Backbone war room. Meat Loaf's decided he'd like them all to be animals in their story (so, it's nonfiction, then?). He'd also like to have a moral to the story. I think it might be a little difficult for this group to figure out what a "moral" is, but we'll see. Mark McGrath, a "writer," sort of takes the lead, story-wise, leading to this gem from Busey: "God bless Mark McGrath. He's the hood ornament. On your car of creation." Anyway, Mark's brilliant idea is to make Lil Jon a superhero, which Lil Jon thinks "might be kinda hot." Which is always what you want to get across to children, right? That you're hot.
ASAP. Lisa's trying to come up with a them: diversity? Tolerance? But Nene thinks no one's focusing on the fact that the children are four and five years old. La Toya (whose name I spelled wrong throughout last week's weecap; sorry about that, Ms. Jackson) and Star agree that those themes are too big for that age group. Lisa explains that the brainstorming started out well, and then went bad. La Toya says that Lisa was discombobulated as a leader. Lisa says it's hard to lead women who can't be led, and who want nothing positive to happen for her. Even Marlee -- who suggests teaching the kids sign language -- tells Lisa to just take charge already.
Back at Backbone, the men get to meet with Margery Cuyler of Marshall Cavendish Publishing. She's published many children's books, so she knows what she's talking about. Margery tells them not to try to use rhyme in the book unless they have someone who's very good at that. John takes that as a direct challenge to make the book rhyme, of course. At ASAP, Star suggests an ABC book done in sign language, but Lisa says kids already know their ABCs by that age. Marlee says that they don't necessarily know signs for animals, which are very visual. This is when Margery comes to visit them. Nene, as usual, looks pissed off. She's so warm. Margery tells the ladies that animals are wonderful for children's books, because they're so visual and kids love them. They all decide to have La Toya be the main character in the book: La Toya the Lion. She's happy to be the star. Not for the attention or anything, but because she's a team player. (Giggle.)