Project Runway 10, Episode 9: The Art of Using Prints

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to work in groups of three and design fall clothing.  They also had to do their own fund-raising by offering t-shirts and fashion advice to the mostly uninterested citizens of New York.  Elena and Dmitry nearly came to blows, while Alicia stayed out of their way and the other teams remembered to act like professionals.  Sonjia won with a gorgeous dark green jacket and Alicia was sent home.

The next morning, Christopher notes that the competition is half-way over.  Dmitry and Elena wisely decide to avoid each other.  On the runway, Heidi tells the designers that the next challenge will call for an “individual inspiration.”  (Gunnar tells us, that if he wins, he’ll spend some of the money on boots for himself– and a boob job for his mother.  Such a devoted son…)

The designers go to the workroom, where they find Tim with Mondo Guerra,  last seen as the winner of Project Runway All-Stars.  They announce that it’s time for the HP and Intel textile challenge.  The designers will have to create their own patterned fabric and then design a look inspired by their cultural heritage.  Mondo goes on to tell the designers about his own experiences with this challenge in Season 8.  He then warns them not to be too literal.  Anything resembling a national costume will likely get them booted.

Tim adds that the textile must be “prominent” in their look.  In other words, it can’t just be used as trim or an accessory.  The contestants will have an hour to design their textile– and special guests will be bringing them information about their heritage, so they should have plenty of inspiration.  The special guests turn out to be the designers’ loved ones:  Fabio’s partner, Ven’s sister, Dmitry’s best friend (who is female), and the other designers’ mothers all come in for a tearful reunion.  The “information” they bring turns out to be slides and videos of the designers’ families.

Gunnar DR’s about how he was bullied as a child and often turned to his mother for comfort.  Christopher shows his mother how to use the fancy HP gear, while Dmitry decides to make a red pattern based on traditional Belarus designs.  Ven tells us that he was born in Guyana, but that his ancestors come from India.  He will therefore use a pink hibiscus in his print, as that flower is often used in Hindu rituals.  Christopher, by contrast, doesn’t have a clue what to do; he hates prints and thus doesn’t use them.  Gunnar, meanwhile, draws a bird design to symbolize his escape from bullying.

The loved ones leave and it’s time for the designers to go to Mood, where they will have a budget of $100.00  They will pick up supplementary fabric, buttons, zippers and so forth.  After that, it’s back to work.

Christopher designs a black skirt.  He tells us that he’d finally made a lady-bug design, as  lady-bugs were important to his family.  Oh, boy.  A lady-bug print is a tough sell for anybody over ten.  Sonjia has decided to make pants, and Dmitry, remembering the judges’ scolding, has decided to make separates, rather than his usual dress.  Christopher still isn’t sure what to do, as he won’t have the bulk of his fabric until the next day.  Make a cute accessory to go with the dress, maybe?

Tim comes in to send everybody home, as their loved ones are back at the apartment fixing them dinner.  Melissa and Christopher find their fathers have joined the party, and everybody has dinner together.  After the loved ones leave, Christopher worries that he won’t be able to stay motivated.

The next morning, the designers find their fabrics ready and waiting for them.  They’re excited, and so am I.  Dmitry , Christopher, and Melissa all have prints with a lot of red in them.  Huzzah!  Color!  Fabio tells us that his print is a stylized representation of reproductive organs, which are the source of all life.  Not only does that strike me as being in questionable taste, but the thin lines of the drawings don’t show all that well against the dark background.  Christopher, still struggling, is now having problems deciding on a silhouette.  Ven is working on folded decorations for his dress.

Gunnar tells Sonjia about how he’d been bullied as a kid.  He then shows her his print, which depicts a bird flying away from a pair of “wretched hands,” symbolizing his eventual escape.  He later experiences a case of buyers’ remorse, though, when he finds that the print is hard to match up at the seams.

Tim comes in to make his rounds and he starts with Christopher, who has made two lady-bug dresses and can’t decide which one to continue working with.  Tim calls one “expected,” which should be a cue to pick the other one.  Sonjia shows him her pants, which have a black, blue, and red pattern against a white background.  She explains that she’s African-American and chose colors and a tribal-looking pattern that represent that.  Tim seems pleased, but warns her that the fit of the pants will have to be perfect.  Tim then stops by Dmitri and thinks his design looks “prim” so far.

Ven is up next and Tim is not impressed by the white dress with the hot pink flowers and scrunched-up pink and white decorations on it.  The decorations are especially bad, and Tim calls them an “homage to the menstrual cycle.”  The decorations resemble “maxi-pads,” in his opinion.  Tasteless, but I can see it.  The folded decorations are about that size and shape, and while humans don’t have hot pink blood, still…  Back to the drawing board, Ven!

Fabio shows Tim his fabric– but doesn’t mention what the design is supposed to be.  Melissa shows Tim the dress she’s working on and Tim tells her to be more ambitious.  Elena shows Tim her look– and beats him to the punch by admitting that it looks like a hospital scrub.  She already has an idea in mind to fix that:  add a high collar.  Tim likes that idea.  Last up is Gunnar, who explains his bird imagery.  Tim thinks the look might be a bit too literal, as it resembles armor and has a heavy yoke.

After that,  the models come in for their fitting, and Ven revamps his dress, starting by removing the offending decorations.  After that, it’s time to go home.

The next morning the designers get back to work.  Tim stops by to send in the models for their final fitting and to have their hair and make-up done.  He also tells the designers that their loved ones will be watching the runway show.  Gunnar’s mom stops by to assure him that she likes his dress.

Then it’s off to the runway.  Heidi introduces the guest judges, Mondo Guerra and Anya Ayoung-Chee, both of whom are Project Runway alumnae who had won the textile challenge during their respective seasons.

Sonjia is first and had used her patterned print to make a pair of pants.  The print is black, red, white, and blue, and has a tribal design.  Sonjia also made a black shirt with 3/4 length sleeves and a draped back.

Elena also opted to make separates.  She made a pale gray mini-skirt.  She’d made a yellow, violet, and blue print with an abstract design and used that to make a short-sleeved top.  The top has navy blue trim and a zipper down the front.

Christopher made a cocktail dress.  It’s strapless and he used black organza to obscure the red and white lady-bug design.

Ven had made a print which consisted of hot pink hibiscus on a white background.  He used that to make a draped, one-shoulder top.  He also made a plain white skirt with intricate folds that create his beloved abstract rose.

Fabio made a long black sleeveless dress.  He used his print to make a vest.  Melissa made a red and white with a geometric pattern which she used to make a short-sleeved cocktail dress.

Gunnar made a black skirt.  He used his black and white bird print to make a jacket.  He also used thin black trim to try to hide the fact that he couldn’t get the fabric seams to line up just right– and it doesn’t work.

