The whole set-up with the drummers is pretty cool, if a bit like a garish Best Song production number at the Oscars. The girls walk out, and Furonda notes that the audience is full of Thai people, who know how the dance is supposed to go. All the better to mock and malign the contestants, I say. Jade goes out first, and says (in a manner suggestive of being on a crack binge) that she "fits the image of Thai," and it's tripping her out. Thailand is tripped out by this, as well. Jade does her dance and looks okay, if a bit uninspired. Joanie says that Jade tried to be very ornate and precise, but didn't smile at all. Patravadi says that Jade looked uncomfortable and worried in the eyes. The Thai people are so tactful.
Joanie is next, and interviews that she thought she was going to do well, but started shaking because the adrenaline was kicking in. She dances and, while I'm sure it pales in comparison to her work on the pole, she does look pretty good. Jade interviews that she was watching Joanie and thought she was doing a great job. But Jade also says that she isn't intimidated, because Joanie just isn't on her level. Patravadi says that Joanie was very poised and elegant, and she liked the smile on her face. Joanie interviews that she did the best that she could and is really proud of herself.
Next is Sara. Try to imagine the Incredible Hulk doing ballet, and you'll have a somewhat accurate vision of what her Thai dance looks like. She admits that she had a hard time. Patravadi says that Sara is beautiful, and would do much better if she were more confident in what she was doing. Sara interviews that she doesn't think she has much of a career in Thai dance.
And then, the greatest thing. It's Furonda's turn. Furonda interviews that she was thinking, "You know, I don't remember too much about this Thai dance, but I'm going to do my best." Furonda looks an awful lot like Elaine Benes when she dances. She's kind of flailing and hopping around, and even the nice, mannered Thai audience laughs at her. Furonda says that her nerves took over, and that the Thai dance instruction went out the window; she just did "whatever." Joanie laughs in the background, and interviews that while she hit upon elements of hula and club, nothing Furonda did resembled Thai dancing in the slightest. Patravadi says that Furonda is good at entertaining, but needs to be more disciplined and to pay more attention to the techniques that were taught to her. The audience claps for Furonda and the rest of the girls. Outside, a cat runs away from Furonda, and she jokes that he probably saw her performance.