And then, Dionne, Whitney, and Jaslene go off to do their Keds photo shoot. It all goes well, and Dionne is very excited and grateful. I have to say, though, it does not look like Keds will be making a comeback. Those are some homely shoes, dog.
Then, the girls go back to the house. But instead of Tyra Mail, there is actual Tyra! And then it becomes clear. We're at the "Chit-Chatting With Tyra" portion of the season, also known as a Very Special Episode of The Typrah Winbanks Show. And today, Typrah is talking about "revelations and what this competition brings." O...kay. Brittany gets to start. Her revelation is that her fucking cheap-ass weave is making her head scabby. Tyra apologizes and says that they'll do something about it. THANK GOD. She says that the REAL revelation for Brittany might be that sometimes you have to speak up. And I mean, she kind of did, but we all just thought that she was a whiny-poo whinerator. Dionne talks about how hard it is to be away from her baby, but says that she knows she's doing this for both of them. Jael talks about her friend's death, and how that affected her. Tyra quite wisely says, "Death happens." Put that on a bumper sticker, why don't you. She says that people don't expect you to be stoic when someone dies and, in fact, if you are they'll wonder if you have a heart.
Then Typrah quite innocently asks, "Anyone else?" Renee volunteers. She says that she feels like she's misunderstood. Cut to an awesome reaction shot of Dionne laughing. Renee says that she's not saying that she's not mean, but then tells Tyra that she has to understand that Renee has a family to take care of. And I have to say that this whole line of reasoning has really lost some of its weight now that we know that everyone else has a baby, too. Renee says that her husband was living on the beach, and that her son was with his mom. And I think she means her mother-in-law here, though at first I was REALLY confused. But also, why is her husband living on the beach? This whole situation is much shadier than whatever Natasha's deal is. A teary Renee says that she has a lot on her shoulders, and that her main objective in being there is not to make friends. It's to win the competition and make something out of her life. And oh my God, go see a career counselor. Or go on The Bad Girls Club. It's a sad situation and all, but my sympathy is really strained at this point. The best part of the whole deal, though, is that Tyra totally doesn't take the "poor me and my hard life" bait. Instead, she makes a beeline back to the drama and asks, "Has she rubbed any of you guys the wrong way?" They answer, "All of us." Tyra is pretty impressed that all of them hate Renee. Renee says that they're all treating her like she's a bad person, but she's not. Eh, until we have empirical evidence, I wouldn't put that out as fact. Typrah then has Renee sit next to her, and says that the best thing in this situation, when Renee is feeling attacked, is to go around and have the other girls say how she has hurt them. And...HA! Best for us, the viewing audience, maybe, but certainly not for Renee. Tyra got her Ph.D. in psychology from the School of Manufactured Drama.