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Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Good, The Bad, & The Lupe... -Project Runway 2, Reunion Episode

Oh, now where to begin?

It's obvious how much I was looking forward to this...I mean with Andrae, Nick and Emmett being back, and the sure moments of hysteria from bonus footage we had never seen, I was peeing my pants by the time 10 o'clock rolled around.

That not totally true...I learned to control my bladder long ago, but I WAS excited...

The Good:

Holy crap! John Wade looks like a whole new person! When I first saw him I figured he was the "nu-Jay" aka: the quirky overweight guy.

Then he got booted from the show and I was proven wrong. He looks great though!

Nick agrees!

Hooray! Nick is back!!!

But seriously, John looks like a whole new person:

Hi non-German Heidi! We hardly new you...

We were treated to this gem last night though..."That guy with the greenish yellow hair. What's his name? What's that? Ray...Ray-mooooondo? Where's he from?"

Oh how quotable you could have been...

The show began with a question of who should have made the top three that didn't and almost immediately Raymundo (Ray-mooooondo)

named "Mr. Verreos", or Uncle Nick, as the obvious choice. Thank you for saying it dear, cuz I've been saying it from day one!

Heidi went on to say how fast Nick's Barbie sold and gave the t-shirt worthy "I'm lucky to have gotten one. They went like bagels!" Then to Tim: "Is that all right?"

Tim proceeded to inform Heidi that the Barbie's actually went like hotcakes, but really...what's one breakfast carb to another?

The best moments came through the montages that the producers provided us with.

We learn through these that:

-Andrae's hissy fit during COYB lasted ten minutes. Fa real?!

-Daniel Franco went all power bitch on Santino on the runway during the lingerie challenge.

-Timpressions are still funny...and will be for a long time coming! Some of the best laughs came from watching DV crack up...

-The designers got REALLY bored and made a musical featuring hits like "Where Did Daniel Franco Go?" "Don't Let Emmett on the Serger" & "Lighten Up! It's Just Fashion..."

This brings us to the Andrae montage!




I seriously couldn't was amazing!

From Chloe imitating his "rolling door" walk, to his accent(s)-"Drat!!", to him being Mary Tyler Moore every time he runs down the was all amazing and made me realize how truly fun he is to watch. I couldn't quite figure why I got so emotional when Andrae was aufed...turns out I kind of love him...

How can you not??

Thank god for Andrae!

Emmett too! Now we hardly heard a peep from Emmett (editing?) but he looked great!

Fabulous new hair and a bit thinner, no?

The Bad:

Most of Project Runway this season has revolved around Santino and about what he'll do next and unfortunately the reunion was no exception...

I do like Santino...I always have to reiterate that...but the montage they showed of his negative comments. Whoa! It was pretty harsh.

I understand the trash talking, but when it was all spliced together it became a smidgen satanic...

He made a backhanded apology and upset poor Diana...and while her meekness bothers the shit out of me, I'd never insult her about it *shrugs*

The "mother fuckin' walk off" was brought up and we were introduced to Shetangy, Zulema's alter ego who, I think, is the dominant personality, but ya know...I'm no doctor...

In a brilliant move by the producers, they had Tarah and Rachael make an appearance to provide to maximum amount of angst possible.

Tarah is still flipping gorgeous!

And Rachael got to show off some spunkiness! Her and Shetangy got into it about why she was dropped. Rachael says it was hell to work with Zu (pins, glue, etc...) & Shetangy says she wanted to let Rachael experience the work of other designers or some bullcrap like that and Rachael came back with this absolute gem: "If you're going to make me put up with that shit, at least send out a bangin' outfit!"

Oh yeah, she went there! And I flippin' LOVE it!

Rachael, you may look like a marshmallow w/ gumby legs, but you shut her down with that, because it's true! You make other pasty white blondes proud:)

And finally...

The Lupe:

Now Lupe is my new word for "crazy" because if you saw any moment where Lupe was speaking, you know what I'm talking about...

From now on, it's not "Everyone here is crazy!", it's "Everyone here is Lupe!!"

