The girls hang out in some sort of holding room, and discuss the fact that Angelea's back. Hallie notes that Angelea is the kind of girl that she'd probably avoid, given that she's likely to either kill you, make you cry, or steal your lunch money. I think that's probably an accurate assessment. Gabrielle, a long-time viewer of the show, points out that the mean girl never wins. Unless she's Eva. Or, more generally, undergoes a transformation at the hands of Typrah Winbanks. This reminds me that The Tyra Banks Show was cancelled, which makes me feel both relieved and nervous -- the first for obvious reasons, the second because it leaves Tyra with a lot of spare time, which might be dangerous. Ponder it as we head to commercials.
When we return, it's time for the panel interviews. Mr. Jay is gray from head to toe, but for his orange face. I will give him that it certainly does pop. Tyra is apparently big into wardrobe cutouts this season -- her earlier ensemble had cutouts right at the love handles (as if daring me to make a rib joke), and at panel she's wearing a white turtleneck with a giant eyeball-shaped cutout at the décolletage. I have to admit that she looks pretty fab, but I feel very uncomfortable with the subliminal message that her boobs are always watching me. Also, why not just wear a low scoop-neck? I never have understood turtlenecks that are either short sleeved or have some other form of ventilation.
Angelea is first to enter the room, and is terrifically grateful and happy. She is clearly ready to jump through both of her giant hoop earrings to get the panel's approval. Tyra asks Angelea what was happening last season. Angelea says -- and I'm quoting here because it's actually impossible for me to use my comprehension skills to decode it -- "I was messin' with this guy. So I like had that, arrrghh, like that mad attitude, you know what I'm saying?" No, I actually don't. If anyone has any idea what she's talking about, please email me. Angelea goes on to say that the first thing she did when she got home was to find a counselor. Jay points out that Angelea's tacky talons are gone, which indicates a shift in mindset. I mean, at least she probably can't literally scratch someone's eyes out anymore. Angelea knows what she has to do and is doing it. She's been looking at ads for "the Prada" and "the sky high boots with the mini-skirt." She knows her stuff now, and wants to be like model Iris Strubegger, who has campaigns with Valentino and "Ga-vinch-ee." Tyra teaches Angelea how to properly say "Givenchy," which is the modern version of "the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain." Angelea tells us that she's still Buffalo, and still ghetto, but she's classy ghetto. Tyra can see the change in Angelea and thinks that she has modeling potential, or at least the potential to have a complete breakdown once in the house. She's a ringer.