Designer Genes is the first episode of the fifth season.


Lisa calls a local benefit fashion show and tries to persuade one of the designers to look at her portfolio. With false hope shes goes down there only to find that they wanted a fitter not a designer. Meanwhile Tia and Tamera try to win a date with Lucas Pain, but after they too fail they try to save Lisa's dreams. Tia and Tamera try to sneak backstage and show off Lisa's clothes.


  • Supermodel Beverly Peele appears as herself.
  • The outfits that Tia and Tamera wear at the end of this episode are also at the end of the the theme song video (when everybody is dancing).
  • Ray and Lisa breakup.