Teyona, Natalie, London and Fo are the last group to go. Jay tells them that the other girls have been underwhelming and he's never seen Nigel so uninspired. London goes first and tells us how unnatural it feels to light yourself when you're also trying to pose. This shoot does require dexterity of the walking / chewing gum variety that I could see being a challenge. London seems to do an okay job, but it is Teyona, up next, who really shines. Jay tells us that she was genius and really knew how to light herself and pose. Fo is next, and is still hung up about her makeover. Nigel can tell. Fo interviews that she doesn't know how to work with the hair and can't get over the fact that it's so short. Jay notes that Fo was emotional on makeover day and asks if she feels like they've stripped away her femininity. Fo cops to feeling kinda butch. She interviews that she feels like Plain Jane's brother. That is pretty sad. She starts tearing up on the shoot even as she resolves to work it out. Jay gives an exasperated sigh and tells us that Fo's short hair gives her an edge and makes her look taller. It's true that she looks great and has the face to carry it off. Natalie is next and keeps her perfect streak alive for the week. And that's a wrap!
When the girls return home there is Tyra Mail. Someone's getting, as Kortnie phrases it, the "chop chop chop chop." Aminat is a little worried because her photo shoot was boring. Fo is also nervous. She admits to crying when Jay brought up her hair at the shoot. She doesn't feel pretty, and if she gets the boot to boot she'll basically have nothing to live for. Reflect on that as we head to commercials.
When enter judging with a continuation of the Tale of the Benevolent Supermodel: "Once there lived a supermodel who wanted to guide future girls. So she broke out The Rules to Owning Your Inner Fierceness. When beauty is reflected, beauty is perfected." I think all this means that when Tyra looks in the mirror, she likes what she sees. As if we needed clarification on that. Tyra greets the girls, joking that she doesn't recognize anybody. Or maybe she's living a day in the life of an amnesiac for The Tyra Banks Show? "Kiss my forgetful ass!" Anyway, there are prizes, there are judges. Miss J.'s gimmick this season has to do with an ever expanding tie. Too bad it doesn't tighten around his neck each week until he finally passes out and is forced to be quiet. The guest judge for the week is a true blast from the past -- Mr. Nole Marin, who was a permanent judge on Cycles 3 and 4, along with his Pomeranian who did most of the thinking.