The girls get Tyra Mail in their limo, which Laura tells us is a first. Yes, the thrill of seeing the girls get Tyra Mail in the limo instead of in their home Tyra Vault is really something. What will the innovative geniuses at Bankable Productions think of next? The Tyra Mail reads: "Now that you've learned to smize, let's see what you can do without your eyes! Love, Tyra." Yes, folks, it's not only the season of short models, it's the season of soon to be BLIND models! Surprise twist! Tyra is sharpening her talons as we speak. Also, we've gone back in time to get this Tyra Mail, as the girls are in their post-elimination outfits. I'd recognize Grandma Wanda Sue's signature look anywhere.
The girls head to a dance studio where they are greeted by one Mr. Benny Ninja, posing instructor. He's there to teach them about dancing, and resident dancer Ashley instantly gets a wave of cockiness. Tyra has taught the girls the importance of smizing, but they also must learn how to express themselves through their bodies. Dancing, Benny says, will help them to become better models. Unless they're really good at dancing like Ashley or any of the other dancer models from past seasons, in which case it will make them worse in every challenge and photo shoot. Nicole tells us that she is not a dancer, and in high school avoided dances like the plague. That may well have nothing to do with dancing. Nicole superfluously interviews that she was never asked to prom, then adds a charmingly bloody eyeballed, "What were they thinking?" They were probably thinking that Carrie was a warning they should heed.
Benny tells the girls that the best dancers are short, and he in fact has brought a shorty that knows a thing or two about dancing. It's Lil Mama. And frankly, all I know about Lil Mama is that she was the second most annoying stage-crasher at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. And that she and her ilk are the reason why Simon Cowell thought Lil Rounds' first name was actually "Little." Benny tells us that Lil Mama is a dancer, choreographer, and one hot little recording artist. She also has roots that comprise 2/5 of her hair, appears to be wearing a sports bra backwards under her shirt, and has not yet discovered Certain Dri. Seriously, the pits on this one! I mean, I sympathize, but I would also make sure to wear black if I was going to be standing next to the incomparably sweatless Benny Ninja on national-ish TV. In any case, Lil Mama tells the girls that as top models they won't always get to rely on their faces. Especially with the mugs they have now.