Meanwhile, in another installment of My Life as a Cover Girl, Naima finally wins the golden ticket hidden in a tube of Wetslicks and gets to tour the Cover Girl factory in Baltimore. You can't make this shit up.
The girls arrive to their photo shoot and meet Mr. Jay, who is walking on a treadmill in front of a green screen. He says that their shoot will be full of Hollywood-style special effects, and that they'll be running on the treadmill as if there is something terrifying behind them, like the avian flu or the giant blown-up face of Lisa. They are not going to know what the terrifying thing will be -- it will be put in as a post effect. Mike Rosenthal is the photographer. The girls are all going to be styled as fashion victims, each with something a little wrong about her. This shoot is kind of busy conceptually, but at least they won't be wearing clown makeup.
Jay pulls aside Cassandra and Jayla for a special talking-to while the others go to hair and makeup. He tells Jayla that they're going to take out her extensions, because they're not working for her. Jayla interviews that you may not like it at first but that you have to get into it and try to see the good in it, and really, she could be talking about her own foray into same-sex loving or anything else. Jay tells Cassandra that Tyra wants to cut her hair even shorter in true Mia Farrow style. She replies that she's not comfortable cutting it again when she hasn't even had the chance to work it yet. Jay says that if she told that to a client, they would cut her loose. The other girls look on. Jay says that they can't do the shoot if she doesn't have the hair they want, and tells her to have some breakfast and think about it and that he'll get back to her in a few.
It's going to take a long time for Jayla to get her extensions out, and it also looks kind of painful. Bre tells Cassandra that if she wants to stay, she'd still have respect for Cassandra for going up to Jay and telling him how she felt. Cassandra says that she wants to stay and take pictures and show off her hair now that she has the confidence to work it. Bre then turns to her and says plainly, "God gives us our first instincts. Don't go against it." That was perhaps the most diabolical thing anyone has ever done on this show. I LOVE it.