This week, the girls learn a little something about improv as they head to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Working from lessons that we initially learned from the original Star Search spokesmodel competition, the girls are told to be shut their collective yappers. They must be expressive with their faces and their bodies while remaining silent, as they act out an emotion and an action all at once. Like angrily changing a diaper, which is always funnier when the professional comedian/fat dude does it. If you're a fan of dreckitude, this teach is for you. The girls take what they "learned" into their challenge, a live improvised Cover Girl commercial that's shown on a jumbotron in Times Square. Basically, the girls have to act excited about some sort of new product (that Cover Girl model Dania Ramirez shills with wild enthusiasm) on camera while a voice over plays. Tatianna is the only one who truly acts a fool, and so wins. Anslee claims that she did poorly because she couldn't hear the instructions for the challenge and so misunderstood it, which makes a person wonder why she didn't just ask someone. These girls are bitches, but I doubt they're smart enough to actually try to sabotage her.
In drama news, Sally Hershberger shows up to "fix" Brenda's hair by shaving the sides and making the top really high. She goes from looking like Chucky to looking like an edged-out Alfred E. Newman, which I guess is an improvement. Anslee and Alasia then go nuts on each other, all over some frozen peas. There is screaming and pointing in faces and hitting the kitchen countertop. Krista plays peacemaker, mostly because she wants them to shut up so she can go to sleep.
The photo shoot of the week has the girls posing with a hot, fanged-out guy as recently converted vampires. So, now you know the vampire trend is officially over. They must pose in a tub of blood and also wear white-out contacts. These not only make it impossible to smize, but render the girls practically blind. Brenda, of course, has a nervous breakdown about having to wear the contacts, even though no one else seems to find them scary or painful. Tatianna, who is a volunteer mortician, has no problem with the tub of blood, and probably only wishes it was real. Alasia pulls out the best photo for the second consecutive week, while excuses-loving Anslee and stiff Simone land in the bottom two. Anslee stays, while Simone gets sent back to college to write more of those research papers she keeps talking about.
Previously on America's Next Top Model: Toccara quizzed the girls aboard the Fab Bus, and Simone came away with the prize at a Bluefly.com go-see. There was a dance-themed photo shoot, and it was the last days of disco for Ren, who didn't want to be on this show anyway except to get her mom to love her. Ten bitches remain!
The girls head out of judging in their giant limo, and we're reminded that Brenda landed in the bottom two last week when she couldn't pull out a good "African dance" photo. What we didn't see, however, is that Tyra told Brenda that yet another transformation was going to take place. Brenda's prize for not being able to rock her "edgy" look is to get an "edgier" look. And, whoa. Brenda has already received her makeover in her interview, and it looks like what would happen if Sally Hershberger gave you a Mohawk with hedgetrimmers. Just when you thought she couldn't get any more tragic! Brenda tells us she's having a crisis. I don't blame her. She had really pretty hair before, and now she looks like her head got stuck in a garbage disposal.
There's Tyra Mail in the limo! "when things don't go ur way, sometimes u need 2 improvise. Luv, Tyra." Anslee wonders if they'll be going to a comedy club, which might actually be a nice change from all the unintentional humor we get on a weekly basis. Anslee says she's given up a lot to be in this competition, including being away from her child. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and she's doing it to make a better life for her family. Then there's Simone. She's currently a sophomore at Duke, and tells us that she's started off slightly above average at most things she's done in her life. With modeling, however, she has to work a little bit harder. She thinks this is the time that she needs to stand out and start showing improvement. The thinkers never do well on this show, so really she's just doomed.
The girls head to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where they meet Miss J. He tells them that improv is all about doing things with humor, and "thinking with the quickness." So is recapping! I'm thinking with quickness at lightning pace so I can meet my deadline tonight! Miss J. says that sometimes you have to think with the quickness while modeling. He tells the girls to look, watch, and learn because they'll need the skills they're about to learn in their next photo shoot. Anslee says that improv has a lot to do with modeling, because every time you step in front of a camera you're interpreting something. You can't do it with words, so you must do it with facial expressions and body language. Naturally symmetrical facial expressions and 110-pound body language, that is.