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America's Next Top Model 3 - Episode 10 Summary

'The 'Tea Ceremony' Episode' By Isabelle Murray
Original Airdate: December 1, 2004

Last week was the recap episode.  I didn’t write about it because there wasn’t much to write about.  Well, what did we see more?  There was super-food-obsessed-girl/super-dancer-girl (Cassie) who told her mom that she stripped.  But she won’t do it ever again now, of course.  There was super-plus-size-girl (Toccara) who admitted to the judges that she used to be a dancer (as in “exotic dancer”).  Super-judge-ex-top-model (Janice Dickinson) exclaimed, “I knew it!”

The best thing was, obviously, super-African-girl (Yaya) losing it on the phone.  The context was that it was during the elimination where they had to choose a hat and dress around the hat, and have style.  Super-African-girl had received comments from the judges that she was not humble enough and stuff.  So, while the judges were deliberating, super-African-girl called her sister (I think) while the other girls were chatting in their bedrooms.  When we saw super-African-girl in the phone room, the other girls were not loud (at least that we heard) and she screamed at the top of her lungs, like a mad woman, “I’m on the phone!  I can’t hear!”  The other girls stopped talking, looked at each other, and started giggling.

As a side-note, I really like this season less than the other ones.  Like it is more focused on the bitching and the bickering than really the modeling aspect.  Also, I don’t find that the girls are especially pretty or remarkable or unique…  I don’t know…  I also look at the challenges and photo shoots and they involve so much promo stuff like the Campbell’s soup commercial last time and all the gadgets and stuff.  It feels somewhat like a show more about all those things instead of the actual modeling.  Oh well.

This week’s show starts with the girls, as usual, analyzing the competition and why they are still there and being scared, etc.  Super-dependent-girl (Ann) didn’t like super-girl’s (Eva) attitude when she wished that super-modern-girl (Norelle) would not perform well in the commercial.

After a night in the capsule hotel, they have Tyra mail, instructing them to pack their bags to move to a new place.  So, they arrive at a little house where two girls will sleep in the same room and three girls in the other room.  Super-girl (Eva), super-dependent-girl (Ann), and super-modern-girl (Norelle) decide to cohabit once more whereas super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) and super-African-girl (Yaya) will take the other room.

The girls talk some more.  Super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) says that she is so enthralled by the Asian culture that it’s like a dream.  Super-African-girl (Yaya) comments on how she received criticism about being more humble and how that is not really who she is.  Super-girl (Eva) says that she can’t be anything but at peace there since it is so quiet and peaceful.  So she is very quiet and she thinks that the other girls find it a bit weird but she’s okay with that.

First thing:  they learn how to do a traditional tea ceremony.  Super-modern-girl (Norelle) comments on how the Asian culture seems to be a mystery for her.  She finds the tea ceremony very complicated.  Super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda) feels privileged to get to learn it; she’s even crying at the end of the training session.  Super-African-girl (Yaya) says that she loves the Asian culture and it fits with her personality and then she starts talking about how she traveled abroad…  Oh geez!  Not that again!

Next, the girls will need to perform the tea ceremony, while wearing a kimono, and in front of judges who are experts at the tea ceremony.  It is a challenge.  The winner will get to spend some time in hot springs.  No one really performs the ceremony 100% correctly.  At the end of the ceremony, the judges ask each girl whether they like Japan so far.  Super-girl (Eva), super-cute-eyes-girl (Amanda), and super-dependent-girl (Ann) say that they really like it.  Super-modern-girl (Norelle) has a hard time understanding what the man was saying and asked him to repeat.  She finally answered that it is different but she likes it.  Super-African-girl (Yaya) answers in Japanese or something.  Well, time to declare the winner:  super-African-girl… again…  She picks super-cute-eyes-girl as her guest to go to the hot springs.  We see the girls at the hot springs; it’s gorgeous but there’s not much to talk about.

That night, the girls decide to go out.  It seems to be either somewhere near the water or somewhere high because there is a lot of wind on that patio!  Anyway, in walks Tyra.  She starts to talk to the girls about assorted stuff.  With hidden messages, they talk about criticism and stuff.  Bottom line, super-dependent-girl (Ann) wanted to talk about what super-girl (Eva) had said about super-modern-girl (Norelle).  Other girls jumped in on the occasion to bitch about super-girl.  Again, all this was kind of veiled so Tyra didn’t know exactly what was going on, although she probably had a good idea of who was the target because she started to talk about the fact that, when people are starting to bitch, it’s really to cover an insecurity.  She went on saying that she, herself, sometimes hears that she is starting to criticize other girls and she stops herself and thinks, “No, wait, she’s beautiful, she deserves to be here.” When she’s doing that, she says that it’s really because she is insecure about something.

Eventually, Tyra leaves… and all hell breaks loose.  Super-dependent-girl (Ann) now point-blank tells super-girl (Eva) that it was not cool of her to say what she said about super-modern-girl (Norelle).  Super-girl counters that it wasn’t cool of super-dependent-girl to criticize super-modern-girl’s midsection either.  Super-modern-girl is astonished.  She had no idea that stuff like that was being said behind her back.

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