Best. Episode. Ever.

Everyday women, the loss of Jack, and that unfortunate wedding dress!

What is us? Or was this kind of an awesome episode? It had everything. High drama. Runway firsts. A real challenging challenge. Redemption in the form of tremendous weight loss. What's not to love? But, oh...poor Steven.

Seriously. Anyone but Steve. He's so sweet and quiet and lumpy. And we really like that in a person. We got to have a long conversation with Steve this morning and we had a ball talking to him. He says that being on the show hasn't actually gotten him as many dates as you might expect. And you know what's funny about that? Pretty much every reality show contestant or participant we've talked to -- has pretty much said the same thing. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

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But this...oh no. No no no no no.Let's say this about the "Everyday woman" challenge. Until this season, we always sort of saw it as straining to find a way to make clothes for ladies who aren't very small. Models are little. Having been to our first fashion shows in the last couple of years, it really is astounding to find that models are itty bitty little girls. So, there's a part of us (a few of us being "everyday women") that thinks, "yes, yes, now is when they do the episode for the husky people." And then we all pause for a sigh. And pass each other the ice cream.

But then out come these women who had lost significant amounts of weight. And the very best part -- at no point did we see the "before" pictures. There they were. Just standing there, proud of who they are, not ashamed of who they once were.

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We liked this lady a lot. She seems intense. She came with rules and demands. Good for her.
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Jack. Oh Jack. There's something impossibly sad about this. Can you imagine? Getting your chance to be on the show, and then suddenly -- your face swells up and you have to go home?

He makes the decision to go home, which flat out bulldozes the room. Everyone's sobbing like children. And now that we spent the morning on the phone with him, so are we. chris_04_405_320x240.jpg

Okay, here's the thing about Chris -- we can imagine doing summer stock theatre with Chris. You know, drinking late into the night and hearing stories about that production of "On the Town" he did with:

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This lady. Who we are sure was GENIUS in that play. But, seriously, if we saw this woman wearing this outfit anywhere but Disneyland, we might be tempted to be those judgey bastards who laugh at people. Actually, even if we were at Disneyland -- we might still laugh at this. elisa_01_405_320x240.jpg

Elisa totally helped this lady bust out a new look. Tracy (the model) told her that she really wanted to be a rocker. (True story, it's in Elisa's Burning Questions blog.) Tracy even brought her own boots. She was ready.

And then she gets on the runway, and Heidi says something along the lines of, "But this lady is a frump. Why is she wearing something cool? What up?" Let the woman rock, Heidi! That's the lady we want to party with! The one who brought her big red smock and let Elisa set her free!

Tracy, you rock out! You let that Marianne Faithful soul of yours dance you right into that new rockin body! We at Bravotv.com are totally behind you!

No kidding, Elisa and her crazy hippie antics are melting our bitter jaded hearts, down to the studs.

Okay -- here are some answers to your comments. Keep 'em coming.

Mary wrote in to tell us what a pounce wheel was and what it does: Even though I think you're kidding...one would use a pounce wheel to trace something to make a pattern- so to copy a pattern, or in this case just create one from the existing pants pieces without having to actually take them apart. It makes a line of little holes on the pattern paper which you can cut out. They are very fun to play with and bother people with, too, because it's a weird feeling, like little spurs or something that doctors test reflexes with or whatever.
Mary, we think you're kinky. And we wish we were kidding all along -- but no, we never figured out what a pounce wheel was and waited all week for your note. If we were allowed to, we'd send you a pounce wheel of your very own for answering the question, but technically -- it'd be giving a prize, and that would involve everyone signing things and the drafting of rules. At any rate, in our minds (and in yours) -- you've won a pounce wheel. No, no, a chocolate pounce wheel.

