Jordu Schell is this week's guest judge, and he also happens to be one of Miranda's heroes. He gives his perspective on this week's challenge - creating a subterranean creature - and the contestants take notice of the opinion of a key artist of Avatar and 300.
The artists descend into the abandoned power station to explore several rooms strewn with clues as to the kind of subterranean creatures that might have once inhabited the various chambers. Chains, scratch marks, fur, and tentacle marks are suggestions that the artists take and run with.
Roy's signature is "big concept, big makeup", so when he loads hundreds of pounds of clay into a tentacle sculpture, those who know and love him are not surprised. To those newcomers to the studio, however, this behemoth is a jaw-dropping undertaking.
Miranda is worried when she hears that Laura and RJ are both working concepts based on a "naked mole-rat" creature - they both made it to the finals, so being their neighbors carries some risk. Still, she's had a clear sense of what she wants to do since the start of this challenge, so she moves forward with her creation.
Laura was badly shaken by being on the bottom looks last week, and though she knows she has what it takes to be in this competition, her confidence that she can impress the judges is weaker. Since she sees that Miranda is going forward with a more mole-influenced character, Laura veers toward the rat side of things for her prisoner of war character.
Roy's attempt at building a huge sea monster met its fatal end when he accidentally grabbed stiff foam instead of soft foam. That error ruined his piece and left him scrambling to create something entirely new. He manages to get a decent head piece together, but the arms and torso are a hot mess, by his own admission, and the judges place him on bottom looks.
It's not until last looks that RJ realizes he's created a mossy artichoke. He can breathe a sigh of relief, however, because the overall sculpt and excellent profile place his makeup in the middle, not the bottom.
Through evolution, Frank's character's eyes were eliminated and his skin dulled in color. Glenn especially likes the logic behind the design, and the only negative criticism seems to be that the paint job could've used a touch more depth. Frank humbly welcomes the verdict that he's in top looks this week.
The coloration, sculpture, and costuming of Miranda's characters knock the judges out. She earns her fourth win with this character, an honor that means so much more with the backing of Jordu Schell, a hero of hers, than any other week.
The judges felt Scott's sculpture was not awful, but they failed to find a cohesive story in the makeup, and felt it was ruined by a haphazard paint job. Scott finds himself on bottom looks for these reasons.
Although the judges felt that the proportions of Adolfo's electrocuted prisoner were intriguing, the rough face sculpt, painted over with a garish orange that would not likely occur in a subterranean environment, were all wrong. He is sent home with strong words of encouragement to keep creating, and keep pushing himself.