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America's Next Top Model 3 - Episode 9 Summary

'The “Acting” Episode' By Isabelle Murray
Original Airdate: November 17, 2004

The show, as usual, starts off with girls talking about their flaws and stuff.  Super-dependent-girl (Ann) would love to have super-modern-girl’s (Norelle) shoulders.  Super-African-girl (Yaya) comments on camera that she has more confidence in her than the other girls.  Whatever.  Super-punk-girl (Nicole) comments that she is more mellow in front of the judges.

So, the girls receive Tyra mail that asks them if they are ready to die.  The girls find it a most disconcerting question.  They arrive at the location and it is a site where they will learn how to act.  Super-African-girl (Yaya) was excited at the idea of getting acting lessons.  Sure she wants to be a model but maybe she would like to be an actress later.  The first activity that they are doing is a visualization of their emotional body (or something weird like that).  They have to place one hand on their belly and one on the solar plexus, close their eyes, and see “something.”  Super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) starts crying.  I thought that she saw her son.  She did but also saw a rose.  She says that she started crying when she saw her son.  Super-modern-girl (Norelle) is having a hard time understanding what needs to be done and seems to feel silly about it all.  Super-punk-girl (Nicole) said that she saw nothing.  On camera, she says, though, that she saw something inappropriate so she wasn’t going to talk about that.

Next, they will need to do a “cold read.”  They will play a dying woman who has a few minutes to say to her lover how much she loves him.  They need an actor to play the lover so in walks actor Taye Diggs.  Gosh, he’s cute!  Some girls are ecstatic (actually, most are).  Oh, I forgot to mention that this is a challenge and a winner will named.  Super-punk-girl (Nicole) thought that she would definitely win this because it was somewhat of an area of expertise for her, given that she went to acting school for a while.

As the name implies, a “cold read” is really delivering the lines from cue cards, without seeing the text first.  OH MY LORD!  When the scene starts, the dying girl explains that she knows that she is dying because she is a doctor and she has , which is a rare form of , and is incurable because of .  And so on…  Taye Diggs commented on camera that he felt bad for the girls because it was a bunch of medical terms.  Most girls had a hard time pronouncing the words correctly so the flow was often interrupted by furrowed brows and the mind trying to process whatever was on that damn cue card.  Really noteworthy, was super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda).  At the end of the scene, the girl dies and Taye Diggs covers her with the blanket and comments that she died in her favorite shoes and other stuff.  Well, Taye had to move super-cute-eyes-girl’s legs to pull the blanket and she moved.  Immediately, Taye went into improvisation mode.  He exclaimed, “You’re alive!  Oh, you’re cruel!  It’s cruel!” (or something like that).  Basically, he was playing along with the fact that super-cute-eyes-girl moved.  And she deserved it big time.  She was a good sport, though, and after the scene, she just laughed and said that she should have remembered that, if she was dead, she should not have moved.

All the girls get their individual evaluation.  Most were okay with a few who connected enough with Taye.  They are ready to announce the winner of the challenge.  Gasp!  They had forgotten to give the evaluation for super-punk-girl (Nicole).  Obviously, that was not really good.  But she did get an okay evaluation.  So, back to the winner.  They will show the winner on the screen.  And the winner is (again; for the fourth time):  super-African-girl (Yaya).  Super-punk-girl is astonished.  She was so sure that she would win!  The scene with super-African-girl is still playing.  At one point in the scene, Taye calls “Nurse!”  And in walks Tyra, dressed as a nurse.  Tyra and Taye act together in a somewhat silly fashion.  Anyway, there is Tyra mail… and it announces that the girls will go to Tokyo!  The winner of the challenge, super-African-girl, needs to choose a friend.  She chooses super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda).  Super-African-girl says on camera that, since she won and chose other girls in the past, she figured that it was time to do something with super-cute-eyes-girl.  So, the two of them will get to fly to Tokyo in first class and the other girls will fly coach.

Lots of screeching!  The girls are super happy.  They go back to the house and start packing.  Super-dependent-girl (Ann) comments that she was scared of flying and had a break down on the way to Jamaica... and the flight is going to be longer this time.  Despite that, there was no way that she will not board the plane.  Good for you!

On the way to the New York airport, super-dependent-girl (Ann), super-girl (Eva), and super-modern-girl (Norelle) mention how they hope that they will be the last three and that they should stick together, no matter what.

Then, we see the girls in the plane.  They contrast the first class versus coach.  Of course, they chose images to make it look the best in first class and the worst in coach.  Super-dependent-girl (Ann) fell asleep on the plane so she was fine.  The girls tell us that the flight was so long that they needed to change clothing!

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