Another week, another fascinating episode of Top Model; an episode that was a showcase for the less-than-subtle techniques employed by the producers...but let's get started.
So the episode starts, and Jade, Nnenna, and Furonda are all in one of the bedrooms together, having a mock elimination ceremony, featuring Jade as Tyra, and Nnenna and Furonda as the bottom two. Jade hands Furonda her photo, and Furonda says "thank you for believing in me". Foreshadowing, anyone?
Nnenna is in her confessional, and tells us that Jade is her favorite person in the house, and that they've formed a friendship despite it being a competition. Sara tells the camera that although they seem different at first, Jade and Nnenna have many similiarities. Furonda is then shown practicing her runway walk, and tells us that she feels that her photos have only been getting better and better, and that she may be a forerunner in the competition. The issue of Danielle's gap is brought up next, and she doubts that she'd like the end result if her gap got closed.
And then the TyraMail shows up, one of the many highlights of the show. It simply reads,
"How pressed are you to win?" -Tyra
The girls are shown entering a lobby-like room of a nice building, and they sit down to chat with Rachel McCallister, who is going to teach them the "do"s and "don't"s of dealing with the press. She gives an example of certain questions that may be asked to each girl, and ends up inadvertently asking Nnenna what's up with cheating on her boyfriend, despite not knowing that there had been an incident earlier in the season. The true challenge, however, is to deal with George Wayne, who would be asking them questions.
A montage ensues of certain snippets of the girls' interviews with Mr. Wayne, including one in which he tells Jade that she "looks like an arrogant b!tch" to him, to which she states that that's a belief she's trying to break, and that she's an "exotic bi-racial butterfly". He finishes with the girls and reviews their performances. Furonda had the toughest questions, but handled them well. Joanie was the truest to herself. Danielle needed to improve her speech. George questioned Sara's desire to be in the competition. Nnenna handled herself well under pressure, despite seeming a bit snobbish at times, and Jade made a mistake in "taking on" the interviewer. George makes his decision, and the winner is...Nnenna, who then picks Jade to share the reward with her. The reward? They get to be "pampered" by the other girls later on.
Back to the loft, and Danielle's gap issue is re-addressed. She calls her mom for help, who reminds her of Cassandra's infamous decision to not get her hair cut shorter. Her mom reminds Danielle that the question is "what do you want to do?", as they go to break to build up the drama of it all. Once the show comes back on, she ends up seeing the dentist, who reassures her that getting it closed is the right thing to do, bringing up the fact that "Tyra would say that she wants you to look fierce." She gets the work done, and her teeth come out looking great, although they couldn't close her gap all the way, or it would have looked too strange. Well done, Mr. Dentist. She does look fierce. Problem solved.
Meanwhile, back at the loft, Sara continues to be concerned with her desire being questioned constantly, talking with her boyfriend about it. Nothing really happens with that.
The girls leave the house, and go to what is most likely a building somewhere, although all we're shown is a tiny ethnic-looking room. There's a small table close to the floor, requiring kneeling to sit at it. In walks Sutan, their make-up artist, in drag dressed like Tyra. He calls himself Ty-ra Banks, and the real Tyra walks in. They "argue", and Tyra calls herself Ty Ty Baby, followed by Sutan saying he's Ty, upon which statement Tyra reveals to the girls that they're going to Thailand!
The girls pack, and as they do so, Nnenna says she has high expectations of herself, and that she thinks others have high expectations of her as well. Furonda states that Nnenna is her biggest competition...hmm...more foreshadowing, perhaps? The girls arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, as a rather strange-looking pink van pulls up to take them to their hotel. They get to the ritzy, bee-yootiful hotel and enter their room, and then familiarize themselves with the surroundings.
The next day, the girls head out to the Dulai Spa to provide Nnenna and Jade with their bubble bath and massages. While Joanie treats the girls well out of respect for Thai culture, Furonda's irritated and, in Joanie's words, doesn't give a rat's a$$. After the spa, they get back to the room, where they see TyraMail waiting for them. It says:
"I know it's tough being around so many girls. So get some tail." -Tyra
Our models arrive at a floating market, with vendors sitting in boats in a tiny canal. Mr. Jay shows up and tells them that for their shoot, they're going to be the "catch of the day". The girls will be mermaids, hanging upside-down in a fishing net over the market, with dead fish and seaweed in the net as well.