TLOunge

Posted on August 15, 2013

Darlings, one of us has a head stuffed with late-summer-cold cotton and the other one is exhausted from running around and getting the first one everything they ask for, which has ranged from “those tissues with the lotion in them,” to cold sesame noodles, to a gallon jug of Nyquil. Can this marriage be saved?

 

Plum & Spilt Milk Bar, Great Northern Hotel, London

Drink.

Guest judge June Ambrose, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum

Brian Bolain, Corporate Marketing Manager for Lexus, and Tim Gunn

 

Talk amongst yourselves. We’re taking naps.

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke, essentialworld.travel - Video Credit: Lifetime]

    • NBG

      Feel better, both of you, Remember, in sickness, in health, and in scrolldown fugs, love prevails.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        It’s true. Feel better, whichever one of you is sick and whichever one of you is tired of his poor sick person demands!

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      The champagne is chilling! Kiltd, where are you?
      We’ll snark quietly in the corner,so as not to disturb the one with the cold

      • kimmeister

        He mentioned a few weeks ago that his new work schedule prevents him from participating in the TLOunge.

        • Call me Bee

          Indeed, and we ll sure miss him….

    • GorgeousThings

      WTF is with the Mickey Mouse ears? Is Disney sponsoring this one?

      If you can get through the first summer cold of the marriage, you can get through anything. xox

      • EveEve

        Lexus is the corporate sponsor, I’m wondering if they have to use car upholstery materials in their garments. In any event, from the looks of things, this episode is all drama and dreck designing. I had high hopes (or at least higher than average) for this season, but it’s been downhill since the first episode.

        • AnneElliot

          At least they don’t have to get “inspired” by the car like they were in that last All-Stars PR. That was a sad, sad challenge.

    • pottymouth_princess

      Jeebus H. Christo, not ANOTHER unconventional materials (car stuff) challenge. Haven’t we already seen the Seatbelt Dress?

      • MilaXX

        If we can have a teams season, we can survive and unconventional materials season. It beats coming up with themes the judges ignore anyway.

        • Sarah

          We’re getting both! I seem to recall a “design this outfit based on the Lexus you are assigned” challenge before, which had little to do with the final result. Nothing beats that Yoplait nonsense, though.

          • MilaXX

            True. Wasn’t Korto’s famous car parts look the result of a Lexus challenge during the All Stars season?

            • Sarah

              Yeah, All-stars. That was the season I was thinking of. Hard when they all run together these days!

            • BeccaGo

              Korto’s (spectacular) seatbelt dress was from her original season. The based-on-the-color-of-the-car challenge was from Season 10 when they designed gowns for former contestants. Ven/Fabio/Kenley were the winners. It was also the episode that caused Andrea to run off in the middle of the night.

            • MilaXX

              They all are starting to blur together.

            • BeccaGo

              For some strange reason, I have an excellent memory for the most trivial of shit. It’s like my superpower. :)

            • lilyvonschtupp

              Korto’s coat was during season 5. But Leanne won the challenge.

          • EveEve

            I recall the garment was supposed to be based on the color of the Lexus they were assigned. And they were designing for the Emmys. I think Ven won and Kenley wore it.

            • Sarah

              OH, yeah. I remember it – navy blue or something, right?

      • 3boysful

        It was the seatbelt coat, and may be my fav PR garment ever. Top 5, at least.

        • DCSheehan

          Me too. I’d kill for a seatbelt coat. Happy to kill to order so it could be a win-win.

    • SayWTH

      Husbands are such babies when they get sick! Sending chicken soup, hot toddies, and a case of the un-sick hubby’s favorite libation! Hugs and kisses!!

    • smayer

      Saturn challenge redux.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Have a good nap. And whichever of you is sick, feel better, and the other, nice husband work. :D

      Okay, sounds like Tim has finally had it.

    • kimmeister

      Ugh, I do not like Zac’s color combination. Mostly just the tie, I guess.

    • Luneowl

      Definitely joining you all for this one! I’ll already be drinking while trying to solve the sound issues on my PC.
      I’ll toast to your health with a few hot toddys (which my mother gave me when I was sick). Hope you feel better soon!

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        My mother gave us something called a guggle muggle. Never asked what was in it. Didn’t want to know. There was warm milk involved for sure.

        • http://www.facebook.com/maureen.jacobsfigueredo Emmiejaye

          Holy Crap! I haven’t thought about guggle muggle in thousands of years. I believe that my mother made it with an egg yolk beaten with sugar until it became a thick, creamy liquid. Then she poured that into hot tea, but not so hot as to scramble the egg. It was delicious. I don’t know what healing powers it was supposed to have, but it was so good I never cared to ask.

    • Sarah

      Nice lighting! I am just recovering from that late summer cold. It was brutal. And then, my god – a week like nothing I’ve had in years. A major tag-team three hour job interview/grill session, a parking ticket, a shutoff notice from the water dept because the mail lost my check, apparently, and my beloved friend is having a heretofore-undiagnosed manic episode that is frightening the shit out of everyone, but I’m “in the know” about this stuff so it’s on me to help him. I cannot wait to have a stiff drink and watch PR entirely alone this evening.

      • lexilexi

        Wow. Just wow.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Jeepers, hope your luck ‘n’ life shift for the better soon, Sarah. To avoid those lost check crises, find out whether the Water Department will accept EFT. I do that for most of my recurring expenses and avoid paying for postage, rummaging for the checkbook and excavating for the payment stubs.

        • Sarah

          Unfortunately, I send the paper check because my city’s online business is woefully worse than the US Mail. I am feeling like I should be excited – interview went well I thought – but yeah, it’s been tough. Just can’t last very long, is what I figure.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Well, the fact that the interview was three hours long, and you got tag-teamed means they certainly were interested in you. Fingers crossed for the outcome you want!

            • Sarah

              I thought so. THANK YOU! I am very excited. It would be a huge improvement in my quality of life. I went a little BLAH BLAH I don’t-remember-what-I-even-said there for a while, but they seemed to think I was at least competent….

            • UsedtobeEP

              Good for you!

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        That’s a crapload, Sugar. Cheers to you.

        • Sarah

          Thanks so much, to all of you. Nothing matters more than my friend, and I have been through this before, so I’ve got him an appointment with a dr, but its not until next week. I am handing out my own valiums to keep him from jumping out of his skin, praying mightily that he can make it without doing something worse than he’s already done, because he’s too big for me to haul to the hospital physically. It is exhausting, but love is more important. Love, and a moment to MYSELF for a bit.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            Even if you’ve been there, it’s never easy having to be Watchman for someone else’s mental well being. You give the love but don’t hesitate to get the outside help you need to help you help him. I’ll be keeping you both in my thoughts.

            • Sarah

              Thank you. It means a lot to know people care. You’re right, it is never easy, but someone has to do it, or people who are smart, kind, amazing and talented get cast off by society and their peers for having a sickness that could dealt with just like a case of the flu. I will not let that happen on my watch.

            • wontons

              It’s good that he has you. And I hope you get something out of it, too, for being such a supportive and wise friend.

            • Sarah

              Many thanks. Better tonight, for many reasons. NOT least because evening’s PR was very cool! I loved the mixed media stuff that folks came up with. Sweet British daddy even brought the win? Love! But serious, I’d sew me some rice to human skin for half a mil. So the losers – well, they deserved it. Quit fighting yall. Its not worth it.

      • kimmeister

        I hope they don’t shut off your water!! I was leaving the office early, intending to do my last web/teleconference from home, when I remembered that the utility company is doing work on my street and I have no power until 4:30. I’m so glad I remembered before I got home. Still, the inconvenience of still being in the office is nothing in comparison with your week!

        • Sarah

          No, they won’t. Just means I have to take my day off tomorrow to go downtown to the City Hall, find parking and the room that handles public utilities, wait in line with the unwashed masses, and hand them another check in person. Yay.

          • kimmeister

            May you not get another parking ticket!

            • Sarah

              Ha, I never do! It was worth it, I hope. I got it during the job interview. $20 isn’t much to pay for a 3G raise.

            • MilaXX

              Hope you get the job. Can you not pay the water bill online?

            • Sarah

              Thanks! You can, but it takes a week to apply, and now it’s too late. Welcome to a poor city in the south.

            • Munchkn

              You have to apply to pay your water bill online? That’s just nuts!

            • Sarah

              No, sorry – to my immediate shame I have perpetrated a Misplaced Modifier. If I pay online, it takes like 5-7 days to apply to my account. So, kind of useless in this case. Ruh.

      • Call me Bee

        Oooh so sorry to hear about your “hell week!” Let me get you that drink. And I’ll keep ‘em coming.

        • Sarah

          Much obliged. I hope it serves to make all my fellow BKs realize their weeks probably weren’t that bad :) Anyway, it won’t last forever. Just a bit of a perfect storm for a bit.

      • Qitkat

        Just checking in late with the lounge and reading about your week from hell. Hang in there, sweetie. I get the impression you’re a strong woman. Your dear friend is fortunate to have such loving concern and care. Hope all gets better soon, and that you get that new job.

        • Sarah

          I can’t deny I hope all the same things, and I thank you very much, friend.

    • M. H. Leader

      Awww, guys, I hope you feel all better soon. Sending you a nice lemon-honey hot toddy (emphasis on the “toddy”). If nothing else, it’ll numb you to your pain…

      Won’t be able to catch PR till the west coast showing tonight. But if Tim is totally fed up…yikes. Meanwhile, I’m buying a virtual round for everyone. Drink up! It’ll ease the pain of watching a train wreck…

    • MilaXX

      mmmm, cold sesame noodles sounds delish. Today has been exhausting. Hopefully I can make it to the show.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I’m with Tim, this is Bullshit. Of course I mean the show as a whole, but I think it still applies.
      Cheers BKs!

    • Michelle Wilson

      A little chicken soup with ginger and a dash of lemon juice always makes me feel better. Enjoy your naps. Tonights episode looks like a hot mess.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        That sounds good whether or not you’re sick.Through in a shot of sriracha and I’m there.

    • SewingSiren

      I think we all need to get very drunk tonight.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        I’m in. Jameson?

        • SewingSiren

          I was thinking more along the lines of gin, but Irish whisky is never wrong. Never.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            In a book I read, after the requisite saving of the world, someone hands the fearless hero a bottle of Jameson for a restorative swig. He asks how they knew he liked Jameson. The shocked reply was “People don’t?”

            • AnneElliot

              As a librarian, I have to ask what book — I think I need to read it!!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              It was part of Mark Del Franco’s Connor Grey series. The second to the last book, I think. (Connor is a druid who has lost his powers in present-day Boston. Not great literature, but it amuses me.)

      • Sarah

        Oh, yes indeed. And I’m too late at work for the damned liquor store, so I’m going to get ghetto and slam huge amounts of high-octane malt beverages. I will pretend it is something more refined along with you guys!

      • MilaXX

        I wish. I’m NPO for testing tomorrow.

        • SewingSiren

          Good luck. I hope everything is okay.

          • MilaXX

            Thanks. Having a weird month. Trying not to get anxious before I know what it is I’m dealing with.

            • Sarah

              Cat support helps. That’s why I have four. For all eventualities…

            • MilaXX

              Sadly Stormie is not the cuddly type.

            • Sarah

              Neither are two of mine, but they are devoted in their own ways. Little disciples are always heartening. Good luck to you, and I hope it is good news.

            • MilaXX

              Thanks

            • wontons

              “Little disciples.” I love that.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              Bless your heart. I’m chasing a solution right now too. I have to step away from the WebMD. Blood work didn’t reveal much, MRI is tomorrow. Hope you feel better and get good answers soon, very soon!

            • MilaXX

              It’s one of 2 things, so I’m not allowing anymore googling. Head MRI’s are difficult enough without working up the nerves. I’m seriously considering taking an ambien before this one.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              I’ve never had one, I’m a little nervous. They should give Valium as a welcome gift.

            • MilaXX

              I’ve had more than I can count. My best guess is somewhere between 15 -20. The key is to stay calm. I sing Ricky Martin songs in my head. I have a friend who says she recites the alphabet backwards. MRI’s always feel like someone put a cathcer face guard on my head, slide me in a coffin and then proceeded to bang on the coffin for 2 hours. I try and use any guided imagery or distraction techniques I can think of.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              AND now I’m terrified.: ) OH MY. But better to know that, than be surprised by it. Guess I’d better get some mind games ready.

            • MilaXX

              If you can remember to just keep breathing, you’ll be fine. When they first slide you in just remember slow, steady breaths. Close your eyes if it helps. The distractions just help you to ignore the banging.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              Thanks! I’ll be telling myself stories of boys gone by. (It’s my best way to put my brain to rest when it won’t stop churning.” Again, good luck on your tests as well.

            • MilaXX

              Best wishes for you as well. We can compare battle stories!

