Saleisha is next, and Brent tells her she looks gorgeous. She interviews that she feels confident and excited, and she's waited forever for this. She's waited forever to bumble her lines? And to torture us with her uber-annoying voice? If her fortune cookie could say one theeeng, what would it be? Who knows, but in any case, it would be accompanied by a kicky head nod. Oh wait, but we finally find out what the fortune cookie says! "You'll get a refreshing lip gloss that's virtually shine free." ...In bed? But wait...don't you want some shine from a product called Wetslicks? I'm so confused right now. Brent tells Saleisha that he needs to see her twinkle. That is a dirty old man statement if I ever heard one. Saleisha says she needs a second because she's going to cry. She goes and sits next to Jay and Brent and puts her head in her hands as we head to commercial.
When we return, Saleisha is on take seventeen and asks if she can take a minute. Oh, take seventeen, eh? Where are her cue cards? She interviews that she's taking Tyra's advice to go off set if you need to cry. She doesn't mention the part about not ruining your makeup, though I'm sure that's taking up at least 15% of her hedgehog-sized brain. Jay tells Saleisha that he knows Saleisha is in there and can overcome it. And then, like, Saleisha can't even muster up an actual tear for her fake breakdown. She says that everything is getting to her, and the final three girls are there, and anyone can take it. She doesn't want to see anyone take her dreams out of her hands. Jay tells her he knows she can do it, and then, of course, she talks about her favorite flavor, tangerine splash, which is summery and sweet just like her, without once stumbling. Jim Deyonker shoots the corresponding Cover Girl ad, which involves posing innocently yet seductively with fruit slices. Jenah says she's a little worried about panel, but at this point, whatever happens, happens. From a different interview, as evidenced by her completely different makeup, she says she can't freak herself out. She has no qualms about freaking us out with her buck fangs, however.
And then, panel! Oooh, so fast, this first elimination. Tyra tells the girls that this is the second most important judging this cycle. Three will be narrowed down to two, and those two who are left standing will walk to the death in a Qi Gang haute couture fashion show. As soon as she said "walk to the death," I got kind of excited, but then I realized it was probably a metaphor and was desolate once again. Qi Gang himself is the guest judge. Tyra says that the panel wants to see how knowledgeable the girls are about their competition. Oh, knowledgeable, my ass. This is all about seeing whose back each girl will stab, and/or who is the undercover bitch of the house.