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SIXTY-FIVE - Top Design Finale Special - April 11, 2007
It's a good thing we don't try to make money as psychics, because we
can't predict the future. At all! All in all, we thought the finale of
Top Design was great -- we loved the "angst montage" at the start of
the show, and we continue to adore the carpenters.
carpenters made it to the finale -- let's hear it for Carl and Ed and
Yea, carpenters! In the final analysis, we were surprised by how much
we loved *both* lofts, and thought that Matt was getting the "loser
edit" on the show. So how surprised were we? Well... listen and find
Stuff we forgot to mention in this week's ep (because of the
adrenaline): Kelly W Watch: We didn't even see what she was wearing or
not wearing, because we were so boggled by the finished designs. And
Matt posted a spoiler by unveiling his new website. He said on the show
that if he won, he would have the money to start a firm of his own.
Surprise, surprise, surprise -- we should have been paying closer
SIXTY-THREE - Top Design Special - April 4, 2007
Down to three designers left on Top Design, and... Well, we're shocked.
Yes, we are. And we're down to rooting for the carpenters at this
point. There's drama, and then there's melodrama, and dang it, there's
treating one's hardworking support team with respect. Obviously we
can't predict a winner of this melee -- can you? Jonathan Adler's
winning smile has Bay so charmed that she didn't even see Kelly W. --
we wonder what the judges will wear next week!
SIXTY-ONE - Top Design Special - March 28, 2007
A good episode with pretty rooms and just the right amount of drama.
Who're you calling bitchy, bitch? Check into a hotel and cozy up with
some deep Top Design dish! Oh, yeah, and one more thing -- Amy Was
Wrong! But that's OK, because she was right about who was going to win
this week's challenge.
FIFTY-NINE - Top Design Special - March 21, 2007
A fabulous individual challenge, and an incredible guest judge! Bay
finally weighs in on whether watching "Dynasty" was good for any
designer's formative education, and Amy finally ran out of patience
with some designers' catty behavior under duress. So who was Kelly
trying to emulate, Donna Summer or Laraine Newman? Either way, why
couldn't she get a shirt to match the whole 70's hair vibe? But we're
not here to judge the judges, darlings. We're here to dish. And say,
isn't Tom Colicchio dishy? NOTE:
This is the episode in which Amy lied about two things.
she lied when she said she loved Andrea's banquette. Andrea didn't have
a banquette. Andrea had a side table that Amy inexplicably called a
banquette. The table is what Amy loved. And second, Amy said that Carl
said something Carl didn't say. Cary said the something that Amy said
Carl said. Carl did
say that Carisa
didn't get credit for all her contributions in the garage
makeover, but Carl didn't say that Carisa was his
least favorite designer to work with. That was Cary who
said that. Amy
can't tell the difference between two four-letter C names. In fact, she
was about to say that Carl said "Judy, Judy, Judy," but Bay reminded
her that that was an entirely different Cary. In any case, Amy regrets
that she misquoted Carl and she's going to go eat some crow now.
Watch Top Chef. It's one of Bay's faves.
Mostly because the head judge is so great.
FIFTY-SEVEN - Top Design Special - March 14, 2007 Let's
face it, we're torn. One of us loves Top Design, but both of us
really wish it would improve -- FAST. And as torn as we are, it appears
that the judges are just as didactic. They say that "team playing" is
important, but then they espouse the virtues of individual expression.
So which is it? Should the contestants be rude and shout, or should
they be polite and "realize the team vision?" Here's an idea: Let's
just all play NICE!
FIFTY-FIVE - Top Design Special - March 7, 2007
Despite numerous technical difficulties -- not the least of which is
figuring out which judge had the "bad hair week" -- Bay and Amy
persevere and hold a homegrown cat fight about this week's Top Design
episode, "Garage Band." Was it a fabulous episode? Or was it just more
of the same-old, same-old? Was Michael the top cat, or the cat's meow?
And by the way, what *kind* of dog wants to be on wheels? Kelly should
know! And how is that family going to feel about that mini-stage in
five or six years?
FIFTY-ONE - Top Design Special - February 21, 2007
An insanely wealthy group of design students get the post-college
living space of a lifetime, thanks to the 8 remaining designers and
their $500 garage-sale budget. And talent! Let's not forget, years of
education and experience are forming these 12x12' living spaces! So why
do so many rooms look similar? And why is it the bad ones really stand
out? Does Ryan spend a lot of time in arcades? Or prisons? And how does
Michael define "clean and bright," anyway? We can't believe who won the
challenge, and we're saddened by the loser. Bravo Network, could you
please redefine the reality TV rules?
one of our favorite recappers on the TD beat, and we wonder what she'll
think of this week's show!
FORTY-NINE - Top Design Special - February 14, 2007
Our third Top Design Glitz Blitz is a quick one, thanks to the
challenge being a team one. With only three designs to dish about,
we're short of chat and long on complaining about the beach. OK, that's
just Bay. Still, we weren't one with the judges on this decision. And
we definitely think Carisa had the right idea bout how to spend time on
the beach if you simply must be there! Next week: We can't wait to see
FORTY-SEVEN - Top Design Special - February 7, 2007
While Bay runs a fever and feels weepy about lots of stuff, Amy keeps a
level head and introduces new intro music. We wish we could have taken
listeners' suggestions, but we're too cheap to pay ASCAP fees! But
let's get down and dirty -- what's up with John's flooring problems?
Did Elizabeth forget about secondary and tertiary colors? Has Ryan been
sniffing the paint? And should Carisa duct tape the extra pillows to
the sharp corners? In stark contrast to the wild panic Matt wielded at
meeting his "client," we surely did love his finished product! Way to
pull it together, Matt! But in sad, sad news (especially to feverish
and over-emotional Bay), we had to say goodbye to a favorite drama
queen. Can we get a tissue, please?
to dish with the best bitches on the 'Net? You gotta see what Tom
& Lorenzo are dishing!
FORTY-FIVE - Top Design Special - January 31, 2007
Amy and Bay run through a Glitz Blitz as fast as their little voices --
and Skype -- will carry them! It's the premiere of a whole new Bravo
reality series, and we're so excited, we could die laughing. From the
too-quick introductions of twelve contestants, through Todd Oldham's
MC'ing capabilities, to the faaaaaaabulous judges -- who could ask for
more to dish about? Not us! So it's a recap and a couple of editorials,
all in one.