            • Call me Bee

              Yes–closed eyes and steady breathing help. I tend to listen to the noises, especially the sustained tones, and harmonize with them. I’ve had a couple of MRIs, and I have to remember to tell the technicians that I’ll be humming.

            • UsedtobeEP

              I actually enjoyed mine—I had one a few weeks ago. It was more like house music than anything else, for me. I actually fell asleep and had to really focus not to twitch when I woke up.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              That helps, thank you

            • UsedtobeEP

              Good. It is a little hard not to move, but just because I am squirmy anyway. And I really wanted to dance! Mine turned out to be fine, and I bet yours will be too.

            • wontons

              I haven’t had many, but I’ve rather liked them as well. I pretend I’m on some futuristic psychedelic space trip.

              Best wishes and good vibes and prayers to all of you with health issues right now. (Sorry I’m here late. Having issues of my own.)

            • formerlyAnon

              Smart to limit the Google. It so often prepares us for things that happen to only one-point-six percent of those who have something that isn’t what we have.

              Or as was once said to a friend: “Well, you COULD have metastasized liver cancer, but with the way you present, it’s more likely that when you get home a meteorite will have taken out your barn.” (She was fine. Just anomalous blood work.)

              Good luck, best wishes for good answers for you as well.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              It’s not a TUMAH : )

            • Qitkat

              Good luck with your MRI tomorrow. Hope your results are helpful and lead to health.

            • Winter_White

              Coming in late here, but I just stumbled on this and wanted to add my good wishes for your health, Mila. Hope you get all good news. (By the way, I was in the Lounge the day Stormie found you and you first wrote about her — so it makes me smile to see her as your avatar.) :)

            • MilaXX

              Thank you. It went pretty well all things considered.

        • GorgeousThings

          Like Sewing Siren says, hang in there. Breathe deep, try to sleep.

          Hoping everything turns out to be, well, nothing.

        • formerlyAnon

          Good luck with the testing and for the best possible results.

        • Qitkat

          Best wishes for your testing tomorrow. I hope all turns out to be easily treatable.

          • MilaXX

            thanks

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Is it wrong that I think that more nights than not?

        • Sarah

          If it is, I’m wrong too ;)

      • GorgeousThings

        I’m on my third glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and the show hasn’t even started.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I’m proud to know you.

    • rainwood1

      At first, I thought the Lexus guy was Robert from Restaurant Impossible and I thought PR was going to make them design new server uniforms. Alas, not. What say we all take a drink every time they say Lexus. We’ll all be completely shit-faced by the end of the episode.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        “I can’t work like this!” Double shot if person who says it is crying at the time. (I’m looking at you After School Special)

      • Call me Bee

        Or–in the first ten minutes….

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      Is she wearing ears? …..and with plaid yet?

      –GothamTomato

      • Call me Bee

        No need to get caught up–you haven’t missed that much. Although…last week’s episode was supremely entertaining, what with the Russian a-hole storming out and all. I enjoyed it a lot.

        • Sarah

          Yeah, that was one for the record books! But yeah, I agree. You could jump in anywhere still.

      • MilaXX

        Tears, weirdness, drama. There, you’re all caught up.

        • UsedtobeEP

          You forget 3 unconventional materials challenges.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I see Heidi is wearing something from The Real Housewives line.

    • Susan Bigler

      Why is June Ambrose wearing panda ears?

    • madscntst

      What is going on with June’s head? Is she wearing earmuffs incorrectly or something?

      • pottymouth_princess

        Probably saw the runway footage from last “week” and wanted to emulate Dom’s model’s bowtie hair.

    • Lilithcat

      Be well, whichever of you is ill. And to the other, patience!

      Me, I’ve just done my third visit to the “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” exhibit at the Art Institute, an excellent antidote to the crap I’m sure we’ll see tonight. Of course, I’m also sipping champagne in the Member’s Lounge, so am seeing most things through rose(or champagne!)-colored glasses.

      • Sarah

        Perfect! I want your night!

    • Call me Bee

      So sorry you’re under the weather, dear Uncles. A brandy might do you well.

      I just spent two days with gaggles of pudgy middle-aged women at a quilt show, so I need a drink as well. Vodka on the rocks, two olives. Make it a double.
      (I hope I don’t offend the pudgy, middle-aged women who are my friends. I am one, too, y’know…)

      • Sarah

        Did you look at quilts or show them? I love quilt shows. (Young and pudgy, so I’m working on it.)

        • Call me Bee

          I look at the quilts, and am gathering courage to submit mine to show. And I shop. A lot.

          • Sarah

            I bet you do! I have a compulsion for wool roving. I like to needle-felt, but at this point, I’ve got more weird bits of loose wool than projects. Can’t really complain about that, though.

            • Call me Bee

              Oooh–I got an embellisher recently for needle felting. It’s so fun!

            • Sarah

              Oh, yes it is! I love it too. You can affix things with little stabby needles – so fine! And it works up fast! Wonderful.

          • Munchkn

            One of my grandmother’s used to show her quilts at the Cumberland County (KY) Fair. She won a number of blue ribbons for her quilts. If Grandmama were still around. she’d tell you to enter the show and show off your work. Be proud of what you’ve made.

            Btw, I just bought my cats a quilted pad stuffed with catnip. They love it and I need to buy another so that they each have one.

            • Call me Bee

              Thanks for the encouragement, Munchkin. These shows are juried, so the quilts have certain criteria to meet and then get judged. I’ll be ready by next year, I think. I’ll let all the BKs know if I get into one.

            • quiltrx

              Definitely go for it! (and where are you, Grand Rapids maybe?)
              One of mine just got juried into the Georgia Quilt Show. Hey…I’ve been juried into several contests and published three times, and I GUARANTEE you that you can do it! Just focus, believe, and do your best work!

            • Call me Bee

              Oh I’d love to talk quilting. Can you contact me directly? I’m loathe to publish my email address here, but you can look for me on Facebook: Antonija Mitt. Send me a message.
              And yes–I was in Grand Rapids, but live in Milwaukee

            • wontons

              I got one of those quilted catnip mats one time. Molly got all excited over it, then peed all over it, then got very embarrassed (it’s not the sort of thing she does) and stalked away. It was just too overwhelming for her.

              (Molly, for clarification, is the cat in my avatar. Not my sister or anything.)

            • Sarah

              Molly’s cute. And, you know, maybe your cat couldn’t hang. She’s straightedge. That, or a badass MoFo.

    • Michelle Wilson

      Everyone is commenting on the panda/mouse ears but I’m most offended by Zac’s shit brown suit and purple tie.

      • MilaXX

        I love you for saying that. It truly is fug.

      • Luneowl

        I guess I’m not missing anything by the preview video not running for me. Guess I’ll have to wait another 52 minutes to be offended!

        • OrigamiRose

          To sum up what he have to look forward to: Major DRAMZ. Also, Tim, channeling the audience, ready to blow a gasket.

          • Luneowl

            At least we’ll have someone to act as our proxy!

      • conniemd

        I applaud the purple tie because I am so tired of grey and black ties this summer, ANY colored tielooks good to me.

    • Miss wks

      Whenever my kids got colds the get list was always the same (and still is today for them as adults!):

      1. Keebler chocolate covered mint cookies. (which meant I had to go to Safeway-totally out of my comfort zone)
      2. Nacho cheese Doritos. (orange stains around their mouths)
      3. Lipton’s chicken noodle soup. (Salt and yellow dye-yay!)
      4. Cherry 7up.

      Good gawd. Seriously, having to buy all this “food” totally went against my religion…but they’re your kiddies- what are ya gonna do?

      • Cheryl

        Hot milk, butter and honey. Neither parent would admit to the horror of this recipe.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          add a good dollop of vanilla extract and it’s perfect! i know, alcohol, kids, yadda yadda yadda…

    • conniemd

      If the cold goes to your chest and breathing is difficult I fully recommend Blackberry Brandy. It really does loosen the tightness in your chest and helps you breathe. I have no idea why, perhaps it just get you drunk. But shots of blackberry brandy always work great for me

      • Luneowl

        I have two bottles of blackberry brandy. Time to test if it’s a preventative as well as a cure!

        • Stubenville

          Just two? For this show?

    • AnneElliot

      Chocolate ice cream, preferably high-butterfat, quality stuff. That is my answer to all sickness. Feel better and rest up, TLo!!

    • majorbedhead

      I can’t get the player thingy to work tonight, so I may be out. Which is probably just as well. I have to start a new med tonight and it’s supposed to make you super sleepy.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        enjoy those drugs, honey. they’re the best western medicine has to offer us.

        p.s. at least you’ll get some extra time to work on your bedhead.

    • Cheryl

      It’s been that kind of a week. Let’s just say I’m a little loopy after spending the last three days planning my mom’s funeral, to the condolence meal with family, to a day spent trying to untangle her financial affairs with my brother. Finally everyone’s been called or acknowledged and I’m alone with myself – no mom in Florida just a phone call away – but I’m so happy that tonight I’m “not alone.”

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Oh honey : (

      • DeTrop

        Sorry to hear of your loss. You can lose yourself in the drama that is PR for awhile.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Very sorry for your loss. Remember to breathe.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          always good advice. when i returned from my first (of many) trips to esalen, i put a sign on my office wall, across from my desk, that said BREATHE. many people thought i was very strange.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Breathing can be harder than people think.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Sending you hugs, darling.

        • Cheryl

          Thanks. I need the loving embrace of my fellow Bitter Kittens. Let the games begin!

      • BeccaGo

        So sorry. <3

      • majorbedhead

        So sorry to hear about your mother, Cheryl.

      • EveEve

        My condolences, Cheryl. That’s really rough. I hope we can bring a little levity into your evening – you are not alone.

      • mom2ajs5

        So sorry for your loss.

      • Stubenville

        Been there kiddo – this is a hard time for everyone who goes through it. Talking about your Mom with family and friends will help. Would you like to share a little story about her here?

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          from my experience, the time around my moms’ death was golden. we were all united and i saw my cousin who i had called and hadn’t seen since i was eight. when it came time to execute the will is when the shit hit the fan and it was the last thing i expected. here i thought we had that all sewn up, but noooooo!

      • Miss_Led

        So sorry to hear this, Cheryl. My sympathies.

      • Courtney

        I’m sorry for your loss.

      • carolclark12

        So very sorry. I am 4 hours away from my dying mother and waiting on “the call” any day now. At least you have your brother; I hope you can find comfort in that. Cherish your alone time.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh my. So sorry for your loss. My mother died years ago–it’s just lousy. It changes you–could be a little or a lot. At any rate–happy to be here for you.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, hang in there. Super gold stars for getting through the calls & acknowledgements. Those can be hard. Hope you get the right mix of peace and busy-ness as you re-calibrate much of your existence.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Bless you, that’s a tough three days. Big hugs.

      • guest2visits

        So sorry for your loss.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        three days? it better be one hell of a funeral is all i’ve got to say.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Cheryl -
        I hope tonight gave you a much needed mental break. My perspective was forever changed after my mom died. If you ever need an ear to bend, my email is annabellearcher at gmail . Anytime.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        My sympathies.

      • quiltrx

        So sorry, Cheryl. I lost my mother in February, and I can relate to a lot of what you’re dealing with. Good thoughts coming your way!

      • Peeve

        I lost my mom a couple of years ago, and it took awhile before I felt like myself again. Work and friends (and TLo and the BKs) helped a lot. I’m so sorry for your loss.

      • Sarah

        Sweet heart, you’ll make it. “Not alone” is better than truly lost. And your mom, if you need her, is really never gone.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I just saw this now – honey, I’m so sorry. You have all my condolences, and all our love. Hang in there.

    • Miss_Led

      “This is UNPRECEDENTED!”

      LOL! It can’t mean the fact that all the garments are crap — that precedent was set with the breakaway pants for The Thunder Down Under.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Funniest runway show ever.

        • OrigamiRose

          I’m saddened by the lack of .gifs commemorating that runway show. The only decent one I could find was of Nina losing it, but I’d much rather see the poor guys trying to yank those horrid garments off.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            That is a tragedy of untold proportions!

          • BeccaGo

            Particularly the guy whose pants wouldn’t come off. Comedy gold. :D

          • lilyvonschtupp

            Gawd I was so thrilled to see the old-Elle Nina breaking out of her shell for a second.

    • Karen Clark

      Awww, I think it’s sweet you have someone to take care of you. It sucks to be single and sick! And limited delivery service in Sacramento.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Indeed. The cats don’t do a thing. And they still expect to be fed. Bastards.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          that indeed is what cats do. i’ve had two in my life (both lived to near 20, so i haven’t really had time for more. here in the mountains, i’m afraid they’d be predator bait) and both were convinced they were royalty. okay, i named one pink lady and the other princess……as the vet said, perhaps you shouldn’t have informed them.

