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October 26, 2017 at 10:33 PM EDT

Last week, after seeing the boxing ring in the episode promo, I made a crack about how this week would be yet another gimmicky challenge. And then the show went and made it an episode about warrior women cancer survivors. Way to make me feel like garbage, show.

But at least I wasn’t alone — the designers themselves were nervous about the challenge when they saw the boxing gloves in their apartments. “Am I going to be making wrestling shorts?” Kenya worries.

Once they get to the gym and see Tim in the ring IN SWEATS, they’re very confused. But an Avon lady is there to explain: She says that Avon is all about improving women’s lives — they support women who can’t afford breast cancer care and fund cancer research. Then the women who are standing around the ring start telling their stories of fighting breast cancer. Talk about a tearjerker of an episode!

Tim then explains that these fighters are the inspiration for this challenge. The designers will have $250 and two days to create a high fashion editorial look inspired by warrior women. The Avon lady says the makeup for this challenge will be very important, which I took as a sign there would be an additional reward, but it literally meant nothing.

The designers get to do a quick boxing boot camp (“I have nothing against boxing, but I don’t like to hit people,” Kentaro says) before sketching and shopping at Mood. In the workroom, Kenya immediately begins to struggle. While the other designers are cutting out patterns, she’s staring at a wall while drinking a can of Coke label-less soda. They all sketch and work and Day 1 wraps up before you know it.

On Day 2, Brandon and Kentaro realize they inadvertently created a similar look (hoodies with turtlenecks). Kenya says they may actually be brothers, which I don’t doubt.

Kenya has her own issues, though. She’s still struggling with coming up with an idea, and after what seems like hours of doing nothing, she lands on the idea of a woman with strong shoulders in the power pose.

When Tim comes around for critiques, she doesn’t have much done, but he likes where she’s headed. He says the same for most of the designers, although he is worried Kentaro has too many ideas and that Brandon isn’t pushing it enough. It seems like Tim is about to say something negative about Margarita’s Wonder Woman look, but he, oddly, thinks it’s “fantastic.”

The models come for fittings a bit later, and Kentaro learns that he made the top too small. It takes a long time to get the thing over Jazzmine’s head, and even once it’s on it doesn’t fit right. So once she leaves, he scraps the sweater and decides to make something new — fast: “I make my dress like quicker than Cup of Noodle,” he says. (Recap continues on page 2)

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