John the show stealer takes a bow on this one. I thought he would be around for a while to provide drama for the season, but it wasn’t enough. However, he does provide some very good moments for this episode. First, he reveals the reason for his aggression in the last episode: he’s HIV+ and he takes supplemental testosterone. John then makes peace with Michael and extends the gesture to him once more by giving him a hug after elimination. Nothing goes quite right for John when it comes to making his room of the week and his pushy, confident persona gives way to panic and excuses.
The way reality shows are set up will make any sane person panic and make excuses. If Alexis Arquette was a surprise as a mystery client in the premier episode, then the clients in this episode are a definite sucker punch. Each designer is given a profile of their clients gender and interest. With a budget of $8000 to get started, most of them shop for adults. The catch? The clients were 10 year old children. Given that, Goil and Erik embrace the challenge head on, while others have to make some serious compromises. Goil goes for a modern, modular sofistication while Erik does a pirate fantasy (and wins). Carisa doesn’t have the end tables or desk she needs, but she improvises by building them. Andrea, who pulls off the muprhy bed, claims she does not have time to girly it up more. John’s carpenter doesn’t come through on the flooring, so he is forced to paint the floor, which then makes it look horrible. The footprints and the pattern of the concrete are visible.
Todd Oldham is less monotonous is this episode; that is, he sounds doesn’t sound like a robot. However, his language attempts to call attention to his wit when he introduces Liz Lange, the guest judge, as “bringing sexy back into maternity.” We have Justin Timberlake to thank for “bringing sexy back.” Now if only someone would bring some of it back into this show.
Then there is the wit of the judges. Regarding Project Runway, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia were definitely engaging, strongly opinionated, and, at times, controversial. Jonathan Adler and company are blander in comparison, though some of their comments are cattier than the judges of Project Runway. Adler says of John that he is the “mayor of Excuseville.” Margaret Russell, editor of Elle Decor, is much more fierce in declaring that one cannot “design a room around a cat. While the banter is mildly entertaining, where is the style these luminaries carry themselves with? And how come Bravo neglects to name them in the About page?