        • Sarah

          Whatever! They do get squishy like a teddy bear and make biscuits with their pawdy-paws. While purring sweetly. I feed ‘em based on that. SO they’re prostitutes, I guess. DAMN!

    • zoreta

      I may actually watch this one- I’ve let the last couple stew on my DVR until after the recap. I’ll probably just let it be background noise while I work- I’ve been experimenting with my first posable doll as a birthday present for a friend, and layering the hair to get the proper ‘gravity defying bed head’ look has been giving me swiss cheese finger tips.

      I am curious what’s ‘unprecedented;’ I remember something about a model going out undressed- maybe that’s it? Someone got so strapped for time that they had literally -nothing- for the model to put on?

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        A+ for a totes unprecedented gift idea!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I see what you did there.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      “UNPRECEDENTED!” You keep using that word, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

    • BeccaGo

      Summer cold solidarity! Maybe all THE DRAMA™ will clear up our congestion.

    • ChristinaRi

      Oh Yay! I got to hear TimYoda again. Sad it may be.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        someone make a gif of that!

    • OrigamiRose

      Oh thank god, in case we forgot last week’s insanity…. let’s roll the video again.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Completely worth it just for Heidi’s breathless “Nooooooooooooo!”

        • OrigamiRose

          I found a gif of that! It’s wonderful.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Want!

    • Stubenville

      Of course the producers can’t pass the opportunity to replay PornStache’s blow-up.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        OMG it’s reality GOLD!!!

    • BeccaGo

      “You want talent?” YES! “You want drama?” NO!

      • Stubenville

        ^ 1,000

        • BeccaGo

          Thank you, thank you. *takes a bow* :D

    • BeccaGo

      Shut up, Helen. You started it.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      WHAT is on Red-Haired Girl’s head?!

      • Bexxx

        I believe it is a backwards, upside down, sequined visor.

        • Bexxx

          The fifth horseman of the apocalypse.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Maybe she uses it to communicate with aliens?

    • Stubenville

      I am delighted to shill for Lexus… oh Tim!

      • Cheryl

        Why don’t they make them ride Citibikes around Manhattan?

        • BeccaGo

          YES! That would be genius!

        • EveEve

          Let me think….Lexus’s advertising budget vs. Citibikes advertising budget…hmmm…

          • BeccaGo

            Aren’t they sponsored by Citibank, tho?

    • mom2ajs5

      I hate that since the move to Lifetime, the team selection is so obviously staged. Even with the velvet bag they never make it look spontaneous. Maybe it was staged on Bravo, but at least they made it look like it wasn’t!

      • OrigamiRose

        The Magical Elves definitely were highly skilled at camouflaging the fixed nature of team challenges.

        • mom2ajs5

          Very true. They were Magical, hahaha!

    • EveEve

      so there’s basically no correlation between the corporate sponsored product and the design

      • mom2ajs5

        Just like with Yoplait!

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Ha! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a challenge that was a bigger reach than the Yoplait/PR challenge. I’m not even bothered by product placement, but that was the most bizarre correlation I’ve ever seen. Actually, I wasn’t bothered by it. It just made me laugh my ass off.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        nope. nor is there much design featured. just drama.

    • Stubenville

      OMG! Surprise Surprise on the east side? I used to live near there!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I just want to go to the Vintage Wallpaper Store!

      • EveEve

        yes, where is that – do any bitter kittens know?

        • Cheryl

          There’s “Secondhand Rose” in Chelsea.

    • ChristinaRi

      Oh,guys. Forget about the cars.

    • Stubenville

      And white is bridal kids… tread carefully.

      • Cheryl

        It also shows stains when your teammate drives over it.

        • OrigamiRose

          I truly laughed out loud at this :)

        • ChristinaRi

          ohhhhh — modern, edgy, urban!

        • Stubenville

          Perhaps this will be motivation to not throw their teammates under the bus Lexus.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Silver and black. How shocking! How new!

    • Courtney

      A futuristic Great Gatsby…not a sentence you hear everyday.

    • ChristinaRi

      Red-headed girl’s voice is like sandpaper.

    • Cheryl

      Surprise Surprise.They found a parking space?

      • Stubenville

        I doubt it was legal.

    • Bexxx

      So….Lexus is this week’s yogurt?

    • nosniveling

      did Alexandria REALLY ask Ken if he’d be the chauffeur!!

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Yes, yes she did.

      • ChristinaRi

        Yeah — wasn’t so much “asking” as “telling.”

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I’m kinda glad he put her in her place in the end. Even if he is a jerk. Is he a jerk?

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Yes.

            • lilyvonschtupp

              Ugh! Why do they always make the black queens the jerks? We have RuPaul’s Drag Race for that.

            • housefulofboys

              I don’t think it’s because he’s a black queen, I think he has classic “short man syndrome,” puffing his chest to look bigger and shouting so that everyone pays attention. No shade on short men, I know plenty of wonderful short men.

            • lilyvonschtupp

              I’ll agree with you on that.

          • ChristinaRi

            He definitely has jerky aspects. I really think he’s insecure and very proud too.

    • OrigamiRose

      Is it really bad that I have no idea who the red-headed girl is after five weeks?

      • ChristinaRi

        Me either. Now that she’s put a silver thingy around her forehead, I don’t even want to know.

      • Bexxx

        Has it really been five weeks? That somehow makes me depressed.

        • OrigamiRose

          I only remember by recalling the aufs: Cannon Fodder, Cannon Fodder, Timmy, Russian Crazy Man.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        She must have decent design skills and no belief in mystical animals.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I think her name is Red-Haired Girl. Her parents were so stunned at the unholy hue of her hair, that they lost their minds.

    • ChristinaRi

      Ken, has the “I told you so” look down.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      Surprise! Surprise! That store has been there FOREVER. I first visited there when I was in high school on an art class field trip and wandered away from my group looking for Greenwich Village and wandered in there. Back then it looked like the place where Rhoda Morgenstern bought everything in her apartment. Not so much now.

      –GothamTomato

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I loved Rhoda Morgenstern.

      • Stubenville

        GT, is there more than one, or just the location at 3rd Ave and 12th St? That’s the one I went to.

        • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

          As far as I know there’s just the one.

          –GothamTomato

      • Call me Bee

        I missed the very beginning. Where are these materials coming from?

        • Cheryl

          Vintage wallpaper store, gourment food store, and Surprise Surprise, a store that somehow has an empty parking space right in front of the door. (It doesn’t matter what they sell. What matters is PARKING SPACE!)

    • prismamars

      Oooh- this is going to be interesting!

    • guest2visits

      Oh Ken… no one likes teams, stop pouting – it just takes up time.

    • Courtney

      Not spending is not Sue’s problem.

      • EveEve

        such a transparent set up for a future episod when she runs out of money

        • Courtney

          Indeed. As if a single BK didn’t see that coming a day ahead and a mile away.

    • Bexxx

      Now that Sustainicorn and Mercuryovich are gone, it’s like the producers took Ken aside and said, “It’s your time to shine, honey.”

      • Eric Stott

        “It’s your time to be QUEEN!”

      • UsedtobeEP

        You are exactly right. Goodness, what bitchiness.

    • formerlyAnon

      That bar is fabulous. I feel like I’d photograph exceptionally well just by entering it.

      Not watching tonight so can’t contribute intelligently. Best wishes, all.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        hiya love

        • formerlyAnon

          Well, hello back at you. I’ll be reading for your thoughts on our little troupe of dysfunctional designers.

    • Bexxx

      “I think she’s here for decoration.” OOOOHHHHHHHHH SNAP

    • Bexxx

      no no NO NO NO. NO. no NO??! NO

    • Stubenville

      I KNEW IT!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      OH HELLLLLLNO

    • Courtney

      Oh good, more Sandro. Just what no one said, ever.

    • prismamars

      Whait, are they seriously bringing Sandro back? wtf?!

      • OrigamiRose

        Argh. What did I miss?

        • prismamars

          They just showed him coming into the work room in the preview.

          • OrigamiRose

            Oh FFS. NO.

            • prismamars

              Yeah, my reaction exactly!

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      Oh God not Sandro again.

    • EveEve

      They bring creepy Pornstacheyovich back?! I cannot.

      • mom2ajs5

        AHH, I’m behind and this is what I have to look forward to?!?! NONONO!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I’m watching it and I completely missed it.

          • Courtney

            It was in the teaser they showed right before commercial, after Tim’s fit about the shower curtain.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Missed it completely – maybe my brain is just protecting me from knowing…

            • Courtney

              I’m on my second glass of strawberry Riesling. Ain’t no protection happening here…

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I have years of practice at selective-attention-paying. According to my mother I started at about 11 months.

      • Eric Stott

        Dear GOD I pray he’s just come back to apologize.

        • EveEve

          when pigs fly

          • Eric Stott

            False apologies are reality show stock in trade.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Well, there is that insurance commercial.

        • prismamars

          Ha! Like that’s going to happen

    • ChristinaRi

      I love it! “We were all shocked.” Obviously, they aren’t devoted Project Runway viewers.

      • Courtney

        The Bitter Kittens are a hard bunch to shock.

    • Squareface

      C’mon Project, you don’t need to stoop down to Kardasiansque reality tv standards. No Sandro pleassse! It will cheapen the show.

      • OrigamiRose

        I know, right? I say it all the time but this might finally be the thing that causes me to turn the show off entirely.

    • BeccaGo

      Driving in NYC terrifies me. Just putting that out there.

      • Cheryl

        As well it should.

        • BeccaGo

          God bless the MTA!

      • MilaXX

        It doesn’t scare me, but then again I’ve heard people say Philly folks drive crazy.

    • Squareface

      Kanye needs to chillax

    • OrigamiRose

      Wow, Ken, way to assume the mantle of “Biggest Douche.”

      • Kristin McNamara

        Ken DOES rhyme with Ven, after all.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      relief

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      “I don’t design clothes for 40-year-old women.” Well, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, Ken.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        cheers to that!!!

        • Pril Wood

          Heidi is 40.. or is it 41 now?

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Seriously–what’s with the misogyny this year? I mean, not like it’s not always there a little bit (fashion, what are you going to do?), but this season seems more than usual.

        • Eric Stott

          Decent human beings are becoming wary of applying?

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I kind of love you.

            • Eric Stott

              I need that tonight – my cat is being catty

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Was he given the Sandro-the-Second script? What a pill.

      • MilaXX

        The sad truth is PR’s targeted demo is the 20 – 35 range. Sadly Ken is correct, just rude in how he said it.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Feh. I think many of the lovely BK’s skew out of that range.

          • MilaXX

            I wasn’t clear. I don’t mean in terms of viewership, I means in terms of who they are designing for.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Got it. He’s still a douche, though. (And, really, who do these designers think has the money to buy their clothes?)

            • MilaXX

              Oh he’s King Diva Douche

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              King Diva Douche is a new title many should be afraid of earning for themselves.

        • Cheryl

          Did you mean “their girl” is 20 – 35 or the TV demographic?

          • MilaXX

            “their girl”

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Man, did I want to smack Ken when he said that. I just…I’m still speechless.

      • LAMusing

        What an asshat. His expression and disdain made it sound like 40 was crypt keeper time. I suspect he will NOT be getting any customers post PR that are over 35. Why buy from someone who insults you?

      • carolclark12

        So, he doesn’t design clothes for Heidi?

    • prismamars

      Oh thank God he’s not coming back!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      WHAT was that Tim Gunn and Comrade Crass teaser? LOOK!!

      Oh. “Good-bye.” What an idiotic waste of air time.

    • OrigamiRose

      What the hell is this?

      • Stubenville

        “Redemption”

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        “Closure.”

      • Courtney

        Nausea inducing?

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      28?!?!!?? my ASS

    • prismamars

      Sandro still makes zero sense

    • MilaXX

      I’m not team Ken by any margin, but he has a point about Sue. If she’s designing for a 30 – 40 year old, she missing the point of the show.

    • ChristinaRi

      Sandro looks like he had several vodka shots before he did that interview.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        He is Russian, after all. Or did you miss that part? Since he only managed to work it into his “apology” 5 or so times, I can see how you would. ;-)

        • ChristinaRi

          oh, thanks. Now it’s all understandable.

    • Eric Stott

      Told. You. So. Apology.

    • MilaXX

      I’m assuming that was legal saying, “You signed a contract, come grovel or we’ll sue the pants off you.”

    • Cheryl

      Tim to producers: “You have manipulated this so well.”

    • Courtney

      Oh, I wouldn’t worry over much about not invoking the car, not with the judges’ pet on your team.

    • OrigamiRose

      Are Ken’s glasses from the Terry Richardson eyewear collection?

      • PastryGoddess

        No but his attitude is

    • PastryGoddess

      My internet is being a douche. So I’ll be 10 min behind everyone else in commenting

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Your internet provider is Ian Somerholder?

