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?


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.


We liked this lady a lot. She seems intense. She came with rules and demands. Good for her.

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:


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 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 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, 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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