Survivor: Philippines – Episode 12 – We Are Family!

Before I get into the Family Visit episode, I want to point something out. Something rather curious. This Sunday is going to be the finale of the Amazing Race. I am sure you are thinking – well, that’s true, but what does that have to do with Survivor. Well, let me tell you. Traditionally, CBS ends the Amazing Race on one Sunday night, and then does the special Survivor finale the following Sunday. There is usually one more Survivor episode during the week in between. With the latest vote-off, we are now at the Final Five. That means Wednesday’s episode will make it a Final Four, with that cast off becoming the eighth member of the jury.

There has been an eight-person jury only one time on Survivor – Fans vs. Favorites. Also, the traditional Finale has always been structured with two Tribal Councils, leading up to the final Tribal. With a Final Four, that means the plotting structure would indicate a Final Two this season – the first one since JT shut out Stephen. If not, then we will have a LOT of time to cover in the finale with no second Tribal Council. Get ready for a very long March of the Dead Survivors.

Let’s talk about the possibility of a Final Two instead of a Final Three, because it presents the possibility of something very intriguing. For the sake of argument, let’s say that Abinormal’s time comes to end with the next vote. That would put the alliance of Scoopin/Blair/Denise/Malcolm into the F4. That would mean they would have to turn on each other at that point. However, with a Final Three is becomes easy to do – one wins immunity, one from each pair is given votes and tie at 2-2 and compete in the fire challenge to move on. But with another tribal at F3, is there a fire challenge? There was in Exile island, but there wasn’t in Marquesas. Is the more recent Exile Island rule the current rule? Not sure. But if it wasn’t, would this group draw rocks? Or would one of the pairs crumble?

Another interesting scenario is what happens with this next vote. Abinormal could play her cards correctly – and judging by the previews, she may – and sell herself to one of the pairs as the solution to that 2-2 problem. She’s their third, majority vote if they want it. For Scoopin’ and Blair, this may be their last chance to win Survivor. I stand by my belief that if Denise and/or Malcolm manage to make their way to the end – they will win this thing. Only in a full Tandang finals could either the returning player or the child star win this game. I am skeptical that they will have the balls to pull this off, or if Abinormal will have the skills to sell it.

Although, following her brother’s visit, Blair may be willing to go back on her word once it is given. Justice Whelchel is not a soap character, nor someone serving on the bench. He is the much younger little brother of the former Blair Warner. If not mistaken, he wasn’t even alive while Blair Warner was alive on our TV screens. But he does provide some much needed boost to his sister, who is slowly turning into one of those Survivors with a mush brain by season’s end. In fact, I would say that if we had to endure Brandon Hantz, perhaps payback should be casting Justice Whelchel in the future.
Perhaps pair him with Michael Skupin. Junior. In what was one of the better family visit episodes, the sheer glee of the Scoopins meeting up was infectious. Dad freaked out and demanded his boy – well, his oldest kid, who is a grown ass man (tm Season 9 Rory) – let his dad see him. He called the younger Scoopin’ the “best human being he knows.” I am going to formally submit my petition to the gods and fates that one day I get to say that about my boy. So far, so good.

Meanwhile, the Whelchels met up and Blair totally lost it. She devolved into a medley of Carrie Matheson cry faces that made Claire Danes call her up and tell her to tone it down a bit. In fact, there wasn’t much of the blubbering that usually comes with this episode – she did it for everyone. What it did have was a strangely intense sprint for the family members as they appeared on camera, almost as if they were being chased by a large cat.

Other family observations…Carter’s mom looks about as young as Carter and is hobbit-sized. Denise’s husband is about a foot taller than her and looks like every dad in the PTA meeting. Abinormal’s mom speaks no English and must think this is the strangest thing in the whole world. And Malcolm’s brother, Miles, is, well, he’s a character. Please don’t cast him, Mark Burnett. He just looks and acts like he would make me long for Johnny Fairplay. The boys in the family not only share the “M” initial, but they also share the Troy Polamalu hair. While Malcolm seems to have inherited the good looking genes, Miles has gotten the goofy behavior genes.

Maybe it’s the hair, but the M&M boys win the challenge and Malcolm wins a visit at camp with his brother. Eschewing the usual screw-ups with doling out additional reward winners, Malcolm does it correctly. He and Denise are cool. They each know that. The correct move is to reward his two new allies – and that’s what he did. Way to go. I love it when players make the correct moves.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The X Factor Elimination and Results

It's getting down the wire on The X Factor tonight. The final six will become the final four. Will this be the week that Cece Frey finally goes home? She's come so close the other weeks, but always gets saved. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon tries to nurse a sick Amy back to health, and Wolowitz and his father-in-law make fishing plans. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. 30 Rock. Liz is pushed over the edge by Jenna's envy, Jack tries to avoid disappointing his mom, and Tracy tries cheering up Kenneth. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Resort. The crew waits for a family visit, Marcus has to consider the unthinkable, and the Pakistan attack is revealed. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Stefan goes to Damon with his suspicion of Elena, causing an investigation, Elena shares shocking news, and Hayley wants Tyler to confront a hybrid of Klaus'. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. The X-Factor. Two performers will leave, and Melanie Amaro and Ke$ha perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. NFL Football. Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders. 7:00 PM CT NFL

8. Two and a Half Men. Alan helps Walden create an alternate identity to avoid women only interested in him for his money. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Up All Night. Scott's ex reenters his life, testing Reagan's loyalty, and Ava decides she can make different even without her show. 7:30 PM CT CBS

10. Person of Interest. A New York cabbie is named a person of interest, meaning any of his passengers could be a part of the crime. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. The Office. The party-planning committee fails to plan a Christmas party, so Dwight steps in, Darryl is concerned Jim forgot the promise he made, and Pete teaches Erin “Die Hard.” 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Grey's Anatomy. Meredith wants Heather's help to fix Derek's hand, Cristina pits Stephanie and Leah again one another in a competition, Alex looks at Jo differently, an dShane learns a valuable lesson from April. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Beauty and the Beast. J.T. believes Vincent's blackouts are triggered by Catherine, Tess and Cat try to find out who murdered a teen pop star. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. Glee. Finn considers his future with New Directions, Rachel gets ready for the winter showcase, and Kurt lands another audition. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. The First 48. A drive-by shooting kills an innocent bystander, and a young dad is killed trying to break up a fight. 8:00 PM CT A&E