        • cheesebomb

          I was going to say it was Sandro’ing.

        • PastryGoddess

          At the moment it’s acting like James Franco

    • ChristinaRi

      Tim is scolding. Tim is getting hostile.

      I’m scared.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Hostile Tim is the best Tim!

    • prismamars

      Ouch Tim is a bit harsh

      • Eric Stott

        The Claws Come out

      • Kristin McNamara

        Seemed like the perfect amount of harsh to me.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          I love it when Tim gets pissed off. That was fantastic.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      “Have you SEEEN Project Runway?” Get em Tim

      • EveEve

        I wish he’d also asked if they’d seen the winning sombrero dress from the Yoplait unconventional challenge episode which was, what….the week before this one taped?! Sue’s got to go soon.

    • mom2ajs5

      “Have you ever seen Project Runway?” Love you Tim Gunn. You’re still in there somewhere!

    • Squareface

      Don’t get mad Tim, it gives me the sads.

      • cheesebomb

        They mentioned the homegoods/party supply store and I immediately went “someone is in trouble for curtains.”

        • Cheryl

          Use curtains? It’s curtains for youse.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Tim, YES! That’s what I wanted to say the second I saw them leafing through curtains! Seriously, people.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      okay you guys, this looks like just the bar for surviving a head cold. all those curves will fit right in with the hallucinations from the overdoes on nyquil+ the sinus and inner ear pressure. myself, i would have to throw in some opiates to kill the head pain, but then i’m opioid tolerant, so don’t listen to me. and guess what, kitten friends? i can’t drink. my doctor has implemented the no alcohol policy backed up with drug testing. does anyone know how long they can detect alcohol? my husband read somewhere they can detect metabolytes of alcohol a week and a half later. i did make the mistake of attending my besties anniversary (25yrs?), which involved some comparative tequila tasting, the night before my last appointment. so, anyways,………good thing the alcohol hear is virtual.

      for those of you who drank a toast to matilda, best dog ever (aussie shep/american eskimo), who passed into doggie heaven last november, i would like the announce the arrival of ALICE. a three month old australian cattle dog(also known as a queensland heeler)/dad of unown origin. alice has stepped forward to train for the title of best dog ever(currently). i am lucky she resides and is serving her puppy boot camp chez sleah.

      • mom2ajs5

        I’ll drink to Alice. That’s my daughter’s name!

      • OrigamiRose

        Congratulations on your new Fur Buddy! :)

      • EveEve

        oooohhh Puppeeeezzzz!

      • Call me Bee

        PUPPY!!!! Big congratulations on your new family member.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Yay! Puppy! With a great name!

      • UsedtobeEP

        Aww, I had a beagle named Alice. We called her “Alice Alice” for some reason. IF she’s little you need to take her to the vet, probably, and get them to dose her the first time so you don’t give her too much meds.

      • Munchkn

        Congrats to the new addition to your family! Alice and Matilda are perfect names for dogs with Aussie roots. My oldest daughter used to have a toy koala named Alice and another one given to by her grandparents named Matilda. It was a gift from their trip to Australia.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well yay for new puppies! Welcome to Alice.

        (And good luck on working with your doctor to achieve whatever your current health goals are!)

    • Squareface

      Lol. On T&Ls twitter feed about Sue: @tomandlorenzo: Twisted Sister needs to find her ladyballs. #ProjectRunway

    • ChristinaRi

      Don’t stroke out, Tim. You’re not that young anymore.

    • prismamars

      I love Tim!

    • Eric Stott

      Ohhh…Tim will NOT let Ken skate through!

      • Courtney

        Good on him. It’s not like Ken is any less a part of the problem.

        • Guest

          I also think Ken is not above thinking that being Black and Gay makes him special.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            And homeless! And didn’t he have the cancer?

            • BeccaGo

              Sandro had cancer. And was a cancer.

    • blondie65

      Have you “SEEN” Project Runway? Damn…. Go Tim!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Calling Ken out on his smirk! Go, Top Gunn, Go!

    • Jasmaree

      “Why are you smirking? You think you’re going to rise above?”

      Glad Tim also called out Ken. Dude needs an attitude adjustment

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        It occurs to me that Tim would make a great middle-school teacher.

    • MilaXX

      Again, Ken is a douche in his delivery, but he’s right about Sue. Girl, if you can’t sew on the PR machines, YOU CANNOT SEW!

      • Eric Stott

        The nickname I’m thinking of for Ken I’m afraid to write…but think Bogie & Kate in a Boat.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Yeah. I have one of those for him, too.

        • Munchkn

          Well, Emory called Bernard the name you’re thinking of in The Boys in the Band.

          eta: He did say it affectionately, though.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      AND we have the loser’s edit

    • OrigamiRose

      Uh oh, the family edit? Not looking good for Justin…

      • Eric Stott

        He’s seriously cute, but hasn’t shown much of interest yet

        • OrigamiRose

          True. I just wish we could eject some of the headcases before him. (Then again, that would leave, like, three designers.)

      • Cheryl

        Doesn’t Justin realize you should always show up with at least one dessert recipe?

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          Chopped watcher. : )

          • OrigamiRose

            And Top Chef! :)

            • Stubenville

              Looking forward to the new season in New Orleans in October.

            • Cheryl

              I need to find a site for live blogging Top Chef.

            • UsedtobeEP

              My son loves watching Chopped, and I would LOVE to intro him to Top Chef. I think he would really like it. But he’s eight, and the Bravo commercials are just way too inappropriate. And no, I don’t Tivo. I guess we could watch online.

            • In_Stitches

              If you have Comcast or RCN, you should be able to watch it on demand through your cable box. Generally watching that way, there are less commercials (sometimes none at all).

            • UsedtobeEP

              Thanks! We have Time Warner, but they have On Demand, so that’s a maybe. I just don’t really want to introduce him to Real Housewives, just yet.

            • In_Stitches

              That is definitely wise. As an alternative, I do love The Next Iron Chef (or Who Wants to be the Next Iron Chef or whatever it’s called). It continues to be a show that respects its contestants, letting them maintain their dignity while highlighting their craft in an enlightening, entertaining way.

            • OrigamiRose

              Same! Thank god that show is still on Bravo. Can you imagine the Lifetime do-over of it?

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I am confused.

          • OrigamiRose

            Oh, it’s one of the tropes on Chopped and Top Chef, that someone always shows up having no clue how to bake dessert, even though there’s a dessert challenge/component every season. Someone invariably pleads ignorance or pouts that they’re not a pastry chef and should be exempt from such challenges.

            • Courtney

              The Chopped people also get snotty about having to use canned and processed foods, even though it happens all the time.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Makes perfect sense! Thanks!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Sue may not have the skillz but she is far and away better than Anya.

      • PastryGoddess

        how sad is that

      • Courtney

        That’s a little like being the best ice hockey player in all of the Sudan, no?

      • Eric Stott

        yeah, but Anya didn’t come off as being so dense. Did she really say “I’m making the…uhhhh….undergarment…for this”

      • MilaXX

        Yes, but she’s not Heidi’s pet

      • In_Stitches

        Go back and take a look at Anya’s first looks. She crushed the competition early on. So far the only thing Sue has crushed has been, I don’t know, maybe a red bull?

    • Stubenville

      Disqus is driving me utterly crazy. Pages bouncing up and down when I try to navigate. Anyone else having problems?

      • Courtney

        Not here, but it kept replacing names of posters on another thread earlier today. What browser are you using?

        • Stubenville

          Chrome on Win 7 Pro

          • Courtney

            Try Firefox, maybe?

      • Squareface

        Yes it’s taking its disqus spinning theme too literally. Stay still!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        not having that problem, but it sometimes seems comments are out of order and there are lots of errors in the indentation of replies.

    • EveEve

      And the next half hour is all tears and bitchfest. Then off to hair and makeup!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Heaven forfend that it should be design, creativity and problem-solving.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Well, Tim TRIED to make them have some problem-solving moments, but then it went to arguing about it instead of how they plan to fix the problem.

    • Bexxx

      So I rushed back from my kickboxing class, just had a tuna and avocado wrap, and now it is WINE TIME. Just thought you all should know. My roommate is at work so I get to kick back and enjoy myself, even if I’m not enjoying the show.

      • OrigamiRose

        That wrap sounds divine.

      • EveEve

        You must have meant “whine time” because that’s all they’ve been doing

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Is it only (cranky) me or do all these episodes seem to really DRAG? Sheesh, I look at the clock and am befuzzled that only ten minutes have passed. With, of course, precious little to show for it.

      • Targettaste

        You MUST DVR it so you can fast forward through the garbage. It becomes a very short show.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Why does a designer brag about not being able to make patterns or use sewing machines? It’s like musicians who brag about not being able to read music. Look at me, I’m so artistic, not mastering the technical aspects of my craft! I think I almost preferred Anya’s “I’m just learning this” routine, since at least she was, well, learning it, and not acting like she’s above such mundane matters.

      • mom2ajs5

        I wonder why PR even accepts people who are so inexperienced. Nothing against her, but are the numbers of contestants applying dwindling that bad?

        • Eric Stott

          Even in the early seasons they’ve had some contestants who by any objective standards should not have set foot in the workroom. Vincent Libretti in Season 3 is a prime example – a delusional whacko.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            But he was a relatively benign delusional whacko. As was the spit-mark girl.

            • Eric Stott

              Spit-mark girl had skills – she could cut and construct, even if she couldn’t edit. Vincent was relatively benign but he had no business being in the room with Laura Bennett.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I know that I am in a miniscule minority, but I have never liked Laura Bennett. She’s always struck me as mean-spirited. And I got very tired of her extremely plunging v-neck.

              Please don’t hate me.

            • Eric Stott

              She’s kinda bitch-fabulous, but she’s one of those people who designs for a certain type – herself. She’s got skills and an eye but you’re right, she pulled that trick too often – Nina said “If I see a finale collection of plunging necklines…” I think she’s someone I’d like to have a drink with and rip other people to shreds …but I’d fear to think of what she’d say to other people about ME.

            • BeccaGo

              Finally, a kindred spirit! Thank you for speaking out. I thought I was the only one.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Maybe we should form a club!

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Also nosy, classist, and judgmental. I’m am no Laura Bennett fan.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              When Kayne (bless his heart!) told her that he worried about her character, I cheered.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              rumor has it that vincent was pretty much of a paranoid maniac off camera, but i did love his dress for the recycling challenge. but then, i’m a bit of a maniac in my own way at times.

        • EveEve

          Anya was the poster child for the no-skills contestants. But …beauty queen.

        • MilaXX

          I guess they don’t put “Can you use industrial machines” on the application.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            are they even industrial machines? they look pretty standard to me, except the serger.

            • MilaXX

              Yes, there have been other designers in previous seasons who complained about having to adjust to the difference between their home machines.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              well, designers will complain. i’ve had quilters who were totally mystified by a classic singer simply because it was a different brand than theirs at home.

    • PastryGoddess

      Miranda’s model’s boobs will be falling out

    • ChristinaRi

      Does Tim’s tie go with that suit?

    • MilaXX

      I swear next season the accessory wall will be Kmart & Payless.

      • Eric Stott

        J’adore Vous

      • Stubenville

        Not Goodwill?

        • martha

          LOVE the Goodwill!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Do not mock the Goodwill!

        • EveEve

          brilliant idea, actually

        • MilaXX

          the year after

        • UsedtobeEP

          That would be a fun challenge. GIve then $25 to get all of their materials and accessories for a challenge at Goodwill.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            The melt-downs would be EPIC!

            • UsedtobeEP

              I have a fabulous pleated mauve poly disco gown I got from there.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            Start with some awful gown from the “boutique” wall, and re-create it as modern high fashion.

          • Celandine1

            Season 1 had a challenge where they got their materials from a second hand store. I remember thinking that was great but the results were a little lackluster due to the lack of color.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              What is this “color” of which you speak?

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              but wasn’t that the weird challenge where they had to make a cohesive collection for a future society or something? as i recall that skewed the results somewhat. i think the thrift shop idea is a great one. how about a church rummage sale? even better.

          • PaintingChef

            I think that’s brilliant, actually…

          • LAMusing

            I ran a theatre company for 20 years and we certainly created a number of costumes that way!

    • EveEve

      If all Justin is making is that pair of paper pants, he’s going home.

      • OrigamiRose

        Yeah, his last talking head screamed “Exit Interview!” to me.

    • ChristinaRi

      Oh, Jeremy. That’s the kiss of death to proclaim you have a winning design.

    • ChristinaRi

      Well, Ken, you were the one bitching when they tried to buy extra materials.

    • Nels P. Highberg

      Did Ken ever actually try to do anything for the team or did he have his attitude from the start? I’ve been in and out and may have missed it, but it seems like he’s just expecting them to fail while he skates on by. So, Sue can and can’t do the things she can and can’t do. Why does any of that matter in the middle of the competition?

