Tyra Mail! "Only the early risers make it to the top! Fierce and love, Tyra." This sounds like another challenge where the slags have an advantage! With that, it's 5:30 AM and a team of stylists enters the girls' home while they are sleeping. It's time to wake up! The girls go directly into hair and makeup, and then are bussed off to another location. Alisha notices that they are going in the direction of a building that looks suspiciously like the CN Tower in Toronto, and gets nervous about what this foretells. They meet Jay Manuel on the observation deck of what turns out to be the Macau Tower, and he gleefully reminds them how several of them are afraid of heights. They didn't have a photo shoot at the CN Tower, but they are going to be having one here, 764 feet off the ground. As it happens, the Macau tower is the home of the tallest bungee jump in the world. The girls will be in harnesses, having a photo shoot with Nigel out on the rim of the tower, in torrential rain and wind. As Sophie starts crying and I start cackling, we head to commercials.
When we return, Laura is of course thrilled about the impending photo shoot because jumping off of giant penises is one of her favorite things. Jay tells the girls to know that they're safe. And I mean, if I were in their shoes, I'd feel a little nervous about the whole thing but would probably be able to push through in nice, sunny, calm weather. But the rain! It looks so terrible, and like something that would prompt a cancellation in a real setting. But these girls have signed waivers, and I guess so does Nigel, so there's nothing to delay a brush with death. Sophie is up first, which is convenient since she is one of the girls most afraid of heights. Nigel tells the models that they're supposed to represent the strength and power of Macau, by being dressed up as cartoonish creatures and posing on the edge of a building in the rain. I mean, OBVIOUSLY.
A crying Sophie tells Nigel that she doesn't want to go first, and he in turn asks for a volunteer. Laura, of course, is ready. But then Sophie thinks about things for a little while and decides that 1) she wants to get it over with; 2) she doesn't want to give Laura an edge in the competition. Nigel assures her that with all the rain, nobody will see her tears anyway. Well, that's comforting. Sophie gets harnessed up, and a guide walks her out about ten feet onto the rim. And this rim -- which is sort of like a ring of Saturn in construction -- is not very wide. I feel like it would actually be possible for one of these skinny bitches to blow right off! And I imagine the whole thing would have to be extra slippery due to the rain. Nigel and Jay try to get Sophie to take her hands off of the harness that is attaching her to the rim's upper edge, and she will not. I do not blame her for that one. This shit is scary! And you know that I always want the models to have horrible things befall them, but not like this! Despite my bluster, a swinging pendulum on the runway is really all that I can handle. Alisha, meanwhile, is quite scared as well but is trying to play it cool because she knows how important this shoot is for her. Sophie is finally done, and sort of creeps into Nigel's waiting arms and just cries and cries. She then goes inside the Tower and cries some more. Some of that has to be relief that she's done.