There is a lot of girls versus guys talk this week, which culminates with the male models attempting a few pranks. First they tape various items of the girls' wardrobes all over the place. Kanani is like, "Is that all you got?" And so they capitalize on her fear of clowns by throwing some sort of wind up clown doll in the room while she's sleeping, which is so upsetting to her that she has to take a puff of her inhaler. This is what happens when you deprive people of the internet for weeks!
The week's challenge has the contestants dividing into three teams and coordinating a whole shoot -- from concept to hair to makeup to photography -- for Emerson clothing. Flixel is involved, as are Random Acts of Modeling. Kanani, Renee and Jourdan put aside any ill feelings to focus on a concept that features them as three orphans adopted by a farmer who are also fixing a tractor. I think. Don, Marvin, Nina and Jeremy set a scene involving a rich farmer who has two workers who are sleeping with his wife behind his back. They are very in love with their teamwork and final product, and while they have the best photo of the bunch they forget to feature women's clothes in it, which is a problem since Emerson is a women's line.
And then there's Cory, Jiana, Chris and Phil. In their concept, Cory is an androgynous alien who landed on a farm and is freaking everybody else out. But the real freaker-outer is Phil, who first rips the sleeves off of a designer shirt, then runs through the shoot for no reason, then falls off a fence, then throws a rock and breaks the fence. It is explained to us that he has ADHD. And also is kind of a tool, I might add. Cory's team winds up on the bottom, while Kanani and co. win.
Back at home, Chris freaks out about his low challenge score and then yells at Nina when she's trying to calm him down. So now he's back down to zero friends, and everybody kind of hopes that Nina just stays away from him from now on because he's not only bad news but also a real pain in the ass.
The show is clearly running out of photo shoot ideas, so this week's concept is centered on Tyra's fascination with nail art. The models finally pose solo, with very elaborate Top Model themed nails. And yes, this means we're forced to revisit "pot ledom." Nina is still mad at Chris, which throws both of them off their game. Kanani has post-traumatic clown disorder and can't seem to get it together, with visions of red noses and big shoes clouding her ability to smize. Jeremy is also unfocused since just before his shoot Jourdan ask why he's desperate and obsessed with her. Conversely, every time she's mean to Jeremy Jourdan only grows in strength and power. Her photo winds up being the best of the week.
The contestants are informed that there will be a double elimination, and Kanani, Jeremy and Phil wind up in the bottom three. All of them look absolutely crazy at panel and seem more suited to a later season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge than a show about modeling. Jeremy is eliminated first, and cries a LOT about how he's let his mom down. And though I thought Phil was going to go the way of a fence post when hit by a thrown rock, it's actually Kanani who is the second elimination of the episode. On her way out, Marvin apologizes for the clowns.
We enter with the contestants returning home to find Cory's best-of-week video displayed as digital art. He stomps, he douses himself in Questionable body spray, he looks like a woman, which for once is okay. Marvin totally wants to do cross-dressed Cory, which frankly comes as very little surprise to me. Jeremy notes that the video serves as a sort of "rest in peace" tribute to Alex, who was eliminated last week. Jiana cries about being in the bottom two, noting that she was too close for comfort to elimination. And does anyone actually remember the show Too Close for Comfort with Ted Knight and a bunch of ladies and Jim J. Bullock? If Cory invites four women to share in his Tyra Suite I feel like they could do a modern reinterpretation. Instead, he just picks Jiana, feeling bad for her near-elimination depression. Just when you think that it's a missed opportunity, Phil enters in the Jim J. Bullock role, which is to say he just stands there and annoys everybody. He compliments Jiana on how hot she looks, then tries on some pants from the Guess closet and then gets on Cory's last nerve. We learn a few things. First, Jiana doesn't seem interested in being Phil's faux-second girlfriend anymore. Second, Phil has ADHD, which I guess explains some things.
We cut to Chris and Nina, talking in her bedroom. They were teamed on the last challenge and kissed each other as part of the shoot, which, wacka wacka. Nina interviews that Chris means a lot to her, and it's been nice to have him by her side. He tells her that he genuinely loves and cares for her and feels that the next time they're partnered, they'll know that they'll kill it. Meanwhile, Cory lounges and sips from a Top Model mug and says he'd like to draw a map of who has the hots for whom and, in turn, who doesn't have the hots for whom. Jeremy says that he's not looking to hook up, and Cory calls bullshit on his Jourdan-loving ass. Jeremy explains that he and Jourdan are good friends, and have been paired up on a number of challenges in which they've had to maul each other, but she has a boyfriend and he's not trying to break up a relationship. Plus, she can't stand him… so there's that.
And then there's Marvin, who along with Don and Jeremy, decides to kill some time by pranking the girls. They have masking tape and tape shoes, panties, forks and other miscellany all around the girls' room. This is what happens when you don't give people access to TV and the Internet! It seems innocent now, but just you wait until Bozo is involved. Jourdan exclaims shock when she sees the tape but overall thinks it's funny, and none of the other girls seem too bent out of shape about it. This wasn't the reaction that the guys were hoping for, but Jeremy sees potential for future, more dastardly pranks related Renee and Kanani's fear of clowns. Little do they know the serious psychological implications that will occur! The girls sit together in the bathtub and talk about boys versus girls in the world series of love (and modeling), leading me to wonder why the guys don't put down the tape and spend more time figuring out how to be audience members for the ladies' group bubble baths. The ladies make a pack to stick together and try to get rid of the guys, which means a momentary truce between Renee and Jourdan at least.