      • EveEve

        from the moment Tim announced the teams Ken was rolling his eyes and mumbling under his breath.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          He really needs to work on his “under his breath” skills.

        • Nels P. Highberg

          That’s what I thought, but since I miss a few moments, I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. I hope Heidi gets into him about not helping a team member complete a design.

    • PastryGoddess

      No Sue, it is not insane! You are an idiot

    • ChristinaRi

      Sue. What? Hand sewing?

    • Stubenville

      Naked model on the runway!

    • Courtney

      I’m surprised they were allowed to put it on her at all.

    • OrigamiRose

      Oh great. More stew room fighting!

    • PastryGoddess

      Baby Sellers

      Why?

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        because kirstie alley is not hated enough?

      • Cheryl

        Their store is called Pablum & Pacifiers. They’re great sellers, those babies.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      “I’m speaking and I need you to be quiet.”‘ They really did give Ken Pornstache’s script!

    • mom2ajs5

      Um the point of the show is sewing, not the difficulty of working with a person. Hello!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        if you’re going to be america’s next great designer, you better be able to work with people.

    • AutumnInNY

      “we’re the team that you don’t wanna be”….you said it…and “I don’t design for 40 year olds”. enough said about this designer and this team. I hope they send him and Sue home.

      • ChristinaRi

        That doesn’t bother me and especially doesn’t bother me when the judges constantly talk about a design being old or aging the model.

        • wontons

          Well, yeah. I hate that he said it and the way he said it, but they’re getting critiques about the clothing looking “madame,” “mature,” “mumsy,” etc., so I can see why he’d be concerned.

          (Not to defend him. He did every possible thing wrong tonight, and I’m surprised they didn’t send him home.)

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            you forgot m.o.b. (mother of the bride) and “something my great aunt wore to my bar mitzvah.”

    • Stubenville

      Baby Sellers and Dance Moms; keepin it classy, Lifetime!

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Abby Lee’s hair scares me.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          abby flat-out scares me. stubenville hung the moniker *odious swine* on her, and in my world it stuck.

      • mom2ajs5

        Baby Sellers?? What the hell commercial did I miss?

        • Stubenville

          Some one-off with Kirstie Ally. Sounds utterly horrid.

          • mom2ajs5

            Glad I missed that. So Lifetime hasn’t taken to actually selling babies, right? Give it a couple of years!

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            wait, kirstie alley is starring in a show about baby selling? is it a comedy or what? those of us with adopted kids want to know if we should bomb lifetime’s home office, or what.

            • Stubenville

              Exactly – she’s the henchwoman of a bunch of baby sellers in central america. Get the pitchforks and flaming brands and I’ll meet you at Lifetime. =)

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              OMG talk about the depths and dregs of civilized thought and behavior, this could be it. as the mother of an adopted salvadorena (sorry, no “n-yay” on my keyboard), i am way beyond outraged. i may have to kill someone or something. in a virtual kind of way….

    • ChristinaRi

      I’ve decided I don’t like Tim tattle tailing on the designers.

      • Eric Stott

        It IS a bit bitchy of him…

      • Lilithcat

        Agreed. I think it’s vile. He’s supposed to be there mentor, and not influence the judges. But ever since he caved and tried to convince them to give the win to Mondo instead of Gretchen, he’s lost his integrity in that regard. I just don’t see how any of the contestants can trust him after that.

    • PastryGoddess

      Some horse is missing it’s mane

    • Nels P. Highberg

      Ken does not remember that every person who jumped on Michael Costello for his lack of sewing abilities had to bite it in the end.

      • PastryGoddess

        MC could at least use the machines. Sue…not so much

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          sue’s sewing skills are worse than what’s her name who wrote backwards and (almost) wore tin foil on her head to connect with outer space entities. i loved her though. she was charming…sue, not so much.

    • Squareface

      Those paper pants are going to rip on the runway.

      • Courtney

        Not unlike Santino’s jumpsuit for Kara that fell apart on the runway.

        • OrigamiRose

          Ah, Santino. Good times.

          • Eric Stott

            Another designer kept for drama.

      • MilaXX

        Nothing will beat that Thunder from down under chippendale guys challenge.

        • EveEve

          and the country music band challenge – the pants split up the back and unlike the chippendale guys, they weren’t supposed to

    • PastryGoddess

      Hmm ugly pants or naked model?

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Ugly pants did get to talk to loved ones at home BUT they are clearly gonna hate naked model’s team….

    • ChristinaRi

      Heidi’s boobies need their own twitter account.

    • EveEve

      Nice hair Heidi

    • Stubenville

      Whatever you say Heidi

    • Courtney

      The wallpaper is really doing all the heavy lifting on Army Girl’s, isn’t it?

      • prismamars

        Yup, without it, it’s boring

    • MilaXX

      That’s a gorgeous bridal gown!

      • blondie65

        Yes…best look out there!

    • Eric Stott

      Miranda’s is…not horrible. It’s like a competent school craft project.

      • PastryGoddess

        Her team helped her out big time.

    • nosniveling

      Brandon rockin’ it again

    • UsedtobeEP

      Ooh, Tim was shaking his head at Jeremy…

    • ChristinaRi

      Miranda’s reminds me of Laura Bennet.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    • EveEve

      Way to go Bradon – judges don’t like it, but I do…so there!

    • prismamars

      Brandon’s is awesome!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      That whole team could go. Suckage.

    • prismamars

      I like Dom’s dress too

    • Stubenville

      Helen’s looks like crumpled trash

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        and it’s made out of trash. she’s got a theme going there.

    • Courtney

      Helen, Jeremy, and Dom don’t have a lot of cohesion happening.

    • MilaXX

      Justin’s look is boring, but there’s worst stuff out there.

    • Squareface

      Ha Nina’s death stare at Sues.

    • ChristinaRi

      Actually, I liked Sue’s more than Ken’s.

      • prismamars

        me too, but not by much

        • blondie65

          I think both need to go…she’s in over her head and he has a lot to learn about cooperation, working with others (all those skills you learn in Kindergarten).

    • Stubenville

      Team Ken’s is a classic hot mess.

    • PastryGoddess

      OMG that is the loudest garment evar

    • MilaXX

      That is one ugly collection.

    • PastryGoddess

      Jeremy STFU

    • MilaXX

      No with that you don’t

    • Courtney

      Blocky, shapeless dress.

    • prismamars

      Girl, that is not “edgy”

    • MilaXX

      Kate has the only nice dress in that collection.

      • Courtney

        I thought it looked like something a Kardashian might wear.

        • MilaXX

          but it looked like an actual garment. Those other 2 looked like refrigerator boxes.

    • ChristinaRi

      Jeremy, the judges were riveted because they were waiting for the model’s boobs to pop out.

      • Targettaste

        And the judges complimented the fit! I wanted to yank up that bodice to spare the poor model a nip slip.

    • PastryGoddess

      Red hair drank the delusion-ade

      • nosniveling

        yeah her *creation* looks like the back of my junk drawer. yuck.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Everything Karen makes looks sloppy (Karen’s red-hair girl, isn’t she?)

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      HO

    • nosniveling

      glitter=the herpes of crafts

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        glitter = banned from my house

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          it’s a good thing my daughter never sent you a valentine. or a party invitation. or a christmas card….

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            I came home one rainy afternoon and it looked like a stripper had exploded in my dining room. but i did have some great art from the kiddos. The glitter was quietly removed from the art box.

      • Stubenville

        How about goji berries?

    • Bexxx

      ~“~` look im bein edgy ~`~~1^

      • Bexxx

        i hate kate.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      They need to STOP with that “blind judging” bullshit as the kids clap with joy as their model walks

      • Stubenville

        Stick them backstage and let ‘em watch on a monitor like the Fashion Week runway.

      • LearnedFoot

        They said a few seasons ago that the clapping/talking reactions are filmed during a rehearsal runway, not when the judges are there.

    • mom2ajs5

      Dammit! I can’t stand when I get behind on Twitter and can’t tell which dresses TLo are commenting on! I am not talented enough to keep track of the Lounge and Twitter.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Wait. I thought Sue had nothing to send down the runway. What did I miss? When did she get something thrown together?

      • PastryGoddess

        Her model was not dressed when they left the workroom, but there was an outfit

      • Courtney

        I think her dress was pinned but not completely sewn, and they let the model dress in the hallway.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Looked like they were pinning it backstage so the model wasn’t naked, and Tim said she was being unfair to the other designers that even that was allowed… I have a feeling that’s who he’s going to go off on in the judging session.

      • mom2ajs5

        You are so right! I had to rewind to watch. That is such BS! Her dress was open in back and there was no black around it. It still sucks, but the model wasn’t naked. WTH?

    • PastryGoddess

      We need a “hed pasted on yey” meme for the TLounge

      “Dres pinned on yey”?

    • Barbara Thomas

      I haven’t watched the show in a while and I see I’m not missing much. Why not just call it Project Corporate Sponsorship. Instead of wasting precious commercial time on sewing, the designers can just yell at each other, cry, and throw things while Tim shouts “LEXUS! GOPAKCARD! HP DESIGN PAD THINGY!” etc.

    • Jasmaree

      BULLSHIT

    • Squareface

      They were all pretty much the same

    • Courtney

      Wow, they’re not even bothering to split and do two and two.

    • MilaXX

      Calling it now, Kate will win this season. No way was that the best collection.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Did you see how the judges BEAMED at her during the fucking runway

      • Stubenville

        Ugh. You may be right. But WHY?

        • Courtney

          To prove they were right about bringing her back.

      • Kristin McNamara

        I’d love to believe that as soon as they saw Kate clapping like a six-year-old at her birthday party, they said internally, “Ah shit. But I was gonna pick that other team!” But I know better :(

    • Stubenville

      WTF? Judges on crack again?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        They have some excellent stuff!

        • OrigamiRose

          Maybe they raided Sandro’s stash after he stormed off.

    • Squareface

      Those are sad looking peplums

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        and sad looking titts

        • chubby ballerina

          And Heidi even said the model’s cleavage looked amazing! You’d think a VS model could tell the difference between perky and droopy.

          • Denise Plank

            Yeah, but how often does Heidi remember to wear a bra?

    • Bexxx

      Kate is going to win the show. I hate her and I hate it and I hate everything.

      • Bexxx

        Bexxx and Kate plus Hate

        • PastryGoddess

          Bexx + hate = Kate?

          • Bexxx

            Much better, but then I’ll never get my own TLC show!

      • prismamars

        egad, I really hope it doesn’t!

      • AutumnInNY

        What’s the deal with her? Is she related to one of the producers. She’s ok, but far from the best.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        + A gabillion

    • PastryGoddess

      Ooh this is going to be an epic runway meltdown. Maybe better than the Miranda/Sustainicorn meltdown

      • prismamars

        Nothing can top the sustainicorn-miranda meltdown

        • PastryGoddess

          We can hope

    • MilaXX

      Her cleavage…the heck? It looks like it’s sliding off her!

      • Kristin McNamara

        Off the top of my head, I can think of about a dozen past PR dresses whose bust issues were far less than this look and they got SKEWERED.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I know, right? There was no cleavage. This show can be very confusing.

        • MilaXX

          It’s not you, these judge work on a different brand of logic

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            It’s logic fueled by crack and LSD. Thus the imaginary cleavage.

    • Jasmaree

      I can’t believe that bridal gown went by without a comment.

      • PastryGoddess

        It was a close second…*rolls eyes*

      • Stubenville

        It didn’t fit the pre-determined outcome.

    • Eric Stott

      Kate’s dress is overboard, but at least it stands out from the other crap a bit

      • chubby ballerina

        I feel like I’m in the small minority that doesn’t mind Kate.

        That said, Bradon’s team deserved the win. That bridal dress was amaze.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Her cleavage looks like she took the paper napkins off the table and stuck them to her naked chest to cover what she could in a storm. NOT in any way phenomenal. UCK.

      • cheesebomb

        If my boobs looked like that, I’d change.

    • ChristinaRi

      This judge is a mousketeer!!!

    • Samantha

      Is Zac Posen wearing a door knocker on his lapel?

      • martha

        Yes

      • MilaXX

        I thought it was an industrial septum ring.

        • Eric Stott

          I think it’s a piercing for the man Zac’s looking for.

      • PastryGoddess

        it’s edgy

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          And unprecedented!

    • mom2ajs5

      It’s like they’re hoping they will win a Lexis if they mention it enough times!

      • mom2ajs5

        Oops. Is it Lexus? Lexis? I don’t know. I drive a Toyota.

        • PastryGoddess

          Lexus and Toyota are in the same family. A Lexus is a more expensive Toyota

        • Lilithcat

          Lexis is a legal search service.

