"The Plane Truth" -
Designers remain as Jeff was eliminated. On a snowy
night in NYC the teams go back to the Soho Loft for
food and drink. Shauna about Jeff: "Thank God he got
rid of that bozo!" Jessica says she would have been
happy to see either Elizabeth or Jeff gone but since
Jeff went, Elizabeth is now an easier target.
Elizabeth was questioned as to why she defended Jeff
in Style Forum. She said, "I don't believe on turning
on someone just to be manipulative strategic." Shauna
comments: "Elizabeth is one of the more difficult
people to work with." Deanna and
Shauna talk about Elizabeth behind her back.
Deanna: She is some kind of magazine editor, right?
Shauna: Uh huh.
Deanna: What is it called..."Pretentious Bitch"
Shauna says Liz will be eliminated because no one
The next day the teams are back at Teterboro Airport
in Teterboro, New Jersey. They have luggage in tow.
Wes says because they were asked to bring luggage, his
stomach was doing flips. He was like, "Where am I
going? Where am I going?" So the hanger opens and the
teams enter to see two white Gulfstream GIII planes
sitting inside. Tommy is waiting. He explains that
when he was on tour, he customized his jet with "H"
logos all over the plane. It became the Tommy Hilfiger
jet. As a designer you have the opportunity to brand
all sorts of items. Which leads to this week design
CHALLENGE: Brand a Gulfstream III jet as a "Tommy
Hilfiger Special Edition" plane. The teams will have
48 hours and $700 to complete the project. And since
they brought luggage, the teams will camp out in the
hangar to complete the project.
Time to pick teams: Deanna and Chris C. pick the
teams, with Deanna picking first since she was on the
Deanna: Felix (she trusted him because he was a
graphic designer), Wes (who now has an alliance with
Deanna and Shauna--if you are on the other
team...watch it), Shauna (Felix comments that the
alliance between Shauna, Wes and Deanna is so strong,
he has nicknamed them "The Committee". And that could
be bad with Felix if it goes wrong.) And Princess is
put on the team being the odd person out. Shauna said
she never worked with her before and now is not the
time to test the waters. Deanna has said some terrible
things about Princess.
Chris C picked Rob Walker because he wanted him for
his painting skills. He wanted to get the concept
right so he chose Elizabeth. And he chose Jessica,
"Miss Minnesota", because he thought she would know
what a beautiful plane would look like.
Deanna is the orange team and Chris is the blue team.
Tommy reminds them of the billboard exercise from
Episode 1. "Make It Big, Bold, Exciting...make it
But there is a social invitation to contend with.
Tommy's private jet is parked outside and is flying to
Miami to attend a party a friend is throwing on a
luxury yacht. You get to stay at a luxury hotel and
relax on the beach. He asks the blue team...and no one
goes. Jessica says she wanted to go, but Chris said
not to go as he looked down the line of four team
members. Chris said when he saw the invite he realized
they had 4 players and the orange team had 5. If one
of the other team members from the orange team went on
the invitation, the teams would even out. He felt that
was a smart decision. Deanna choses Princess to go to
Miami. Deanna says that she "hasn't worked with
Princess before and didn't want to start working with
her right now." Tommy and Princess leave together and
fly down to South Beach.
48 hours to go. Chris C and the blue team discuss
ideas. He thinks this assignment is going to be big
having their art fly in the air and around the world.
Liz is sick with the stomach flu and has to leave the
team to go see the doctor. She threw out some ideas.
One of them is to paint an image of the world free
hand on the tail.
The Orange Team discusses ideas. Deanna is up for the
idea of "tagging" the place graffiti style with
Tommy's face on the side. Wes wanted a bumblebee. The
team gave him a weird look. Wes said that Felix drew
out the plancs of the Deanna's ideas of the graffiti.
Shauna went to the loft because she is sick and has to
go to the doctor as well.
Back to the blue team as they sketch more ideas out.
Rob says that Tommy chastised him in the last Forum
for not showing his ideas. This time..."Rob Walker is
in the plane!" Jessica comments to the rest of the
team, "The plane isn't sexy enough. It has to exude
sex." Jessica commens as Jessica leaves, "You can't do
anything if a teammate is sick. The blame comes down
to use if we screw up. Chris C says it's not easy with
a three person team.
3:00PM--42 hours remaining. Rob was bouncing more
ideas around. Jessica again comments that she wants
the plane to be "sexy". She thinks it has to be
beautiful as well. Jessica wants to paint the bottom
of the plane red. Chris comments that is sexy.
Back to the Orange team...Wes comments that "our team
worked well together. We sent Princess w/ Tommy
because we didn't want another voice there. Shauna is
sick, so she went home. The three of us will work
together and execute."
And now we see the sick ward at the Soho loft.
