• Time restraints were tight this episode. Lots to do and little time for planning. Very haphazard.
• Funny to see the majority of designers wear black to the beach!
• We think it backfired for sponsor Pier 1—the majority of their product looked dated and sad. This might have to do with the filming schedule—they're filming in winter in LA and a lot of the product was heavy and dark, not a good fit for beach cabanas. Just visiting the Pier 1 homepage this morning to grab the link, the featured products look better suited to this challenge!
Spoiler Alert: Elizabeth is sent home for her team's choice of color. Bizarre. The louvred walls combined with the indoor/outdoor aspects were commendable under the time restraints. (Team Tahiti's winning deisgn was rather boring.) We think it should have been Ryan. He was in the bottom three last week, and Elizabeth won the first challenge with the can't-do-wrong Goil, and she obviously was a strong team player and contributed well to her team. She took the fall for the green—which we felt was really harsh. Thinking about it more, Carisa should probably have gone home before Elizabeth (but after Ryan).