The girls gather the next day in a cleared-out hotel conference room, where the Jays tell them that they're going to partake in a fashion show, but as with most shows, there is only room for twenty. The first cut! It's the deepest. The girls size each other up. And then Jay reveals the true Machiavellian twist and stroke of genius for this episode: the sixteen girls who are cut must serve as the audience for the show and support the models that beat them. HA! These are truly the moments when I love this show. The girls run cattle-like through a set of brass doors -- or, as Miss J. calls them, the golden doors through which they'll find their fate -- and try to find their photos on wardrobe racks. Commercials.
And oh my God! They're totally doing My Life as a Cover Girl commercials with Naima! We'll get to follow her to fashion shows and go-sees and to the street corner where she will beg for change. She says that this has been an "a-maaaaazing" time in her life, and that it's only the beginning. And I was a big Naima supporter, but girl's looking kind of rough these days.
When we return, girls are either finding their photos or not. There are tears of happiness and tears of devastation. There is jumping and whooping. Bre, who has found her photo, cries that she's touching her star and is almost becoming it and is almost there. Diane, who has also made it, says something even less intelligible. Susanna of the breast cancer has not been chosen and tearfully says that she's always been a failure at everything. I guess it's hard to argue with that. Latricia says that she's very strong and doesn't like people to see her cry, but that she wanted to be on Top Model so bad that she was reduced to tears on the floor. I am sometimes reduced to tears on the floor by this show, but for different reasons.
The losers take their seats in the audience while the final twenty quickly and sassily get ready backstage. Someone yells, "Don't take any tags off!" HA! Despite what appears to be a bigger budget in Season 5, UPN is totally going to return these clothes to T.J. Maxx. Pretty Gene Ashley interviews that they're all winners right now, but she's going to be the one who ends up with the contract so has to step up her game. We'll see about that, Howard Hubris. Duck-lipped Sarah says that she's most scared of falling because she has a habit of tripping everywhere. Foreshadowing and friends start a kick-line on Sarah's four-inch stiletto heel.