After the designers return to the workroom to get started, Lindsey says she's worried about Jake — and for good reason. When Tim comes in to peruse, Jake tells him that his dog, who's been with him through the death of his parents, is sick and needs to be put to sleep. If he doesn't go home, he says, he'll regret it forever. Twitter overwhelmingly offered its support and empathy.
Aww, suddenly Jake is my favorite designer.#ProjectRunway— Amy Silvers (@A_Silvers) September 18, 2015
Jake's heart wasn't in designing and it would've showed on the runway. I understand that kind of pain and I commend him #ProjectRunway— The NYC Film Chick (@TheNYCFilmChick) September 18, 2015
My baby girl is getting up there in age too, so sorry for your loss Jake! I would have done the same in a heartbeat #ProjectRunway— Angela (@hawkstar293) September 18, 2015
I support Jake for his decision. Pets are family and family always comes first. #ProjectRunway— ali ♡ (@tbh_ali) September 18, 2015
There were a few outliers, though, who questioned Jake for leaving, deciding that he wasn't cut out for the competition in the first place.
#projectrunway dog? Seriously? If he was doing well would he have left over this?— Lisa Dobson (@naznaz) September 18, 2015
A guy just quite #ProjectRunway because his dog died.... Its been a long time seens I've seen anything so lame— Lodger X-Lodger (@LodgerXLodger) September 18, 2015
What a terrible decision to have to make. On one hand, it's your dream to be on Project Runway; you worked hard, you might have, like Edmond and Amanda, auditioned multiple times, and you will probably never get a chance like this again. On the other hand, your beloved companion, who's been there for you through numerous tragedies, needs you to come and be with her at the end of her life and there's only one of her. It's difficult to imagine being fully present, whether or not you leave. There's definitely no "right" answer, but it's great to see Project Runway fans supporting Jake and the choice he made.
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