Dmitry is up last and he made a suit.  He used his red geometric print to make a shirt, and he also used it as trim on his black jacket.  He then added geometric cutouts to the back of the jacket, so the print shirt could show through.  He used a black skirt to complete the ensemble.

Heidi then calls Elena and Fabio and tells they are safe.  The other six have to face the judges.  They start with Melissa, who explains that she is of Polish descent and therefore wanted to use the colors of the Polish flag in her look.  Heidi thinks the front part of the sleeves looks like wings, while Michael thinks the dress look upscale.  Mondo likes it, but thinks the styling is too predictable.

Ven explains his Indian heritage and Heidi thinks the dress looks like something a Hawaiian stewardess would wear.  She also points out that the folded flower design in the skirt doesn’t mesh well with the hibiscus print.  Michael is simply getting sick of seeing flowers week after week after week.  When Ven denies having ever been told by Tim to lay off the flowers, the judges call Tim, who explains how poor Ven’s original design was.  He hadn’t mentioned Ven’s overuse of flowers– this time.   Mondo and Anya both think the look is too busy.

Dmitry tells the judges that he was born in Belarus to a family of artists.  Michael applauds Dmitry for stepping out of his comfort zone and not doing another dress.  Mondo calls the jacket a show-stopper– and then adds that this is a print challenge.  Heidi calls it “stunning” and Anya also likes it.  Nina calls the jacket “phenomenal,” and then adds that Dmitry overstyles.

Gunnar tells the judges about his problems with bullying and the symbolism behind his look.  Heidi finds it bizarre and confusing, while Michael thinks the look isn’t compelling, even though the story behind it is.  He adds that the print looks like “bird postage stamps.”  Nina gets “sadness and struggle,” but again doesn’t see the print’s impact.  Mondo says it’s too chaotic, and Anya is simply confused by it.

Sonjia tells the judges that she wanted a print that looked tribal, in a nod to her African ancestry.  Heidi praises the fit of the pants.  Anya likes the overall look, while Nina likes the draped back.  Michael appreciates Sonjia’s attention to detail.

Christopher explains the rationale behind his lady-bug print.  Heidi calls it a “simple” dress and Nina says it’s “expected.”  Mondo thinks Christopher overdesigned his look, and Michael thinks the print looks like upholstery.  Ouch.

The judges chat, starting with the designers they’d liked.  Melissa’s dress is colorful and polished,  Dmitry made beautifully tailored clothes and used the peek-a-boo effect very well.  Sonjia made perfect, expensive-looking pants.

As for the designers they didn’t like, Christopher had made a mediocre dress and tried to hide a bad print with black organza.  Ven’s dress was proportioned well, but he needs to stop doing flowers.  Right now.  Gunnar’s dress is poorly proportioned and in questionable taste.

Heidi announces the judges’ decision.  Melissa is in and Dmitry is the winner.  Sonjia and Christopher are in leaving Ven and Gunnar in the bottom two.  Gunnar is out, while Ven is in — but  Heidi and Michael then warn him that they are sick of folded flowers and want to see something else.

Backstage, Gunnar and Christopher make up and part amicably.

Next week:  The designers have to design a costume for the Rockettes.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Rehab with Dr. Drew

Tonight Dr. Drew is back to help the addicted through a season of rehab. Except this time, the patients are regular folk and not celebrities. Will the show still be just as good? Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. MLB Baseball. Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees. 12:00 PM CT TBS

3. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. GEICO 400 from Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

4. NFL Football. New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers. 3:00 PM CT CBS

5. Into the West. Part 3 of 6. Follows the story of Jacob's children as they make their way in the new West, while the conflict between white settlers and Native Americans continues to build. 6:00 PM CT AMC

6. 60 Minutes. Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan talks about Iran possibly becoming nuclearly-armed, sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, and Adele. 6:30 PM CT CBS

7. Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season premiere. Dr. Drew is back to treat addictions, this time for non-celebrities. 7:00 PM CT VH1

8. MLB Baseball. Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

9. NFL Football. Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers. 7:15 PM CT NBC

10. Big Brother. 7:00 PM CT CBS

11. Leverage. In the first hour, Col. Vance, Eliot, Hardison, and Parker try to stop a terrorist attack on Washington. In the second hour, Nate needs to put his investigative skills to use to clear Sophie's name after she is implicated in a valuable painting theft. 8:00 PM CT TNT

12. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Season finale. Kourt's new baby is welcomed into the world, Khloe tries to figure out why she can't conceive, and Kim freezes her eggs. 8:00 PM CT E!

13. Oprah's Next Chapter. Usher and his mother are the guests. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. Long Island Medium. In the first half hour, Theresa's schedule fills up, so she decides to leave her comfort zone and hire a hand, and a young man copes with the loss of his brother with desperate measures. In the second half hour, as Victoria gets ready for prom night, she brings her mom along, who can't help but channel spirits throughout. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. Snapped. A woman is accused of murder after her husband dies in an apparent freak accident. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

16. Hell on Wheels. Durant must save the railroad while fighting for his own life. Meanwhile Cullen fights to save an old friend. 8:00 PM CT AMC

17. Boardwalk Empire. Season premiere. Nucky makes a resolution, Margaret ponders a hospital expansion, Gillian builds a new business, and Van Alden stumbles into a confrontation. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. Married to Jonas. Kevin Sr. gets the Father of the Year award, and Kevin receives a shocking phone call about Dani. 9:00 PM CT E!

19. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The drama that left two families not speaking for the past year slowly unravels…Melissa meets with a hot-shot music industry insider to see if she has the makings of a pop star. Later on, it's time for Kim D's annual Posche Fashion Show. As always, the show can’t go on without a little drama beforehand, and a ghost from Melissa's past sets the stage for the drama to come. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Breaking Amish. The Amish head to New York and experience several firsts. and as they adjust, they find both tension and romance. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. Ice Road Truckers. Jack and Darrell gon on their final run to Nuiqsut, Ray tries to prove himself after a breakdown, and Alex gambles with an extra large trailer to haul. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

22. Bridezillas. Inked-up Bridezilla, Christine, puts her wedding priorities aside to take a trip to the tattoo parlor. When she doesn’t make it to the jewelry store in time to get her rings, this ‘Zilla blames her fiancé, Aaron. Then, on a road trip to Vegas, she analyzes, insults, berates and threatens. Dominating diva Minyon goes to a family dinner set to settle the beef with her sister, but instead blames their disconnect on her sister’s selfishness. Later, at the rehearsal, she shows her true knack for micromanaging, and subsequently loses her mind. 9:00 PM CT WE

23. Weeds. Series finale. The Botwins come to a crossroads. 9:00 PM CT Showtime


What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – SNL Season Premiere

It ought to be a wild season premiere for Saturday Night Live this weekend. Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane is guest host. Oh, the parodies they could do! Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.