I think the first mistake was giving her alcohol. How do you spell awkward? C-O-S-M-O

You mix that shit with whatever pills she was on and you're going to get it back tenfold!

See, no good can come from this!

On another quick note, I'm hoping Kirsten's glass has juice in it...she is preggers ya know! They say a glass of wine doesn't hurt, but when partying with Lupe and Dirty Diana, ya gotta be careful!

So you give the designers an open bar and this is what you get in return:

Tim Gunn: We had a question from Arion writes: "Guadalupe..."
Guadalupe: Yay! Arion!
Tim Gunn: Did you feel that your elimination was fair, even though Marla had plagiarized a dress Nicky Hilton had worn before?
Guadalupe: Honestly, I can only give him a personal critique. Nobody would ever know, unless they personally responded to me, would know what my personal response is. And that is of me. And personally, I believe you can't, like, push the boundaries, and like Johnny Cash, Walk The Line, and--

*insert HILARIOUS shot of Daniel V. reacting similarly to the rest of America*

Heidi Klum: This is so confusing. What was the question?
Tim Gunn: I haven't a clue any longer! Did you feel your elimination was fair, given that Marla plagiarized the Nicky Hilton dress? Yes or No?
Guadalupe: Understand that Marla has an aesthetic that I cannot duplicate. But Marla has an aesthetic that she cannot duplicate. And Arion, on national television, if you can get this, you fucking rock because you believe in what is true. Period.
Tim Gunn: This is the biggest bunch of bullshit I think I've heard in weeks.
Guadalupe: I agree as well.

Nick is terrified!

This picture needs no caption...I can GUARANTEE that I had the same expression on my face...

I had to rewind the show...I thought I missed part of the question. It's like she just started speaking words and hoped to make coherent sentences...

...stop hoping dear...

...there is no hope... have failed...

About to pass out? I'm going to go with yes...

Daniel Franco got in on the drunken fun with a little bit of complete awkwardness...

Heidi: Daniel, will we see you in Season Three?

Daniel F.: Well, you just might!

*awkward pause*

Daniel F.: I love you Heidi...

Heidi looked about ready to let Seal take him out. It was an uber-creepy moment!

Daniel was following his bliss around in the form of moving shapes and colors...

In other Daniel Franco news, apparantly he is straight...which Raymundo (Raymooooondo) confirmed (?)

...or not...

I'm not saying he is or isn't, but I will note that my mother has a jacket kind of similar to that...

...I'm just saying.

We end the show with the question of who will win the whole (shetangy) shebang.

Marla thinks Daniel Vosovic will win...

Emmett thinks Chloe will win...

Nick wants to see if Santino will bring it...

Lupe, personally, thinks Johnny Cash will win...

So it's over...I'm having a hard time thinking that I'll never see Nick or Andrae in this setting again. I'll miss their humor a lot:(

We never did find out where the chiffon was...

Until next week when we have part one of the finale...

Auf Wiedersehen mutha fuckas! (I love Uncle Nick)


Blogger LauraK said...

Great recap AJ! I love this: "Lupe, personally thinks Johnny Cash will win." HA!

6:34 PM, February 23, 2006  
Blogger The Scarlett said...

I loved the time line on the Andrae breakdown segment. And I loved, loved, loved the entire Andrae montage including all of the accents.

9:23 PM, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Moi ;) said...

I love it - "Lupe is my new word for 'crazy'"...

Do we pronounce that Loopy? ;D

p.s. you mentioned Andy's blog on BPR - do you have a link to that?

8:05 AM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger AJ said...

moi, I'm thinking it's more like "Loopay!"

The link to Andy's Blog is here. It's the second entry (about Jay's party) on the second is the direct link if it works...

And the exact quote:
By the way, I started the morning with queries from all over wanting to know what was up with Lupe on last night's RUNWAY REUNION. She was, indeed, hammered! (We offered the designers spirits free-of- charge before the taping!)

9:00 AM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Tbone said...

