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The designers work in pairs with storage auction loot to design three-piece collections.

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October 03, 2014 at 06:23 AM EDT

Well, that was different.

I’m not exactly sure why this tie-breaker was necessary, but you’ll get no complaints here. The added challenge gave this season—which had been lacking—a little more oomph, and helped us finally see Korina’s true colors. (And not the black, white, and pinstriped green kinds.)

Let’s start from the beginning…

The Project Runway fairy stopped by Gotham West, leaving behind Samsung tablets. (Did you know Samsung also makes amazing refrigerators?) The Heidi video on the tablets tells the designers they are headed to Brooklyn Navy Yards—and that their challenge has something to do with a key.

The designers need keys to open storage units, each of which will contain the materials needed for the challenge. Oh, and twist! It’s a team challenge. The “dreaded button bag,” according to Char, pairs up Amanda and Kini, Emily and Korina, and Sean and Char. But I’d say the button bag is more like all-knowing, because these pairs are very well-suited.

Now, Lifetime is part of the A+E Network, the home of Storage Wars. Was anyone else disappointed there wasn’t a Dan cameo? They could have played up that connection, at the very least. Regardless, Tim did a decent job auctioning off the units, and the outcome was as follows:

Unit #1—couches and chairs in printed fabrics—went to Emily and Korina for $25

Unit #2—kids’ toys, beach balls, lots of plastic, and a “psychedelic yeti”—went to Amanda and Kini for $190

Unit #3—packing peanuts and a blue furniture cover—went to Sean and Char for $65

Unit #4—clothes, rugs, fabric—went to Korina and Emily for $305

Unit #5—lots of leather—went to Sean and Char for $325

After the units are selected, the designers have 30 minutes to pull out what they want to take back to the workroom.

In the now-disaster of a workroom (seriously, there was so much junk in there), the designers get to work on their two looks each. They aren’t working long enough for a critique when they get a visit from Tim. Double twist! The team challenge is now a three-look team challenge. But the third look can incorporate additional fabric, so one of the designers from each team heads to Mood.

During the actual critique, Tim has a lot to say: He thinks there is too much going on with Korina and Emily’s fall-to-winter look, and he doesn’t get the “Spongebob Squarepants” vest that Emily is making. He doesn’t love all of Sean and Char’s looks, but his Saved One fights back and holds her ground on her designs. For the final team, he thinks Kini and Amanda are trying to do too much and that their taste level is poor—hearing Tim say your model will look like “a teenage hooker” is never good.

NEXT: Teamwork

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