1. Shark Tank. Season premiere. Business ideas include a ticket-free coat check system, a combination belt buckle/beverage holder, and a bedbug solution. 7:00 PM CT ABC

2. America's Next Top Model. The aspiring models dress outrageously and interact with pedestrians, as Tyler Perry directs them from a surveillance van, and also dress as zombies for a shoot. 7:00 PM CT CW

3. Touch. Martin ends up in the town where he initiated his reporting career and begins to suspect his mentor could be involved in illegal activity. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. Primetime: What Would You Do? An interviewee is told she won't be hired because of gender, a homeless man is denied service, a lemonade stand overcharges for its wares, a teen in a dress shop throws a fit, and a kid is punished by wearing a sandwich board. 8:00 PM CT ABC

5. Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. In the first half hour, Joseph suspects Leslie of cheating and confronts her. In the second half hour, the guys suspect Richard of spending company funds when checks start bouncing. 8:00 PM CT TBS

6. Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. In the first half hour, a bride's body art brings up conflicting opinions, and a bride's desired dress is beyond her budget. In the second half hour, Shaina gets put in the middle of a family feud, and Kimberly sees finding the perfect dress a grand experiment. 8:00 PM CT TLC

7. Ghost Adventures. Zak, Nick & Aaron head to the recently closed Central Unit Prison in Texas to be the first and only investigators to document the spirits of former inmates. Things take a turn when Nick is forced to leave the lockdown in fear. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

8. America's Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

9. Boss. Kane's hold over the City Council is threatened by his war against political corruption, and he's unable to tell the difference between reality and hallucinations because of his worsening mental symptoms. 8:00 PM CT Starz

10. Dateline NBC. A suspected serial killer's secrets could be exposed by a risky undercover operation in a rough prison. 9:00 PM CT NBC

11. 20/20. Season premiere. Stories of some of the more nasty neighbors. 9:00 PM CT ABC

12. Lost Girl. Bo and her friends are forced by battle their enemy, and Dyson gives Bo ammunition. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

13. I Found the Gown. In the first half hour, Four brides with budgets want designer threads that will wow, but not break the bank. In the second half hour, three more brides look for discount dresses. 9:00 PM CT TLC

14. Real Time with Bill Maher. Panelists include John Feehery, Chris Hayes, Zanny Minton Beddoes, John Legend, and Bob Costas. 9:00 PM CT HBO

15. Strike Back. Stonebridge and Scott confide in each other about their mistakes – Stonebridge’s desire for revenge on Craig Hanson, who has appeared in Capetown, and Scott’s connection with Rebecca, a Mossad agent tracking their case, but with very different orders from theirs. Knox takes Evans to a secret facility, where he reveals how he plans to make Africa a world power. Stonebridge befriends Knox’s idealistic daughter, Ava, who runs their foundation and weapons decommissioning program. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax


1. College Football. California at Ohio State. 11:00 AM CT ABC

2. College Football. Texas Christian at Kansas. 11:00 AM CT FX

3. College Football. Wake Forest at Florida State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

4. College Football. Arkansas State at Nebraska. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

5. College Football. Alabama at Arkansas. 2:30 PM CT CBS

6. College Football. Navy at Penn State. 2:30 PM CT ABC

7. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300. From Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. 2:30 PM CT ESPN

8. MLB Baseball. Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians. 3:00 PM CT Fox

9. College Football. Portland State at Washington. 3:00 PM CT FX

10. College Football. Florida at Tennessee. 5:00 PM CT ESPN

11. College Football. USC Stanford. 6:30 PM CT Fox

12. College Football. Arizona State at Missouri. 6:30 PM CT ESPN 2

13. College Football. Notre Dame at Michigan State. 7:00 PM CT ABC

14. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Season premiere. Tim won't help Miss Robbie with the opening party, and Charles wants a bartending gig at the new restaurant. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Tanked. Neil Patrick Harris is looking for a tank based on the Houdini water escape, and Wayde has plans for his 15-year anniversary. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

17. My Fair Wedding: Unveiled. The groom loves the 40’s and the bride mermaids. But even the beautiful bridesmaids don’t understand why the bride, who’s even taking hair pills to look more like a mermaid on the big day, won’t let go of her tacky mermaid ideas. The couple’s ring bearer is a lap dog that can barely make it down the aisle, and the groom insists on serenading his bride at the reception. But the kicker is that this quirky couple is hiding a very big secret, which threatens to enrage the bride’s dad and upset the entire wedding. 8:00 PM CT WE

18. A Dangerous Method. Using the methods of his mentor, Sigmund Freud, Dr. Darl Jung treats a beautiful, unbalanced patient, but the two doctors eventually form a rivalry over her attentions. 8:00 PM CT Starz

19. 48 Hours Mystery. A look at the new details surrounding Natalie Wood's death from the incident's tapes and the boat captain. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Iyanla, Fix My Life. Iyanla visits with Evelyn Lozada. 9:00 PM CT OWN

21. Saturday Night Live. Season premiere. Seth MacFarlane is the guest host, and Frank Ocean the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC


Survivor: General Commentary – I’ve Got Your Memorable Women Right Here

Just a quick add to the pre-season commentary – Jeff Probst gave an interview to this week regarding the new season. With three more returning players – Russell Swan, Jonathan Penner and Michael Skupin – we have now had nine returnees (not in FvF, All-Stars or HvV) in show history, with only Steph in Guatemala lacking a Y chromosome. When asked about it, Probst basically implied – and watch the interview for yourselves – that they have used up all of the memorable Survivor women. He did say that Parvati, Cirie, Amanda, etc. have been on the show multiple times already, and they would welcome them back again. His concern is that the women are not able to carry the show’s narrative (paraphrasing here) as well as the men.

Now, I just disagree with that. First of all, in my preview I talked a bit about the options they would have using this season’s premise. Not a lot of women were evacuated or quit for any good reason. The only one was Jenna Morasca – and she would have been perfect for this season, with the only strike against her being her previous win. In addition, there have been scores of women who have either been odd characters, polarizing figures or flat out great players and who would carry a season quite well.

Probst’s comments led me to think about the inevitable answer – an All-Stars men vs. women season. Let’s go to the map and start casting – Season 25 is not eligible as we have no idea who is going to be good or bad here.

