The stylists, whose names I cannot catch but who are probably very important bathing suit/jewelry stylist people, come out and get started. Jacki is freaking out about the thong. I honestly do NOT get it, but she feels like it would be wrong to wear it, and her eyes are filled with tears. Meanwhile, under the watchful and amused eye of FRANKIE, Casey is subjected to ass-shaving. "It's not very tasteful to me," says Jacki. "I don't think I want to wear it." But see, the thing is, isn't it true that a model's opinion of the clothes doesn't really come into play backstage at a fashion show? Don't you just have to whip off your clothes and wear whatever they put on you? What is the problem? I mean, I would never wear one, but I am not in a supermodel contest.
Oh, but it IS a problem, apparently. Jacki quizzes the rest of the models, including Stephanie, who says that she would never wear a thong, either. The boys try to make her feel better by telling her that she'll look good in it, but apparently that's not the point? Now she's crying because this is her dream and it may not come true because she won't wear a thong. Well...yeah. That's exactly what is happening. She says that she can't even find another girl who would wear it, but au contraire. Shannon, who also has to wear one, doesn't care at all. "It's just part of modeling," she says. "You should be comfortable with showing your body in any way, shape or form."
The walking begins. At the end of the catwalk are Tyson, Niki, Cory, and Jennifer, with their judge faces on. I must say that Aryn looks quite good to me, as does Holly. Katy looks scared to death, and the camera has no shame about lingering on her less-than-rock-hard thighs. Shannon works the thong like it's going out of style (which, please, let that be true), but when Jacki comes out, even though we hear in a voiceover that she's making the most of her bathing suit, she ain't wearing the thong. Tyson and Niki look at each other like a bomb just hit the building. Perry triumphs over his broken foot, working off the adrenaline. Yeah, I'm just telling you what he said. Ronnie, meanwhile, makes the most of his studly body, and really rocks it out. In fact, he says, he "rocked out with his cock out." WHOA. You can say "cock" on Bravo? Awesome. Someone inform Tim Gunn immediately and set his gutter mouth free!