And what happened then?/ Well, according to J./ Cruel Eva's small heart/ Grew three sizes that day! /And the minute a teardrop tugged soft at her eye/ She ran to the arms of a motherly Ty/ And then, to the others, with not even a smirk/ She said she was sorry for being a jerk.
Time for a cut! Those who stay will get a "photo shoot" with Jay and his digital camera. Casting director Michelle Mock-Falcon (Mock-Falcon?) explains that twenty girls will make it to the next round, and posts a list of the winners. You know who is on that list? "Kristi." Just like that, in quotes. You don't suppose someone's identity is being protected by the Department of Homeland Security, do you?
Losers include Nargis, teddy bear girl, bony Amy, and Tiffany. Tiffany is sad. She says that it would have been a big change from hustling to being a glamour girl. Does that mean that she's a prostitute? Everyone at home is going to say I told you so. But it's okay, Tiffany says, because someone has to fail, and she's used to failing. And as her dream dies on a cold, gray mornin', another little baby child is born...in the ghetto.
And now, the event you've all been waiting for. Amanda voices over that she would feel more comfortable if everyone else knew about her problem. So, in a way that is not at all reminiscent of a drama queen, she gets a production assistant to quiet everyone in the room. She says that she hasn't been completely honest with everyone and that...she is legally blind. Everyone gasps! At this, Mrs. Potes looked at the television with disdain and said, "Oh come on. I'm one prescription away from being legally blind. Big deal." She then patted my head and told me the cat needed brushing, and went into the kitchen and poured herself a refreshing glass of ketchup. And then -- and this is actually pretty sad -- Amanda says that she is going to be about thirty when she goes completely blind. Commericals.
When we return, the above is replayed for dramatic effect. Amanda goes on to say that she has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease in which she can see peripherally, but not straight in front of her face. The girls are all sobbing. They are probably feeling so conflicted and confused that Amanda kept this important information from them for so long. You know who else felt that way? The entire cast of the Hogan family, and all those children who tried in vain to save Tinkerbell. They were ready to clap their hardest, but just couldn't figure out which part of the audience was supposed to clap when. Anyway, Amanda tells them not to cry, and that she will always see their faces. She says she has seen her son smile, and that's all she ever wanted. I don't know. I think I might like Amanda more if she didn't speak in such treacly clichés. She then goes on to say something about a game and being on a different field and not letting anything get in her way blah blah blah. Hey, is TWoP translated into Braille anywhere? Because if so, I'm going to feel like a real asshole.