16. The Real Housewives of Miami. The ladies of Miami are packing up for a quick weekend getaway to Bimini in the Bahamas. This healing trip is meant for some fun and relaxation, however, when Karent receives some devastating news about her boyfriend Rudolfo, no one is prepared for the tidal wave of drama that comes their way. 8:00 PM CT A&E

17. Four Weddings: Holiday Showdown. The brides of four different holiday-themed weddings attend and rate each other's events. 8:00 PM CT TLC

18. Mysteries at the Museum. An unlikely killer's secrets, debris that could prove alien intelligence, and an orb that tells the story of a bizarre cult. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Project Runway The designers create red carpet looks with eco-friendly fabrics and materials. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. Tamar and Vince. Season finale. After weeks of preparation for her Showcase, the day has finally arrived. However Tamar's stress level is at an all time high….and it shows. Are nerves getting the better of Tamar and can “SHE” pull it together in time for her big night? 8:00 PM CT WE

21. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye. In Vogue is an engrossing look at how Vogue pictorial spreads have shaped and been shaped by over a century’s worth of changing trends in fashion, photography and feminism. The film features behind-the-scenes interviews with editors, celebrated Vogue subjects, and industry icons. 8:00 PM CT WE

22. Parks and Recreation. Ron, Diane, and Leslie's woodworking awards dinner is crashed by Tammy II, and Jerry doesn't invites some of his friends to his holiday party. 8:30 PM CT NBC

23. Elementary. Sherlock investigates a college professor's brutal murder, and a former lover of Watson's asks for her help 9:00 PM CT CBS

24. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Tim Cook, Peter jackson, and an end of life medical system. 9:00 PM CT NBC

25. Scandal. Olivia is forced to go back to w ork at the White House by a catasrophic event, and Fitz's presidency's first few days. 9:00 PM CT ABC

26. Burn Notice. Michael sells a thief technology, Sam gets pushed into a high-stakes robbery, and Madeline asks a favor of Barry. 8:00 PM CT USA

27. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The gang tries to figure out the difference between real and virtual words after falling into an unhealthy computer fames obsession. 9:00 PM CT FX

28. Panic 9-1-1.A stalker attacks a pregnant Denver woman, two Indiana girls fall into a frozen lake, a woman is terrorized by an ex during a high-speed pursuit on the highway. 9:00 PM CT A&E

29. Mary Mary.Season premiere. Mary Mary is back on tour promoting their latest record. Tina is pregnant and pushing herself too hard. Erica is still recovering from recently giving birth to Zaya. Manager Mitchell isn’t happy with stylist/sister Goo’s choices. 9:00 PM CT A&E

30. Jersey Shore. Vinny and Jionni make up, and Mike tries to make amends for his past mistakes. 9:00 PM CT MTV

31. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns. 9:30 PM CT TNT

32. The League. Ruxin is concerned Sofia has made their marriage toxic, the guy try to rid themselves of an undesirable acquaintance, and Jenny users insider info for a dirty trade. 9:30 PM CT FX

33. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Bill O'Reilly, Krysten Ritter, and Paloma Faith. 10:35 PM CT NBC


Amazing Race 21 – Episode 10 – To Dream The Impossible Dream

For those who don’t get the title – Man of La Mancha. Don Quixote. Oh, you’ll see.

I probably should have realized once I saw that the season finale this Sunday was two hours long that this week was going to be a non-elimination. But, I wasn’t paying attention, and so I was actually surprised when this leg led to a reprieve. It’s a bit different than recent seasons, and I am assuming they did it this way because of the passport episode and the desire to leave a cliffhanger mid-leg. Whatever, all it really did is leave me confused. So, next week we will likely have our final elimination at around 9 pm (or likely about 9:37 pm after the football game runs long and pushes the old men, old women and that one 20something woman from 60 Minutes back into the 8 pm hour), and then the Final Leg.

So, non-elimination. Meh. That renders the tasks mainly moot – but we do have some things to talk about.

First – I’ve given the Twins some crap about the “Twinnie” and about the puzzling feud with Team Apprentice, but I have continually given them props for being strong competitors and good Racers. That’s why I was STUNNED when they got in the car and couldn’t drive a friggin’ stick shift. Now, I am not walking into that glass house – I cannot drive a stick either. Never had to. My parents’ cars were all standard, and it was never taught. I tried to learn from an ex-girlfriend – although calling her a girlfriend is really stretching the truth, that was not a very healthy relationship – but she never finished the lessons by the time we were finished.

However, I would learn how to drive if I was going on the Race! And make sure I knew how to drive it well enough to complete a task or a bit of travel. This could have been it for the Twins and they would have only had themselves to blame. They came in last because they couldn’t drive that car. There was no other reason.

And while I’m at it…what’s with Episode 10 being the first one requiring teams to drive themselves? That used to be a staple of the show – climb into the product placement car and navigate your ass around Morocco, or something. I know the show likes the randomness of the taxi, but how about the conflict that comes with teams driving aimlessly? Or how about perhaps getting a Season 1 Paul/Amie driving around the desert for about a week, lost beyond belief, and beginning to scare the other teams? Episode 10? Shame, Show. Season 22 better fix this problem.

Second – We, the viewer, don’t really notice this because we are only viewing a tiny fraction of the Racers’ experience, but man, the Goats were far behind. The other teams really had no idea what was going on with the stragglers. They have been leaving multiple hours ahead of the Goats/Apprentice/Hairs in recent legs. Those back teams have had adventures the others are probably just learning about. The Goats were over seven hours behind the Twins, and three hours out of third place. They were so far back they couldn’t even get bunched at the airport in Holland. They needed a bunching at the ferry to catch up, and the others finally learned who was still with them. And that reaction of glee in seeing the Goats was not because of how nice the boys are, it was pleasure in seeing Apprentice out. It was at that moment I began to root hard for the Goats and hope they manage to pull this whole thing off.

Oh, and about that ferry. What awful ferry has that huge of a gap between services? The Twins left Amsterdam on a 6 am flight for Spain. The ferry to Mallorca opened at 10 and the first ferry they could book left at 11 pm?!? Does that mean that nobody went to Mallorca at all that day? Were the ferries all booked ahead of time? Was there a bar mitzvah on the ferry and it was rented out? Is that how you run a ferry business? Or was it planned this way to enable the Goats to catch up and avoid the poor Guidos in Season 1 racing by themselves for the last few legs? Hmmm.