    • guest2visits

      Lexus needs Jeremy as a spokesman. Sexy Brit Stingray talk.

    • OrigamiRose

      *laughs* Possibly the most embarrassing attempt at explaining a look I can remember.

    • MilaXX

      DANG! Zac just cut them all off at the knees!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Suddenly, I find myself missing The Duchess.

    • DeTrop

      Again, Karen’s design is ill-fitting. I do not think they should be the winners. Ken was great. Kate okay. Karen ugh! Bradon, Alexander and wait for it, Miranda, should be the winners imo.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Are we watching the same show?

    • Courtney

      Of course it doesn’t look expensive! It’s placemats and drawer liners!

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I wished Nina would have said, “half-assed”

    • PastryGoddess

      And it begins!

    • Kristin McNamara

      Did I hear that right?? Nina considered it a POSITIVE that they went out and got fabric-like unconventional materials to use?!? Whiplash. I have whiplash from all the hypocrisy.

      • PastryGoddess

        would you like a neck brace made of placemats?

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          With panda ears.

        • PastryGoddess

          Forgot the ductape

      • Kristin McNamara

        OH COME ON!!!! NOW THEY *********DO********** YELL AT THE OTHER TEAM FOR DOING THE EXACT SAME THING THEY JUST PRAISED PRINCESS KATE FOR?!

        • DeTrop

          I thought it was this side of slutty. Having said that, I thought she executed it beautifully.

    • Eric Stott

      Sue seems the Etsy craft sort of designer…OK in her niche but she shouldn’t be here.

    • Samantha

      Ha! Mean-a Garcia!

    • prismamars

      “None of you can sew”

    • Squareface

      How would Sandro have handled this critiquing

      • PastryGoddess

        Dropping to the floor, pounding his hands and kicking his feet

      • Stubenville

        BWAHAHAHA!

    • PastryGoddess

      Alexandra is pulling a Gretchen. Talk first and Talk fast

      • prismamars

        She even kind of looks like her

      • Courtney

        She’s not nearly as good at is as Gretchen was. That was a thing of reality show beauty, that was.

    • blondie65

      Yikes…Go Nina.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Did she just say “Pet the cat and make it come”?

      • PastryGoddess

        Lord Jeebus

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        wait. what?

      • Wellworn

        Calm.

      • ChristinaRi

        lol — Make it calm. Not come.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I think I like mine better…

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            absolutely

      • Stubenville

        “calm”

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          this reminds me of a close friend’s ex-husband, who said while courting her “that cat just loved to have her woogie stroked”. woogie entered our family lexicon as the pseudonym for lady bits and my friend and her ex are locked in a bitter divorce. coulda told her that at the get-go. and i was her matron of honor.

    • Barbara Thomas

      The judge with the topknot things on her head – wtf are those? That’s Scary Spice circa Wannabe.

      • PastryGoddess

        It’s a Hairbow! made famous by Gaga

        • BeccaGo

          It’s not, tho. It’s just like miniature misplaced Princess Leia buns.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        actually, i have that scary spice barbie right here in my closet.

    • prismamars

      :( This is a disaster

      • PastryGoddess

        In the most amazing way possible

    • MilaXX

      Send all 3 home. I don’t think it would be a loss at all. Those clothes will not hold up to closer inspection.

      • OrigamiRose

        Amen.

    • Courtney

      What the actual fuck? Ken has gone off the deep end.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Wow, Alexandra needed to speak her mind. That’s ridiculous.

    • ChristinaRi

      “I can sew in my way.” What does that mean. Why would the two women act like abused women on the runway?

      • Eric Stott

        If you gave Sue unlimited time and no pressure she’d probably produce a garment. She’s at the bottom of the dogpile here

        • PastryGoddess

          Too bad that’s the complete opposite of project runway

          • Eric Stott

            They gave them less time than usual…I think the producers were hoping for trouble.

            • EveEve

              One day to produce one garment (each) has become standard the last few seasons. Anything more than that is a delightful surprise.

            • PastryGoddess

              PR is now America’s Next Best Fastest Sewing Champion.

            • In_Stitches

              The winner gets a managerial position at a south east Asian sweatshop.

            • Eric Stott

              which will produce their line

    • Kristin McNamara

      “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone.”
      Right. Except for that proving yourself to be better than a roomful of other people is LITERALLY the point of this show.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Oh little Southern Napoleon….get a fucking grip.

      • BeccaGo

        “Little Southern Napoleon” would make a great band name.

        I never realized how short he really is.

    • AutumnInNY

      Why is this judge wearing Mickey Mouse ears?

      • Eric Stott

        So there will be SOMETHING memorable about her

    • cheesebomb

      “Not even look at me.” Screw off, you’ve been an ass the whole episode. (Granted, there’s been a lot of assery from the others.)

    • jeanzhane

      omg this queen is the fricking worst.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      WTF?! Ken! WTF?!

    • MilaXX

      Ken is a douche, but he could fit in my pocket. I resent the “scared of him” narrative.

      • amanda siegelson

        i think it’s more she’s scared to be yelled at again – since he’s all about his speaking and no one else speaking. his way or the highway… not that he’s physically scary.

        me – i’d be yelling back. but both of those girls are apparently pussies.

        • PastryGoddess

          Sue constantly rolls over and shows her belly when confronted. I wouldn’t mind her so much if she didn’t give in and then complain about how she should have stayed true to her “asthetic”

          • amanda siegelson

            god – yes!
            why did she not just use that damned fabric to quick sew a skirt on that girl… just make a top of unconventional materials???

            shut up and go home.

          • MilaXX

            Alexandria says nothing in the workroom and squeals like a cut pig in front of the judges.

            • PastryGoddess

              I think I’d rather listen to the pig squealing. At least I know there’s bacon coming as a reward

        • MilaXX

          exactly! I’d be like STFU or I’d ignore him altogether.

        • EveEve

          I don’t think not yelling back is a matter of being pussies as much as it is a cultural difference. Yelling back is not how I was raised to react to yelling, and I’m gussing it isn’t Aleandra’s preferred method of communication either. Under the circumstances, she appeared to remain poised and respectful, and allowed him to act out, which could not have been easy.

          • MilaXX

            if she’s not gonna yell back, then ignore. Instead she saves it up and tattles to the judges on the runway.

            • EveEve

              true, but the judges prodded and pushed her to keep saying more for the camera – she was in a no-win situation and clearly struggling to find words. It took Tim to finally really dish to the judges about Ken’s work room behavior. Based on the group’s reaction when he returned to the waiting room, there aren’t any Ken fans among the contestants.

            • MilaXX

              No more than usual. I agree Ken is a jerk, but Alexandria is a stealth bitch.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            Exactly. In my house, the first person who had to resort to yelling in an argument was assumed to not actually have an argument, and automatically have lost. You definitely didn’t engage it and push it into a screaming match, otherwise, you’ve lost, too.

    • prismamars

      Nina wears glasses?!

    • Squareface

      Who is the guest judge again? She’s annoying me and I’m not sure why

      • PastryGoddess

        June Ambrose. She’s a stylist

        • BuffaloBarbara

          That’s kind of terrifying, given the panda ears.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Could it be because she’s an adult and she’s wearing panda ears?

        • Stubenville

          Exaaaactly.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      Shut up…I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable but… DON’T LOOK AT ME! SHUT UP!.. But don’t feel uncomfortable… I’m being quiet now. NO WIRE HANGERS!

      –GothamTomato

    • ChristinaRi

      I think it’s unfair to call Ken intimidating. A pain in the ass yes. But, I think if he weren’t a black man this thing about being scared of him wouldn’t come out. He’s tiny. Both of those women towered over him.

      • prismamars

        Agreed- he looked like a Munchkin next to them

        • Eric Stott

          Yeah, but I think he’s built up a shitload of attitude from being Black, Gay and Short.

          • PastryGoddess

            It’s like a trifecta of assholery

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              A Perfect Storm!

            • Stubenville

              You are on a roll tonight! LOL

            • PastryGoddess

              The internet got the memo :)

      • ThaliaMenninger

        And Alexandra can be pretty darn intimidating. Why Tim immediately assumed she was totally in the right and Ken was being a jerk I don’t know.

        • PastryGoddess

          Tim talks to the producers. He’s also has a pretty good bullshit detector.

          All of them were being assholes. Alexandra was less of an asshole than Ken was

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            And I believe that is the definition of “damning with faint praise”.

          • MilaXX

            not by much and this is the second time she kept quiet in the work room and then got on the runway and sold out her team mate to the judges.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I am not seeing his color or height; I’m hearing a snippy voice and seeing a haughty attitude that’s not being backed up by the goods. He really is channeling Sandro.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Being yelled at continuously is, in a lot of ways, more threatening than having a physical threat. Being browbeaten over and over is… not good.

        • ChristinaRi

          I guess I’ve been yelled at way too much to be intimidated by Ken’s pouty snippiness.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            I think for me, it’s that when there’s some threat of violence involved, you get that flight or fight response. But trying to deal with someone who’s on a hair-trigger but doesn’t do anything overtly threatening is a constant level of stress, and you know that whatever you do is just going to escalate it. I hate being around people who won’t calm the hell down and be reasonable, and respond emotionally to everything. I know exactly what Alexandria meant about walking on glass. It’s just this constant sense that the world might well erupt at any moment. (And yes, I’ve had a lot of yellers around, too. My strategy with them is to achieve maximum possible distance.)

      • MilaXX

        AMEN, tell him to shut it, or ignore him.

      • Annie Lure

        Neither Alex nor Ken are the least intimidating. He’s just an attention-starved little kid. She’s probably over 6 ft tall, but her wispy voice and constant stutter negate any intimidation her height might generate.

      • Laylalola

        God forbid a Black man should expect to be looked in the eye or spoken to, ever.

      • Targettaste

        He’s not physically intimidating, but having to watch your every word and wondering what will set him off is a form of intimidation. It has nothing to do with race, size, or gender.

      • Zorkness

        Ken was the one who said “don’t even look at me” to Alex. With a comment like that he is so ready to go. He is angry in the same way Sandro was angry, and surprise, Ken and Sandro got in a big fight.

        • Eric Stott

          He should be on Ru Paul Drag Race – you can’t tell me he’s never done Drag.

    • carolclark12

      Please let it be Ken going home. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Sue is such a mess. HOW is she in this competition? And how can they even discuss booting anyone other than her when her model wasn’t dressed when she left the workroom????

    • Stubenville

      “…one or MORE of you will be out.”

      • PastryGoddess

        Your lips to producers ears

      • Qitkat

        Have they EVER outed two of them when they’ve said this? Oops, auffed.

    • OrigamiRose

      I’m fine with Ken and Sue hitting the road.

    • DeTrop

      They can’t ignore the fact that Sue can’t sew. Also, the judges knew Tim said they couldn’t use the ‘fabric’. I really don’t like anyone on the losing team. Ken is like a mini-Sandro. He needs his a$$ kicked. Tim is acting like a big drama queen too. Such a train wreck.

      • MilaXX

        Alexandria has given me a whiff of passive aggressiveness as well. She’s a stealth bitch.

        • EveEve

          heh -you really dislike her, don’t you? I had the same gut reaction to Anya, so I get it. I’m still waiting for a challenge that actually allows us to distinguish amongst this season’s accumulation of wanna-bes.

          • MilaXX

            I haven’t hit dislike with her yet, but she definitely gets the side eye from me.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Is the operative word in the internal memo that Bunim-Murray sends to the judges and the dresstestants VICIOUS?

      Gee, there seems to be more than a dash of gleeful mean-spiritedness in most of these folks.

    • Courtney

      Any one of them could win and any one of them could lose, and it would seem like bullshit and appropriate all at the same time.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I think the fact that Sue’s model had to sew it onto herself in order to not be topless justifies an auf. Sorry, but even the one who had to toss a curtain over someone in the LA season managed to stitch the curtain himself.

    • Squareface

      You don’t want to meet the cow that made that yoplait in the factory farm it lives in. (Sorry in a Debbie Downer mood)

      • Stubenville

        I’d be happy to. Medium rare with bearnaise sauce and a side of asparagus.

        • OrigamiRose

          *Homer Simpson drool*

        • Bexxx

          Yes please.

        • Zorkness

          Didn’t know they made a Yoplait in those flavors! Sounds more like the chewing gum Veruca Salt ate in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Oh Tim, The Lounge is the most fashionable way to watch.

    • prismamars

      I’m just happy Kate didn’t win

    • OrigamiRose

      And Ken, you’re out too (hoping).

    • Squareface

      I don’t think they are done

    • Eric Stott

      Mercy killing

    • AutumnInNY

      Sue and Ken both should be going.

    • Courtney

      Was Sue hoping for a non-sewing challenge, in which she could do her best work? Perhaps an all-draping extravaganza?

