Meanwhile, what these dumb-asses don't realize is that Caridee, Megg, A.J., and Anchal are standing on the balcony above. Someone says that Anchal is just trying to get a reaction, and Jaeda adds that Anchal is so beautiful, she doesn't even realize it. Melrose then bitches, "She knows it, I'm sorry." Melrose says that all the other girls and the judges have told Anchal that she's the most beautiful girl there, and that Melrose is sick of hearing it. Melrose is seething so hard with jealousy at this moment that I think she's actually causing the water to bubble with the sheer force of it. Caridee interviews that they all heard Melrose talking smack about Anchal, and that Melrose gets her confidence by putting other people down. I buy that. Melrose says that initially she thought Anchal was one of the "stiffest competitions [sic]" there, but that, as the competition goes on, Anchal is not becoming more beautiful to Melrose. Anchal, who has been listening the whole time, runs off and starts crying. She interviews that it sucks how mean the others can be. A.J. talks to Anchal, and calls the other girls fake as we go to commercials.
When we return, A.J. is still comforting a crying Anchal. Anchal is leaning against a wall, with A.J. is directly in front of her, looking deep into her eyes: "Honey, honey, they don't matter. We matter. We got your back, honey. That's all that matters." Methinks A.J. has watched one too many women's prison movies lately. Anchal interviews that she was really hurt by hearing Melrose. A.J. and Anchal hug. A.J. interviews that she hates Melrose, and that it takes all of her will not to retaliate when Melrose says mean things. I think A.J. Light and Dark could cut a bitch, is what I think. Anchal interviews that she doesn't have confidence and doesn't ever really think she's beautiful, but that she is going to do the best she can. I really do buy that she's just genuinely insecure, despite all the praise lavished on her by the judges. All of us have some part of ourselves that we don't like, whether it's skin or teeth or thighs or whatever, and no matter how confident or well-adjusted we might be, it still hurts if someone else makes a mean (or even well-meaning) comment about said area. And when that area is your whole face and body and you're in a modeling competition, you're pretty much screwed.