And one more – task selection. Sometimes you don’t know what the Roadblock is going to be, I get that. The little clue is rather cryptic at times. And I know that sometimes you will assume a task and get something totally different – a la the family bike task during the Family Edition’s trip to the Talladega Speedway. But if you have a team member nursing a sore ankle and you roll into a tennis center, perhaps it is worth playing it safe and assuming a physical tennis challenge. If you are wrong, and it turns out you are searching 5000 balls for one with Race colors, then so be it. But for some reason, the Goats didn’t agree. Josh hurt his ankle in the Switchback last week and was hobbling. I don’t care if Brent has never even watched the U.S. Open on TV, he should have been doing that task. Strange, strange choice from the Goats.

Task 1 – Find the devils. – Part of me wanted a bunch of dudes in face paint yelling about hockey, but instead teams had to find some Mallorcan Devil Dance and endure a bunch of dudes dressed up like an Evil Cats production (Now and Forever) prancing around, playing with fire and getting up in the Racers’ grills. There seemed to be no real way of determining which devil had the clue either – just wait for him to reveal himself. Whatever.

Roadblock – Who Wants To Get Slammed? – No, that’s not an NC-17 game show. That’s the clue at the tennis center – yeah, good call Goats. The Show goes to Rafael Nadal’s hometown and has them play tennis where he learned to become the King of Clay. All you had to do was return 20 balls from a bucket that a machine will be spitting out at you from across the net. I’d rock this challenge – in my youth I was a decent tennis player. The trick here is to just stay calm and focus on every other ball hit to you. Just make contact and send it over – you aren’t trying to win a point, just put it in bounds.

Trey is apparently all-American or something, but he’s the only one who aces it (see what I did there?). James does ok, but Josh and Nad struggle. Nad doesn’t even know how to hold the racquet. She holds it like a cricket bat. There is really no drama here – other than the Goats and Twins finishing almost simultaneously.

Detour – Spin It or Bull itSpin has them repair windmill blades. Wait, didn’t we just leave Amsterdam? All they have to do is attach two big blades – it sounds bad on paper, but they seemed light and easy to mirror how the other blades were attached. In Bull, you enter the matador’s arena and get in some weird training bull suit, with one in the front of the “bull” – blind and playing the role of the horns. The other team member is in the back, with their head sticking out, barking directions. You slalom through the arena, having to go through eight capes and hit a bulls eye in two minutes.

To be honest, both tasks seemed ridiculously simple. And in fact, no one really struggled much. Texas underestimated the difficulty of the course at first, and overestimated Trey’s ability to speak. Once Lexi got in the back, they moved efficiently. The Twins had some assembly problems, but really didn’t struggle that much.

In the end, the Twins fell behind from bad driving and still were only a little bit behind the Goats. They have a Speed Bump in the next leg, but we all know how simple it will be. It’s anyone’s ballgame, even if it would really take a small miracle for the Goats to win anything.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Are you into singing Christmas carols this early in the season? If not, you will be anyway after watching Rudolph the Red-Noised Reindeer tonight. Along with Rudolph, there's also The Most Wonderful Day of the Year, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver and Gold, and more. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Gerard Butler, Martha Plimpton, and Giada De Laurentis. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's the Christmas special that makes being a dentist and having a red shiny nose cool. Tell the truth. How many of you are singing the song right now? 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. Another elimination, and Ne-Yo and Matchbox 20 perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Shark Tank. Business ideas include renting live Christmas trees, gluten-free fudge, a cell phone accessory, and an indoor/outdoor play space. John Rich surprises an entrepreneur. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Hart of Dixie. Wad feels like he's simply a placeholder in Zoe's life and decides they should go on a date. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Raising Hope. For just one day, Jimmy leaves Hope with Sabrina, who tries to show her parenting skills, and Virginia and Brt try to catch a bullying squirrel. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Giuliana & Bill. Bill takes over baby care when Giuliana covers the Emmy Awards red carpet and works on the launch of her new clothing line. 7:00 PM CT Style

8. Ben and Kate. Kate and Will are joined on their camping trip by unwelcome guests, and B.J. tries to help Tommy get over Kate. 7:30 PM CT Fox

9. Go On. The holiday party for the support group ends up on the same day Mr, K expects the the apocalypse to occur, Ryan would like Anne to go with him and Steve on a trip to wine country, and Lauren is afraid her boyfriend is going to propose. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Happy Endings Penny's potential romance with a new guy is hindered by her prescription helmet, Janes tries using Brad to get into the boy's club at the dealership, and Max and Dave have fist-bumping issues. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Dr. Emily Owens, M.D./span> Emily tries to diagnose the hospital flower delivery man after he collapses, but is baffled as to why he doesn't want to pursue treatment. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. New Girl./span> Jess and Winston create a plan to get a bathtub into the loft, Nick meets a pretty girl who has relationship problems, and Schmidt can't decide if he should pursue his boss or Cece. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. Rizzoli & Isles./span> The suicide of a famous author might not be what it seems, Frost goes over an old murder case, and Jane finds out about Angela's new romance. 8:00 PM CT TNT

14. Start-Ups: Silicon Valley. With little hope for their business, Ben throws a party for Hermione’s birthday and invites all the investors he can. Things get a little sloppy when Hermione chases guests with an inappropriate sex toy and Ben wonders if they just lost their last chance for investments. Meanwhile, Ben and Sarah go on a date and share a steamy kiss at the top of the Ferris wheel. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Little People Big World: Wedding Farm./span> Matt and Amy book a huge wedding, and everyone is sent running by a big thunderstorm with torrential downpour. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. The mothers want their kids to be the final three, and a group dance inspired by the circus. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Tia & Tamera. Tamera wants to turn her husband's man cave into a nursery, Tia makes a yoga workout video, and Jerome wants help with his upcoming album. 8:00 PM CT Style

18. The New Normal. Bryan and David start fighting after David brings a woman in to baby-proof the home, the family finds out eggnog does wonders for Jane, and Bryan and Jane go to a party. 8:30 PM CT NBC

19. Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Chloe takes June out drinking in the financial district, and she finds a hot broker and job offer, and James gets paired with the worst dancer on Dancing with the Stars. 8:30 PM CT ABC

20. The Mindy Project. Mindy tries being her own boss, and the group fights midmwives who steal patients from their practice. 8:30 PM CT Fox

21. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Rizzo hires a singer, who is also Savino's ex-mistress, and Ralph, Dixon, and Jack work with the military on a murder investigation, with clues leading them to an Air Force base. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Parenthood. Mark continues to be impatient with Sarah helping Hank reconnect with his family, Julia asks Kristina's advice when Victoria starts getting frustrated with school, Adam and Crosby record an album for Glen Hansard to try and save the Luncheonette. 9:00 PM CT NBC

