And then, tragedy strikes. Very special music clues us in to the impending sadness. Kahlen tells us that she checked her messages and learned that one of her very good friends from when she was a bit younger passed away. We see her slam down the phone, yell "dammit!," and begin to cry. She interviews that she was shocked and didn't know if she could handle it. And by the calm tone that she has in the interview, I'm left to guess that she did. But still, sad. Commercials.
Very special music brings us back to Kahlen and her plight. She says that it's obviously been tough to have one of her friends ripped away from her unexpectedly. She's having a bad day. She's wondering if she has the strength to go on with the competition. She says that she's trying to put it in the back of her mind so that it doesn't show up in her performance.
Tyra Mail! "It's the eve of your first time in the media spotlight. Be ready at the crack of dawn." The girls puzzle over what "crack of dawn" means, and while that sounds dumb, I kind of get where they're coming from. Like, they want to know where the little hand should be when the van comes to pick them up. Not that I'm saying that models aren't dumb, because they are. ["I just got back from a cruise, and every night we would get a little newsletter for what was happening on the ship the next day, including when sunrise and sunset were, as if my sister and I ever intended to see the sunrise. We were on vacation! Only on the last day we did have to see it because the Customs agents in San Juan had to come clear all the non-U.S. citizens at 6 AM, and we saw the sun come up and it was horrible. My point is this: the crack of dawn is early, and it sucks. Also, the Puerto Rican Customs agents were really hot." -- Wing Chun] In any case, the girls go to an office building, where they meet Bernadette Odoms, fashion marketing director. "Of what?" you may ask. Just be patient and all will be revealed, my friends. Bernadette says that the girls will have their media know-how put to the test in a challenge that is judged by Jann Carl, who obviously is being underutilized by ET if she has enough free time to provide the Top Model girls with a follow-up visit. Kahlen, who is wearing her black mourning sweater, says that she doesn't want the tragedy in her personal life to affect her performance in the competition.