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Episode Twelve: Same Tent, Different Over-The-Top Circus

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It's week twelve of Project Runway, the last week of regular competition and the week which will supposedly determine who shows at Fashion Week. Heidi tells the remaining five designers that she's sending them to a mystery tent—"Not the Bryant Park Tent, but it may help you get there," she hints. The designers are then taken to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus tent. Tim joins them there, and introduces a mini version of "The Greatest Show on Earth," which is performed just for them. The designers are told that for this week's task, they must create a high-end runway look inspired by any element of the circus.

It seems that it's relatively easy to make a circus costume, but a lot harder to make high fashion inspired by the circus. Seth Aaron is a little too influenced by the ringmaster and jugglers and initially wants to make a top hat for his already over the top ensemble. Emilio feels his background in theater will help him with this challenge, and quickly gets cocky about how good his print and polka dot garment is going to look. Mila is influenced by the circus's "ring leader's" coat and personality, while Anthony is taken with its acrobats. Finally, Jay is inspired by the exaggerated details of the clown's outfits, which seem to justify his making yet another big bottomed ensemble.

Michael Kors and Nina Garcia are both judging this week. Joining them as a guest judge is fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. The New Yorker will be our last actual designer as guest judge this season, as we'll have a celebrity filling that position in the finals...

Instead of top and bottom designers, this week, the judges tell each person in the top five where they stand. Emilio's striped and polka dotted dress, which Michael Kors describes as "the best of the season," combined with his previous four wins, lands the designer a slot at Fashion Week. Joining him in Bryant Park, will be Seth Aaron, whose own striped blazer ensemble looks a bit too much like Ronald McDonald. Fortunately, the designer's history of being both innovative and a great tailor makes the judges want to see what he'll create for a final collection. Next, Heidi bids "auf Weidersehen" to Anthony, for the second time this season, after the judges realize that he has chosen to make his blue gown out of ill fitting polyester. This leaves Mila, with her own awkward striped jacket ensemble, versus her nemesis, Jay, with his dull Michael Jackson-esque outfit, awaiting their fates. Both are told that they will make collections. Before they can get too excited by this news, however, they learn that only the better collection will be shown at Bryant Park.

And in our As Tears Go By count, the water is flowing with four crying jags this week. Jay cries when he tells the judges that he would pick Anthony to go with him to Fashion Week. Anthony cries when he hears Jay say this. Anthony cries again, when he says that he would pick Emilio and Jay to go to Bryant Park with him. Finally, Seth Aaron cries when he finds out that he actually will be showing at Fashion Week. These four sobbing sessions bring our total number of crying jags for this season to twenty.

And now for this week's Top Ten Moments of Project Runway Greatness...

10. Anthony says Jay's jacket is, "Looking a little bit Michael Jackson." Good thing this isn't the children's challenge.

9. Mila calls the circus ringmaster its "ring leader," making us wonder if she was once the mean girl in a clique, or just picked on by one.

8. Tim tells Anthony, "This is the final; you need to turn up the volume." We wonder just how much more volume Tim thinks Anthony can pump.

7. In describing the garment he wants to make, Emilio says, "When she comes out on that runway, I want people to pee on themselves." Project Runway's welcomes it's newest sponsor, Depends and their "Incontinence Products Wall."

6. Michael describes Anthony's polyester draped model as looking "Like a big blue condom." At least he didn't use an Avatar or Smurf reference.

5. Emilio says, "I'm putting everything I'm about into this one dress." We're not sure how one stitches "arrogant."

4. After Jay says he wants his jacket to look "Bad ass, bad bitch," Tim asks if there is a "good bitch." We start imagining Glinda with a riding crop.

3. Emilio channels a more fashionable Field of Dreams when he tells Anthony, "Get the skirt where you want it, and then the bodice will come to you."

2. Regarding his ensemble, Seth Aaron says, "I don't want to bore anyone. I want to make a statement." Unfortunately that statement is, "Would you like Fries with your Happy Meal?"

1. Michael walks onto the runway to see what fabric Anthony has used, and is appalled to realize it's a "Poly' crepe de Chine." Then Heidi shrieks, "IS IT POLYESTER?" and rushes to the runway like it's a Carnival Freak show and she wants a closer look at the Polyester Lady.

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