      • Squareface

        The two year scarf challenge

      • carolclark12

        Why not? That’s how Anya won.

    • cheesebomb

      Ugh, no.

    • Stubenville

      Disagree with the win, but the auf is hard to challenge.

    • OrigamiRose

      ARGH. Time for a little fight before saying goodbye!

    • Eric Stott

      And Ken can jab his aggressive beard at people for one more episode.

      • cheesebomb

        Did you hear that silence in the room? Ouch. And did I catch someone asking if it was just one person leaving?

        • MilaXX

          Yup! I think they were expecting Ken to be auf’d as well.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        But they can’t look at him! How will they know?!

        • Eric Stott

          The snap of his psyche sends out shock waves that will knock the pins out of your pincushion

      • AutumnInNY

        Ugh. Mr. Miserable. Will be rooting for his auf soon.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Why has Ken been wearing Christopher Crawford’s sleeping harness?

      • OrigamiRose

        *falls over laughing*

      • nosniveling

        hahaha no more wire hangers!!!!!!!!!!

      • PastryGoddess

        Wine is meant to be in my belly. Not up my nose

    • Squareface

      What Tim?! What?!

      • OrigamiRose

        I bet he’s using his save.

    • Stubenville

      Oh dear – what tragedy happens next week>

    • Eric Stott

      As Lea deLauria said “My idea of a camping trip was a well done Bette Davis imitation”

    • EveEve

      Next time TIM CRIES. Really, the shark jumped a few seasons ago Tim, you don’t have to do this.

      • Wellworn

        I still love Tim, and I still think he has integrity. I just hate how compromised he has become in this stupid iteration of the show. Seriously Tim, Heidi isn’t worth it.

    • otterbird

      Dear PR: Please stop trying to make Kate happen. (I got home late I’m about a half hour behind y’all)

    • PastryGoddess

      Great White Shark incoming

      • Courtney

        He’s on his second or third pass.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Oh for the luvamike, what are the tears in the teaser about? Did someone kick the bucket?

      This is just dreck.

      DRECK.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      Isn’t it ironic that in the past, Tim has mentioned so many times, that he disagreed with the judges. But now that he has a chance to say something he doesn’t?

      –GothamTomato

      • prismamars

        To be fair, there isn’t anyone who has left so far (other than the dreadslock girl) who would have been worth saving…

        • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

          Yeah, but I had to say it.

          –GothamTomato

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Yeah — it’s one thing to say, “You know, I only have one save, and I’ll keep it for when the crack pipe is REALLY smoking” and another to say “I agree with the judges.”

        • Eric Stott

          and so far the auf’s have been merited

      • Annie Lure

        Good point. I more than understand why he concurred with the judges and didn’t exercise his rescue when it came to Timothy and Sue, but he should’ve saved Kahindo (or at least dissented from the judges’ decision). Why would Tim agree with the judges about eliminating someone whose dress was tasteful and presentable and synergistic to the jewels if not for the producers’ interference?

        • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

          It is still bizarre (in any realm but reality tv) that Pussy Galore didn’t get eliminated for his gynecological garment in episode 1 or 2 (can’t remember which). The reaction/non-reaction to that has to go down as the most eye-rolling/head shaking in PR history.

          –GothamTomato

      • Zorkness

        Did he say when his save could be used? Can he save someone who was eliminated from the first episode?

    • Bexxx

      Now to watch House Hunters International because I apparently only like watching shows with people that are completely insufferable.

      • Squareface

        I wish there was a Lounge for hhi

        • PastryGoddess

          We totally need to make that happen

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        i LOVE that show. its like getting to watch people in marriage counseling

        • ChristinaRi

          That and Interior Therapy on Bravo.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Love Interior Therapy!

          • DuBey2

            I actually LOVED the 1st Jeff Lewis show. And got a lot of ideas from his designs in the homes. It was called Flipping Out and he was hilarious. Now that was drama that was mostly funny, although he definitely was mean to people — but they all seemed to take him in stride. Its the only reality show my husband “enjoyed” watching w/me. (He sweetly endures PR sometimes, cuz he knows I love to analyze the fashion — er, what little actual fashion that they show, that is)

        • housefulofboys

          Two sinks! High ceilings! Flow!!! My eyes hurt from rolling so much after that show, but I like seeing the locations and dreaming of living overseas.

          • BeccaGo

            I love when they complain that the walk-in closets/en suites (sp.?) aren’t big enough. Most of them are roughly the same size as my entire studio apartment.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              When I walked into my niece’s new house, I immediately thought “This entry/hall is way too narrow!” Followed closely by “Damn you, House Hunters!”

      • PastryGoddess

        I have 6 shows DVR’d. I’m looking forward to the Malta one

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I cut back on my cable, and I don’t have HGTV any more. I can’t begin to describe my sense of lose. I wasn’t emotionally prepared.

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          To have Lifetime but not HGTV is a crime!!!! Bless your heart.

      • DeTrop

        Good one. Pretentious pita’s.

      • Wellworn

        I love that show! Love vicariously relocating to somewhere romantically exotic. Hate when the buyers don’t understand that the whole world isn’t in love with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. We have the domestic House Hunters for that type of conformity.

        • Zorkness

          I hate granite countertops.

      • Stubenville

        I watch way too much of that show. What always bugs me are the totally unrealistic expectations “My budget is $1.95 a month. Find me a four bedroom apartment with a large terrace and a view of the Eiffel Tower.”

        • EveEve

          And it must have an “en suite,” and American-sized kitchen appliances.

    • Squareface

      What not to wear is also on. I wish Stacy London was my older sister (I don’t have an older sister)

      • OrigamiRose

        OHHHH excellent! I usually get an alert for an episode (I’m a dork) but I totally missed it.

        I can’t believe S&C have never been guest judges on PR. They’d be perfect for a “real woman” challenge.

        • mom2ajs5

          They would probably be too honest and not play into the drama of who the producers think should win. But, yes, I do think they would be great as judges!

        • housefulofboys

          S&C have way too much sense to make it through one of these shows. But they would be a total breath of fresh air.

        • MilaXX

          I wonder if TLC & Lifetime didn’t play well? They would have been perfect for the “real woman” challenge.

          • OrigamiRose

            I don’t know, they’ve managed to work well enough with E! (Joan and Melissa Rivers, Kelly Osbourne). It’s not like TLC’s programming really is competition for Lifetime’s. Especially without Kors, a bit of Stacy and Clinton snark would fill a gaping a hole.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        And it’s the last season for WNTW, too. I really learned a lot from that show over the years, as well as seeing a lot of amazing makeovers.

        • Squareface

          It got me out of my “wear black shoes with everything” compulsion of the mid 00s

          • NDC_IPCentral

            It made me jettison every pair of pleated pants that I had, and my look was and is the better for it. I don’t patronize tailors the way Stacy and Clinton exhorted their charges, but I don’t have a shape that needs that kind of reworking for most garments. WNTW was a “Queen for a Day” sort of show for the 2000s. And if you know about “Queen for a Day,” you’re no spring chicken, Squareface!

            • carolclark12

              I remember watching Queen for a Day with my grandmother. And that little emcee guy with the pencil thin mustache. I wanted roses and a crown, too. Just not the sob stories they had to tell.

        • housefulofboys

          Every morning as I get ready for work, I feel like I have Stacy sitting on my shoulder making sure my shoe choice isn’t too matchy.

          • BeccaGo

            “It doesn’t have to MATCH, it has to GO,” is my fashion mantra. :D

        • MilaXX

          I filmed a farewell comment for them. Hope I don’t end up on the editing floor.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            I confess that since it’s no longer on… what was the former-former regular time slot, Friday nights? I haven’t been watching, and some of the premises got a little tortured. I didn’t know that fans were filming farewells. Hope you are aired, MilaXX.

            When is the last show?

            • MilaXX

              They are airing new eps on Friday’s again. I think there’s 8 or 10 eps in this last season and 2 have already aired.

            • NDC_IPCentral

              Thanks so much (I so rarely look at TV listings, or much TV, to be honest). I’ll fire it up tomorrow night.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I’m glad Sue is gone. Now I dont have to look at that hair anymore.

      • Squareface

        It would be a handy mop head…

      • MilaXX

        Yeah, I couldn’t figure out her hair. At first I thought it was loc’d but it looks more like hair that was plaited, then slept on.

      • Zorkness

        Her hair is kinda “Portland Rostifarian”

        • lilyvonschtupp

          Ew…I bet it stinks, too.

    • Lilithcat

      Please pass me some of whatever the judges are smoking! How they could give the win to Jeremy is beyond me. That bust was a malfunction waiting to happen.

      • DuBey2

        Yes, the model was soooo sloooooowww on the runway because I think she was terrified it would drop.
        But I actually preferred team Bradon the most – ESPECIALLY Bradon’s!! I LOVed that dress!

    • Nels P. Highberg

      Looks like Tim is using his save next week.

      • mom2ajs5

        Or someone died! They look so sad.

        • LAMusing

          That’s what I thought – did someone die or get in a horrible accident? Tim was making an announcement and clearly actually crying – we see designers look shocked &/or teary and someone says “oh no!”. I sincerely hope that is not the case.

    • PastryGoddess

      I’ve got Duck Dynasty on tap. I’m out

      • Zorkness

        I admit it. I cannot for the life of me understand Duck Dynasty. Storage Wars I can do though…

    • Slade Thunderdragon

      As much as I hate to say it, because everything she made so far has been ugly until now, but if that team was to be given the win, Karen should have won. Those other two dresses were boring. Kate’s look, contrary to her own belief, was not edgy. Jeremy’s did not fit as well as Heidi lauded it to.

      Ken and Sue should have been sent home. Sue needs to stick to making her cool chemically-altered-leather jackets. Her parachute dress was really good, but everything since then has been awful. I thought Ken’s dress for the jewelry challenge was really good, but his outfit this round was horrendous and his attitude atrocious.

      I hate Alexandria too.

      • SewingSiren

        Most definitely was Karen’s best look. By far. Of course all her other looks were more or less crap. I was okay with Jeremy winning . Kate’s was the weakest , but not bad.
        Ken, Sue, and Alexandra’s looks were so similar that it would have been difficult to pick the loser , but I think the judges got it right.

        • Wellworn

          I actually think Ken’s was the worst of that team. His design was dated and unflattering, and did he sew it at all, or was it just ducktaped? For all his meanness to Sue, he should have had a superior dress and his was inferior in design.

    • epenthesis

      I’m calling this as the worst-ever episode (other than finales). Teasing
      us with the possibility of sending Ken home put it over the top. Beyond
      that, other than a very deserving loser, there’s nothing to recommend
      this 90 minutes. No good looks, no good moments, nothing. Bunim and Murray can go fuck themselves for what they’ve done to this show.

    • DeTrop

      Could Tim be verklempt because they’ve pulled PR? At this point it would be a mercy. I have so much respect for the hair and make-up people. They’re geniuses compared to most of the designs we’re seeing. Next week they’re going camping. What fun – NOT. Who’ll pick up the winning design – LLBean, Abercrombie and Fitch? Maybe Neiman has a department for Happy Campers. Ssssh!. Everytime we say it can’t get worse, they prove us wrong.

      • In_Stitches

        One of the sew-testants described his/her garment, including a harness in the description for next week. Are they ziplining down the runway? I can’t decide if that would be better or worse than the stiltwalker challenge…

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Oh great. Now I’ve remember something I’d mercifully forgotten.

    • 3boysful

      First off, love the bar, esp the bar’s name. Sorry for uncles with colds and uncles who have to care for spouses with colds. Hugs to those escaping from life’s knocks for a while with PR.

      And the losing team should’ve all gone home.

    • Wellworn

      I have watched Project Runway since season 3. The shine is completely gone from this show now. Designers are picked for their back story or their drama potential, not as much for talent. When Heidi said tonight, if Sue can’t sew, then how did she get on the show, was so telling. Because they don’t care if you can sew! Being able to construct your designs within the constraints of the show should be mandatory. (And I have to say her design wasn’t the worst either.) But that isn’t what is turning me off from the show. It’s just so mean now, the drama isn’t fun. These people are so mean to each other, that I don’t want any of the meanies to win that big prize at the end. Last season’s winner was one of the meanies too, and it has stuck in my craw that she won. Maybe it’s because I am dealing with my own real life drama that I just can’t anymore with all the manufactured drama over these stupid challenges. Yes there are some nice contestants, and there is some talent this season, actually more than last season, but they are being drowned by the negativity. Next week’s preview makes me cringe with all the weeping at the end. I used to sit and watch the show intently, and watch again later in the week, but now I just have this show on in the background, looking up occasionally to see the runway or the workroom critiques with Tim. It’s just not fun anymore. I notice that TLo doesn’t spend a lot of blog time on the show either. They have the Lounge, and then one recap the next day. In the good old days when it was a good show, they had almost daily recaps. I guess we just all want to get it over with now. I am mourning the old PR, and this current PR just seems like a drunken depressing memorial. Can we just bury it, please?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Well said, Wellworn.

