Whitney is grunge, embodying the combination of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love as performed by a Cirque de Soleil clown. She poses up on an old diving board, and reveals that she's scared of heights. Because gravity has more of an effect on her than the rest of these featherweights, I'm sure. Whitney does a great job, and Russell says that her face was very emotionally charged with the idea they're trying to sell. No matter the outcome, Whitney is happy to have worked with a world-renowned photographer who likes her.
When the girls return home, there's Tyra Mail. Someone is getting the boot. Dominique is excited about elimination, because it means she's one step closer to her goal. Aimee knows her shoot was poor, and Claire is worried about how she performed as well. Lauren thinks she might have done badly, but the other girls assure her that she was phenomenal. She says that last time she was called sixth, and Anya tells her it was all because of her confidence. The thing that cracks me up most about this scene is the little sign taped to the cabinet that says, "Please put dishes in dishwasher." The lack of basic hygiene that these girls bring to the table is truly frightening. Lauren tells us that she always has anxiety before elimination, and that this time she's going to try to bring the attitude that she has in photo shoots to the panel. Maybe Tyra's fear of having a shoe thrown at her will actually come to pass? We shall find out after commercials.
We enter panel with a photo of Tyra as a mannequin-like music executive. I bet Clive Davis sits on a zebra-print chair, too. Well, when he's not in his crypt. Tyra makes the girls work their painful ailments for a little -- ooh! My latest herpe is flaring up! Ouch! -- before announcing the prizes and the judges. Paulina's face seems to be growing proportionately smaller with every passing week of bigger hair. Soon she'll be like the shrunken head guy from Beetlejuice. Russell James is the guest judge.
Whitney is up first for critique. Nigel loves her grunge shot, which is dynamic and full of feeling. Paulina thinks that it looks like the real thing, and Tyra reports Mr. Jay's opinion that Whitney took risks that worked. Whitney is pleased. Russell thought that Fatima's shoot was good, though he really wanted her to take it to the next level. Tyra was shocked and amazed at how Fatima worked it throughout her film, especially with her broken down doll legs. Russell says that Anya worked well with the set and her props, but she needs to hone her instinctive sense of where the light is. Lauren's picture is beautiful, and Paulina gives a wry chuckle at the fact that they made it hard for Lauren by giving her Britney. Russell thought she did a great job, and pulled off an outfit that could have been tacky. Yes, on Lauren, red vinyl is the height of elegance. Miss J. asks Lauren to be a little more awake, lively and present when she comes to panel.