Aimee, age eighteen, from Spanaway, Washington is next and has a close relationship with her mother, who had Aimee when she was eighteen. Her mother is also a big old Mormon, and wasn't too happy when Aimee renounced the faith. Girl, we have been there and done that on The Real World New Orleans. Next!
Oh, it's time for dumb Kim, age twenty, from Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester, represent! In addition to being a poor man's Reese Witherspoon, Kim is a bank teller. Tyra asks her if she ever takes money. Kim pauses for a moment as the little hamsters powering her brain run as fast as they can. She answers, "Yeah. A lot of money." Mr. Jay asks the question again, and once Kim clarifies that Tyra was actually asking whether she steals money, she says no, and that it's a federal offense. Kim knows that people think she's a dumb blonde, but she says she's actually really down to earth and into psychology and hopes to go back to school one day. But why waste the best years of her life in a stuffy classroom when she could be walking the runways of Milan! Or the aisles of K-Mart!
Then it's Fatima's turn in front of the panel. She gives Tyra a big hug and starts crying. Fatima explains that she's originally from Somalia, and Tyra says that she has a little of Iman's blood in her. Turns out everyone tells Fatima that she looks like Iman, at least according to Fatima. Oh, and then. Tyra asks Fatima to talk about the very controversial rite of passage that she went through. It turns out that Fatima was a victim of female circumcision, which means that her entire clitoris was removed and her labia were sewn together. And can we all just give a collective "OW." Seriously, I am typing with one hand because I need to hold on to my bits for a minute. Fatima wants to dedicate her life to making sure that no one goes through what she went through. She thinks that winning the competition will give her a voice, but that it will take a lot of people talking about this issue to make a difference. Jay loves her.
We go back to the holding room, in which the conversation takes a different tone. Fatima casually mentions that she can't see herself ever getting married because she can't have sex with men. She explains that she was circumcised, and Marvita totally gets the willies. Shaya and the others who hated Fatima ten minutes ago now feel pretty bad about it, and Shaya gives Fatima a big hug while she cries. Marguerite tells us that the whole group had a collective sense of compassion and wanted to comfort Fatima. And then there's Marvita. From the sidelines she busts out with "So do you feel less of a woman?" Ah, the therapy. It's amazing how quickly it starts working. The other girls quite correctly tell her to shut up. Marvita, in return, tells them to shut the fuck up. She kind of waves her hand near a sitting Allison, who slaps it away. Marvita's response? "Bitch, if you touch me, you gonna die." She's ready to take flight on Allison like nobody's business. It's like the whole anger management process is unfolding before our eyes.
And speaking of Marvita, it's her turn to go in front of the panel. Marvita tells us that when her pastor saw the show last season, she came to the conclusion that Marvita needed more Jesus. If by "Jesus," she means "Lithium," then yes. Marvita tells the judges about the whole incident with the slapping of the hand. The old Marvita would have popped Allison. The new Marvita merely threatened to pop Allison. Thanks, therapy! Marvita explains that if you get a stray dog off of the streets, the dog's going to be mean and crazy for a while, but with enough love, he will come around. And then one day when you're not looking, he'll bite your neighbor's kid in the face and you'll go to jail. Tyra wonders if Marvita's rehabilitation was as successful as Jaslene's.