23. Private Practice. Charlotte and Cooper's find leads to trouble with the triplets, Violet helps a friend who is advised to pull the plug of a loved one. 9:00 PM CT ABC

24. Leverage. To prevent a businessman from ruining his company and its support of the town, the team runs a complicated con. 9:00 PM CT TNT

25. Sons of Anarchy. Season finale. Jax makes a new deal while he tries to get rid of old problems. 9:00 PM CT FX

26. Million Dollar Decorators. Mary is tasked with designing a new Manhattan boutique (for famous fashion designer Monika Chiang!), but goes overboard with the lavender fabrics, making her client unhappy. Meanwhile, Ross jets off to New York for a modeling job, leaving Jeffrey in the lurch during the design of a multi-million dollar beach house. When Ross returns, Jeffrey insults him by telling him he isn’t a real model and should focus on their design business. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns. This five episode series, spotlighting in-season coverage, unveils never-before-seen footage of what it takes to run and travel an entire professional football team from city to city, game to game, during the regular season. Viewers will see how the Cleveland Browns live and prepare each week through the eyes of the players, staff and team management, including new owner Jimmy Haslam. 9:00 PM CT Bravop>28. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Khloé Kardashian Odom, Adam Carolla, and Matisyahu. 10:35 PM CT NBC


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is on NBC tonight for three straight hours. First he’ll be a mentor on The Voice, and after that, he’ll host Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s the beginning of Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways, and Jessica Biel and Damon Wayans Jr. are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. How I Met Your Mother. Robin makes her mind up to hook up with Barney one last tie, and Ted subs for Marvin’s nanny. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. The top six perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The team builds a home for a family who had their house and farm burn up in a wildfire, and a renovation to the fire department. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. 90210. Silver performs burlesque at Naomi’s lingerie show for charity, Liam tells Annie a secret, and Dixon finds something out about Adrianna 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Bones. The spirit of a boy whose death is being investigated by the team gets help from a psychic, and members of the team begin questioning their own feelings of life and death. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Basketball Waives LA. The wives think about going to New Orleans, and Laura’s birthday plans are ruined by Bambi’s anger towards Gloria. 7:00 PM CT VH1

8. NFL Football. New York Giants at Washington Redskins. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

9. 2 Broke Girls. Caroline and Max hire an intern to do some of their company’s dirty as the prepare to open the new cupcake shop, and Make has a hart time with her managerial role. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Gossip Girl. Dan and Serena have a Thanksgiving dinner for friends, Blair tries to give help a Chuck, who is defeated, and Dan needs to make a decision on whether or not to publish a story that could destroy a friendship. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. The Mob Doctor. France tells a thief to go visit GRace at the hospital for back pain treatment, and he finds out he needs surgery, and Constantine finds out Russell has come back to his turf. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. Hoarders. A woman with fifty cats insider her home, as well as dead ones in the refrigerator, and another hoarder has to use a bucket for a bathroom and washes clothes in the kiddie pool. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Still in Ojai, things between Brandi and Taylor have only just begun. Brandi announces her new book deal about the divorce with her husband and the Housewives don’t hold back their feelings- Taylor tells Brandi she should be embarrassed because her husband cheated on her with Leann Rimes! After dinner, the ladies continue to gulp down the drinks and find themselves doing hilarious late-night drunken gymnastics. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. Contestants have to create their won comic book superheroes and build a three-foot cake for the story. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. Modern Israeli food and Dirty Frank’s. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Mike & Molly. Molly wants Mike to go after a detective position, but stressing over the qualification exam starts taking a toll on their relationship. 8:30 PM CT CBS

17. Hawaii Five-0. Max and his crus are put in danger during a botched robbery, and Danny comes to the rescue of a supermodel when she’s targeted by a stalker. 9:00 PM CT CBS

18. Blake Shelton’s No So Family Christmas. Classic holiday music, new music, and comedy bits. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Castle. A bearded man named Kriss Kringle falls from the skin into Central Park, and Beckett and Castle work on a combined Christmas list. 9:00 PM CT ABC

20. Intervention. A 64-year-old grandmother needs intervention because of her fits of anger after drinking gin. 9:00 PM CT A&E

21. Startup’s: Silicon Valley. Kim is ready to quit her job at Ampush and start her own company, but nervously sweats during her meeting with her boss and wonders if she is making the wrong choice. Later on, Ben and Hermione’s business, or lack thereof, is in jeopardy when the two drunkenly fight over who will invest in the company. Hermione ends the fight by throwing her wine glass at Ben and storming out. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Dateline on OWN. A fit, young woman dies very suddenly. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Cake Boss. Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza hire Buddy to make a wedding cake and deliver it to Mexico, and a local spa wants a cake for a Men’s Ugly Foot Contest. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. Hotel Impossible. Hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri is back to save failing hotels in an all-new second season. He arrives armed with tough love, expert advice and a team of designers to help turn 13 struggling hotels around before they’re forced to shut their doors for good. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

25. Love Gams: Bad Girls Need Love Too. A challenge airs the boys’ dirtiest laundry. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

26. Teen Mom 2. Leah considers a nursing program, Chelsea gets a concert invite, Jenelle pays the price for being on probation, and Kailyn would like to change the agreement for custody. 9:00 PM CT MTV

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Gerard Butler, Olivia Munn, and the Polyphonic Spree are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC


The Amazing Race, Dec. 2 – Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

I don't know how they do it, but the Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh and Brent, just keep hanging on week after week. They survived a non-elimination, and somehow have always been second to last or just a little before since the beginning of this season of The Amazing Race. I think they're due to come in first on a leg.

The first team to leave Amsterdam are sisters Natalie and Nadiya at 2:55 AM. Their clue tells them to fly to Barcelona, Spain. When they touch down, they'll need to make their way to the Port of Barcelona and catch an overnight ferry to the Island of Mallorca. There they'll watch a Devils and Demons exhibition and get a clue from one of the devils.

The sisters mention that they think they deserve to be in the top three since they have such a huge lead on everyone. Their original goal was just to not be eliminated first. They board a 6:00 AM flight out of Amsterdam, the only team to catch the flight, because of their huge lead.

Chippendale dancers James and Jaymes leave at 5:57 AM and discuss U-turning their friends Ryan and Abbie. They don't even know if they ended up going home and have no idea who the fourth team is, not knowing that it's Josh and Brent. Trey and Lexi leave at 6:38 AM, and he mentions they're feeling great at this point in the Race. They know they can count on each other. James2 grab a 7:20 AM flight to Barcelona. Trey and Lexi grab a flight leaving at 7:55 AM.

