In this week’s installment of "On the Lot," we say goodbye to Jess as the competition slims down to the not-terribly-dirty (it is broadcast TV, after all) dozen. And Zach’s stock climbs even higher with the judges after he unveils his latest crowd-pleaser, "Die Hardly Working." (Zach is pictured at left at work on the short.)
Once again, the elimination part of the show is dispensed with quickly at the top, following a bit of recap clippage, as judge Garry Marshall and host Adrianna Costa surprise the contestants by showing up unexpectedly as the group huddles on an outdoor patio in one of their "gee I’m so nervous" powwows. Actually, this time around they’re all complimenting one another’s work, particularly Jess and Jason, who took a pounding from the judges for their films last week.
"Brooklyn girls never give up," Marshall advises Jessica Brillhart as she does the requisite round of hugs before exiting the scene.