      • Annie Lure

        I concur with your assessment. The producers prefer “characters” to proficient designers. I’ve watched PR since its inception. I kept watching the subsequent seasons because I was elated that they managed to discover and showcase as prodigiously skilled a designer as Jay McCarroll in as early as the first season. I kept hoping to see that level of technical ability and vision, and, to be fair, there have been some excellent designers and worthy winners. PR was doing just fine in the first 7 seasons. It disintegrated when they crowned Gretchen whose technical skills were extremely limited and whose clothes looked like sacks from the local co-op. As if that weren’t offensive enough, they gave the win to a girl who had been doing this for only 4 months because… former miss universe contestant/exotic-looking and sounding/sex tape. THEN, they sent Melissa and Christopher to the finals even though it was quite evident that both needed time to mature as designers. The producers’ allotting the designers of Seasons 8-10 mere weeks to make collections dovetails with their prioritizing personalities and drama as opposed to skill (i.e. Anya’s fairy tale-like win).

        As for Michelle– her win marked the slight redeeming of PR. At least in that season, the superior designer won. She may have been loud and often bitchy, but she was also sharp, hard-working, and immensely skilled. Her technical skills and vision far surpassed those of her fellow designers’. She possessed conviction about her abilities and wasn’t about to let that go unnoticed. I more than respect that.

      • guest2visits

        Mean is the theme. Not creativity. If the designers aren’t snapping at each other, the show makes sure the we are entertained by sadly limping designs and train wrecks. I don’t why the challenge of this game show is centered around making people look like idiots and loons instead of inspiring the best works possible.
        And I don’t even want to think about watching the show without TLo and the BK’s; it just wouldn’t be worth it.
        P.S. I liked Michelle for the win last season; I just didn’t see her as mean like others did!

        • Wellworn

          Michelle wasn’t usually mean to someone’s face or confrontational. She was more of a “mean girl” mean, talking and snickering behind someone’s back. And often not in the camera confessional way, but to other designers. More focused on others than just getting to work. It was part of the team mentality of that season, part of the pressure that was put on being on losing teams in the first part of the season, and part of it was just her. She was good, but not as good as the best designers in many other seasons. We have a few in this season that are very good and seem actually nice. I hope they prevail.

          • guest2visits

            I actually enjoyed her many camera confessionals. They were smart and witty; and I also think that’s why she was often featured in them – just my opinion. But I think PR is lucky to find people who are willing to play their silly little game show; considering it usually means they will be framed as either difficult, egotistical, crazy, mean, talent-less, or whatever suits the producers at any given moment. And that is regardless of their actual skills or efforts; some worthy designers are passed over while weaker ones get propelled forward. Like…who is Karen and what happened to Kahindo?
            Agree; I see 3 or 4 designers left that would be nice to have at the finale, too.

        • Michelle Wilson

          I agree. I never saw her as mean – most of her comments about other designers work was spot on. And I liked her win last season. She was by far the best designer and I loved her final collection.

      • LAMusing

        yes on that. I missed last week’s episode as I had house guests for 5 days. When I read about the unpleasant drama I was glad I missed it

      • SewingSiren

        But they have always cast designers with very little experience( Starr season 1) along side designers that have lots of practical experience in order to ramp up the drama. This was true even in season one.
        In Sue’s defense I have to say hand sewing original one of a kind gowns is a real talent and requires much more skill (or as least as much) as operating an industrial sewing machine. Also draping garments on the dress form it is just as practical to tack it together by hand as it is to pin it, mark it , then take it apart and sew it on a machine. Why she thought she would have enough time to do couture is beyond me. But the producers cast her for a reason. And the reason was DRAMA.

        • Wellworn

          Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I always appreciate your experienced insight. Sue seems to do couture very well, and that should be respected instead of vilified, as especially Ken did the whole episode. And yes, the bottom line for everything is drama. It has just gotten way too dramatic and mean for me as the years have passed. I admit that early on, there was meanness in the form of Jeffrey (season 3) but that was few and far between. Now there are a few meanies in each season.

          • SewingSiren

            Now in Ken’s defense I have to say that it would be extremely stressful to have a team mate was not only not familiar with the machines in the studio, but also not concerned with the budget or time constraints. According to him she stated to her teammates that she would need help with making patterns and sewing. In other words more or less telling (asking?) them to be her assistants. That would not bring out the best in my personality I can assure you of that.

            • Wellworn

              It’s a perfect storm. The designers are picked for their personalities – drama, and a few are picked even though they lack experience or technical ability – again for drama, and then they have really ridiculous challenges and time constraints – drama. More of each of these elements have devolved the show into a swirling vortex of Bunim-Murray Real World in the sewing room disaster. At least in many previous seasons, the positive, or funny, or interesting but not mean characters would get airtime. Now it’s who can yell the loudest or be the bitchiest and they suck all the life out of the show for me.

    • Annie Lure

      For a boob-obsessed model, Heidi sure as hell knows nothing about how boobs should be fitted. She praised Kate’s cauliflower that disfigured that one boob in the 2nd challenge. She said she’d select Dom’s print dress–same challenge–which flattened the boobs and made them look like pans. Now she praised that… “bodice” of Jeremy’s which makes the boobs look as if they’re about disappear. Learn about proper fitting of the bust; otherwise, stop declaring yourself boob-obsessed. You’re laughable.

      • Wellworn

        I agree. I hate dresses with those sad little peek-a-boobies like the winning design. The rest of the dress was fine, but that boobtreatment sucked. Make them go away.

        • alyce1213

          Training bra top.

    • Laylalola

      Wow, I could swear Tim had complimented Ken on using the gray placements, saying something like he’d have never known that was what he had used. And then Tim tells the judges Ken used fabric that he told him he couldn’t use!?! Tim definitely had said that to Sue, who used the drapes on that first atrocity she made. I swear I wasn’t sure what Tim was doing there (okay fine I’ll just say it: Was he lying? Was that deliberate?).

      • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

        He complimented another designer…told Ken he had already seen other team using the placemats. And the Ken covered some fabric with duct tape. I don’t know if we saw Tim mention that to Ken but it is believable that be did after discussing it with Sue…and that was just cut.

    • Brittney P

      Ughh, The winning collection is trife and kind of fug. Bradon’s team should have won.

    • guest2visits

      Congrats PR; I can’t tell which was more irritating. Needing notes to keep track of who’s with who, because damn TEAMS, – and unconventional materials to boot, of course. Or a pint sized prissy Sandro. Or maybe because the inspiration is cars. Not hot sports cars or vintage classic. Sorry, but I don’t think anything is less sexy than a Lexus. Even with Jeremy’s lovely accent. Or maybe it’s because Tim Time has turned into a gossipy chit with the judges. Not exactly what I had in mind when they said we’d be seeing more of Tim.
      Or maybe because It was clear Sue was going down in flames and I just wanted to see her create something beautiful; like she said at the end. I was inspired by her story in the casting interview (which I can’t find! -the closet tour is there, but no casting session). And I saw her as a skilled, self motivated person with not enough clothing design under her belt to carry her through a competition like this. Just not gonna happen. Man I love her jackets though. The only thing that would have taken the bitter edge from this auf would have been the joy of seeing Ken pack his kit too and getting the H gone. His work was just as bad; and he spent his time glowering over Sue and Alexandria. And then Tim added more salt by adding how MUCH he agreed with the judges. Again; missing Tim as a mentor, not an irritating PR automaton.
      I disagree with the judges; Team Bradon-Alex-Miranda was a bit better to me. Especially of course, Bradon’s gown. Miranda’s simple dress was a touch nicer than the proportions in Alexander’s poofy one. And not that Jeremy’s wasn’t a success – but what was the fabric he used for the bulk of his design? …..it looked alot like tablecloth to me. Isn’t that the same as using curtains? But I just don’t know what material it actually was. Not as impressed with either Kate’s or Karen’s looks; although I liked their use of various materials. And Team Dom-Justin-Helen did better than I thought was possible with their vintage wallpaper outfits.

      • lissonifan

        Huh. I saw Sue as an aimless searcher with delusions of creativity, a lack of basic design skills, and a real penchant for being a doormat. She had nice hair, though.

        • guest2visits

          Oh. I wasn’t crazy about her hair or make-up skills. But that’s probably true for most of any season’s designers. But I had hopes she would last a little longer.
          And any of these designers have to have some kind of extra motivation to push them into a show like this. Call it ego or delusions of grandeur; it’s something the more skilled and experienced designers have in common with the even the least of them. Though for many I think it’s just drive and ambition, and they see this competition as another avenue to some measure of success.
          And just what this circus needed – yet another designer dragged into a rage or shout fest.
          I thought she handled a lot of rude, ridiculous behavior by giving it a glance and turning away. And as Alexandria did this episode – letting the show focus on the person who’s over-emoting isn’t bad strategy.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            this is true. and i did love that red dress sue made out of a parachute.

    • nannypoo

      It’s clear that Bradon is the best designer on the show, but the judges can’t name him the winner every week. So in spite of their inexplicable love and admiration for Kate’s incredible skills they apparently felt it was the British guy’s turn this week, maybe to make up for dissing his tribute to his dead grandmother. Yes, I think I have the judging figured out.

    • Tippi123

      Get well soon!

    • Qitkat

      Another lounge full of more comments than I can deal with. I meant to post earlier for anyone that recalls what I was working on last week (my fireplace tiling), I’m delighted to say I did indeed finish it, in only 2 and a half hours instead of six. Looks spectacular. Sounds like a number of BK’s are dealing with health issues again. Sending warm thoughts to all of you. As for this episode, everyone’s already expressed my thoughts. I dozed off and missed some of the drama. But caught enough of it to wish I had missed all of it, if that makes any sense. And camping next week, that ought to generate more grimace-inducing meltdowns. Bah humbug.

    • OrigamiRose

      Did anyone realize they still auction off the garments? Bradon’s winning look from last week went for $37. Yeesh.

      • LAMusing

        where do they auction them?

        • OrigamiRose

          Project Runway dot com :)

          • LAMusing

            not that any of them would fit me LOL

            • OrigamiRose

              Something tells me, no matter the size, they’d probably fall apart quickly :)

              It just seems so sad that they practically are giving them away for nothing. Dom seems to be breaking the $100 mark and that’s about it.

    • LAMusing

      Wait. What? How did Bradon’s team not win? Loved all three seperately and as a mini collection it was beautiful. Brandon’s dress knocked it out of the park for me. Amazing how they made that stiff raffia look so fluid. and the other materials worked really well. I’ll be interested to see T&L’s close ups. Why do the camera operators flit away from the designs so quickly? It’s hard to get a good look at the garments.

      The winning team’s looks were middle of the pack to me. And the winning dress – what was wrong with the bust? Her tiny little boobies looked even tinier and made the dress seem out of proportion.

      The paper pants from the middle team turned out better than I expected and overall the 3 outfits were okay – but not very luxurious – more like daywear.

      And Ken team? Oh dear. Although Sue was clearly in over her head I agreed with La Nina that the back was interesting. In fact, of the 3 offering of team Napoleon, it was about the only interesting thing out there. But worse than their outfits was all the time I had to listen to that self important, delusional little twit Ken. He was snotty, sullen and smack talking from the moment the team was put together. And his “I don’t dress 40 year old women” was said with such disdain and horror I felt that as a woman over 40 I might as well just kill myself and remove my hideous withered self from the planet. What a dick. And his outfit sucked.

      • lissonifan

        I thought that the winning dress would surely lose points because its luminosity was too blinding.

    • LAMusing

      Oh and Ken? Heidi is 40.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’m sure the heidi factoid went right over his head. or in one ear and out the other, more likely.

    • mhleta

      I felt like I’d fallen through the rabbit hole listening to all that praise of the winning team. If I only saw the runway show and you told me they were in the bottom, I totally would have believed you.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        ROTFLMAO!

    • otterbird

      Jennifer Aniston: Ken, would you design a dress for me?
      Ken: I don’t design for 40-year-olds.
      Michelle Obama: Ken, would you design a dress for me?
      Ken: I don’t design for 40-year-olds. That means 40 and up, First Lady. Or should I say First Old Lady?
      Cate Blanchett: Ken, would you design a dress for me?
      Ken: Nope. You met your Kenspiration Date 3 years ago.
      Halle Berry: Ken, would you-
      Ken: Get a cane, Grandma.
      Helen Mirren- Ken, would you-
      Ken: DO NOT EVEN LOOK AT ME WiTH YOUR OVER-40 EYES, OLD WOMAN!
      (etc., etc.)

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        ROTFLMAO! no disqus, i have not already made this comment, i deleted the other as a duplicate. get a grip, please.

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