The sisters are the first team to land in Barcelona at 9 AM. They look to get tickets on the overnight ferry and find it doesn't open until 10 AM.

Josh and Brent are the last to depart at 9:38 AM and discuss playing catchup for three legs. They've had good luck, bad luck, and dumb luck, but they must be doing something right. They mention the difficulty in not seeing anyone else racing. Josh had an ankle injury on the last leg, and Brent encourages him to do some Lamaze breathing. They realize they're the team that is on each season that you have no idea how they make it to the end. They catch a flight out of Amsterdam and are headed to Barcelona.

James2 get to the port and run into the sisters with giant hugs all around. They go book tickets and find the first boat out is at 11 PM. Jaymes is a bit incredulous. As they leave they run into Trey and Lexi, and they all catch up regarding the U-Turn, then hit the beach while they wait for their 11 PM boat. They have no idea who the fourth team is and scream and yell when they see the Beekmans with more hugs all around. James is happy it all worked out right that they sent the stronger team home.

The boat leaves at 11 PM with all four teams aboard. They reach Palma de Mallorca the next morning and all catch cabs. The Beekmans are the first team to reach what they think is the site of the Devils and Demons expedition, the Dalt Murada, but it seems to be the wrong place. A worker shows them another similarly-named place.

The other three teams reach the expedition and fight their way through to get the clues. Eventually they find the right demon or devil to get the clue. The clue tells them to drive themselves to Centro de Alto Rendimiento. They all decide to follow each other in the Ford Focuses. The Beekmans arrive just after and approach everyone it seems before they get the clue.

Lexi mentions that they have lost the sisters. They were right with them, but have disappeared, so she wonders if they got turned around. James2 are wondering the same thing. The sisters are trying to figure out how to drive the car with the stick shift. They had discussed before the Race that Nadiya would be in charge of learning to drive stick, and it's not going well. She asks what's wrong with the car, and Natalie asks what's wrong with her. She eventually gets moving.

Josh is feeling really good about their place in the Race now that they're driving, as they haven't been in a position to drive and read a map so far on the race, but Josh feels it's giving them a big confidence boost. This part is easy to them.

James2 and Trey and Lexi reach Centro de Alto Rendimiento and find a Roadblock. One person from each team will text their skills on the clay tennis courts of a pro. They will need to successfully return twenty balls inbounds before their basket of balls is empty. Trey and James will be doing this one.

Trey plays tennis, so feels this is a great shot for him and Lexi. He gets the balls across like he's firing them off. Jaymes looks at him and figures if you have the Andre Agassi headband, you're going to play like Andre Agassi. James isn't having the same luck with the machine shooting the balls out, saying they're low fastballs, knuckballs, curveballs, etc., and he's not even close. Trey gets his twenty across the court very quickly, and he and Lexi get their next clue to drive to the town of Coves de Campanet where they will need to follow the music that will lead them to the next clue.

James only has six balls in and runs out of balls in his basket, so he has to start over. Josh thinks his ankle is feeling much better and that having it elevated all night on the ferry was helpful. Brent wants him to know he shouldn't use it as an excuse. Nadiya and Natalie are still fighting the stick shift. James finally completes the Roadblock, and he and Jaymes get the next clue.

The Beekmans arrive and ask James2 where they are supposed to go. After they take off, Jaymes asks James when the last time was that he played tennis, and he believes it was probably when he was in fifth grade.

Josh decides he'll do this challenge. Neither he nor Brent have planed tennis in the past twenty-five years or so. He forgot that his ankle was so bad, and the first time he plants his foot on the court, it rolls to remind him how bad it is. Brent jokes that he looks like Monica Seles on the court. They have talked about Josh needing to get his anxiety level under control, but Brent thinks if he hasn't done it so far in his 42 years of life, he probably won't accomplish it on the Race. He gets just four balls out of his first basket.

Trey and Lexi stop and ask for directions and believe they'll to the nest stop soon. Brent tells Josh he's hitting all the balls out of bounds, and they need to get it done before the sisters get there. He only gets 10 balls out of his second basket and sits down to take a break.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Amazing Race Final 4

The final four teams on The Amazing Race travel through Spain tonight leading up to the season finale next week. I could handle just about any team winning save for the twins. They're due for some bad karma to catch up to them after taking the money of the rockers a few weeks back. It still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. Golf. FinalRound of World Challenge from Thousand Oaks, CA. 12:00 PM CT NBC

3. NFL Football. Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens. 3:00 PM CT CBS

4. America's Funniest Home Videos. Videos include wet willies, names that sound like, a bear breaking into a parked car, and “too far, too short, just right.” 6:00 PM CT ABC

5. 60 Minutes. The covered stories include a hospital chain pressuring doctors to admit patients, an interview with Shin Dong Hyuk, and an interview with Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. 6:30 PM CT CBS

6. The Cleveland Show. Cleveland realizes he has to keep his vasectomy a secret when Donna declares she wants another baby, and Rallo gets the lead in a community production of Annie. 6:30 PM CT Fox

7. Once Upon a Time. Hook and Cora are up against Emma and Mary Margaret as they race for the compass, and Mr. Gold and Regina plan to eliminate anyone entering the portal. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. The Christmas Heart. The neighbors on Arthur Avenue have proudly lit Christmas luminaries for 40 years, but that long-standing tradition is cancelled this year when Matt, a teenage boy in the neighborhood is hospitalized in desperate need of a heart transplant. As his parents anxiously pray by his bedside, a donor is found, while a Detroit mother is in anguish at her own son’s bedside. The neighborhood lights the luminaries in honor of Matt and his family and are surprised to find it to be the miracle that save’s Matt’s life. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark Channel

9. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It's the live version of the story with Jim Carrey, which is no doubt really good, it doesn't quite have the same magic as the original cartoon. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. Big Rich Texas. When the ladies arrive in New Orleans for Leslie's bachelorette party, she's missing, and Booger wants Bonnie and Jason's blessing 7:00 PM CT Style

11. NFL Football. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12. The Amazing Race. The teams travel to Spain and video the practice courts of Rafael Nadal, and one team has a bloody Detour. 7:30 PM CT CBS

13. Bob's Burgers. Tina wrecks the car and gets the family involved with a questionable insurance agent, then worries she's a jinx. 7:30 PM CT Fox

14. Revenge. Nolan has to deal with a skeleton in his closet, Daniel's role is challenged, and Carl's christening gives Jack and Declan new concerns. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. Oprah's Next Chapter. Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are the guests. 8:00 PM CT OWN

16. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The ladies meet for brunch to plan their trip to Anguilla, but Kim’s friendship is questioned when she backs out to spend time with Kroy. NeNe is tired of her excuses and things get ugly when Kim asks them to change their travel plans. Later on, jealousy in in the air when Kenya and Phaedra go on a double date with their men, but the only problem is… Kenya has the hots for Phaedra’s new boy toy! 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Sister Wives. The Brown family plans a beach vacation with their polygamist friends. 8:00 PM CT TLC

18. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. The team heads to Indiana to look at daylight footage of an alleged sighting. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

19. Sturgis. The world’s biggest biker rally is back – the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota with a three-episode special. 8:00 PM Travel Channel

20. Snapped. A tragedy results from a clash between a college basketball player and her roommate. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

21. Glam Fairy. Sharie is upset when Jessica is named the new salon manager, Victoria confronts Lisa, and Alexa gets grilled by her in-laws. 8:00 PM CT Style

22. The Walking Dead. The people of Woodbury get thrown into uncharted territory and Andrea steps up. A new threat comes up at the prison. 8:00 PM CT AMC

23. Boardwalk Empire. Season finale. Nucky and Rothstein make a deal, Harrow makes a return to Gillian's brothel, after being arrested, Luciano has to take on a new partner, Chalky and Capone go up against Masseria's men, and Margaret makes a decision to end on relationship and start back up with another . 8:00 PM CT HBO

24. Dexter. Hannah's dad visits, the Phantom Arsonist comes even more gruesome crimes, and LaGuerta helps help from Matthews with the Bay Harbor Butcher case. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

25. The Good Wife. Will defends an accused murderer, as Alicia tries to help out assisting a prosecutor in another county is trying a different man for the same crime, the Justice Department leans on Eli, and Nick forces Kalinda's hand. 8:30 PM CT CBS

26. American Dad. Stand doesn't think Snot is cool enough to be Steve's best friend and tries to keep them separated by staging a shooting at an ice cream parlor. 8:30 PM CT Fox

27. 666 Park Avenue. Jane is hypnotized by Maris Elder and sent back in time, Henry thinks about a city council run, and Sasha's identity is revealed. Whoopi Goldberg guest stars. 9:00 PM CT ABC

28. Ice Loves Coco. At ComiCon, Coco dresses up like a superhero, and Ice tires a scared straight approach with Little Ice. 9:00 PM CT E!

29. Shahs of Sunset. Season Premiere. It's the return of everyone’s favorite Persians as they hit the streets of Los Angeles in lavish form. This season, Reza finds himself in a full blown “gaylife crisis” and reevaluates everything from his affection for his boyfriend to his lifelong resentment towards his grandmother. Joining the already flavorful cast is Lilly, a successful and beautiful business women seems to have it all. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Finding Bigfoot. Reports from the Sierras bring multiple sightings, and the team hopes the Bigfoots will be attracted to a past relic. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

31. Homeland. Saul and an old friend catch up, and Brody and Walden can't agree. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

Survivor: Philippines – Episode 11 – Hell Hath Frozen Over

I will start with an apology to Abinormal. Well, a partial one. My theme last week was speculating if she was the worst Survivor ever – essentially arguing that not only has she alienated everyone, had zero sense of reality on how she was being perceived, but through her actions she actually made her position of power worse and worse as the game progressed. Well, this week, Abinormal had a good episode. Not perfect, but she did well.

First thing she did well – she saved her auction money. Abinormal had passed the point of being attractive to the others in an I’ll-beat-her-in-the-Finals way. She knew that her survival would come with an immunity win – and she’s been awful in challenges this season. Last week, she couldn’t even figure out how to compete in the challenge. So, as they filed into the Auction, she decided to hold her money and wait for the advantage (now, I must add, I am not entirely sure she knew the advantage was coming and just lucked out, but let’s assume she knew about it). And she got it. Shame on the other Survivors – especially the returning players – for not knowing or caring about the advantage.

I present the example of one Danni Boatwright. Way back in Survivor 11, Danni was a lone wolf, a woman without an alliance when she purchased the first immunity advantage clue in the Survivor Auction. That group had an excuse for failing to stop her – it had never happened before. She won the hint, it enabled her to win immunity and avoid elimination. She managed to drive a wedge into the power alliance, and lo and behold…she walked away a millionaire. THAT’s why you always prepare to block that hint from getting in the hands of the lone wolf.
But this group failed to do this and as a result, they had to eat one of their own. And man, why did it have to be Penner? Well, actually, I know why. It’s because he forgot for a moment to play Survivor. That moment last week was huge. When Blair and Scoopin’ decided they’d rather be in a Final Four with Penner and Carter, instead of Malcolm and Denise, they brought the idea to Jonathan. For some reason he failed to say yes, thrusting them into the arms of the former Matsing duo. We talked about it last week, but it sure begs repeating now. Penner was looking ahead at the Final Six and at jury votes. He forgot there was still a couple of stages left to play.

As a result, when Abinormal won immunity, it was time for the Final Four alliance to kick in. Malcolm and Denise called in that chip with Scoopin’ and Blair, and it became official. Penner was doomed. Blair actually gave him warning, and called him out on the failure to take the deal. He was stunned that he was going home, but he had a few hours to make something happen. Malcolm and Denise just outplayed the vet.

Penner had a good plan but he needed either Scoopin’ or Blair to flip his way. That was not going to be easy. He did give them a fantastic and accurate reason to go his way – They have locked themselves into an alliance that provides them little to no chance of winning the big prize. As Penner said, by voting him out they are handing the cash to either an out of work bartender or a Midwestern sex therapist. Think about it – would any of the old Tandang vote for them? Would Penner or the now doomed Carter go for them now? If Denise or Malcolm it the Finals solo, it could be another Earl or JT kind of blowout. If together, we could see a Cook Islands kind of close vote. Either way, Penner was right. Vote me out, and you win now, but lose later.

One last thing about Jonathan Penner, as his whistling into the darkness will be the last we hear of him on Survivor apart from his jury question and the reunion. Where does he rank in the lexicon? This ouster gives him two seventh place finishes and the injury removal. His two jury finishes were marked by a moment of bad decision making each time – the mutiny and the failure with Blair and Scoopin. A better finish and he would have moved up substantially, a la Coach in South Pacific. Instead, he’s more like James – an interesting character who got three shots and never really came close. I love Penner, he will always be on my short list of Survivors. When Mark Burnett calls me and asks me to cast Survivor: JNT’s Choice, Penner is one the first men I mention. But sadly, he won’t ever get a chance to make his case for the million and earn some Boston Rob style redemption.

