With everyone settled into their makeovers (aside from Molly, of course), it's time for the girls to hunker down for their most potentially disfiguring challenge yet! The girls were excited to learn that they'd be walking in a show for designer Geoffrey Mac, and less excited when they discovered that the runway would be surrounded by flames. To make matters more dangerous, they were obliged to set their own hands on fire. Sadly, they wore flame-retardant gloves. It was a scene designed to play out like a 1980's Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial, but none of the models wound up even the slightest bit singed. Dalya took top honors in the challenge and won two Geoffrey Mac dresses of her choosing. Alexandria and Brittani also did well. Kasia, Hannah and Sara weren't so lucky and were forced to walk all the way home as a result. They put on their heels at some point in the journey so they could get in some stomping practice.
Meanwhile, Alexandria continued to alienate and annoy everyone else with her stank ways, and Sara had a crisis of confidence about being told so often that she had a crisis of confidence. The girls got a tangible Tyra Mail in the form of a script, and learned that they'd be shooting a Mad Men-inspired commercial for Fierce Roast Coffee in which they'd be expected to deliver some campy lines in Joan Holloway form. Sara gets in a moral tizzy about this, because she thought she had auditioned for the popular reality show America's Next Top Feminist. And I mean, I'm a feminist and would like nothing more than to be put in fabulous 1960s fashions and made to sell coffee. What's not to like? But Sara feels like she's being put in the role of an objectified, servile woman and that her feminist principles are being compromised. Also, she just wanted a weave, gosh darn it.
The girls team up in pairs for their commercials, which are directed by the wee and wonderful Francesco Carrozzini. So dreamy! Alexandria and Brittani are paired, and Alexandria proceeds to boss everyone around, from Brittani to Francesco to Jay to the lighting guys. This does not go over well. Brittani is stiff in delivering her lines and gets a little freaked out at her own poor performance. Kasia and Jaclyn do it right and get major kudos from panel. Dalya and Molly are in the middle of the pack. We see at panel that Molly has been given a new, terrible weave. How lucky for her. Hannah does a really good job and her partner Monique is largely inoffensive. Mikaela is a bit dull, and poor Sara looks beautiful but her lack of interest shows through and affects her performance.
At panel, Kasia's performance is named the best of the week, followed by Hannah. Sara winds up in the bottom two along with Alexandria, whose bossy ways on set and in life are totally annoying Tyra. Alexandria promises that it won't happen again, and lives to see (and cause drama for) another week. Sara heads home with a pretty good attitude and an expanded notion of what it means to have feminist principles.
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Last time: Sara was incredibly sad and disappointed that she didn't get a long weave, even once she got an eyeful of Molly, who looked like deranged Twist N' Twirl Barbie and was not happy about it. Alexandria continued to be stank, and Dominque didn't have any thoughts in her head. Despite being among good company, she was sent home. Ten bitches remain!
The girls return to their house to find Alexandria's best-of-week photo displayed as digital art. And I can't remember if I've mentioned it already, but I finally figured out who Alexandria reminds me of: Guiding Light's own Kim Zimmer! Yes, Alexandria looks like an older and stanker Reva Shayne. Watch for her to seduce every member of the Lewis clan and then win an Emmy with her abundant tears. Alexandria tells us that it was amazing to be called first, and that her face probably was filled with shock. Especially, as we are reminded, when Tyra called her out for being a complete nit on set. Tyra told Alexandria that her bad attitude will not be tolerated. She says that she wants to redeem herself if anyone took her attitude wrongly. Aha! So it's just a matter of incorrect interpretation. Alexandria is still wearing her stupid "Borderline" video hat with the big bow on it in her interview segments, which makes her rationalizations look even more ridiculous.
Meanwhile, the other girls talk shit about Alexandria. Kasia says that even if she had a great picture she shouldn't have gotten the best photo of the week because of her attitude issues. Brittani agrees that top models don't act the way that Alexandria does. Your honor, I submit as evidence a bloody cell phone featuring Naomi Campbell's fingerprints. Kasia was hoping Alexandria would go home. She notes that Alexandria was unprofessional on set and didn't deserve top honors, and that everyone would love if Alexandria goes home next.
Sara tells us that being in the bottom two was depressing, and even more depressing is the fact that her self-doubt and lack of confidence put her there. She says that she's kind of a "creeper," a feminist, and from a poor background. Urban Dictionary tells me that a creeper is, "A person who does weird things, like stares at you while you sleep, or looks at you for hours through a window. Usually a close friend or relative. You know right away if that person is a creeper or does creeper things. It is not hard to spot the creeper." While I'm sure Rush Limbaugh would find being a creeper preferable to being a feminist, I don't think it's a very nice way to characterize yourself. Does Sara use "poor feminist creeper" for her Twitter bio? It's all very strange. Sara continues that she doesn't look like all of the other girls, and feels like she's less of a woman compared to them. But baby dykes are often among the best of all women! No need to distress when your feminist principles bristle up against long-held gender norms. You rock that sports bra and bandana in the patriarch's face. Sara knows she has to show that she believes in herself as a model, and has the confidence and self esteem to be in the competition. She also has to stop staring through Tyra's bedroom window for hours on end, hoping to catch her reading The Feminine Mystique.