When we return, the panic continues as Michelle sleeps. Rebecca calls her father, who also knows all about the deadly flesh eaters. Tatiana's mother says, "That stuff that that girl has kills people in probably one of the most disgusting manners." Keenyah tells Christina the news, and Christina's eyes actually pop out of her head for a second as if she were Sandy Duncan. Lluvy says she remembers seeing on 20/20 that there are more germs on a telephone than on a toilet. Cut to Tiffany frantically wiping off the phone. Meanwhile, Michelle sleeps. Keenyah calls her mother to spread the panic and says that the flesh-eating bacteria have moved to Michelle's back and her hips. Which, kind of gross. Tiffany says she kept going into Michelle's room to make sure that her face wasn't falling off onto the pillow. Well that's nice of her. And I have to add that Michelle is sleeping with all the lights on and this crazy commotion all around her. And that some of the girls are totally having giddy slumber-party fun times about all of this, despite their pretense of worry. And you know, the slumber party is always fun until Kelly Taylor tells you how she lost her virginity. Who's laughing now, girls? Who's laughing now?
Brittany says without glee that she doesn't feel too peachy keen, and is worried that Michelle's disease is contagious. Tiffany then calls her grandmother and asks if she's heard anything about the flesh eaters. Her grandma says, "Uh uh." Tiffany double-checks, and grandma once again says, "Uh uh." She then says, "Y'all just need to get a life. Read a book or something." HA! I want to have a coffee klatch featuring Janice, Beverly Johnson, Miss J., and Tiffany's grandmother.
Tyra Mail! "There are eleven of you left, ten more to go, the race is on, be ready to show your true colors at 7:00 AM." The girls enter a studio where Jay Manuel greets them, sporting a deep v-neck. He tells them that they've learned all about the transformative power of makeup, and so today are going to sport moustaches. I think that finally things are starting to go Michelle's way. Then he explains, "Milk moustaches." They're doing "Got Milk?" ads, of which Tyra has done two. But the real kicker is that the girls will have their ethnicities changed. The challenge is "taking on the persona of that other ethnicity while in the photograph, and owning it." And I don't think he's being particularly racially insensitive here, I think he just means that the girls are not supposed to look like they have pounds of makeup and fake hair on, but be as natural-looking as possible, in a totally fake way. And I don't know why I am defending Jay Manuel this episode, but there you go. Christina is going to be East Indian, Tiffany will be Native-American, Brittany will be African-American, Keenyah will be Korean, Kahlen will be Hawaiian, Michelle will be an Eskimo, Naima will be Icelandic Scandinavian, Tatiana will be biracial, Lluvy will be a Swedish milkmaid, Rebecca will be a dark Italian, and Noelle will be traditionally African. And I must add that I think it's kind of funny that several of those cultures are prone to lactose-intolerance.