A.J. is first in the Tyra one-on-one. Tyra asks how she's doing. A.J. says that she's doing better. She feels like she can't really talk to a lot of the girls there, so she keeps to herself. It's hard to try to do your best when you're around people who don't understand you, she says. Tyra asks who's troubling A.J., and the answer is of course Melrose, who is, according to A.J., abrasive and just plain not nice. Tyra asks if Melrose isn't in fact the sweet, bubbly girl who appears in front of the judges at Panel. A.J. confirms this.
And then Melrose is up next, in her stupid pink beret. Melrose says that she's nervous. Tyra asks if Melrose thinks that the other girls are intimidated by her. Melrose says yes, and that she feels like they just don't want her around them. She adds that she's spent much of her life trying to be confident, and that perhaps lapses into overconfidence, which pushes the other girls away. Or, it might be her blue knit booties. Tyra tells Melrose to close her eyes and remove all of her armor and protection. AND, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THE BERET. She asks whether Melrose is scared to be vulnerable. Melrose says she's scared, but that she's strong. I don't think Melrose is getting the question. I can't wait for Tyra to whoop her ass at Panel. It might not happen this week, but trust me when I say that, eventually, Melrose will be apologizing to the hat.
Then there is Eugena, who says that she's trying to work on her pictures. Tyra says that pictures are a very important part of the competition, but that a lot of the judges feel that Eugena gives off a coldness. Eugena says that it's frustrating, and that she sees all the other girls letting their emotions out. She sheds one single, solitary tear as she says this, which is totally the right move. She says that she wants to tap into her emotions, and Tyra notes that she's tapping into them right now. Sucka!
Then there's Caridee, who says that three months ago, she had -- wait for it -- psoriasis that covered 78% of her body. The horrors! Caridee has just a little bit left on her knee. She starts to cry and says that it was a very emotional thing for her. She always wanted to model, but always got turned down. She says that, her whole life, she just wanted to wake up and put on a pair of shorts and go outside, like so many people do and take for granted. And now, finally, she is able to achieve that goal. You guys, while we've been worrying about AIDS and cancer and the bird flu, and doing 10K runs and buying things with pink ribbons on them and whatnot, someone has apparently gone and found a cure for psoriasis. Well I'll be. Tyra notes that Caridee is a photographer, and asks, "Were you behind the camera because you were suffering with the psoriasis, but dying to be on the other side?" Caridee says that that is true. Wow, it's like a modern-day elephant man, but scalier.