Men – Point to Probst – the bench is a bit deeper here. For the list, we add anyone and everyone who fits the categories – odd character, polarizing figure, great players – without concern of multiple appearances or anything else:

Hatch, Rudy, Gervase, Colby, Keith, Rodger, Skupin, Ethan, Lex, Big Tom, Frank, Silas, Paschal, Sean, John, Boston Rob, Brian, Robb, Matthew, Rob C, Roger, Fairplay, Burton, Rupert, Savage, Chris, Chad, Rory, Tom, Ian, Coby, Bobby Jon, Palau James, Rafe, Judd, Gary, Jamie, Aras, Terry, Shane, Yul, Ozzy, Jonathan, Cao Boi, Earl, Yau-Man, Todd, James, Jean Robert, FvF Erik, Bob, Matty, Randy, Marcus, JT, Stephen, Coach, Tyson, Russell, Jaison, Samoa Erik, Swan, Danger Dave, Fabio, Sash, Chase, Marty, Jimmy Johnson, Philip, Mike, Matt, Ralph, Albert, Brandon Hantz, Cochran, Jim, Tarzan, Troyzan, Colton.

If we go with the true Top 10 men – Boston Rob, Fairplay, Hatch, Colby, Rupert, James, Yau, JT, Ozzy, Coach. They all had good finishes – either via physicality or strategy. All have charisma and all are interesting either in likability or in outrageousness. All could carry a season. That would be ideal – however, Rob has already gone four times. Rupert, James, Coach and Ozzy three times each. Colby three times – plus he has his own show. Fairplay is persona non grata now. That leaves Hatch, Yau and JT as potential realistic choices for a gender war all-star, if we don’t want to add more four timers, or a five timer. All three have gone twice already – but Hatch and Yau departed rather early their second time around. Frankly, Hatch could use the cash. JT has a big Russell Hantz love letter to live down too.

The rest all hit at least one of the criteria – and as much as a big fan would love to see some obscure returnees like Danger Dave, Burton, Silas, etc. come back, let’s assume that they wouldn’t go there. I’ll also eliminate anyone else who has gone three times. And some others have issues that would leave them out – Rudy is friggin old now. Heck, he was old 12 years ago. Ethan has been rather ill. Brian had that porno controversy and isn’t all that popular (although he played one of the best games in show history), and Jimmy Johnson wasn’t all that interesting his first time around. And others have issues as well. I see this likely group of 16 to fill the last seven male slots – Matthew, Rob C, Savage, Chris, Ian, Coby, Terry, Shane, Yul, Earl, Todd, Jean Robert, Stephen, Matt, Cochran, Colton.

Only Rob has come back for a second go-around from this group, and he ran head first into another Rob’s mastery. I would like to see excellence rewarded – physical and mental – so filling some of those seven slots are Rob, Terry, Yul, Chris, Stephen, Todd. That leaves one slot for one of the characters – I cut it down to Coby, Shane, Cochran or Colton. I would probably pick Cochran from that group, but I can see the show going with Colton.
Women – same rules apply.

Kelly, Sue, Colleen, Jenna L, Gretchen, Tina, Elisabeth, Amber, Jerri, Alicia, Kim J, Lindsey, Vecepia, Neleh, Kathy, Tammy, Helen, Erin, Shii Ann, Ghandia, Jenna M, Heidi, Christy, Deena, Sandra, Lill, Christa, Twila, Scout, Ami, Julie, Eliza, Katie, Steph, Angie, Danni, Danielle, Cirie, Exile Courtney, Sally, Becky, Parvati, Candice, Cassandra, Stacey, Michelle, China Courtney, Amanda, Peih-Gee, FvF Natalie, Tracy, Susie, Sugar, Corinne, Erinn, Taj, Sierra, Sydney, Samoa Natalie, Shambo, Monica, Holly, Jane, Brenda, Kelly B, RI Natalie, Ashley, Andrea, Sophie, Whitney, Dawn, Kim, Sabrina, Chelsea, Cha, Alicia, Kat.

If we went for the Top 10 best female players – Sandra, Kim, Parvati, Amanda, Steph, Jenna M, Cirie, Kelly, Jerri, Kathy. Again, the bench is deeper with the men, but the top of the ticket women are rather impressive. It is difficult to fill out a top 10 of no-brainers – but there are plenty who either dominated the game, were amusing to watch or were fascinating to watch. Of this group – Parvati, Amanda, Steph, Jerri and Cirie have all gone three times. And I will say this – I don’t think we have used up the interest in Cirie and Parvati on Survivor. Parvati has become fascinating to watch. I thought she was nothing the first time around. Then she was brilliant when she won. What impressed me was that shortly after that season, she came back and almost won again. With Cirie – she arguably dominated two seasons (co-dominated with Parvati in S16) and failed to win. Her win in FvF was denied because of the sudden change to a Final Two that season, presumably due to all of the injury evacs. I would be ok with them returning for a fourth time. But for these purposes – they are out.

Sandra, Kathy and Jenna have all gone twice. I can be certain that Sandra has retired with the record of the only one to go two for two in Survivor wins. Kathy was compelling on a forgotten season (Marquesas), and was a victim of Lex getting played by Rob in All-Stars. Jenna had to leave too soon in All-Stars – her second time barely counts. So, I add to the gender wars – Jenna and Kathy. Kim has to be there. She was perfect last season. And I don’t know what’s up with Kelly – but the last few episodes of the first season was all about Kelly’s betrayal of her alliance, and her clutch immunity streak. The rat deserves another shot – especially if the snake is in the mix.

So, who to join Jenna, Kathy, Kim and Kelly? Elisabeth is clearly out – she’s got a pretty good View gig. The rest of the ladies have an interesting mix of great finishes (and wins), outrageous behavior, incredible good looks (let’s be honest – that matters on Survivor), and few have gone multiple times. For argument sake, and to show Probst there are some good women out there – we’ll go a step further than the men and take out all of whom have played twice, which takes out some of my favorites like Courtney, Eliza and Sugar.

To fill the last six slots, I’ll narrow it down to this group of 18 – Colleen, Vecepia, Christy, Katie, Danni, Peih-Gee, FvF Natalie, Corinne, Samoa Natalie, Shambo, Holly, Brenda, Ashley, Andrea, Sophie, Dawn, Alicia, Kat. Let’s agree to take only two winners – and I take Sophie and Danni. So, that leaves four more slots. Colleen will never come back. So, let’s not hold our breath. I think we go with a nice mix. We have some real villains in here – FvF Natalie, Corinne, Alicia. We have some clowns – Kat, Katie. We have some underrated Survivors who get beaten by the numbers game – Dawn, Peih-Gee. Some gorgeous women – Andrea, Ashley, Brenda, Natalie. We have some characters – Holly, Shambo. And a feel good story – Christy. I can’t take one from each group – so I’ll take Corinne, Kat, Peih-Gee, and Brenda. Brenda over Holly in a squeaker – Brenda had some strategy game, she just got arrogant. Holly finished well, but would have been a quitter if not for Coach Johnson.