Top Chef: Seattle – Episode 4 – So Much Salt In My Mouth

Nothing against this episode – but it was pretty dull. I mean, that Elimination Challenge was creative. I liked the concept of putting the chefs in the position of cooking meals they served at Arnold’s. No Fonz though. But in execution…well, not so much.

I can say that the Tesar Show is going to get very tiring. We pick up this episode with the Stew Room argument between Tesar, CJ and OTV. It is nasty. Tesar uses a heinous insult against OTV – he compares him to a blogger. Hey now! That’s a low blow – not only to OTV, but well, to me! He also insults the entire state of Oklahoma. Tesar claims to hate being called the Most Hated Chef in Dallas, but boy, he sure brings it up a lot. The man is just irritating from his attitude to those damn glasses on his friggin’ forehead. He’s also very talented and is likely going to be with us for a long, long time.

I also need to make a correction to my column from last week. I was wrong – there is a Last Chance Kitchen again this season. They just delayed starting it for a couple of weeks. However, it is even worse than last year. The winner of the LCK not only returns to the competition, but does so for the Finals. The Finals!!! Even Survivor didn’t go that far with Redemption Island. How fair is that to the chefs who actually cooked well enough all season long to NOT get eliminated? Top Chef not only bulked up LCK, they also added Save a Chef – where fans vote each week among the defeated chefs. The one with the most fan support competes in the last LCK challenge. So, the Last Chance Kitchen is really the Second To Last Chance Kitchen.

Bad ideas, Top Chef. There is a reason Survivor ditched the idea after two seasons. Just watch the backlash that would happen should a chef who got ousted from the show, then LOST the LCK challenge, managed to come back because enough Bravo viewers liked them, and then won the championship. Way to seriously diminish your brand, Top Chef.

But that’s not where we are right now. We are doing Quickfire Challenges with slabs of beef, and Elimination Challenges with retro menus. We are joined by Naomi Pomeroy – who we affectionately remember from Top Chef: Masters. And we call her Beast – because that’s her restaurant, and a super cool name to have.

Quickfire Challenge – Beast tells them to cut some meat off of a slab of beef hidden behind Curtain #2. For safety sake, only two at a time will hack away at this carcass. As Tesar said, beef is beef and steak is steak. Not really sure what that means, but it feels profound. And delicious. CJ is making tartare and is actually chomping away on pieces of raw meat as he finds his cut. Less delicious. Brooke and The Wiz want to avoid failure again – good plan. Lizzie is trying to use the pressure cooker and failing, and we are serving our meats.

Eliza – Grilled Flank Steak with Cherry Cognac Reduction, Asparagus, and Potato Cake – Padma found the pairing of asparagus and cherry to be interesting. And it doesn’t appear to be in a good way.

Tesar – Braised Oxtail, Potato Gnocchi and Roasted Vegetables and Celery – Beast said the meat was very tender.

OTV – Beef Shoulder Meatballs with Creamy Polenta and Pickled Shallots – Beast likes the acidity.

Papa Smurf – Kalbi Round Steak with Tomato Cardamom Broth and Fennel Salad – Beast wanted more cardamom, but it had good flavors.

Brooke – Grilled Hanger Steak with Smoked Onion Figs and Cauliflower Puree – Beast said this is a hard cut, and it was a bit too rare.

The Wiz – Hispanic Crudo with Charred Tomato Sauce and Cilantro Radish Slaw. – Padma is not pleased with prep method.

Kish – Top Sirloin Tartare with Mustard Sabayon and Carpaccio Salad – She grabbed the first piece she found so she could start cooking.

Micah – Oxtail Polenta with Truffled Romanesco Cauliflower – Beast complements the butchering.

Real Housewife – Sirloin Medallion Wrapped in Bacon, Asiago Risotto with Marsala Sauce – Beast likes the flavor and the sauce.

The Thumb – Braised Top Round Ravioli with Marjoram and Aged Parmesan – Beast likes the flavors.

CJ – Top Round Tartare, Raw Juniper and Kohlrabi – Padma found it to be very nice.

Camba – Grilled Hanger Steak with Brown Butter, Parsley and Radish Salad – No comments.

Lizzie – Braised Foreshank with Turnips and Dill – Beast noticed the pressure cooker issues.

The bottom trio is Lizzie, Eliza and The Wiz. Tough meat, bad pairing, and under-seasoning take care of it. On the top – CJ, Tesar and OTV…the battling trio. CJ’s got perfect knife cuts, Tesar gets praised sauce and OTV had a perfect meatball. However, Tesar’s early success continues and his immune again.

Project Runway All-Stars 2: The Art of Androgyny

Last week, on Project Runway All-Stars…. the designers apparently celebrated Thanksgiving, as there was no new episode.  The week before that, they had faced an “interactive challenge,” in which the producers had invited fans of the show to send in photographs via Twitter.  The designers then had to make a look inspired by a photograph.  The winning design would be featured on USA Today.  Anthony Ryan won and Andrae was sent home.

On the runway, Carolyn explains the next challenge:  They have to make an avant-garde look with an androgynous theme.  It has to be something that could be worn by a man or a woman and it has to combine masculine and feminine aesthetics.  The designers would have $150.00 to spend at Mood.

Back in the workroom, the designers take the traditional 30 minutes to sketch.  Kayne thinks of androgynous performers like Adam Lambert and David Bowie and uses them as inspiration.  Emilio decides to make a woman’s look out of fabrics typically associated with men’s clothing.  Uli isn’t quite sure what to do, as she specializes in very feminine women’s clothing.

Then it’s off to Mood.  There, Kayne tells us that he plans to make a jacket while Emilio plans to make a suit.

Back at Parson’s the designers get to work, only to be interrupted by Georgina.  She has come to announce a twist.  No sooner does she say this, then a group of male models troop in.  Everybody’s horrified, as they’d assumed their looks were for women.  Altering their clothes to fit men would take some doing.  Not to worry, though.  They don’t have to do that.  The designers do have to make a look for the male model assigned to them.  The two looks have to be complementary since the male and female models will be walking the runway together.  The designers will get another $150.00 to spend at Mood and an extra day to complete the challenge.

In the meantime, they have to take their guys’ measurements.  Anthony Ryan decides to make a dress for his man. Kayne has his model try on the women’s jacket he’d been working on– and discovers that it fits him perfectly.  Kayne therefore decides to make a matching black and white houndstooth jacket for him.  After the men leave, the women come in for their fitting.  After that, it’s time for the designers to go back to the apartment and get some sleep.

