Next, Paulina pretends to be an annoying interviewer. All those episodes of The Tyra Banks Show she was contractually forced to watch with her eyelids clamped open A Clockwork Orange-style have finally paid off! She rushes up to Fatima and asks if she sleeps in the nude or in pajamas. Answer: nude. Well if she wore some pajama bottoms with pockets maybe she wouldn't have lost her passport! Next, Paulina asks Dominique what her experience on Top Model was like. Dominique drones on yet says nothing, per usual. Paulina asks Whitney if she ever struggled with her weight, or if she's always liked herself. Whitney says that she grew up in the south, where curves are a good thing. She never thought she was strange or different at all until she entered the Land of the Buttless known as modeling. Paulina thinks this whole exercise was very interesting. Some girls were giving okay answers, but their eyes were blank. For example, Whitney seemed like a Miss America contestant. Dominique needs to learn the beauty of a sound byte and shut up after ten seconds max. Paulina exits, and Whitney thinks that this whole exercise is somehow going to be related to a challenge. It only took eight weeks for them to figure out the show's formula!
Later on, or previously -- you know how the time/space continuum operates on this show -- a few of the girls decide to make potato pancakes. Lauren starts chopping an onion, and suddenly there is a scream. From Lauren! Who has sliced through her thumb! Whitney says, "It went right through the nail," which just freaks me right the heck out. One of the show's producers whisks her off to the hospital. Fatima interviews that Lauren is a big girl, so if she wants to see the doctor, it means she must be in real pain. What if that thumb tip is the part that holds all of her rage, and now she becomes truly meek and mild mannered? I guess we'll find out.
With that crisis underway, we head back to Fatima's passport crisis. An ANTM producer calls her up, saying that he just got off the phone with her lawyer. The problem is that the consulate feels this is too last moment. Fatima protests that she didn't know. The producer is worried that she's not going to get her document anytime soon. Fatima confessionalizes (with no makeup -- gah!) that she's going to try and push through and hope that things will work out, because right now, they don't look so good. Yes, it is a dire situation, but not nearly as dire as the situation known as Farmer Wants a Wife. With this, we head to commercials.