After a break, that Zach Galifianakis guy in a wig shows up at the house with some Tyra Mail: "The clock is ticking. Get your booties in gear. It may not be the end of the world, but it's the wild wild west out there! Transmission over." I mean, that's about as cryptic as anything they've gotten. The ladies head off to some sort of railroad setting, where Johnny awaits. He explains that the theme for today's shoot is steampunk. Oh, great, another thing I don't understand. Can't they just throw me a bone and have a shoot called "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" or "Laverne and Shirley"? Laura tells us that steampunk is mixing Victorian style with 19th century mechanics. All of those words together still mean nothing to me. Top Model favorite Mike Ruiz is on hand to photograph, and tells the girls that not only will they be working with very elaborate costumes in front of crazy vintage trains, but they will be working with a very temperamental co-star WHOOOOOOOO (cough cough) they will meet later. Not a one of these girls has ever sung "Old MacDonald," apparently, and so they're guessing that maybe their co-star will be a lion or tiger or horse. Not ONE episode of Mr. Rogers, even?
As the girls get their (crazy cool) hair and makeup done, Kristin asks Johnny if they'll be shooting with some sort of extreme wild animal. He asks if there's anything that she couldn't handle, and Kristin says that she can deal with anything except for a monkey or maybe a bird. I suppose we can only hope that the owl will get a good peck to her forehead. We then cut to Mike and Johnny introducing the shocking co-star, Groovy the Owl. Johnny says that Groovy has a sharp beak and sharp claws and is a little unpredictable, so the girls should keep her at a good distance from their face. Except for Kristin, who should place Groovy exactly inch from the bridge of her nose and then engage in a staring contest.
Laura is up first, channeling a crazy mad hatter. She tells us that she loves going first, because it gives her the opportunity to set the bar high for the other girls. Laura may sometimes come off like quite a twat, but she really can model. Her poses are great, and Mike just screams, "Gorgeous!" Bryanboy, who's just sort of constantly hovering around, is impressed at how Laura nailed basically every shot. Oh God, and speaking of Bryanboy, Brittany feels the need to go confront him about his reaction at panel. The steampunk look is not doing her any favors, I have to say, as she looks rather like a cross between a homeless Helena Bonham Carter and Tiny Tim. I guess that's just "Helena Bonham Carter," now that I think about it. Also, nobody cares if Bryanboy shook his head when Leila went home. He tells Brittany to be confident, and then she blathers on about being her Disney self for a while. I mean, she seems like a nice enough girl, but also is one of the most boring humans I've ever gazed upon. Brittany's conversation with Bryanboy gives her ever more determination, and Johnny likes the variety that she's giving.