I did like the idea that they had the two teams "tie"...whether or not that actually happened is less important than having all of them open to winning and being sent home . Too often a poor designer has been safe because he/she is on the winning team.
I am glad they finally sent R. packing hopefully for the last time. He was so obnoxious. His design philosophy was bad and yet he talked about it almost as much as Buffy did and we know bad hers was. I was pleased Nina mentenioned that her "tulip" was apparently there to cover up her lack of skill.