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Amanda has nine lives—just like the cats that Lindsey's customers own.

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August 28, 2015 at 01:57 AM EDT

As your Project Runway recapper, it’s my job to tell you guys what happened on the show. I’m going to be honest—I’m struggling this week. With Blake mumbling every sentence that comes out of his mouth, the all-over-the-place challenge directions, and the once again confusing top and bottom looks, I’m just a little lost. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

The confusion started when Heidi told the designers that the challenge was “on the horizon” and then the designers ended up on the docks of Long Island City, where they met the Mary Kay global makeup artist, who said it was a Mary Kay challenge. Tim tells them to take classic pieces—such as the pencil skirt, the wrap dress, and the trench coat—and put a modern spin on them. Because Mary Kay is all about modern! And so is New York City! I really can’t figure out the connection between all this. But the designers don’t mind because a Marie Claire feature and $5,000 is on the line for the win.

And I quickly brushed away the confusion because… first trip to Mood! And Mood got new neon see-through bags! It’s an exciting day. A day in which the designers have nine hours to complete their designs. A day in which they also have consultations with Tim, the Mary Kay guy, and their models (and let’s be honest—probably meetings with producers for confessional filming as well). How these designers get anything done is beyond me. But in the nine hours—or six, if you ask Blake—they have to throw it all together.

A very short time goes by before Tim is already back for his critiques. Candice tells him about her leather dress and belted jacket. He thinks it’s great. Amanda thinks it’s garbage. She says Candice’s “strategy” is to come off super polished when “she really is mediocre.” Is there anything better than a middling designer trying to bring down a really great designer? No, there is not—that’s why we watch this show.

Anyway, Tim keeps making his way around the workroom until he gets to Gabrielle. Gabrielle had an interesting strategy this week. She sketched her design, started hating it, then just sat around and waited until Tim could come in and either a) confirm that it was a bad design or b) say it was great so she would have the confidence to continue. According to the edit we saw, she didn’t really get either, but she took his vague comments as the confidence she needed to continue.

Amanda is also struggling this week. I think the poor woman mostly just needs sleep, but her visit with Tim “rejuvenated” her, so that’s enough to keep her going on her weird wrap dress. Through the critiques we also learn that Edmond is working on an “I’m Your Baby Tonight” Whitney Houston zip-up jumpsuit AND an Annie Lennox dress, but Tim likes the jumpsuit better; Kelly is upgrading a basic white T-shirt—which isn’t exactly “runway,” but still looks very cool; Joseph tells us, and Tim, that Mood has a scuba section (what!?); and Blake can’t describe his look. He said he’s used to professors telling him no, but he doesn’t care…. that’s not surprising.

The time in the workroom continues on with lots of model fit problems and lots of Blake saying catty things in confessional about the other designers. Last week Jake and Joseph stepped up a bit in the villain role, but it looks like Blake is right back in his rightful place. Which I’m sure he’s happy about—someone who pretends to not know time wants to be in the spotlight, no matter the reason. At least I think he can’t tell time, I couldn’t exactly understand what he was mumbling about.

NEXT: Started from the bottom and Amanda’s still there…

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