The following morning, the designers go to Mood to buy fabric for their men’s looks.  When they get back, they find men’s dummies waiting for them; at least one designer comments about how large they are.  Joshua tries on Anthony Ryan’s dress and likes it.  Laura DR’s about how this challenge is hard for her, since she’s used to making traditionally feminine clothing.

Joanna comes to make her rounds and starts with Uli, who is making a strong shoulder for her women’s look.  Joanna likes the detail in her looks. Joanna then stops by Anthony Ryan and reminds him that the judges don’t want him to play it safe.  (Especially not during an avant-garde challenge.)  Althea shows off the coats she’s making, which are both purple.  Joanna is pleased with Emilio, noting that she couldn’t tell which of his looks was for a man and which was for a woman.

Joanna then checks out Casanova’s work and notes that one of his piece looks like a gladiator’s breastplate.  She then warns Laura to watch her details.  Kayne shows off his looks and Joanna thinks the smiley face on the yellow shirt is a bit much.  He wisely gets rid of it.

After Joanna leaves, the female models come in for their fitting.  During this, Casanova has problems with the pants he’s working on, so Ivy helps him.  The male models come in for their fitting, and one guy tries on high heels.  After that, it’s time for everybody to go home.

The next day is the day of the runway show, so the designers get back to work.  Anthony Ryan and Laura have noticed that Ivy and Casanova keep helping each other.  Ivy opines that it’s not fair; as All-Stars, they should be working independently, while Anthony Ryan notes that there can only be one winner.

Both sets of models come in for their final fitting, and for hair and make-up.  Ivy asks for Kabuki mask-like make-up, while Uli wants a tribal look for her duo.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces the guest judges, Jason Wu and Robert Rodriguez, who are both fashion designers.  Then it’s time to start the show, with Joshua going first.  He made ridged white pants, a black top and a loose black jacket for his male model.  He made white knickers and a black and white shirt for his female model.

Uli made black and silver outfits for her models.  The man wore silver pants and a black shirt with short, feathery sleeves.  The woman wore shiny black leggings, a black top and a silver jacket with mid-length sleeves.  Althea made matching purple outfits with pants and leather jackets.

Laura had her male model wear pale grey pants and a sleeveless, sheer gray top with cut-outs in the front. The shirt also has a panel of solid black fabric in the back. Laura put her female model in skinny black pants with cut-outs down the sides.  She also made a black top and a silver and black jacket with large gold buttons.

Emilio made matching dark red outfits.  He put both models in pants, fedoras, and striped red and gray cravats.  He put the woman in a vest with a good portion of the back cut out.  He out the man in a vest-like top that has an exaggeratedly large collar on the right side.  The man’s vest appears to be wholly backless.

Kayne made a black and white houndstooth jacket and matching shorts for his male model, who also got a maroon tie.  Kayne made a matching jacket for his female model, and also put her in a lemon yellow shirt and dark copper pants.

Casanova made matching gold outfits for his models.  He put the man in pants and a long-sleeved gold and white shirt with scorpion cut-outs in the front.  He put the woman in knickers with cut-outs just above the knees.  The sleeveless shirt has pleats down the front, making it look like armor.  Both the top and the knickers have a scorpion design cut into them.

Ivy made sheer black pants for both her models.  She also made black shorts for the man, in order to preserve decency, and made a black jacket, too.  No shirt, though.  He got to walk the runway barechested.  Ivy made a black leotard and a sheer black jacket for the woman.

Anthony Ryan did indeed put his guy in a dress– sort of.  It’s actually more like a sleeveless black tunic with a train.  He also made black and white leggings.  He put his female model in a miniskirt made of the same material as the guy’s leggings.  He also made a long-sleeved, sheer, gray and white top, that isn’t so sheer across the model’s breasts.  He also gave her solid black stockings.

Carolyn then calls Althea, Ivy, and Joshua and informs they’re all safe.  Backstage, Joshua complains about being dismissed as merely safe and snipes at Ivy, telling her she has an attitude problem.  Welcome back, Joshua.  I haven’t missed you at all.

The other six designers have to face the judges, who start with Uli.  She tells then she wanted to make a “tribal” look.  Isaac loves the looks, and Carolyn likes how the outfits are interchangeable.  Robert likes the texture of the fabrics used, but Georgina dislikes the leggings.

Laura talks about how she’d mixed elements of men’s and women’s clothing in her looks.  Isaac doesn’t like the results, as he thinks the fabrics used look cheap.  He adds that he could tell this was a hard challenge for her, as he knows she’s used to making very feminine clothing.  Jason thinks the looks show too many ideas, and Robert deems the looks to be over the top.  Carolyn doesn’t like the gold buttons or the cut-outs.

Emilio tells the judges that he’d used menswear fabric for both his looks.  Georgina appreciates his attention to detail, but advises against putting semi-circles on the woman’s side, since they obscure the waist.  Robert loves the design, and says he couldn’t tell the models’ genders– which was what the challenge was all about.  Jason calls the design “fabulous,” and Carolyn says the male model is “painfully gorgeous.”

Kayne simply says that he’d fallen in love with the houndstooth and had to use it.  Isaac doesn’t like the combination of houndstooth and leather.  He also thought the yellow top made the woman’s outfit look cheap.  Carolyn adds that she’d have preferred to see the female model without a shirt, as that would have been sexy.  Kayne explains that he wanted to switch gender roles somewhat and have the man be the one showing a lot of skin.  Georgina says that Kayne needs to edit himself.

Casanova wanted to make both his models look like warriors, so he put them in outfits that resembled armor.  Georgina doesn’t think the looks are particularly androgynous.  Isaac likes the female model’s look, but thinks the man looks like her accessory.  Jason doesn’t think the looks are androgynous or avant-garde.

Last up is Anthony Ryan.  Isaac loves his outfits, saying they look “fresh” and “new.  Jason adds that they are well-made.

The judges then have their chat, starting with the designers they’d liked.  Emilio scores points for his clever use of fabric.  Uli’s looks are sophisticated, and Anthony Ryan has a high taste level.

As for the designers they didn’t like, Laura’s look was over the top.  Kayne used a bad combination of fabrics and colors.  Casanova’s “armor” was a good idea, but the results looked like costumes.

Carolyn then announces the judges’ decision.  Anthony Ryan is safe, while Emilio is the winner.  Uli and Casanova are safe, leaving Kayne and Laura in the bottom two.  Laura is safe, so Kayne is out.

Next week:  The designers face a green challenge, and Diane von Furstenberg turns up.