Randy has returned, looking like Grimace in a purple T-shirt, just in time to hear Zoanette and the Poo-Snaps. We flash back to the part of their rehearsal where Zoanette was all crabby, only to learn that she cheered herself up. I picture Zoanette as being generally exhausting in day-to-day life. They give a highly energetic performance of "Knock on Wood" in which Zoanette is completely nuts but only twice as crazy as the rest of them. The only one to get cut from this group is Lauren Bettes, so Zoanette and Isabelle and some other chick are safe for now. I know you were really worried about that other chick.
"Handsome Women" is a group of three young New York auditioners and one from Long Beach, none of whom I remember seeing before. They apparently had a rough night. One of them, Liz, complains to the camera about their lack of progress and then spends the next morning looking for her group while they wonder where the hell she was during the group breakfast and rehearsal they had planned. They end up shit-talking her in the interview room, well past the point when she's wandered in. Although I guess if they were really going to make an effort to be discreet in the first place, maybe they wouldn't have done their bitching in front of video cameras with little red lights glowing on the front of them. Liz joins them in front of the camera and they're like, "Welcome." Then they hit the stage and -- oh, now I remember Shira Gavrielov, who mumbles her lines off key through that mail-order-bride accent of hers, causing the judges to visibly wonder if this is actually happening. The others are better, but not by much, except Liz. "Wow," Randy says to sum up once they're done. Yes, he's back. Liz is the only member of this group to get through and not everyone else in the group takes it so well. In fact, Shira hijacks a microphone and comes out onstage by herself and demands an explanation from the judges. They babble some lame explanation rather than saving everyone some time and telling her, "You suck." So chalk up another bitter, deluded exit.
At 7:45 PM, a group called "For You" takes the stage. Under interrogation from Randy (who, obviously already knows the answer and is just getting it from them on-camera like he's James Lipton or some shit), they admit that they originally picked "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and switched to the damn Gotye song this morning. That still should have given them more rehearsal time than the groups who sang first this morning, but the editing hints that they threw it together in two hours. Whatever the case, they feel better about it than they did the first song they picked, so when we get to hear them sing it, it's clear that the first song they picked didn't go well at all. They're so shaky on the words they've written them on their hands, Sarah Palin-style, and even parents are cringing as they watch from the balcony. Randy's back to put the hammer down on people who don't know all the words, so of course he does. But two of them go through anyway. "Why did they let me through? I totally botched that thing," Stephanie Schimel says. She is probably not your next American Idol.