Larry gives the girls a script to memorize overnight, and tells them that he wants them to become the character of Cockney "Sunny Rose." They will be tested the next day. At home the girls practice, and it becomes clear that the scene is a rip-off of My Fair Lady. And also retarded. Naima and Keenyah rehearse the line, "'Ello there Govnuh! Loverly day." Tiffany tries to repeat a line and sounds more southern than ever. She ends with, "What is you talking about, girl?" And I'm sure that's not actually in the script unless the character name is in fact "Arnoldina Drummond." Michelle agrees when Tiffany says that her southern accent is coming out. Tiffany says, "I quit." Michelle tells her not to give up, and Tiffany says that she can't do it. If she wants some instant confidence, she should just listen to Michelle try to muddle through it and realize that she can't possibly sound that stupid.
Tiffany calls her grandmother. Yay! I love Tiffany's grandma ever since she was the only voice of reason in the flesh-eating bacteria incident. We get a flashback of Tiffany telling Tyra that her grandma let the lights go off just so she could buy Tiffany a bathing suit for the Top Model auditions. And I'm not sure of the wisdom of that particular sacrifice, but then again who needs lights when the glare of the neon "G-H-E-T-T-O" sign shines brightly through your broken-out, screenless window? And when the cockroaches have tiny spelunking headlamps? Tiffany tells us that she needs her grandma to help get her through the competition. On the phone she tells her grandma that she doesn't fit in, and that she doesn't talk like anybody else there. Her grandma says, "That's fine. You ain't gots to talk like nobody there. Just be the best you can be." Tiffany says she's been trying to be somebody she's not, and that she may be smiling outwardly, but on the inside she's crying. Her grandma tells Tiffany that she's going to make it through, and that she's proud of Tiffany because she's sticking it out. A defeated Tiffany says, "Barely," as we fade to commercials.
The following day, the girls gear up for their acting/dialect competition. Rebecca says that she's unsure about her abilities as an actress, and that her greatest challenge is to be versatile. Michelle confessionalizes that she's feeling confident that she will do well and win the competition. She whispers the line, "Flowers for sale," under her breath and gives a mini fist-pump. And you know, for a while I felt bad about how Michelle would have to watch herself on this show and face the hard cold reality of, well, herself, but she is so deluded that I don't think it will even matter. Tatiana interviews that they walked into the theater and that Larry, their "instructor for Cockney," was waiting. He tells them that their scene partner will be a special guest, and for a minute I think it's going to be Ashton Kutcher, which would be hilarious. But it's actually model-turned-actor-turned-UPN-star Boris Kodjoe. Some of the girls, and particularly Tiffany, have little fits of desire and say how hot he is. And I have to confess that I had no idea who he was, but he is pretty good-looking in a bald, strapping, goateed way.