We start off by seeing the girls in the house. As usual, they are talking about the competition, other competitors, etc. We see super-dancer-girl (Cassie) mentioning that she really wants to be a model so whatever she needs to do to lose weight she’ll do it. So that’s why she is watching what she is eating. When she mentions that here, it doesn’t sound too bad. But later in the show, we will discover that there is more… much more. Also, we see super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) who, tearfully, sings “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to her son over the phone. Mommy really misses her little boy. It’s sad. She explains that her son is very special to her and he’s a very special boy (okay mommy). And then she goes on saying that he was conceived on September 11 as in THE September 11…
Now they have Tyra mail. In short, they understand that they probably will have their makeovers. So, they go to a salon where super-makeup-dude (Jay Manuel) meets them. He tells them that he will teach them how to apply makeup to create a clear, natural, fresh look using, well of course, Cover Girl products (Cover Girl is all over the show this year; it’s almost ad nauseam). Now, not only will they learn how to properly apply makeup but they will have hair makeovers too! Woohoo! The girls are excited, of course. Now Tyra walks in and announces who will become what:
• Super-yuppy-dudette (Kelle) will have big long wavy extensions added.
• Super-Indian-girl (Julie) will have a haircut for her hair to move better. Later, the girls commented on how, if they were super-Indian-girl, they would not be happy because it meant that she was not versatile if the only thing that they could think of was to simply do a haircut and nothing more. Super-Indian-girl has a very different take on what happened here: she understands that she already looked good and needed just a little bit more structure in her hair and, bottom line, this is how an Indian woman should look anyway.
• To super-African-girl (Yaya), Tyra tells her that she loves that she embraces her roots but she will remove the little braids so that she can be more versatile. Tyra also asks her what her greatest insecurity was. Not knowing exactly where Tyra was going with this line of questioning, super-African-girl sheepishly answers, “My skin.” Well, Tyra has made arrangements for super-African-girl to meet one of the top dermatologists in New York to take care of that skin. Super-African-girl is ecstatic.
• Super-dependent-girl (Ann) is going to go blonde. That’s it.
• Super-punk-girl (formerly called “super-pinky-girl” now renamed this because she used to be a punk rocker; Nicole) will have a “I love Lucy” red. (And, boy, what a red! Darn, now I want THAT color. I wonder how it would go at work if I had that.)
• Super-Idaho-girl (Jennipher) was the one who had the super long hair that the judges said last week that she needed to have chopped off. So, Tyra asks her if she is ready to have her hair cut to her shoulders or so. Super-Idaho-girl is a bit shaken but answers “yes” through tears. Tyra then tells her that her hair will be donated to a foundation.
• Super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) is going to have her icy blue eyes complemented by icy blonde hair. She is super excited about that (the other girls don’t seem to understand why).
• Super-braces-girl (Norelle) found out that she will have a haircut and… her braces are coming off that day. She is super happy about that. Darn! I will have to change her nickname now. Based on something that is said later in the show, she will now be “super-modern-girl.”
• Super-plus-size-girl (Toccara) was going to have some extensions added to create more volume in her hair. Boy, the result was nice!
• Super-republican-girl (Kristi) is going to have long bangs. That’s it.
• Super-girl (Eva) is going to have her hair cut even shorter. She was not too happy about that. She was crying at some point. Tyra went to see her and asked her why she was crying. She answered that she just has gotten used to the cut that she has and she doesn’t understand why she needs to have another one. Tyra tells her that she would be more versatile that way. Well, bottom line, once she saw the result, super-girl was okay with it.
• Super-dancer-girl (Cassie) had wavy extensions to add volume to her hair.
Something kind of funny happened during the makeovers. Super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) really liked her new do and was really into it. Once she was out of the chair, she just walked over to the other girls, “worked it”, and posed. The other girls’ jaws dropped at that both in awe at her new do and at her for doing that in front of them. They used to see her as “mommy” but now they realized how much of a threat she is.