Week 6: |
"Crimes of Fashion"
Original Air Date: 10/14/04
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When the men meet with Ilse to hash out their plans, it should come as no surprise that it doesn’t go nearly as well. Raj tells her, “Why don’t you sketch for us what this sort of balloony bottom would look like in a way that would accentuate the female body.” Ilse barely knows how to respond, but Raj barrels onward, like he always does, regardless of how people are reacting to him. “I think backpacks are shot right now.” Yes, Raj and bowties, canes, and red pants are in.
Getting frustrated to no end with how much Raj and John are futzing around, Kelly “G.I. Joe” Perdew decides to take matters into his own hands and sketch out a design when Ilse gets up to go to the bathroom. Kelly apparently missed his calling when he went into the military because it’s unbelievably good. John quips, “If you put a nice model in that with no top, that looks great.” When Ilse comes back, even she seems to be blown away. Chris Russo though apparently thinks that they have a Klinger in their midst and tells us, “I’m very surprised with Kelly. Where did this come from? You’re an army guy. After today, I’m pretty surprised he’s not wearing pink camouflaged underwear.” Kelly though is man enough to take it.
The fashion buyers across town strike back by having their own fun with the so-straight-it-hurts group of guys that enter their offices. They waste no time in asking, “How can guys beat the women when we’re talking ladies fashion?” The ever ready Kevin says, “We know what we like on the ladies.” Hmmm. The buyer says, “I’m just trying to think of all the straight male fashion designers out there—there aren’t a lot.”
Well, the buyer may be making gross generalizations but it appears he’s right. When John and the other half of the men’s team go with Ilse to pick out fabrics, it’s a free-for-all of fashion faux pas. Showing her material with large pink polka dots, Raj asks in all seriousness, “Too fluffy? Too goofy?” Ilse can’t believe what she’s looking at and says, “Goofy, that was the word I was thinking of.” Carolyn is beside herself. She can’t stop laughing. With every roll of fabric the men pull down, she absolutely loses it. She’s laughing so hard, that tears well up in her eyes and, for the first time perhaps ever, finds it hard to pull herself together. Yet she does and tells us, “Somewhat of a comedy scene here. All of the men are clearly out of their element. They have no idea what they’re doing.”
Kelly though finds nothing funny about it. He’s incredibly frustrated with how unhelpful his teammates are in getting the job done. He tells us, “I was the one focused…I was driving deadlines. I felt like I was doing the project manager’s work.”
The ladies in contrast have a grand old time picking out fabrics and are ready to check out at the cashier when Elizabeth and Jennifer arrive back from meeting with the buyers. Elizabeth instantly criticizes their selections as not being “rich enough material.” One of her teammates shoots back, “You’re just creating noise, and we don’t need it.” Ivana especially has had it and gets right in her face. “I don’t mean to be a bitch, but this is what we’re going with.” She says it with such vehemence, it’s scary.
Darren tells the women that the management company sent over all of the measurements for the models and it’s not necessary to have them come in to tailor the clothes. Presumably Ilse gives the men the same advice, but the men refuse to miss such a golden opportunity. The hot models all saunter in, leaving the men completely overcome and unable to function. Raj in particular is in some other stratosphere and later tells us, “I can’t remember what I was doing because I was in some sort of chemical haze.” Well, Raj, you were hitting on them left and right, even going so far as to speak German to try to impress them. Like Chris tells them, “You guys were so up their asses, it’s ridiculous. You got no shot.” The whole time, Ilse just shakes her head in disgust at how unprofessional they are.