Dan Vickery and Nathan Galui used pine plank paneling for their first challenge last season, which came off looking very "sauna."
In the end, the red team’s designs still feel very institutional. There’s no wow factor anywhere and there’s absolutely no sense of transformation. The floors could have at least used a good scrubbing. The workout room doesn’t look like anything changed other than the appearance of a lot of equipment shoved into the space.
WINNER: The Blue Team
WINNING DESIGNER: Casey
Vern tells the red team, “The reason you’re standing here today is that we felt like you turned in a big, fat zero. When we walked through that space, we were so angry. I have not been that disappointed in so long. I don’t know how that much talent comes together collectively and produces that.”
“Give them a space that calms the visual chaos,” Candice points out. “Don’t add to it.”
Courtland wants to apologize to each and every one of the judges. Which is just weird and brown noser-y.
BOTTOM 2: Nina & Courtland
Cue the video reels and Courtland is so uncomfortable watching himself on camera that I feel every ounce of his dread and embarrassment. Nina’s presentation is very Nina-y. I’m an artist! But this is not Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, this is Design Star and the bullying muralist finally gets the boot.
“I think I was eliminated,” says Nina, “because I did artwork and didn’t really push for design. But I know I’m a really strong designer and I know that I have what it takes to have a show. I have a lot of charisma and a lot of personality and a lot of people can’t handle that. In my life and in my world? I’m living in The Nina Show.”
Vern tells the remaining red team members, “Stacey, Courtland, Tom…get out of here!” like he’s suddenly channeling Gordon Ramsay. That kind of dismissal might work for Hell’s Kitchen, but it’s the nail on the coffin where Vern’s public image is concerned.
There’s a certain karmic charm to the idea of Courtland going head-to-head with Nina and winning, after she manipulated the judges against him in the first episode. Way to go, Universe.
Coming up tomorrow: I’ll post this morning’s interview with delusional castoff Nina Ferrer, who evidently thinks her you-know-what doesn’t stink.