Project Runway Season 8 – Episode 5 – There Is No I in Team

“Michael Costello is such a dumb ass!” April declares at the start of this challenge, when Heidi tells the designers that they must work as a team.

Michael C, being the winner from the previous challenge, gets to pick first and automatically chooses two-time winner, Gretchen.

“Do you want to hire Hitler? Seriously?” April asks.

Interestingly enough, April gets to pick first for the second team and Peach, who’s the last one chosen, observes that the teams are split evenly between the “superstars” versus the “underdogs.” Between the superstar team, they have four wins amongst them, whereas Team Underdog has zero.

Michael C has nothing but confidence and calls his team “the best of the best.”

April begs to differ.

“I think it’s a clusterfuck of team members on the other side,” April opines. “All those egos over there are going to be butting heads.”

Upon meeting Tim in the workroom, he tells them to design a six-piece collection with an $8,000 budget that’s on trend for fall before turning to a board with a few buzz words about trends for fall 2010.

What I find tedious beyond belief is when they’ve got a spokesperson from Garnier talking about how hair is so important. Bah! Product placements — it’s so gauche when it’s in your face.

Speaking of being all in your face, Gretchen doesn’t waste any time getting into her team’s faces, assuming the role of leader.

Michael C can’t help but notice that, when he throws out an idea, nobody cares, but when Gretchen says something, everybody jumps all over it.

“Heidi said there’d be no leader, but Gretchen is our leader,” Michael C says.

Interestingly, over on Team Underdog, Peach feels the reason why they’re so bogged down and not working together cohesively is because nobody’s stepping up to be a leader.

I have to say: I’m a little impatient with people like Peach who whine about nobody taking a leadership role for fear of being sent home if they lose, yet, not doing anything about it.

It’s like, “Oh, someone else should be the leader — but not me.”

Back in the workroom, Valerie observes that Team Luxe, headed up by Gretchen, who’s in full commando mode, is doing everything by pieces — and she thinks it’s like a recipe for disaster.

“Sort of like when you’re vomitting and have diarrhea at the same time,” she observes.

The snipping and bitching from Ivy is nauseating and annoying — she’s really beginning to get on my last nerve. I mean, as annoying as Gretchen is with her holier-than-thou attitude, I think Ivy’s almost worse because she hasn’t even won anything yet.

Michael C takes offense to Ivy’s harping — and while Christopher can observe that Ivy’s being…oh, a tad mean, all Gretchen can take note of is that Michael C seems to be the weakest link.

I think what she’s failing to see is that there should be no ‘weakest link’ and that the team needs to be strong as a whole.

When Tim arrives to give his critique, he insists on talking to them as a team rather than individual competitors.

Team Military & Lace’s outfits look more like “bordello trashy” in Michael C’s opinion.

Casanova is also bracing for bad news because he’s noticed that Tim never has anything good to say about any of his designs.

“I’m going to be blunt: your look looks like the mother of all these other women,” Tim says.

Casanova tells the camera that once again, he’s been told that he’s made a senior citizen garment — he questions what happened to his taste.

Beats me.

He winds up having a major diva moment.

Valerie has to talk him off the ledge from being crazy.

Here, I’m rolling my eyes.

I want to punch him in the face so bad.

I’m done with feeling sorry for him — especially when he claims he’s done with this. Hell! He claims he’s even getting fat!

Valerie sighs and complains, “Enough. Just put your panties back on and get on with it.”

His model gives a crack at calming him down and suddenly, Casanova is okay and says that she’s an angel and that he was probably being a little over-sensitive.

You think?!

Team Lux, on the other hand, has taken on a lot of tasks and when Tim takes a look at everything, he doesn’t seem overly blown away.

“I feel a responsibility to tell you this,” Tim says slowly, “but compared with the other team, this is looking very ho hum.”

Ivy’s quick to dismiss that. She claims she understands where he’s coming from but the reality is, she doesn’t. If she did, they would have addressed those concerns earlier on and Tim wouldn’t have had to bring it up.

I find Ivy’s voice incredibly grating. She’s like Satan’s little minion. Both Ivy and Gretchen are totally delusional and are quickly becoming this season’s most hated people. (In my books, anyway.)

Casanova’s design

What was beyond surprising was when Team Underdog (aka Military and Lace) were handed the win (and with Casanova emerging as the winner) and Gretchen went into a tail spin of disbelief and anguish.

She thought her team’s line had much more “cohesion” than that shown by Team Miltary and Lace.

To be fair — it’s not all pathetic.

I like Christopher’s outfit, at least:

The sob fest that ensued was truly pathetic. When Ivy sobbed that it was like having a baby and being told her child was ugly, I couldn’t help rolling my eyes.

What was even more eye roll inducing was how quickly Gretchen went from declaring that the team was standing united to a vehement declaration that the collection was “crappy.” She even went so far as to say that she couldn’t pick a weak link because “everybody sucked.”

Heidi couldn’t help pointing out how amazing it was that Gretchen’s tune had changed so drastically from the start of the conversation.

Everybody pretty much banded together to name Michael C as the one who should be sent packing — this despite the fact that the guy had immunity.

“I don’t know if it’s laziness or just ignorance,” Ivy declared when naming the many shortcomings of Michael C.

Ultimately, AJ was sent packing for the outfit shown above — but at least Tim got to put in his two cents by expresing his disappointment with Team Luxe.

“I fundamentally do not understand your behavior and demeanor and affect on the runway. I don’t get it. I don’t know why you allowed Gretchen to manipulate, control, and bully you. I don’t understand it,” he tells them.

Amen, brother!


~ by justj on September 2, 2010.

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