We're not going to forget loopy Lupe for a loooong time! The one thought that kept entering my mind during this show was: after all that drinking, did they get any potty breaks?

Not only was there not enough Emmett, there was maybe even less Diana. Her designs have attitude and she gets major bonus points from us for giving Christina her guest pass at FW. I wanted more Diana!

And that is of me. Period. 'cluck'

10:38 AM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing funnier than the show itself is your recap. I was laughing outloud. WTG!

1:04 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger DivineMsN said...

That comment about your mother's jacket and the "I'm just saying" was the funniest thing I have read all day! LMAO!

1:09 PM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with Zumela? When she left the show, she was like, I know I've made some great friends here and all. The reunion show she came off as kinda hostile. Not just the model walk off part, which you know they did just to bring out Shetangy. But they ask her for her idea of who will win, she just shrugs and says 'no opinion'.

5:51 PM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That made me laugh just as much as the reunion show did. I too tend to find seasons of shows I love a bit saddening when they're over. *sigh* Like you said, not seeing them in this setting. Good thing we have Tivo and recorders.

7:12 PM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I am soooooo tired of listening to fag hags and fey gays who are all up in Zulema's business ALL THE TIME. First off, the fact that so many of you all spend your days and nights spouting off about a television show about people with skill and talent is ironic and pathetic. That you all spend your time propping up the happy smiley gays and tearing down someone you don't even know because TV tells you to do so is even more sad.

I know Zulema, and we've even worked together. Somehow, she isn't the raging wildebeest you all make her out to be. That's because, in reality, (unlike reality TV) she is fun and professional, and yet has no time to suffer fools. Few in New York do. She tells it like it is - maybe the majority of Americans like being told fabulous lies (what else explains eight years under King Dubya?), but that doesn't mean people who are honest should be torn a new butt hole.

The average worker doesn't enjoy doing their work with people they consider incompetent. If Zulema didn't want to work with Rachel, then it was her business to switch, and well within the rules. As was pointed out, if Zulema REALLY wanted Rachel out, she could have chosen Shannon to spite her. She, in fact, saved Rachel's dumb ass, but God forbid she (or anyone else) recognize that.

I defy any one of you desk jockeys out there to tell me that there isn't someone at your job site you would love to 'aufwiedersen' on general principal. How hypocritical it is to then bad mouth when someone else actually has the balls to do it. Further, I love how you all are sooo 'hip' to the editing techniques of the show, yet not a single one of you has wondered why they brought the models out in the first place? Why did they do it? To make more drama for the cameras, to continue trying to make Zulema look like the Omarosa of Bravo, to make sheepish people like yourselves love to hate this person who did nothing but play by the rules of the game. Period. And you all fell for it.

Nick is not a victim, Tarah is not a victim, Rachel is not a victim. Every last one of those people will wake up tomorrow famous and successful. I will not shed one tear for any of them, and those that do need a dose of fresh air and a new friggin' hobby.

None of you will likely even get the chance to read this (that's editing for you), but if you do, before you make bitchy comments about someone you don't know (or praiseworthy comments at that), why don't you stop and realize you're talking about a real person?

"I don't care if you cry, but you damn well better cry and cut, bitch!"

7:21 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger AJ said...

I'm not going to edit out this comment because for one thing...I don't know how, plus I would really LOVE to respond. I am turning off anonymous comments though, because I like to know who's preaching at me.

I don't recall badmouthing Zulema...I don't generally care for her, but I'm well aware that this is television. As someone who CAN design clothes (which, in fact, I did NOT learn from the tv), I don't think she's a particularly strong designer.

I'm aware that Rachael and Tarah were there to add drama. In fact...I'm pretty sure I used the word angst when recapping...but we must have missed that part.

This blog is not meant to be a mean or hateful place...just a sounding board for me. And if I choose to sound off about Project Runway, then that's fine. If you think that's pathetic, then that's fine too. It doesn't mean I need to hear about it though.

To end on an "ironic" note..."before you make bitchy comments about someone you don't know (or praiseworthy comments at that), why don't you stop and realize you're talking about a real person?" Calling someone pathetic is a bit bitchy, no?

