In the van to their next assignment, Eva makes small talk with Koko while the other girls sport looks of utter tedium. Ann has her arm all kinds of around Norelle. Amanda interviews that a lot of people in the house don't want to be around Eva, and that, given the rules of mob mentality and human nature and competition, the house has to have a target. Ann says that now she sees how Eva fakes being nice, and she knows that people don't buy into it. Ann seriously needs to chill the fuck out.
The girls enter their new Japanese home, which is awesome. Eva says that the quiet and serene atmosphere calls for a calmer personality, and that she's been more relaxed and quiet in this environment. The girls must share two rooms, so Pink Positive stays together while Amanda and Yaya take the other room. Amanda and Yaya give each other a big hug, and Yaya says that the two of them emulate Japanese style. Kumeo Koike, their homestay owner, gives them tea and a Japanese sweet made of beans. Norelle says that she doesn't understand Japanese food, and that if she ever eats Japanese food, it's Panda Express. Which, kind of not the same thing. Mr. Koike tells the girls that they have to go to their first lesson in Tokyo, and Ann repeats, "'Resson'?" And I cracked up at this, because I am evil. He tells them not to be rate. The girls and Mr. Koike do a mutual bow, and Yaya says something in Japanese.
The girls enter a tea house, where they meet their instructor, Yoko Takahasi. And how awesome would it have been if it were Yoko Ono? She would have given the lesson with a series of high-pitched "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"s, and then doused their naked bodies in honeyed tea, demanded that they be absolutely still, and filmed them for six hours while delighting in the flies that feasted on them. And believe me, six hours of fly-covered naked models would have seemed like warp-speed excitement compared to the forthcoming segment on the tea ceremony.
Amanda says that a top model must be respectful of the culture she is in, that the tea ceremony has been in existence for thousands of years, and that it doesn't get any better than that. I think it's only been around for so many years because it takes so freaking long to do. It's like an ancient sage wrote, "500 tea ceremonies will bring true enlightenment to the earth," but after 3,000 years they're only on number 25. Imagine how cold that tea must get. Maybe that's how iced tea was invented. Norelle says that Japan, and Japanese anything, is like space. She means like outer space, not the space between her ears. Yoko teaches the girls how to enter the tea room, and Norelle accurately observes, "Opening a sliding door in Japan seriously takes five minutes." There are all kinds of rules about eating the sweets, and what order you go in, and what you do with your utensils afterward (and it looks like you put them in your kimono -- I knew that there had to be something hidden in those big-ass sleeves!). It is very rude just to bite the sweets, apparently. And it is this point which perhaps caused the initial rift between Ann and Eva.