So, that gives us this Battle of the Sexes – and I predict right now, this premise is coming soon.
Hatch, Yau-Man, JT, Rob C, Terry, Yul, Chris, Stephen, Todd, Colton
Jenna M, Kathy, Kim, Kelly, Sophie, Danni, Corinne, Kat, Peih-Gee, Brenda

Tell me this is not a compelling season of Survivor? And tell me that this group of women cannot hold their own with that group of men? I know that I’d watch it, no matter which one of the 20 of them winds up the top of the heap.

And for the record- my All-Star All-Star season would rock –
Boston Rob, Fairplay, Hatch, Colby, Rupert, James, Yau, JT, Ozzy, Coach
Sandra, Kim, Parvati, Amanda, Steph, Jenna M, Cirie, Kelly, Jerri, Kathy

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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Reality TV Run Amok

It's a reality TV fans dream tonight Finding out final three of Big Brother, the winner of America's Got Talent, another night of The X Factor, Project Runway … did I miss one? Wow. It's hard to even catch up. Make sure those DVRs are working on overdrive. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. America's Got Talent. Season finale. Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Green Day, and Blue Man Group perform, and the winner is crowned. 7:00 PM CT NBC

2. Wipeout. The obstacles include the Cactus Chaos and Spin Psycho, and a gunslinger tries to shoot down contestants running through the Qualifier. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. The X-Factor. Night two of auditions.. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers. 7:00 PM CT NFL

5. Big Brother. The final three begin part one of the final HoH. 8:00 PM CT CBS

6. The Next. John Rich crashes a contestant's bachelorette party, Gloria does some extreme bike riding to surprise her contestant, and four contestants from Dallas perform. 8:00 PM CT CW

7. Glee. Season premiere. New directions holds open audition, and Rachel has a hard time pleasing her dance teacher at NYADA. 8:00 PM CT Fox

8. The Real Housewives of Miami. The Ladies of Miami are bringing back the heat with Season 2 of RH Miami, and 4 new housewives! It’s a battle between ‘new rich’ and ‘old rich’ fueled by some good ol’ fashioned sex and jealousy. Everyone’s favorite house mother, Mama Elsa, also returns imparting her knowledge and wisdom on the Miami ladies, both new and old. :00 PM CT Bravo

9. Four Weddings. Shannon's wedding vows focus on her son, Medina shares interfaith traditions, Amanda and her husband get cheered with rally towels, an dAndrew has a special father-daughter dance. 8:00 PM CT TLC

10. Trip Flip Nashville. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

11. Project Runway The designers get to create their own fabric and get special visits from their families. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

12. Braxton Family Values. The Braxton sisters meet up in LA with Toni, who asks Trina and Towanda if they will be her backup singers again and invites them all to St. Lucia for an upcoming concert. The girls take a booty-clapping lesson in hopes of getting in shape for their trip, and while Toni is hesitant about dancing around a pole, by the end of the class she’s shaking it hard and getting dirty with the rest of them. Meanwhile, Gabe meets with Evelyn and asks for advice to win Trina back. 8:30 PM CT WE

13. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Internet addiction, an industry turning mistakes into front-page news, Justin Bieber, and family reunions. 9:00 PM CT NBC

14. Sullivan & Son. Steve takes Hanks on as a client after a coworker of his files a complaint, Susan gets her mom a fake ID to give her senior citizen status, and the two spend time together. 9:00 PM CT TBS

15. Wilfred. Wilfred derails the wedding of Jenna and Drew because of Ryan's jealousy. 9:00 PM CT FX

16. Impractical Jokers. The guys show their favorite moments from the past season 9:00 PM CT truTV

17. The First 48. A cop has more questions than answers after a surveillance video shows a fatal stabbing at a strip mall, and a man is shot and killed in his living room. 9:00 PM CT A&E

18. Snooki & JWOWW. Season finale. Snooki and Jenni swap boyfriends for one night, and also must make the decision to either stay or leave Jersey City. 9:00 PM CT MTV

19. Louie. Louie begins a quest. 9:30 PM CT FX

20. Awkward. Jenna fictionalizes her blog out of hop it will changes her future and figure things out. 9:30 PM CT MTV

21. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Steven Ho, James Van der Beek, and The Walkmen. 10:00 PM CT TBS


Survivor Philippines: Looking Ahead

Survivor:  The Philippines hasn’t even started yet and it’s already looking like an interesting season.  For those of you who haven’t seen the cast list, there will be three tribes this season, each with a group of six.  The Matsing Tribe will have Russell Swan (45), Angie Layton (20), Malcolm Freberg (25), Zane Knight (28), Roxanne Morris (28), and Denise Stapley (41).  The Tandang Tribe will consist of Michael Skupin (50), Lisa Whelchel (49), Artis Silvester (53), Abi-Maria Gomes (32), Roberta Saint-Amour (27), and Pete Yurkowski (24).  The Kalabaw Tribe will have John Penner (50), Jeff Kent (44), Sarah Dawson (28), Katie Hanson (22), Carter Williams (24), Dana Lambert (32).

It’s already been said that the producers decided to use three tribes this season in the hopes of preventing five-person alliances that were formed on the first day from dominating the season.  From over here, it looks like “Mission accomplished.”  The only way  such an alliance could take over is to completely dominate the Immunity Challenges– and that will probably be easier said than done.  On a traditional nine-person tribe, the alliance would have plenty of wiggle room, as they could lose up to four Immunity Challenges before they started having to eat their own. A five-person alliance on a tribe of six would end up cannibalizing itself after the second loss.

Then there’s the tribal swap to think about.  Let’s say Penner’s tribe is the dominating one, as they’ve got Jeff the ball-player.  At the swap they’ve got all six people, and five of them have formed an alliance,  while the other two tribes are down to five and four people.  As a result of the swap, Penner’s tribe is split into thirds, with two members apiece on the new tribes.  In order to have a shot of staying in the game, they will have to form new alliances with at least one other person.  Whether they can do this depends on who their new tribe mates are and how well they get along with them.  Penner can be snarky and Sarah has admitted to the same trait.  They need to be with people who like that type of humor; otherwise, they could be in trouble.  Dana has admitted to having never swum in the ocean before; if she blows a water-based challenge for her tribe, don’t expect her to linger.  Given all this, it doesn’t seem likely that a five-person alliance formed on the first day will make it to the merge, much less to the end.  Even if three or four members of such an alliance end up together after a swap, they still won’t be able to protect allies on the other tribes.

On the other hand, an elder alliance could easily form.  Of the eighteen contestants, nine are over thirty — and it stretches probability to think they will all be early boots.  At least some of them will make it to the merge.  Michael’s tribe could actually start off with an elder alliance in place as he, Artis, and Lisa are all over forty.  To ensure their control over the tribe, they will need just one more person.  This could bode ill for Pete, who is the “baby” of the tribe and a wanna-be alpha male.  If he butts heads with his elders, he could find himself voted off much earlier than he expects.  In fact, all three tribes seem to have at least one strong older male on them, which makes this an unpromising season for the younger guys– at least for the ones who fantasize about running things.

