It's the finale! Muster up some excitement even though you've seen this exact thing roughly twelve times already. Molly and Brittani start off the episode with a little tete-a-tete with IMG Senior Vice President Ivan Bart, who asks them some questions and takes a look at their portfolios. He seems particularly taken with Brittani who, he notes, has a great attitude. And Molly wasn't even particularly stank with him! You can just tell, I guess. The girls then head to their Cover Girl commercial shoot, in which they'll have to negotiate three cameras filming at once from different angles. The middle one has a teleprompter, so at least there's no freaking out about forgetting lines. Molly does a fine run-through in the makeup chair with Jay Manuel, but then turns into a total weirdo in front of the camera. She's very stiff, which seems to be the result of her trying to be cheerful and perky. Her synapses must just be firing with the effort. She is not pleased with her performance. Brittani looks amazing, but starts to freak out a little under the pressure. However, she doesn't crack and delivers a fun, quirky, comfortable performance. The Cover Girl photo shoot is next. Molly is a star, and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari likes Brittani's attitude and retro look. At this point, it seems to be a toss-up.
The two finalists meet with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari and Valentina Serra, the stylist for Vogue Italia, to shoot their Beauty in Vogue cover and spread. They're at a pimped-out mansion, posing in their underwear. Brittani was very professional and the Vogue Italia people seem to enjoy her. Molly, meanwhile, is on a tear of complaints after having no chicken with her salad. She's in a foul mood per usual, and Valentina asks her not to look so sad. Paolo and Valentina agree that no matter how tired and pouty you are, you need to bring it. Molly starts to crack a little bit at the prospect of being the first loser.
And then, sadness. The girls return home to find Molly's adorable parents, which is exciting for Molly but sad for Brittani, since her mom's panic disorder and recent back surgery prevent her from traveling. Brittani is used to this, in the saddest of ways. They talk on Skype, which is sweet though again also sad. Molly is de-crankified, so Brittani's hope of an easy win is also dashed.
Brittani and Molly meet up with Jay at some sort of palace, where they will have their intimate salon-style fashion show. They'll go from one room to another to another, modeling creations from Vivienne Westwood's new line, Anglomania. Kasia, Alexandria and Hannah are all back to model in the show, and so is Cycle 15 winner Ann! She looks so relieved at the prospect of not being the reigning Top Model. The show starts, and I have to say that Ann's walk is looking pretty good. Molly and Brittani both look gorgeous, and take their third pass down the runway in tandem. They pose together awkwardly, and when they accidentally land in a "sex position," Brittani starts to laugh. That can't end well. Someone is throwing rose petals from above, and Brittani's giant-heeled shoes catch them the wrong way and she goes flying. It's a bad fall, and she apparently jacks up her ankle and cuts her wrist. The girls are told that they have to take a final pass, and Brittani isn't sure she can do it. But then she does, smiling the whole time.
The girls are given a whole new look for panel, which involves super-short hair. Molly looks SO PISSED. She should, she looks like Justin Bieber. Brittani looks stunning, which makes me think that she might pull this out after all. The judges do give Brittani shit for breaking character and laughing during the runway show, while Nigel tells Molly that her walk looks cheap. Brittani's happy-go-lucky commercial gets big props, while the judges tell Molly that she looks like a mean girl. The judges are complimentary of both Cover Girl photos, but I think Brittani's has the edge. The judges deliberate and then…Brittani wins! It's happiness. Molly has only her terrible haircut as a consolation prize.
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It's the finale! We've waited all season for this, the moment when we learn who will get contracts with Cover Girl and IMG and be featured in Vogue Italia, and then promptly fade into obscurity. Last week, Hannah and her magnificent hair were booted, leaving our two finalists. Will the winner be Brittani, the girl with humble trailer park beginnings who consistently impressed in front of the camera and on the runway, but who hit a speed bump (known as Alexandria, seething hatred of) in the middle of the season and faced a serious dressing down from Tyra? Or will it be Molly, the girl who takes stunning photos, and whose adoptive parents supported her every step of the way, and whose attitude is stink, stank, stunk? Two bitches remain! And only one can be named the baddest bitch in all the land.
Brittani and Molly head home from panel, excited yet oddly somber (and probably exhausted) at being named the final two. Brittani tells us that she grew up with her mom, who was a single mother and had panic anxiety disorder. This shaped Brittani, and she tells us that they were on welfare for the first eight years of her life. Everyone at home is going to be shocked at Brittani's success, and Brittani tells us that her mom is going to be really proud. Molly thinks her mom will die (in a good way) upon learning that she's in the final two as well. She says that this has been her dream, and her mom's dream for her, ever since they started watching this show. Well, you can't say that Molly's adoptive parents instilled her with lofty goals, at least. In case you haven't heard, Molly has anger issues stemming from her abandonment issues. She also did lots of drugs and then went to rehab, and became a better person as a result. Molly tells us that she's living proof that things can always look up. If the current Molly is the glass half full version, she must have been one really miserable drug addict.
Back at the house, Molly's best-of-week photo is displayed as digital art. She notes to Brittani that she never noticed how high her cheekbones were until she got on this show. She looks particularly flat-faced as she says this, but maybe it's just because she's not working her angles or whatever. This is Molly's third best photo in a row, which is obviously a very good thing. She tells us that Brittani is stiff competition, and even though Molly is tops in photos Brittani is a fierce runway walker. Still, Molly says, no one is going to want you as a runway model if you take a shitty picture on the end of the runway. Well it's not like Brittani's photos are terrible! They're totally fine! Brittani tells us that one side of Molly thinks she has it in the bag, but another part of her must be nervous because Brittani is more high-fashion. That's mostly due to the haircut, though, right?