We are down to the final six, and ever more tension begins to surface between country-mates. First we learn that Laura can't stand Eboni, in part because she's so vain. She probably thinks this recaplet is about her! And continuing a trend that we've seen in the last few episodes, Alisha and Sophie do not seem all that fond of each other. Perhaps everyone will get along better when they get to their international destination of Macau! Yes, that's right. Nigel delivers Chinese food with giant fortune cookies, and the girls learn that they're going to Macau, y'all, and subsequently hop on a plane. As they settle into their fly new penthouse at the MGM Macau, Alisha gets pissed that Sophie took her dresses out of her suitcase and put them on the floor. That is really a weird thing to do, though I think Alisha is really lashing out because Sophie has been doing so well in the competition.
Soon after their arrival, the ladies head to meet Clement Chan, Chinese astrologer extraordinaire. He walks them through the five elements - fire, wood, water, earth and metal -- and gives each model a reading to explain their prominent elements and what's missing. Alisha learns that she is close to her mom, can be stubborn or arrogant, and is going to have to make a sacrifice in the area of family or work. Laura is emotional, but tries to be strong on the outside. Her element is metal, and she needs water. People are jealous of Sophie, because she's going to be famous. Still, she needs fire. Catherine is dull and obviously going to be eliminated. There's no sense wasting much time on her reading. Annaliese is a great entertainer, and Eboni can look forward to things getting better with her family. There's a challenge tacked on to this experience, in which the girls have to make themselves a whole new aura out of makeup, accessories, and fabric. And they must do it all in ten minutes! Laura wins and earns herself a spa treatment back at the MGM. She picks Eboni to accompany her, which makes for a very awkward afternoon. Maybe she was just trying to be zagalicious in her choices? [It seemed like maybe she was coerced, as Eboni was her "teammate." - Angel]
For the week's photo shoot, the girls wear silk couture dresses from Designer Barney Cheng that are accessorized by real live silkworms! They are squirmy and crawly, and of course Laura loves them. She even wants to make out with a silkworm, because that's how she rolls. While Laura excels mainly because of her crackling sexual tension with the worm and gets best picture in the process, most of the other girls are mediocre at best. Eboni is neckless in a lovely pink dress and Sophie is just meh, but it's Catherine and Alisha who land in the bottom two. In the end it's Queen Catherine who gets the boot for her inability to evoke non-death-based sadness. It's not all bad news for her, though, since she'll at least finally have a chance to do something with that hair.
Previously: The US took another hit as Seymone and her whining ways got the boot. Now, there are twice as many models from the UK remaining, with the US team being down to the non-dynamic duo of Laura and Eboni. And, bonus! They hate each other! I am proud of my countrywomen for showing the true American commitment to good bitchery.
It is a lovely day in L.A. as the models return home to see Alisha's best-of-week Hello Kitty dominatrix photo displayed as digital art. Alisha reminds us that she's been up and down throughout the competition, so is savoring this moment of being on top (na na na na na na -- anyone else miss the old theme song?). Eboni, meanwhile, narrowly escaped elimination, and tells us that her plan going forward is to remain youthful. This, of course, means that she'll wear ponytails all the time even though she looks so much better with all of her ratty weave pulled back in a bun.
Laura tells us that, in her opinion, Seymone was a stronger model and deserved to stay. Eboni has skated through by the skin of her 30-Never molars, but, Laura tells us, there are no more chances. It turns out that Eboni is more perceptive than we had anticipated, and suspects that Laura doesn't like her. This is based on evidence including some hard-core glowering. Alisha decides to be the great clarifier on this matter, and asks Laura (in front of Eboni) whether she likes Eboni or not. Laura responds with a dry, "Not particularly," and says that Eboni can be sickeningly vain. Apparently, she preens at her own reflection a lot, and also tends to talk down to people. Annaliese co-signs on the assessment of Eboni's vanity. Maybe she's just trying to get her ponytails right? I can't hate on anyone who constantly looks in a mirror, because I've almost walked into telephone poles while trying to check out my hair in a car window.
Nigel shows up at the house with bags and bags of Chinese food. I kind of miss having a girl around with severe body issues to freak out at this development. Everyone sits around the table and eats, and Nigel tells the models that the most important thing for him is having at least a little bit of life in the eyes. Annaliese, meanwhile, has some sort of crazy reflective eyeliner right in the middle of her lids, which makes her look like a googly-eyed demon every time she blinks. Is that enough life in the eyes for you? But enough about modeling. There are gargantuan fortune cookies that the girls must open in front of Nigel. Catherine's says, "Beauty is ageless but not timeless." Sophie's fortune is, "Keep your friends close and the envious closer." A totally non-envious Alisha tells us that no one would ever be envious of Sophie. Who's envious? Not Alisha. Even though Sophie gets all the good feedback. But why would totally not-envious Alisha ever be envious of that? Envy? Ha.