For an elder alliance to control things after the merge, at least six of them would have to get there.  The three returnees, Jeff, and Artis all look as if they have the physical prowess to get to the merge.  Penner can annoy people, but he is also fairly smart and should know enough to dial down the attitude.  To take control, these five men would need to work together and with Denise, Lisa, Abi-Maria, and/or Dana, depending on which of these are left.  It’s also admittedly possible that either of the two thirty-somethings would throw in with the younger crowd.

Russell’s tribe looks like the most problematic.  It consists of him and fellow elder Denise, the wanna-be alpha male, Malcolm, two Holy-Rollers, Roxanne and Zane, plus Angie, the youngest of the cast.  If this doesn’t sound like a combustible mixture I don’t know what does.  The fact that Roxanne and Zane both list Brandon Hantz as their favorite Survivor could mean they will be very out-spoken about their faith.  Unless the others are similarly religious, they could drive their tribe-mates nuts.  It also probably means that neither would know strategy if it was staring them in the face– and will howl with righteous indignation when they are back-stabbed and sent packing.  (I kind of wish the producers would stop casting uber-religious people, as they almost always have trouble accepting the reality that playing Survivor well will inevitably mean that they will have to violate their principles.  Vecepia, the winner of Season 4, was one of the few who understood and accepted that.)

Penner’s chances strike me as the diciest of the returnees, given his attitude and his mouth.  By contrast, Russell and Michael were fairly nice guys, if I remember correctly.   Penner could annoy his way off his tribe– or he could set himself up as the guide or the team dad and go deep as a result.  If he’s lucky, he’ll get a tribe full of fans and enjoy the deferential treatment that Boston Rob and Coach got during their return engagements.  (I do like Penner, but watching him on T.V. is probably very different from having to put up with him 24/7.)

Other likely irritants will be Roxanne, Zane, Malcolm, Pete and Sarah.  Their fates will be determined by how well they perform in challenges and around camp and by how disruptive they are.  Tribes keep people based on perceived usefulness and on their ability to play well with others.  During the tribal phase, the weak and the annoying are often targeted first.  At this point, it’s hard to pick out obvious weaklings, although Angie and Roxanne do look as if they’re the thinnest women– which means they will have no reserves to fall back on if food turns out to be scarce.  The thinner or more muscular guys could face similar problems.  Muscular people tend also to have fast metabolisms– which is a drawback in this game.  I’ve read somewhere that Penner made a point of actually gaining weight for this game, so he would have reserves.  Smart man.

Let the game begin.

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 7 – Sugar Ray is Sweet Enough

Look, it’s just never going to be on time this season, is it? Let’s just level with each other, loyal readers, I can’t get Top Chef posted promptly. If it were a Quickfire, I would have failed to plate several times in a row. So, let’s just face facts – I won’t be winning any Quickfire competitions, but I hope the finished product is worth it, and so I avoid elimination each week.

This week presents an odd twist on the usual format. The chefs wind up going head-to-head a lot as the show’s Vegas theme moves over to the sports arena. What sport do people associate with Las Vegas? Boxing. Of course, the most corrupt sport of them all (and that is saying something) would be associated with the city known for legalized gambling. However, the chefs were not being asked to beat each other senseless with their wisks and spatulas. Although, that would be a cool challenge. Instead, they battled with prep skills at first, and then the show did the Full Iron Chef by putting them in an actual ring to compete one-on-one with a common ingredient.

In the end, we have an elimination of one who I expected to be right there for the championship and the development of an unexpected plotline for the Masters version of this show.

But first, Quickfire Challenge – Stone brings in the Final Five and tells them they will be racing with prep work. The chefs will have to separate 18 eggs, grate two pounds of parmesan cheese and butcher some beef down to eight ounce fillets. The trick here is there is no scale to be used and the fillets must be eight ounces, with a half-ounce cushion on either side. The two quickest to finish will make a meal out of the ingredients. The winner gets five grand and immunity. A rare Final Five immunity. The interesting part here is that these five are all super-skilled, but really, how often do they do the menial work they hire staff to do?

CC is of course working on a different speed than everyone else. Kerry sees the flaws in CC’s speed – by cutting his fillets too precisely and too quickly, he is in danger of coming in too small. If he came in too big, he would have the ability to trim. You can’t reattach meat. Which I believe is an ancient Confucius proverb.

Well, CC doesn’t stop for anyone. He powers through and goes to Stone to check. And, lo and behold, his meat is too small. (Stop it, folks, no giggling) He is disqualified. The other chefs can continue prepping. Yeo is next to finish – the teacher is just as fast as the student – and she too is under weight on the steaks. She is out. So, it is between Takashi, Kerry and Lorena to make the two spots. I wonder what would happen if they all DQed. I could go for some DQ right now, btw. Takashi checks and makes it through and will cook for immunity. Meanwhile, Yeo is chanting Kerry’s name to root him on. This is the first we see of perhaps how deep the animosity towards Lorena goes. And it is puzzling to me. How often do you see the Masters actively rooting against one of their own?

Well, Yeo’s chants pay off and Kerry indeed finishes next. He and Takashi have 15 minutes to cook. The big thing here is that Takashi essentially throws the kitchen sink into his dish – in just 15 minutes – including cooking potatoes. Kerry is stunned and rather skeptical that he could pull this off. Stone judges the two dishes, along with Lorena, Yeo and CC.

Takashi – Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Sunny Side Up Egg and Provincial Vegetables – Stone loves the presentation. CC thinks the veggies were cooked nicely, but he wanted a runny egg. Lorena agrees. Yeo was impressed with the taters.

Kerry – Beef Fillet with Parmesan Crust and Wilted Arugula – CC said something about brown butter, and I am not entirely sure what he was talking about. Lorena likes the cheese crust.

At the reveal, CC tells Takashi he liked the eggplant and Lorena wanted more parmesan. Yeo loved Kerry’s arugula, Lorena thought the meat was perfect, and CC thinks he went safe with that brown butter nonsense again. As it turns out, less is more and Kerry finally wins a challenge. And it is a big one as he sits out the elimination challenge.

Paranormal Witness August 29 – Beware The Dybbuk Box

On tonight’s episode of Syfy’s Paranormal Witness we discover an antique store with more than just old antiques in it! The antique store owner learns the wine box purchased from an estate sale is steeped in sad history. It belonged to a Holocaust survivor. She learns it is a Dybbuk Box, a box that contains an evil spirit,, and if we learned anything from Hellraiser it is never open any strange boxes unless you know where they originate from!