Elizabeth explains that both Shauna and her went to
the doctor and they are sequestered for 48 hours. This
presented a funny exchange between Shauna and
Elizabeth (the two people who HATE each other the
most). They are both laughing and "bonding" over
Jessica's idea over a "sexy" plane:
ELIZABETH: She has the potential to screw up an
SHAUNA: She would be a great stewardess.
Elizabeth was glad "to get to know Shauna better and
in a different light." Shauna, in a nice fake out,
tries to bond as well.
SHAUNA: "I think there are only two people here with
good taste, you and me."
ELIZABETH: "Why do people say that I am difficult to
SHAUNA: "I hate to say it, it's because you and I are
educated and they are resentful. They all think that
we have sticks up our asses. And jealous, stodgy and
we don't think out of the box. "
They also bond about "being the most worldly, the most
well-rounded". They say "they think money changes
everything and it doesn't."
ELIZABETH: "Everything is not about the hip-hop vibe."
SHAUNA: "No one listens to classical music...it drives
(Ok...my BS detector went off big time here. In an
earlier scene, Elizabeth was being ripped on by Shauna
as being as a "pretentious bitch". Now they are best
friends--I do not buy it. Shauna is playing the big
fake out here. This is a beautiful ploy by Shauna.)
In Miami, Princess is relaxing by the pool in a brown
polkadot bikini. She says she was picked last again,
but she is not worried. because she has stuff in her
back pocket.! And she was happy for them to let her
get closer to Mr. H. And we see them go on a shopping
spree--at a Tommy Hilfiger store, naturally. She had
never been on a full on shopping spree before and she
"is so living this up". We see Tommy picking out and
dressing up Princess in a nice overcoat with brown
blouse and sky blue skirt. It looked very classy.
Princess was nervous about hanging with Mr. H. but she
understood she is about "urban chic" all day!
12:00AM 33 hours to go--Back at the airport we see the
Orange Team and Felix is painting the plane. Wes
thinks he is a cutie. And Deanna thinks he has a nice
booty. Wes says the team members are hard workers and
won't sleep until the job is done. Felix is doing all
his own stuff. We see Deanna/Wes being silly with
1:00AM 32 hours to go--Blue Team...Rob comments that
great things take time. They are STILL deciding on
concept. Jessica wants something concrete.
Back to the Orange
Team who is sleeping. 30 Hours to Go. Felix likes the
idea of Traditional Branding. He comes up with a TH
logo like a NY Yankees crossed over. It's very good
stuff. He calls his team in a joking way "Team
Narcolepsy". "You sleep when you die. I hope I don't
die before this gets done."
The Next Day 24 hours to go--The Blue Team just
started painting but they are "not worried". Rob
discusses the design of the plane and the diff colors.
Rob comments that Jessica is not satisfied with the
colors of the plane. Chris C reminds Jessica that
Tommy got ripped for changing the brand colors on the
billboard assignment. Jessica isn't "feeling the plane
and the 'boys' are getting irritated. They clean the
paint scheme off.
Back The Orange Team--Felix doesn't understand that is
took 24 hours for the Blue Team to get started. The
sooner the concept is done the better. He says Deanna
and Wes are not as artistically inclined so the team
consulted with an artist for the Tommy graphic. Deanna
explained they found an artist through Zoo York
clothing and skateboarding. They are at http://www.zooyork.com
3:00PM--18 hours to go. Jessica still can't get an
idea together. Now she is changing the bottom to black
and we see Chris and Rob painting it black. Chris is
joking about the change. Deanna looks at the plane and
says it's "wack. Ours isn't wack."
6:00PM--15 hours to go. The Blue team is still
painting the bottom black. Rob is upset that too many
ideas were thrown around. The Orange team laughs at
the black bottom. The Blue Team hired some
professionals to apply the decals that they couldn't
do. Chris says they are working for free.
7:00PM--14 hours to go. Peter from Zoo York does the
Tommy caricature for the plane.
8:00PM--13 hours to go. Back to the Blue Team who is
waiting for the decal team to arrive. They are 2 hours
late and Rob hates to wait and sit around and do
nothing. Deanna asks Wes from the Orange Team, "What
do you think Princess is doing?" Wes: "Erotic Poetry
on South Beach." (This is a reference to the Hamptons
party in Episode 3 where Princess
did an erotic poetry reading which nearly got her
In Miami we see Tommy & Princess arrive by limo to the
115' luxury yacht and they party and this time
Princess makes a much better social impression.
Princess was nervous, but it was Mr. Hilfiger's
Back at the airport it's 10:00PM--11 hours Remaining
the blue team is still waiting for the decal group
which were from a prior episode. And at 11:00PM...they
arrive. Chris C wants the end product to look
professional. Rob is going to incorporate his painting
style and signature above the decals on the plane.
