds, the designers have to endure an extended Garnier commercial, with Philip Carreon demonstrating his amazing technique of spraying hairspray at a model's head. What a shear friggin' genius.
Ben calls his husband and talks about how much he misses him. That was a mistake. Now they have to send him home.
On to the runway, with some French guy as the guest judge.
Maya - She made a pretty dress that looks like it's inspired by water. She actually followed the instructions of the challenge. How strange. Anyway, the judges like it but don't think it's original. And the Garnier hair looks like crap.
Jay - He made an outfit with pants and a flowing chiffon top. I guess I get the air inspiration, but the outfit is really kind of ugly. Again, the hair is awful.
Ben - He made a white suit that really wasn't bad. Obviously, it could have fit better, but I liked some of the design details. I didn't get "water" from it, but I could kind of see the shark inspiration.
Anthony - He made a nice gray and black dress. I guess I get the smoke reference. But I wanted to see "fire." Anthony calls his model a Clydesdale. As a compliment.
Mila - She made an outfit with a vest, pant, and top. I see the mineral influence in the vest, representing "earth." But the look is boring. I do like the hair, though.
Jonathan - He made a beautiful little dress. I love the cut and layered fabric. It definitely has an airy quality. I finally see where gritty meets pretty. I'm a little sick of hearing about "pale people" and I don't think matching Cerry's skin tone by putting her in cream and peach is quite the big friggin' deal everyone made it out to be. But I love the dress. and the hair works.
Amy - It's really not that bad. OK, I'm totally joking. It's complete shit, from concept through execution. For the sake of argument, let's say the top had stayed up the way she wanted and the hair looked better. Are you picturing it? Still shit. It's still a black body stocking topped by one of those cones you put on your dog after surgery. I understand she wanted to represent fire by having an explosion of hair, but the garment itself needed to have some fire reference.
Emilio - He made a greenish dress to represent earth. Does he even want to be here?
Seth Aaron - He made a beautifully tailored jacket that had nothing to do with the challenge.
The judges rip Ben a new one:
Heidi: "If you don't know how to make a shark, you shouldn't make a shark. This looks like the first shark you've ever made."
They go easier on Amy, even though hers is clearly a million times worse:
Michael: "It looks like a barmaid serving her chest hair to a cat in a sling."
Nina: "I think I'm gonna puke."
Jonathan wins! Congratulations, Jonathan!
Jonathan: "Go, pale people!"
Oh, shut up.
Ben is out. Whatever.
Ben: "Gee, you're grumpy this week."
Sorry. I just really hate Garnier. They know why.