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An Episode of Eleventy-Billion "Firsts"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:53am GMT

The moment I realized that Maya was packing it in early, the first thing that came to mind was Chris March's season of "Runway" where he, too — and first! — was sent packing and was resurrected from elimination purgatory just in time for the next episode's judging. And then slept a lot.

Who better to ask what he thought about this debacle of an episode than Chris March himself? While setting him up for his weekly screening of the episode here at the Lifetime offices, I decided to be that girl. That girl who dares to ask what its like to have someone coin a verb after you, thanks to Anthony's triumphant return to the competition. That is, "He was Chris Marched!"

Chris shared tales of fellow contestants who conjured up conspiracy theories on a grassy knoll–type level to rationalize it all. But when one talented designer suddenly withdraws from a competition in a sudden and shocking way, isn't that the only thing you can do to make sense out of nonsense? (Get his take on the episode over on Chris March's "Project Runway" blog.)

So, Anthony fans, rejoice! And be exceedingly glad! For our Beyonc-loving boy from the South has returned to create more fabulous fashions and, with any luck, more rambling monologues about Uncle Leroy. Aside from the designer musical chairs happening in the workroom, the models were facing their very own set of surprises. DKNY finally lured Seth Aaron's model, Valeria, away from the competition, so our best girl, Cerri, is back. I was anticipating an uncomfortable glance or two thrown across the room between her and Jonathan after the "I defended you on the runway when everyone ganged up on you, and you seriously didn't pick me?!" offensive of 2010, but there was no fighting Irish to be seen. Damn. I was looking forward to a fisticuffs first!

Seeing Heidi in the workroom took me back to — and apologies to Nina for being "referential" — Season 2's lingerie challenge, where Daniel Franco got all weird on her while he was pitching his "lovemaking lace" collection idea, except this was a lot less awkward and a lot more yardage. It was nice to see her be the client and see the designs on the dress form. Poor [name] practically sabotaged any chance he had by starting on his 54th dress of the night in the 11th hour after Heidi's feedback left him questioning his concept back at design number one.

In the end — and, if you're keeping score, the 39th "first" of the episode and, uh, I ran out of paper for Season 7 — two winners were named for this challenge. Although I'm not sure of the semantics of this truly being a first, since Emilio and Seth Aaron both won their team challenge, but I'll live.

Episode 11: Who Should Have Gone Home This Week?


Oh, and if you're playing our Fantasy Game, you ranked up some serious points tonight. Serious.

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The Judges of "Project Runway" Star in "Mean Girls"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:21am GMT

Fabric choices are always a critical point for any good designer on “Project Runway,” but being able to create your own fabric speaks volumes. (Or is it yards? Oh, puns!)

Because this episode was filled with more fun surprises than I know how to articulate into a single blog post, let’s focus on the essential moments to remember:

- Even Tim (subliminally) wishes the Bromance of Emilio and Seth Aaron would live on for another episode! I nearly died when he thought Emilio’s custom print read “SA <3 ES”. All that was missing was the “4EVA.” (For a closer look at his fabric swatch to continue the debate, check out Rate the Runway or Emilio’s "Project Runway" Portfolio.)

- The folks in the editing suite apparently omitted the scene where Mila drove to Donny Osmond’s house and stole his costume from his days in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to use as her fabric. (… and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue!)

- I actually had an answer to Anthony’s rhetorical question regarding Beyonc songs that satisfied his strict criteria (answer: “Listen,” from her album “BDay,” for the win, thank you) … until he got up to that part about Oprah and his Uncle Leroy and porn addiction. (I may have some hope on a future Sasha Fierce record.)

- I want one of those crazy HP touch-screen computers. I don’t know what I’d do with it, other than hold demonstrations of its awesomeness, but I’m sure people I don’t even know would be envious of me.

- Did Jonathan get confused with Bernie Madoff or something? Every single judge spewed forth venomous comments, the likes of which I have never heard in seven seasons of “Runway.” Even “No, Nina! No!” from Santino’s infamous deer-models-wearing-lingerie showdown in Season 2 seemed tame compared to the sinister steam rising this time around.

“Dirty tablecloth”? “Disco straitjacket”? “Looks poor”? “I feel sad”? Back off, people! Back off! The one thing I can say is that Jonathan has presumably watched some serious amounts of “Law & Order” reruns, because only Jack McCoy himself could pull off such a composed response under such strain. (If you can handle even more awkward “Mean Girl” moments of cruelty against poor Jonathan Peters, be sure to watch his Extended Judging clip, because you ain’t seen NOTHING yet.)

Episode 10: Who Should Have Gone Home This Week?



As “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” plays softly in my head, Anthony Williams packs up his workroom belongings and flips off that fictitious light switch under the table before heading into the fabulous sunset … only to be interrupted by Episode 11’s ominous preview. What? Is? Going On?

I think we’re all going to want to tune in next week. DVRs not allowed for this one!