And then, the moment we've all been waiting for. Rebecca and Tiffany go to hug the other girls. Rebecca cries and hugs, and Tiffany hugs and tells the others not to cry. When she gets to Michelle she says, "You're breaking my back." Tyra then starts to get a really funny look on her face, like she does when the clerk at Boston Market tells her that they're out of gravy. We can sense something boiling inside, and not just the normal viscous slime that runs through her veins. She calls Tiffany and Rebecca back before her. She tells Rebecca that she admires her display of emotion because it's evident that the competition meant something to her. She is, however, extremely disappointed in Tiffany. We hear the sound of a big bass drum. And really, the only proper way to do this is to quote directly:
Tyra: This is a joke to you. You've been through anger management. You've been through your grandmother getting her lights turned off to buy you a swimsuit for your competition. And you go over there and you joke and you laugh. This is serious to these girls and this should be serious to you.
Tiffany: Looks can be deceiving. I'm hurt. I am. But, I can't change it, Tyra, I …
Janice: Yes you can.
Tyra: You can't change what?
Tiffany: I'm sick of crying about stuff that I cannot change. I'm sick of being disappointed. I'm sick of all of it. I'm not…
Tyra: You ain't sick of being disappointed, Tiffany. No, you're not. If you were sick of being disappointed, you would stand up and you would take control of your destiny. Do you know that you had a possibility to win? Do you know that all of America is rooting for you? Do you know that? And then you come in here and you treat this like a joke? You come in here and look at that and say "I can't read that"? You read ten times better than half of those girls over there!
Nigel and Nolé: You did, you did.
Tyra: And you come here with a defeatist attitude?
Tiffany: I don't have a bad attitude. Maybe I AM ANGRY INSIDE. I BEEN THROUGH STUFF, SO I'M ANGRY! [continues as Tyra begins]
Tyra: This is not…be quiet, Tiffany! BE QUIET! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? STOP IT!! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE YELLED AT A GIRL LIKE THIS! WHEN MY MOTHER YELLS LIKE THIS IT'S BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME! I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU! WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU! HOW DARE YOU! LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS! WHEN YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT YOU LAY THERE AND YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF BECAUSE NOBODY'S GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU. YOU ROLLIN' YOUR EYES YOU ACT LIKE IT'S 'CAUSE YOU HEARD IT ALL BEFORE. YOU HEARD IT ALL BEFORE? YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THE HELL I COME FROM. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH. BUT I'M NOT A VICTIM. I GROW FROM IT AND I LEARN. Take responsibility for yourself. [Tiffany turns and exits.]