Finally, we have Laura & Sophie. Way to go, America, for putting these two in the bottom two! They're singing "Walking on Sunshine," because Jeffrey thinks it will be good to rock them up. Their families enter their rehearsals, and the girls start bawling. Jeffrey says it's a beautiful thing. The girls are ready to work their butts off and make the song perfect. Laura (or Sophie?) rocks an electric guitar. By "rocks" I mean "strums once." The girls try their hardest and there are some good moments in there, but overall the whole thing is, like everything Laura & Sophie, just kind of weird. Jewel tells the girls that given the cool arrangement the song should have been really great. Emphasis on the "should have been." She points out that Sophie (or Laura?) looked like she was about to fall apart in the middle of the song. Sophie (or Laura?) didn't think she was falling apart. John Rich says that these two are some of the sweetest girls ever, but they came off like high school girls at a high school talent show. It's true. They should have waited until the one got rid of her braces before signing up for this competition, at the very least. If the girls happened to win the show, says John Rich, it would be the worst possible thing to happen to them at this point. The music business would chew them up and spit them out, and he doesn't want to see that happen. They're a few years away from becoming superstar material, and right now they're little girls. Jeffrey tells them that he was proud of their work, but if they squeak through this week, they need to really think about how to make this work. The one with the braces is a millisecond away from bursting into tears. It's pretty sad.
So now we finally get to learn who goes home. After many a pregnant pause. And it's Alyson who gets the boot. She seems okay with it, in that "okay" way that translates to "dead inside and needing years of intensive therapy." Oh, but then she cries a little. Oh, and then she cries kind of a lot. John tells Alyson that the whole panel thinks she's a great singer, and that she should keep pushing forward and figure out what her "combination" is. She has a great future ahead of her if she gets tough and gets focused, he says. Alyson bids us adieu, to enthusiastic applause from her mom.
Laura & Sophie provide the coda to the evening with "Because of You." Braces has some seriously rank high harmony moments. Jeffrey tells them that they have the least to lose in this game. They're hanging by a thread, and need to find a way to get to the next level. Keep it tight and keep it together, he says, or face doom. Maybe wearing non-matching clothes might be a key to their success? Just a thought.