I imagine sitting in the dark and watching scary movies or shows; it can actually be scary for some people, but myself I find it relaxing. There is so much horror in the world that when you can chill out for a while and watch a show like Paranormal Witness you learn that there are monsters in real life that are far scarier than any movie monster.

Word: DYBBUK (Demon) – Definition: A malevolent spirit or demon in Jewish folklore.

We just get an interesting history lesson with tonight’s episode as the sadness of what happened during the Holocaust is something that should never be forgotten. The events took place in Oregon and Missouri between 2001 and 2004 and are retold by the actual people who lived through them as they are reenacted.

Kevin Mannis’ shop was located in downtown Portland in the heart of the city! He searched yard sales, auctions and estate sales. He found himself at an estate sale of a Holocaust survivor. Kevin bid on the items and was happy because he had gotten a few hundred dollars’ worth of items.

A young woman spotted Kevin with the items and said to him, “I see you bought the dybbuk box.” It didn’t register with Kevin that she had called it by that name. Kevin is Jewish and it never occurred to him that it could be anything more than a box with folklore attached that his grandmother used to put a little fear into the kids.

Kevin drove back to his shop and unloaded all of his treasures. The box was locked differently than a regular box. It had a brass clasp and a small brass padlock. Instead of cutting the lock off, Kevin used a small screw driver to open the box. Personally he should have left it alone.

Kevin found two pennies from the 1920’s in the box and a granite statue that had the word “Shalom” carved in Hebrew. He also found a candle stick, a small wine goblet and two locks of hair. Kevin did not think much of this. It was just a box to him with a few random items in it.

One day Kevin left Jane in charge of his store. She was a “fantastic sales person!” Kevin had a few errands to run and Jane Howerton, a sales clerk was down in the basement and felt like somebody was watching her. People always feel like this when they are alone in a dark basement! Jane said she had been there in the store alone several times and she has never felt anything like this before.

Jane got a phone call from a friend of hers, and the security monitor showed the box flashing! Jane hung up the phone and had a sick feeling as she began to walk around the store asking “Who’s there?” The light she turned off had switched on and a chair fell. Jane went for the phone and called Kevin!

Kevin was ignoring his phone and driving! He finally answers and Jane is frantic and there is glass breaking everywhere. Kevin tells Jane to “call the police!” Right as he said that his phone died. Someone or something goes through the entire store and slams the door shut leaving Jane trapped in the basement! See what happens when you open stuff you are not supposed to!

People should not mess with stuff that is not theirs. Some things should be left at peace. Finally, Kevin returned to the store and did not know what to expect. He found the rod Iron Gate locked and knew he had not lock it! The lights would not come on, so Kevin grabbed a flashlight! Finally someone who has a flashlight! I think I am going to cry, no never mind!

Kevin found Jane in tears and cursed Kevin out! She left and never came back! That is some “Swimming With Sharks” nonsense right there! There was no explanation for what happened. Kevin’s mother’s birthday is October 28th (Happy Birthday Kevin’s Mom) and he was going to take her to lunch.

Kevin’s mom came to the shop early and sat down. He told her he had an unusual gif for her and unwrapped it,  unveiling the dybbuk box. What a great son! His mom looked at the box and felt as if the box was staring back at her. She examined it and looked it over.

t seemed like Kevin’s mother was sitting in shock! The doors of the box opened, she felt a cold breeze, “pure evil.” She was having a stroke. Her mouth began to contort and her eye was sagging and pocketing. She fell back on the chair and wondered if she was going to die.

Kevin’s mother wondered if she would die before she would see her son because he was downstairs. She was frozen,, but managed to point at the dybbuk box. She is in tears even as she is interviewed now. She wanted to impress on her son that he needed to get rid of the box. It may not be Pandor’s Box but there was evil lurking and now causing more havoc than expected.

The ambulance came for Kevin’s mother, and she was paralyzed with fear. She had suffered a massive stroke and wondered now what the box would do to her son. He should have gotten her flowers. She felt the coldness and knew it was evil.

All hell broke loose, and now Kevin finally figured it out that it was the box. He decided to sell it to an old couple. A little while later the couple returned the box and left Kevin a note that said “this has an odd darkness about it.” It was getting hard to get rid of, so he decided to put it in his storage.

Kevin began to have horrible dreams that he would be with someone he trusted,, and suddenly that person would change into a gruesome hag, I am sorry but am I watching Drag Me To Hell? Or Paranormal Witness? So the gruesome old hag beat the living crap out of Kevin every night in his dreams.

Kevin would wake up covered in bruises. He did not believe what was happening to him, being injured at night! He decided that the box was cursed, and decided to get rid of it. He sold it on ebay! Good idea! Give the haunted box that gave your mother a stroke to a random person!

Project Runway 10, Episode 8 – Fall Fashions, Sort of

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make a look that 1) would complement nine other looks made by Project Runway alumnae, and 2) could be and would be sold by Lord and Taylor.  As everybody met the parameters of the challenge, at least in the sense of no obvious train wrecks, the judges decided not to send anybody home.  The real reason, of course, was two designers bailed unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  Keeping everybody after this challenge enabled the producers to bring the numbers back up where they wanted them.  Christopher won the challenge.

Speaking of Christopher, he’s not at all happy about the decision to keep his arch-rival Gunnar, who would have been sent home if things had gone normally.  Ven is also unhappy that there was no elimination.

At the runway, Heidi asks the contestants who among them is a good negotiator.  Everybody, including Elena and Ven, whose people skills have been shown to be sorely lacking, raises their hand.  Heidi, bemused, then sends everybody to meet Tim, who will fill them in on the details.

When the designers get to Parson’s, they find the place looking like a summer camp rather than design studio.  Everyone’s work space is covered with arts and crafts supplies, including glitter, much to Elena’s horror.  Tim explains that this week, there is no budget for Mood.  The designers will have to earn their money for Mood by making craft projects and then trying to sell them to the good people of New York.  The designers will have three hours to make stuff.

Tim then twists the knife by announcing that this will be a team challenge, in which everybody will work in trios.  There will be no group leader, either.  Cue the moans and groans.  Christopher tells us he does not want to work with Gunnar, while Dmitry informs he doesn’t want to work with Elena.  Their prayers go unanswered as Tim announces the teams.  Team 1 consists Christopher, Sonjia, and Gunnar; Team 2 will have Dmitry, Elena, and Alicia; Team 3 consists of Ven, Melissa, and Fabio.  Team 3 seems to have two distinct advantages:  no known rivalries between the members, and said members have all won at least once.  Fabio himself notes the second advantage.

The three teams start work on decorating their t-shirts and totebags.  Elena, naturally, dislikes the results of her group’s efforts.  Sonjia seconds that opinion and says the shirts look like something a homeless person would wear.

