When we return, Teyona's mental break continues. She tearfully interviews that, coming into the shoot, she was nervous but still felt confident. Now her confidence is shot and she gets to experience what all the other girls felt after two weeks on this show. She admits that her nerves got the best of her, and it was bad. With a few takes left, Jay tells Teyona that she can make this work. Teyona does manage to get her lines out without too much flubbing, but looks totally demented while doing so. Maybe this is the unusual beauty of which Tyra so often speaks. Jay instructs her to leave this little breakdown behind her as she heads to the photo shoot. He is confident that Teyona can deliver a photo. Indeed, she looks lovely and Jim says that she had great spark and energy on set. She was fun to work with, and that's a plus. With that, we are done Cover Girling for the moment.
Back at the house, there is Tyra Mail. One-third of this bunch is not going to make it to the second half of the episode. Aminat interviews that today she worked, she was prepared, and she was good. In fact, she says, she was better than good -- she was freaking phenomenal. I mean, I might pause at "pretty good," but let's not interrupt her personal narrative. Aminat believes that she will be one of the finalists. Allison interviews that things are getting very close, and she's nervous to see how her commercial and photo turned out. Teyona is still very emotional, and interviews that she feels like she let herself down. She was no kind of spokesperson. In fact, she was not even Star Search spokesmodel quality. She sobs that this is everything to her, and then has a full on bawling mental crack. It's pretty painful to watch.
And speaking of painful to watch...it's Tyra! She welcomes the girls to panel with an ominous, "And then there were three." Tyra tells the girls that this is the most gut-wrenching part of the season before noting that the two finalists will get to walk in a fashion show for Rosa Cha Designs, which is apparently a swimwear line. Ooh, who will get to wear the eye patch bikini bottom on the catwalk? Seriously, Brazilian swimwear designers, why do you do that to us? I just want swimwear that covers three quarters of my butt cheeks and my pubic hair. Is that too much to ask? In any case, the guest judge for the week is Amir Slama, designer for Rosa Cha. He is, like, this little dumpy bald guy. Now I see where the crotch patch mentality comes from. Well played, sir. After Tyra announces the two finalists, they'll go straight to their Seventeen cover try. Ooh! I just got a little burst of glee that we haven't had to face Ann Shoket yet, followed by a burst of dread that she'll likely appear on screen within the next four minutes. Drat.