In probably the most touching and tearful episodes of the season, the designers showed a surprising amount of camaraderie and had the chance reconnect with their families. However, it was Mondo's revelation of a long hidden secret that shocked everyone.

After a grueling few weeks of competition and isolation, the designers were surprised with a visit from their loved ones in the middle of their next challenge. Tears were shed and even Gretchen broke down at her mother's arrival after a moment of bitchiness.

But, it was Mondo's heartbreaking confession during the runway critique that stunned (and shamed) the judges.


Even though guest judge, Rachel Roy liked her dress, in the end Valerie was voted out. Although her performance in the past few challenges was certainly lacking, she is definitely a class act leaving with one of the most graceful and heartfelt of exit speeches.

But what's this? No word on the cheating, lying and scheming that was promised in last week's preview? Turns out you'll have to tune in next week for all the misery to balance the sweet goodness from this episode.