We begin Hour 2 with Sarah telling us that she has a leg up on the other girls because she has modeling experience and is a photographer. Jael says that she's focused on this amazing opportunity rather than on being competitive. She likes to be everyone's friend. Presumably, this is so she can crash at your place and then steal your life savings/silverware. Kathleen -- whose 'fro is out of control -- says that she was born and raised in Brooklyn, and has no modeling experience. She also has very little experience with cognitive processing.
And then, who should ride up on a scooter but Jay Manuel. He says that the girl who becomes America's Next Top Model is going to become a household name and a role model, just like Tyra. And if your role model is Tyra Banks, you make me kind of sad. Jay tells the girls to get ready to make their first statement...in their first photo shoot! Each girl is going to be assigned a different political view which she'll have to sell in her photo, even if she doesn't agree with it. Kathleen is anti-fur, Brittany is pro-fur, Natasha is pro-choice, Jael is pro-life, Sarah "believes in life in prison," and Jaslene believes in the death penalty. Ah, so this means that Sarah is anti-death penalty. Why didn't they just say that? Felicia believes in straight marriage, while Whitney and Samantha team up for gay marriage. And I mean...is "pro straight marriage" really a stance? That one would have had so much more juice if it were done as anti-gay marriage. Dionne is a vegan, whereas Cassandra loves to eat meat. Finally, Renee is anti-gun and Diana is pro-gun. NRA, yay!
Jay says that they have the perfect photographer for this shoot -- someone who knows not only how to make a statement, but also an entrance. I thought for sure that it was going to be Janice, but it's just Nigel. Boo. Kathleen interviews that she thinks every model wants to date Nigel Barker, "because he's so tall." Oh, man.
The girls get their hair and makeup done, and Kathleen asks her hair person how you would do anti-fur. Do you, she asks, just look at the fur like it's stank and you hate fur? I mean, I guess that's one approach. Renee whips out a photo of her son, who looks pretty cute. She tearfully interviews that she has a lot more at stake than the other girls do. Renee is excited to do this for her family, and says that she has to win this. And I'm sorry, but if your plan to support your family is to win a reality show, then you have problems. For the love of God, go to college! Get a job! "Becoming America's Next Top Model" is not appropriate goal setting. Meanwhile, Jael is sick with a cold. She mentions something about a fever. She says that she hopes it doesn't affect the shoot. And seriously, I'd imagine that she has enough dried boogers on her face at any given time that you wouldn't even really notice that she's sick.