The girls meet with J. and Ann Shoket, who busts out with a long awaited, "What's up, pretty girrrrlllllllls?" Ken Mok must really have had to search long and hard to find someone who's more of an idiot than Tyra. Victory is his. It is time for critiques. Bianca is strong when she walks, but has a stumpy stride and is a bit too controlled in her shoulders. Laura held her shoulders straight and back, which is just what J. instructed. Brittany was thinking tall and had length in her neck and stride. She did a good job. Lulu has a beautiful smile and sparkling eyes, yet none of that translated in her walk. She has a short and stumpy stride. But it's her signature short and stumpy stride. Ashley had a cute wiggle in her walk, but it might have been happening because her hips were so tight. All of this happened, of course, because she is a dreaded dancer. Fail.
All right, ladieeeeees! Miss J. and Ann are in total agreement that the winner is Brittany! Take that, stank bitches! Brittany is thrilled. She gets to pick two friends to be in the advertorial with her, and chooses Laura and Kara. Ann Shoket's response? "Congratulations, ladieeeees! So exciting." Laura does a dorky yet adorable "I'm going to be in Seventeen!" dance, and pledges to buy copies for her whole town. Tens of magazines will be flying off the stands. Brittany, Kara and Laura ride in a limo to their shoot, where they meet Yvonne Yue, creative director of Xcite. Which is a label that apparently makes hideous prom dresses. They look like they could have been designed by Beyonce's mom. Shudder. Nonetheless, the three girls are thrilled.
Back at the house, several girls sit in the hot tub and Nicole asks if she can see a soft expression from Bianca. Bianca just shakes her head no, uncomfortably. Erin wants to see her vulnerable side, but Bianca says she doesn't do that because that's when you get hurt. By making your face look nice while modeling? Yes, pain, tears. Before we can get into Bianca's psychoses, we cut to Lulu and Ashley looking out the window and noting what a bunch of weirdos are in the hot tub. Technically they are correct, but this is also more evidence in the case against their bitchery. Lulu and Ashley confessionalize together that Bianca knows she needs to shape up or go home and so is putting on a bit of a front. They are not fooled. Meanwhile, Nicole tells Bianca not to shut herself away. Bianca interviews that although she has a hard exterior, she's actually one of the world's most sensitive people. The WORLD. Bianca explains to Nicole that she was in an abusive relationship that at one point landed her in the hospital. It was then that she started to learn a lot about herself. Bianca attributes her survival and strength to her belief in God. However, she says, she's still trying to feel beautiful again, and is trying -- both in her photos and in her interactions with others -- to become more vulnerable. Her redemption arc is really protracted, isn't it? I'd hardly gotten the chance to properly hate her.