We starts the 2nd half of
the show with 8 designers left as they head to the
loft. Rob is upset that Chris C. singled him out at
the last style forum. Rob thinks that even though he
sent Jessica home, he thought it was him. "I am
starting to see personalities here." Princess says to
Shauna that Rob & Chris are going to knock each other
out. Chris C. says that he has "a lot of love for him"
but Rob has the weakest designs. He doesn't have it."
Princess tells Rob that he has no friends and Chris
sold him out in the Pit. Rob tells her he knows how to
play the game now.
Later on, Chris is upset that Liz took credit for the
globe design in the tail of the plane of the last
assignment. Liz defends herself, but Chris (in a
voiceover) says she is difficult to work with and
stole his ideas. Everyone is watching as the argument
escalates. Chris says she has done this to people
before...and in this business it is just not cool. He
calls her insecure, and she says that it's bull****.
Liz--"The stakes are getting higher, because there
will be one winner at the end of the day. Princess
says no one is feeling her in the house. No one likes
her because she has a snotty attitude and steals
everyone's ideas. Liz again--"I am a nice person but
don't push my buttons. I am going to say what I need
to say and I am not afraid of Chris...bring it on!"
The next day, the teams meet at the Tommy Hilfiger
Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey. He tells
the story about how he bought jeans off the street in
NYC and sold them in his home of Elmira, NY out of a
truck. That's how he started his business, where he
now ships over 5-10 Million units a month out of this
warehouse. Wes whistles at the large amount. He shows
them around the center and says those humble
beginnings taught him about how business would be
like. Which leads to this week's design assignment:
CHALLENGE: The teams will have 500 units of Tommy
Hilfiger clothing to sell out of the back of a truck.
There is one catch. The units have to be
reconstructed, altered or embellished in one way or
another. Whichever team sells the most, wins. And all
the proceeds go to charity.
Time to pick teams. The team pickers are Rob and
Felix. Felix goes 1st
and here we go:
FELIX: Elizabeth (Felix: some people question why I
work with her, but I
have a smooth working relationship, and I don't want
to go outside of
it.) Shauna and Wes.
ROB: He picks Princess 1st(It's not about feelings,
business.) [Recapper's note: Chris was burning after
that pick], he picks
Chris C 2nd and Deanna Last. Felix is the Yellow Team
and Rob's is the blue team. They have 2 days and 4
hours to sell each day. Tommy leaves...and they run
through the warehouse like an episode of "Shop Till
You Drop". They load their respective trucks and leave
to the loft.
The Yellow Team brainstorms as to how to reconstruct
the clothes. Wes is upset that Liz is trying to
question his ideas when he owns a store in New Orleans
that does this. Liz will repeat what you say 10 times
to the point where she things she thought of the idea.
Shauna has also had it with Liz. Chris C asks Shauna
if their team has any good ideas. Shauna makes a whiny
noise and says "She won't let control go. My patience
is getting short." And everyone gets in on the making
fun of Liz. However, Liz has had enough and says
something. Liz and Princess explode at each other.
Princess called her a bitch and a snob. Liz comments
on her "poetry" and grammar. Wes said everything had
built up and it hit the fan tonight. Rob didn't
appreciate the mutiny against Liz. Princess was tired
of defending her. Liz said she didn't need defending.
Deanna, under her breath, said "She sure does." Liz
gets the opinion of everyone and everyone tells the
truth (minus Rob) that she is difficult to work with.
Felix comes down in the middle of this. Liz says "She
isn't here to make friends." She calls Princess
"trash" to Felix in an elevator. Rob didn't like the
way they treated Liz at all.
At the Soho cutting room, the Blue team is hard at
work. Chris says we have to bang out as much as we
can. We have the clothes and we will be chillin.
The Yellow Team is cutting. Shauna talks about how the
team is distributing the work. We was worried about
how it was going to go down with Liz knowing Shauna
and him arent too crazy about her. They are worried
about time. Felix comes in with the idea of using a
yoga mat and creating a TH stamp (with the same logo
as the plane tail from last
episode). The team loves it. Wes says Felix has a good
use of resources.
Felix said it was a numbers game.
32 Hours to go--4:00AM. The blue team is overwhelmed.
It's now day 1--2:30PM. Both teams have a selling
window of 3:00-7:00PM. Both teams load their trucks.
But Felix loses the key to the truck. There was no
spare. The team looks everywhere. Wes says that
Felix's one problem is that he never sleeps and when
you do that, your brain doesn't function. Felix calls
the rental agency to get the 2nd keys. Liz says the
key could be on the street and the camera (in a
beautiful shot) focuses on the key on the snow right
in front of their noses.
The Blue team sets up shop in Union Square and sells.