2:00AM--7 hours to go. Orange Team is working and adds
stars to the TH logo. Deanna sees lots of people
surrounding the blue plane..."You want to outsource
the work...that's ok. You want to do that...fine!"
Felix makes this brilliant deduction..."People came in
and painted the plane. Let me get this straight, you
are a painter (Rob) and you hired a painter?"
Flash forward to 8:00AM--1 hour to go. Last minute
painting by both teams. And time is up at 9:00AM.
Deanna yells, "Ours is better." Liz and Shauna come
back. Liz was blown away. Felix is also complaining
about the "outsourcing" of the work on the plane. "You
will out your ass out of the competition." Jessica
comments that she didn't get the graffiti concept. Her
team were bold and daring and we did it.
Tommy and Princess enter the hanger tan, rested and
warmer than the teams were. Rob was anxious. Tommy
looks at the blue plane and then the orange one. Wes:
"We thought outside the box and had wild use of
color." Tommy laughs at his caricature on the plane.
Deanna "I always win. We are going to bake a cake of
victory and have Wes pop out of it!" Naughty
As the teams walk to the Style Forum, Jessica comments
Rob and Chris bring same things to the table. They
didn't show creativity. Rob said the other team's
ideas was more subtle. Deanna says the only way they
would lose if "Tommy lost his vision and went blind."
The teams enter Style Forum, and then Tommy enters. He
compliments Princess on her behavior in Miami. "You
have come a long way since the Hamptons." She thanks
He talks to the Blue Team first. Chris explains that
Rob was the color specialist, and Liz was the
marketer. Liz got sick, but he liked the globe idea.
The concept of the plane was "international pop
culture". To explain visually, the tail had a globe
which spawned music, movies, fashion and the world.
They got a company called Print Havoc to put the
decal. He also explained the change of the color of
the belly from red to black.
The Orange Team is next. Deanna took credit for the
graffiti idea. Tommy criticizes the bricks and the
caricature. Wes and the team liked it. Tommy hated it.
Shauna hated the Rob Walker "tired style of painting"
on the plane. Rob countered that the Graffiti was not
"fresh" Wes: "You ever see a GIII tagged like that
before?" Jessica says you can't tell the Orange's Team
plane says Tommy. Deanna counters says you can't see
the bottom crests.
And then a free for all between both teams occurs
about the outsourcing of the decal work of the blue
team vs. the free hand painting done by the entire
orange team "on their own". It turns into a shouting
match. Tommy shuts both teams up and says he wasn't
impressed with either team.
The orange's team plane was Juvenile...the bricks mean
nothing, and my face is juvenile. You can't read Tommy
on the side and the word "Hilfiger" isn't on the plabe
at all. However, he liked the crossed TH logo with
The Blue Team is next...the graphic is juvenile. He
singled out Rob for the "muddy/blurry" painting. He
said he would not fly on either plane, but he has to
pick a winner. He says to the blue team that the plane
wasn't bold enough. He has seen the style before. At
least the orange team too risks. He declares them the
winner. He loved the TH logo. He says it is powerful
and could see it on everything from shirts to
He talks to the blue team...they were too safe. He
calls everyone in the pit minus Liz. That is Rob W,
Jessica and Chris C. He saw not one new idea there.
With the team they selected, Chris as the graphic
artist and Rob as the painter he would have bet that
they would have won. Chris C...no new ideas. He rips
into Jessica for the black on the bottom of the
plane..."it looks like a hearse." He tells Rob that he
Chris C. defends Rob because the "world hasn't seen
the real Rob Walker yet." Who goes home, Tommy asks?
Chris says Jessica, because she struggles with
concepts. Jessica retorts that Rob doesn't have any
other talents besides painting. In many other
assignments, "I have stepped out of my comfort zone."
Tommy--"By painting the bottom black? You have no
look or creative design. Jessica whines back, "This is
not fair...a lot of my ideas did not get on the
plane." She would eliminate Rob. Rob would eliminate
Jessica. She is the "weak link".
Tommy said to Jessica that she showed no creativity or
strength...and with that she is the eighth person out
of style. Jessica walks the runway and the future's
bright for her. She says this experience empowered
Tommy ends this week with this, "Don't be safe. Step
out of the box. Roll the dice. The competition is
going to be harder."
Next week, a warehouse challenge and the house turns
Now, a special added bonus. We are at the halfway
point and these are the eight designers left:
FELIX, ROB, CHRIS C. PRINCESS, ELIZABETH, SHAUNA,
DEANNA, WES. This is my ranking of the remaining 8:
No chance to win: Princess, Elizabeth, Rob W.
Possible winners: Felix, Chris C.
Strongest chance of winning: "The Committee" Shauna,
We shall see as the 2nd half of the cut is starting