With Leila's ouster serving as a source of anxiety for some (Victoria) and a source of stankness for others (Yvonne), the girls have a challenge in which they must serve as a model for a video game character. Rob is their acting partner, and model Chrissy Teigen is on hand to judge. Victoria's gangly gawky self is a pure delight to watch, particularly in a suit featuring a big neon crotch. But it is Laura who proves frustratingly good at everything and wins the challenge. Her pwn (and no, I still don't really know what that is!) will be featured in something called "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception," which seems less exciting than just getting a bunch of jewelry or something. I am clearly not the target market for any part of this episode.
Brittany is frustrated that she didn't win the challenge, particularly since she brought all sides of her Disney self to the shoot. In a prize for all of us, we're treated to one of Victoria's calls home to her mom, in which she states that she misses both the conversations she has with her mom, and their "country cooking." Is that some sort of euphemism?
The shoot for the week is steampunk-themed, and thus also another-thing-that-Potes-doesn't-really-understand-themed. Whatever, I am old! I just listen to Joni Mitchell albums all day and eat country cooking and don't know anything about anything else. Anyway, there are trains, and Victorian-era-ish clothes, and weird things on faces, and also an owl named Groovy. Sadly, Groovy does not peck anyone in the face, which must be a breach of her contract.
Yvonne's pattern of stankness continues as she cops an attitude when Johnny decides to change her skirt mid-shoot. She actually sticks out her tongue, which gets the attention of the ubiquitous Bryanboy, who thinks that she's rude and not recognizing all of the time and hard work that everyone is putting into the shoot. In turn, Yvonne thinks that Bryanboy is rude for calling out her stankness like that. I generally don't find Bryanboy to be a very sympathetic character, but do feel a little for him for not only having to take on Yvonne but also Disney Brittany, who feels the need to discuss the fact that he was sad that she didn't go home last week. In the end she determines to whistle while she works and manages to pull out a pretty good photo.
While Laura continues the trend of making us all mad by being so good and winds up with the week's best photo by far, it's stank Yvonne and -- gasp! -- Victoria who land in the bottom two. And at this moment I have to admit that I started to get a little panicky about the possibility of my precious Vick going home before I could fully learn and replicate her calisthenics routine. Happily she is spared, and Yvonne gets sent home on the last train to Stankville.
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Previously: Challenges, judges' scores, social media, blah blah blah. Tyra tried to rock a scraggly wig. And Leila went home because she was too obsessed with Laura. Or something.
We enter with the girls returning home to see Nastasia's best of week haute cheerleader photo displayed as digital art. Nastasia tells us that Leila's elimination was a wake-up call to everyone, since she was a favorite. Now the fact that anybody can be eliminated at any time is widely understood. Kiara gets to share the Tyra Suite with Nastasia, which is completely uncontroversial. After last week's drama, this is quite a relief for everyone, and especially the viewing audience.
Laura, meanwhile, is over living and working and constantly being around a whole bunch of other girls. Especially ones who tell her that she's self-obsessed! Her focus now is on winning everything. I mean, I suppose that's a good strategy. And then there's Brittany, who is still in shock after being in the bottom two at panel. She thought she was a goner, as we all did, but managed to claw her Disney self back into the competition. As she notes, this was no thanks to her social media scores. In fact, Leila had about a 1.5 point advantage in the fan vote category. To make matters worse, Bryanboy noted aloud that Leila was his favorite girl and shook his head, thus making Brittany feel like he was the evil queen to her Snow White. For some reason this also pisses off Yvonne. Basically, she just likes to be mad, I think. Brittany realizes that she needs to do a 180 to stay in the competition, and feels so passionately about it that she says H-E-double-hockey-sticks. Escandalo! Is that how Sleeping Beauty talks? Kristin, of course, is thrilled that Leila is gone. She wants all the competitors out, and is happy that she won't have to worry about Leila (unless of course she comes back based on fan votes, which I think is a distinct possibility).
Yvonne tells us that being in this competition involves getting up early and staying up really late and having long days and being really tired a whole bunch. Ugh, it's SO much more tedious than being a social worker, I bet. She's over it, and calls her friend Brandon to tell him so. Victoria, a keen observer of humans, notes that Yvonne's head doesn't seem to be in the game. Yvonne tells Brandon that the girls are treated like products rather than people. If she's upset by this after a few weeks of modeling for a reality show, she should probably just go back to school and get that degree in modern dance or whatever it is that she does.