Liz and Felix go to the rental agency and attempt to
get the 2nd key. Wes/Shauna make more
garments..."Thank God it wasn't me!" Liz and Felix go
to CC Rental. The rental agency won't give them the
key because they didn't give them the license plate
number. Felix, who is upset, calls from the cab to
complain. In a stubborn move, Felix doesn't give them
the information because "he gave it to them already"
and the guy was uncooperative. "I am a grown ass man,
I need to be treated with respect." They have both
cell phones, so they can't call back to the cutting
room. The receptionist guy will not give him the keys,
so they have to go back to the loft to get the license
plate number to get a key they really don't need. Wow.
Felix is like, "I am done. I quit. I am going home."
Day 1-5:30PM 1.5 Hours to Sell. We see another shot of
the lonely key in the snow. Shauna and Wes are still
in the cutting room. "We lost..." Felix is not talking
to anyone and Liz asks Wes to go back to the rental
agency with him in the cab. They commisserate about
Felix. Liz feels bad, but Wes wanted him to just be a
man and take responsibility for it.
The Blue team is there with 15 minutes to sell.
Princess was happy that everyone who came in bought
stuff. There was a team hug at the end of Day 1.
It's now 3:15AM and Felix is in the cutting room
alone. He is making stuff while team is sleeping.
"It's a release. He feels better and back on track. I
feel more a burden now with the loss of the key. And
for the third time... we see the key in the snow.
Day 2--7:45AM--the selling period is 8:00AM-12:00PM.
Wes has the idea of selling every item for $5. He is
going for quantity over quality. And they go over to
In the Soho loft...the Blue Team gets up a little
later because the other team lost the key. Deanna says
"You never make a sale before 11AM."
The Yellow Team was in Brooklyn and selling stuff out
of the truck for $5. Wes..."People looking at us like
we were nuts." Blue Team went to Chelsea at 9:00AM.
The team saw no one was around and was looking for
another location. They turned to Rob because it was
his city. Rob says, "The lower east side, because it
was eclectic and artsy. Chris wasn't feeling the
location in the Lower East Side.
2 Hours to Sell--The Yellow Team was running out of
merchandise...so Wes/Shauna go back to the cutting
1 Hour to Sell--The Blue Team is selling out of the
truck when Tommy and Russell Simmons, CEO of Phat Farm
Clothing come by. Deanna nearly lost her mind when she
saw Russell. They then visit the Yellow Team's truck
in Brooklyn. Tommy wasn't happy about the $5 price
tag. Felix was happy that he liked the design. Tommy
to the team about the prices, "We'll discuss this
later." Russell and Tommy talk off camera. "You have
to tell them to charge more. There is a big difference
between $5 and $50. Tommy says, "That's simple
We see last minute selling between both the blue and
yellow teams...and the assignment is over. Time for
the style forum. Rob only gets nervous during the
Style Forum. Liz--"I will come out of this with my
integrity and Mr. H sees through all of the people
hating me. The teams enter and so does Tommy...who
brings Russell Simmons in. He says the blue team had a
lot of creativity and protected the brand integrity.
The yellow team was something different. Wes takes
credit for the $5/item. Simmons says, "I would have
fired you." The Blue Team's location of the East
Village was the worst location possible. The Yellow
Team was not competitive business wise. But it wins on
sales...and the Yellow team made $1726.00--and the
Blue Team makes $1280.00...The Yellow Team wins and
celebrates. Russell leaves and tells Tommy..."I don't
Not so fast, Yellow Team. "You may think you have
won...but you tore all integrity out of the
brand...and I will remember that one."
He chastises the Blue Team for having the prices too
high from the truck. And he calls Deanna and Princess
into the pit for making them that high. He brings Rob
in for the bad location, after Deanna chastises him
for the bad location choices. Tommy blames the whole
team for the loss...so he makes Chris go in too. He
asks everyone who should go. Rob said Deanna should
go. Chris C (after a long pause and a 2nd question by
Tommy says Rob). He asks Princess. She says, "not me."
He takes her out of the pit. He asks again, but if she
says the same thing she goes back. She does, and he
brings her back. She stomps her foot, says a whiny,
"Mr. H...." and asks a third time and she blurts out
Rob. Deanna says Rob as well. He brings Chris out of
the pit and says this is very difficult. Rob tries to
defend himself, but both Princess and Deanna pile on
Rob for his lack of location. Tommy says there are
three important things with business..."Location,
Location, Location." Rob is out of style and takes the
runway. He shakes Tommy's hand and hugs the entire
team. Tears flow. He ends with "I am Rob Walker from
Brooklyn. I did well, and left with my integrity. I
feel like I won."
Tommy ends with..."This was a tough one. But the game
is truly about to change."