And this came from several of you, and we hang our head in shame over it: Hey Guys, In the Rate the Runway section, you have Kevin's name for the dress that Rami made and vice versa. How could you get that wrong? Everyone was worried that Kevin wouldn't finish the "shorts" on time.
We did fix this. And we wish we could blame an intern or something. But see, here's the thing, you may have noticed that the site is new, and doesn't really look so much like the rest of the site. It turns out that everything behind the site, the makework of it all, is MUCH more user friendly if you're AT ALL adept at using a computer. And we're...essentially, typists....so sometimes, we can't figure out how to plug the right thing into the right thing. And sometimes...that goes poorly around here. Thanks for letting us know. And Kevin, Rami, we're sorry. We suggest, that when you see mistakes like this -- that you please share it with us, and then do what all the IT guys in the building do -- choose to find it charming.

Kala wrote: Does Michael Rucker still work on the show? Where is his blog? It was by far the funniest and had the most entertaining insights into the show. Please say it will return! I miss it...
How do you know we're not Michael Rucker? (OK, we're not. We wish we were. He's so cute!) But we were HUGE fans of Rucker's blog, and begged him to write again this year. But the good news about Rucker is that he actually has a lot more responsibility this year on the show, and has absolutely no time to blog about it. BUT, you can check out some of the extra footage he walks us through here. And leave a comment for him. Tell him how much you miss him.

That's all for us, gang. Have a great holiday. We'll be back after the new year!

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Leanne Speaks!

May we present season 5 winner of Project Runway- Leanne Marshall!

Bravotv.com: How did you feel when you won?
I was just in shock for a good couple of minutes after Heidi called my name. I was exhausted and exhilarated. It was the most amazing moment of my life.

Bravotv.com: Were you shocked by the result?
I was shocked. It was a big shock. I had hoped and I had my fingers crossed but it had been a long week and I was really sleep deprived so I didn't know.

Bravotv.com: What are you going to do with the money?
Going straight to the horse races... No, I'm actually going to re-locate to New York to further develop my clothing line. I'm actually going to hire some people to help me and hopefully show at fashion week again.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the criticism the judges had for you?
I definitely would have had a lot more variety. I just always had in my mind, throughout doing the collection, to keep it really cohesive. Creating it I had so many different ideas and I started to go off on tangents so I was thinking that I can't do too many things with such a small collection, I had to keep it cohesive.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other collections?
I think Korto showed a really strong collection. I loved her colors and she makes great clothes for women. I think Kenley had some surprising pieces that looked really great on the runway. I definitely liked certain elements of Jerell's collection, the drama and the sparkle. It's very Jerell. Joe surprised me too. It was really well made. And Suede also did a really good job.

Bravotv.com: Are you prepared for your life to totally change as of tomorrow?
I'm not. After finding out and coming back I've been living my life normally as if nothing ever happened. Yes, it's going to be crazy and I'm really excited about it all.

Bravotv.com: How did you keep the secret?
I threatened to break anyone's arms who spilled. No... My family, my boyfriend, everyone was as strict as making sure that they don't say anything as I was. It's a great surprise and we want everyone to be surprised in the end. And I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

Bravotv.com: You're only the second female to win Project Runway. How do you feel about that as a female designer?
It's awesome. It's really exciting. I think there are a lot of strong female designers out there. It just so happens that a lot of the Project Runway winners are male. It's definitely about time.

Bravotv.com: Have you kept in touch which any of the other contestants?
I have been in touch with Korto and Jerrell. Also, Blayne every now and then. I definitely would love to keep in touch with them for a long time.

Bravotv.com: Where can we buy your clothing?
Go to my website, LeanneMarshall.com, and I also link to my Etsy page where I sell things online. Two shops in Portland, Oregon, Seaplane and Foundation Garments. And I just got a ton of requests so hopefully everywhere soon!

Bravotv.com: Any final words for your fans?
I'm just so touched and thank you for supporting me, coming up and saying hi and all that. I love it and I'm so appreciative of all of it. It kept me going and propelled when I was creating my collection. It's hard putting your self out there but one of the rewards is having [great fans.]

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