After that, Tim gives the teams two hours to sell their wares.  He adds that they can try to sell other things, too, like fashion tips.  During this part of the challenge, Elena demonstrates that she would make a lousy sales clerk, as she actually describes the shirts as “crappy.”  Even the designers who try to put a positive spin on things find there is a very limited market for their goods.  Team 1 eventually resorts to having Sonjia sing for their supper– so to speak.  At the end, Team 1 has earned $684.00, Team 2 has earned $500.00, and Team 3 has earned $800.48.   (Somebody paid them in change.)

Tim then describes the challenge itself:  Make two fall looks.  At least one of the looks will have to include outerwear.  Sonjia is delighted to hear this, since it will give her the opportunity to make a coat or jacket.  The three teams are then given the traditional thirty minutes to sketch and plan their looks.   Team 1 decides to use leather and hunter green in their looks.  Elena on Team 2 thinks they should concentrate on picking fabrics and worry about color later.  Well, we all know that she and Dmitry will probably pick black or gray, anyway.  Surprise, surprise, Team 2 starts picking out shades of gray when the gang goes to Mood.  At least they’re getting stuff.  Team 1 has problems making up its collective mind, and they eventually decide to split up to get things.

Back at Parson’s, the contestants get to work.  Well, most of them get to work.  Elena and Dmitry spend precious time squabbling over whether to do a dress or separates.  Listening to them, Christopher likens them to Boris and Natasha from Bullwinkle.  I’m amazed he knows about them, since that cartoon aired in the early 60’s.  On the other hand, there was a movie, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, that was made in 2000.  He probably saw that as a kid.  Alicia, meantime, decides to avoid them and just work.

Tim comes in to make his rounds and he starts with Team 2.  Dmitry is working on a dress and fringed shawl, while Elena is making a coat and Alicia is making pants and a shirt.  Tim finds the sleeves on the coat “distracting,” and he warns Alicia to mind the crotch of her pants.  He visibly shudders when he sees that Dmitry has opted for exposed darts on his dress.

Next up are Team 3.  Ven has been working on a fanned skirt that Tim decrees is not cohesive with the rest of the collection, which include a coat, a jacket, and pants.

Team 1 is last, and they tell Tim that they’re shooting for an “Army feel.”  Christopher is working on a trench coat while Sonjia is making a jacket.  Gunnar is making two dresses.  Both Christopher and Sonjia discuss the possibility of using leather for their sleeves, and Tim thinks that’s overkill.  He tells them not to overdesign and to mind their proportions.  Details will be crucial to this collection.

Over on Team 3, Ven reluctantly scraps his skirt and starts work on another one.

The models come in for their fitting, and Christopher finds his coat doesn’t quite fit, so he needs to fix it.  Gunnar’s dresses, however, seem to be fine so far.  Alicia also finds that her pants don’t quite fit, and Elena chews her out about this.  Dmitry points out that “tailored” doesn’t mean “tighter,” thus getting into another fight with Elena.  Alicia just tries to fix her pants and ignore them.

On the day of the runway show, Fabio works on his coat, while the oft-surly Ven works on Melissa’s pants so she can finish her white jacket.  Tim sends in the models, who get dressed and go to hair and make-up.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Football Sunday

The Showtime 10:30/9:30 ET/CT slot is for Friends. It’s the first Football Sunday of the year, and it feels great. It’s just a little cooler, just like it should be, and the Bears are on at noon, just like it should be. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. 2012 U.S. Open Tennis. Women’s Doubles Final. 11:30 AM CT ESPN 2

2. NFL Football. Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT CBS

3. MLB Baseball. New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles. 12:30 PM CT TBS

4. PGA Tour Golf. Final round of BMW Championship from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN. 1:00 PM CT NBC

5. 2012 U.S. Open Tennis. Men’s Final. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. NFL Football. San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers. 3:00 PM CT Fox

7. 60 Minutes. Retired navy SEAL Mark Owen discusses raiding Osama bin Laden’s compound. 6:00 PM CT CBS

8. Into the West. Part 2 of 6. Follows the story of Jacob and Jethro as they help a wagon train head west amid almost insurmountable obstacles. 6:00 PM CT AMC

9. Big Brother. The winner of the last Head of Household competition is revealed, and they nominate two players for eviction. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. MLB Baseball. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Gaints. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

11. NFL Football. Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12. Leverage. Parker gets left behind on the last job because of a broken leg and finds a group of thieves are planning a heist. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Scott considers getting a vasectomy, Kris gets new breast implants, and Kim visits a fertility clinic. 8:00 PM CT E!

14. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Jennifer Hudson is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. Long Island Medium. Season premiere. In the first half hour, Theresa’s son graduates and returns home from college, where she’d like him to stay, and a woman heals from the loss of her daughter after a visit from a spirit. In the second half hour, Larry and the kids decide to throw a surprise party for Theresa, and a widow’s dead husband gives her a message. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Great Barrier Reef. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

17. Drop Dead Diva. Season finale. Jane and Grayson represent a man whose wife is refusing life-saving surgeyr, Kim defends a singer, Park finds out Kim’s secret, and Grayson reveals his feelings for Jane 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Snapped. A woman involved in a lesbian love triangle disappears. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

19. Hell on Wheels. Cullen’s past haunts Hell on Wheels, leaving the fate of the railroad hanging in the balance. 8:00 PM CT AMC

20. Married to Jonas. Bucky is confronted about his eating, and Kevin starts tearing apart the house in order to do DIY projects 9:00 PM CT E!

21. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It’s back to the east coast for the NJ ladies, and new alliances emerge post-Napacation. The Gorgas left Napa early to support of Teresa, and it’s Melissa who tries to calm the stormy seas between Teresa and Caroline. Ultimately, it’s not just Teresa’s new alcoholic beverage left fizzing, when she invites her longtime ally (and sister of the enemy, Caroline!) Dina, to her Fabellini release party… 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Breaking Amish. Four Amish and one Mennonite leave their homes to see if there is more to life than what they’ve known. They face being shunned by family and exiled from the community. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Ice Road Truckers. Alex hauls deadly compressed gasses, Jack gets derailed by his load, Austin encounters a stuck trucker on Atigun Pass, and Porkchop answers for his performance to the boss. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

24. Army Wives. Season finale. Fort Mashall is merging with an air force base, Kevin has a medical breakthrough, the troops leave for AFghanistan, Joan comes to a decision about her career, and Charlie and Nicole think about adoption. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Bridezillas. Minyon bullies her bridal party, and Jennifer throws a tantrum and almost gets arrested. 9:00 PM CT WE

26. Weeds. “God Willing and the Creed Don’t Rise.” 9:00 PM CT Showtime

27. Web Therapy. Season finale. Fiona cures Newell, Kip’s campaign suffers, and Fiona finds out about Jerome and Hayley’s plan. 9:30 PM CT Showtime