10:34 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger The Scarlett said...

AJ, I just have to applaud that you left that comment in there and that you responded so well.

And, Anonymous, I'm sure that Zulema is a fun, professional person in real life. But, Shetangy is another matter....

I don't consider Zulema evil. I think that Rachel walked poorly for her and that it had everything to do with the way she was treated (witness how beautifully she walked for Nick).

Personally, I don't consider Tarah or Nick to be 'victims' at all. They will continue to do well because they have talent and know how to treat others well. I, too, do not have the time to suffer fools but I can use diplomacy to shut them down without being insulting. It is a great talent to let ones opinion be known without being condescending.

I respect, Anonymous, that you stood up for your friend. I hope, too, that you can respect that I didn't find Zulema to be especially strong as a designer or as a seamstress within the time constraints of the show. I also found that I cringed when she said some things (and the camera didn't put those words in her mouth).

We have opinions, Anonymous. That's what blogs are for. To quote 'Lupe, "Period."

1:06 PM, February 25, 2006  
Blogger eric3000 said...

Great recap, AJ! I like Zulema but we can still make fun of her just like we make fun of everyone else. I laughed at your "I think Shetangy is the dominant personality" line!

And here's to all the fag-hags of the world and the fags they "prop up"! (you can picture me with a cosmo, washing down some multi-colored pills I got from Lupe)

3:16 PM, February 25, 2006  
Blogger ev said...

I noticed that in an interview (I forget which one, sorry), Tim stated that Zulema was the designer who he dislike the most. I guess they are doing a part 2 of the interview and he's going into details. He said that Daniel F and Zulema were the two designers who were not worth the trouble. Sorry I can't remember the publication with the interview. I think it was a gay online magazine.

11:10 PM, February 25, 2006  
Blogger Serge & Bacchus said...

Hey Zulema (oops! I meant anonymous), I have no idea what "fag hags and fey gays" have to do with you being a cunt. BUT... if you want to bring the hate bitch, then fucking BRING IT, 'cus I'd love to hate all over you.

9:41 AM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger ramonakilldeer said...

Tim Gunn's entertaining interview can be found at The 2nd part is to post Monday, Feb 27. Isn't there a golden oldie called "Little Latin Lupe Lou", or something like that? LOL Have to find that one, and redo it as an encore # for the musical review...need a theme for"Zulema , the Warrior Princess" too...I SO love this show-and it's really been helping with my EBAY addiction too! SNORT!

10:12 AM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger Moi ;) said...

Meh, I don't buy comments from Anonymous Posters. They are nuttin' but, um, Pathetic. PKB? Or at the very least, IRONIC.


9:35 PM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger Sara Bellum said...

Not to mention that Tim talks about finding out that Zuliema would steal all the muslin during each challenge and would not share - even though it was for EVERYONE. Her closet antics were complete BS as well.

Sorry Anon, your friend is not a nice person. She came across as spiteful and selfish. Last I checked those were not considered positive qualities in a human being.

11:27 PM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger eric3000 said...

You know, I was thinking about it and as grating and rude as Zulema could be, I actually found her kind of fun and I have a hard time believing she would have such nasty and homophobic "friends" as anonymous. I'm going under the assumption that wasn't really a friend of hers. If she does have friends like that they are not helping her image. In fact, with friends like that she doesn't need enemas.

11:29 AM, February 27, 2006  
Blogger AJ said...

Holy crap!

This is the best blog fight EVER!

Thanks to everyone backing me up and I don't mind name calling or cursing, but the c-word and t-word are no-no's as far as I'm concerned.

Also...I'm quite proud to be a fag hag! So many people in America are terrified of homosexuals because they don't understand I support the gay community, I hadn't realized that was reason for criticism.

Carry on folks...;)

3:48 PM, February 27, 2006  
Blogger eric3000 said...

It is really the best type of hag, in my opinion!

7:52 PM, February 27, 2006  
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