And then it's time for the show to begin! It starts with a short film, introduced by Tyra. In her newsreel voice, and with a crowd of ghost-masked folks behind her, she says, "Our three finalists are about to enter this ghostly abode. What fate beholds them?" I feel like maybe Victoria wrote the script for this? We then see Rob Evans enter the house, with Leila, Laura, and Kiara behind him. A voice whispers, "Come to me," and everyone looks around the abandoned haunted mansion with its ghostly lighting. The voice whispers again, and then Rob sees ghostly apparition Sophie, who is apparently playing the role of the White Witch. Given the context of slavery in the real legend, is anyone else uncomfortable with this? I mean, MORE uncomfortable with this? Rob lies down and falls asleep as ghost-Sophie strokes his cheek. Then she sees the three finalists just chatting away and looks awfully mad. A ghostly voice hisses, "He's mine!" And then there are screams. Rob wakes up and looks down the stairwell to find the three models dead. With them gone, ghost-Sophie has Rob all to herself. He seems okay with that. But then the models are apparently zombies? When is Bryanboy going to show up as a werewolf?
This whole thing was a build-up to Tyra, in a gilded-leaf face collar of her own, speaking perhaps the greatest sequence of words ever uttered on earth: "Within these walls the jealousy of the mistress has been awakened. So put on your masks to protect yourselves [???????]. Her anger has claimed the earthly lives of Leila, Kiara, and Laura. And now, their spirit-bodies must take to the runway to reclaim their mortal smizes, and fight for the title of...America's Next Top Model." A human being just said: "AND NOW THEIR SPIRIT-BODIES MUST TAKE TO THE RUNWAY TO RECLAIM THEIR MORTAL SMIZES." This actually happened! And I think it's possible that a voodoo curse has just been placed on all of humanity.
Sophie emerges from some sort of tunnel, and the judges take off their protective masks. The rest of the audience is not so fortune. At the end of the runway, she disappears or vaporizes or something. Poor Leila is going to be so mad when she sees that. Then we see Kristin and Nastasia, who work on the runway it to the best of their abilities. Laura is the first finalist to emerge. She is awfully cautious coming down the two sets of stairs, and Tyra says her body looks good. Next is Kiara, who just stomps it out. She looks really great with the entire perimeter of her face covered. Tyra and the other judges appreciate her swag, and backstage Johnny tells her that she crushed it.