The girls arrive in Rome and, after receiving their Tyra Lisa Mail, head to their new house which features a pool, lots of artwork, red couches, and pink beds. The pink beds are of particular interest to Fatima, who is sick with some sort of Italian plague. When she stays in bed during dinner, the other girls -- particularly Dominique -- take the opportunity to talk smack about her. Anya, of course, is the exception and walks away from the cattiness to bring Fatima some chicken. Fatima doesn't want the chicken. But nice try, Anya. Meanwhile, Lauren's rudeness is getting to the other girls, and Whitney suspects that she's over the competition.
The week's challenge sees the girls trying to impress designer Gai Mattiolo with their ability to replicate a fashionable Italian woman. First, each girl is treated to an Italian makeover, which really means a shiny new outfit. Gai is not exactly what you'd expect -- he's like a Baldwin brother crossed with Danny DeVito. But he manages to say something nice about each girl who walks before him, including catwalking-impaired Lauren, who has beautiful legs. A fresh-looking Anya wins the challenge and receives a red carpet event gown. As Anya has been cleaning up on the challenges, this causes some jealousy.
The photo shoot for the week is actually a commercial for the Cover Girl Queen Collection. In Italian. There are lots of very red lips and leopard print, and everyone generally looks like an extra from La Dolce Vita. Anya is totally lost but looks hot, Katarzyna is competent but a little boring, Dominique looks like Pagliacci, Lauren dreads the whole thing for good reason, Fatima rocks it despite her illness, and Whitney is so fake that Jay is forced to call her "bitcherina." The judging for the week is highly entertaining, as Tyra (who looks super hot) busts out the word "dookie" as she describes Anya's performance. Everyone laughs out loud at Dominique's commercial, but it's Whitney and Lauren who end up in the final two. In sad times, Lauren goes home with the stellar advice to stick to print work.
Previously on ANTM: Fatima faced some legal woes related to her passport and visa, while Lauren faced some bloody woes related to slicing a knife through her finger. A group shoot at the airport turned dramatic as Fatima almost missed her flight abroad and came to judging without a photo. However, it was Stacy-Ann who got the Italy-shaped boot as the rest of the contestants headed to Rome. Six bitches remain!
It's Rome! The girls arrive in the airport, all very excited and knowing that they have to bring it like a tray of piping hot linguine. A shuttle picks them up and drives them through the city. Dominique loves that the Romans have preserved their old structures and buildings, and says it's like going to a museum. Yes, I always like a good trip to the Giant Ruins Museum. ["Also: I'm so surprised that Dominique, of all people, would appreciate the preservation of old structures. Weird!" -- Joe R] Anya has never been abroad, and is looking forward to the adventure laid out before her. And you know, Anya would be, like, the best protagonist ever in a Choose Your Own Adventure book. She very sweetly says that she's appreciating every moment. This would be a diabolical time to flip to page 112 and have her be maimed in a moped accident. Lauren tells us that she never expected to get this far in the competition, and is blown away by it. However, in the shuttle she looks decidedly bored as the other girls ooh and aah over the scenery. Maybe she's coming down from anxiety pills for flying or something. Even though she doesn't fit in with the other girls, she says, she's going to try her best, and whatever happens, happens. That part about not fitting in was totally cut from another interview. Never trust anything you hear on this show if you don't see lips moving.
The girls get out to see some sights, and Anya totally face plants just as she steps off the shuttle. She thinks it's horrible that she ate it on her first step in Rome. But she just gets up and brushes it off. Maybe post-impact she'll start spouting mathematical theorems or something. Whitney interviews that, as a plus-sized model, it's a really huge deal for her to have gotten this far. Only one plus-sized model in the past has done that. Would that have been Cycle 1's Rob(y)n(ne)? Crazy! She's very grateful and happy to be there. And really, it would have been a shame if the one contestant who can legitimately enjoy food hadn't made it to Rome. Fatima tells us how happy she is to have the drama with her travel documents over, and now that she's in Rome she's ready -- mind, body, and soul -- to conquer the competition. She's back with a bang.