At Paula's house, it's time for the first Frankengroup. Paige, Haley, Cari, and Dani (like you remember them all individually either) came in as soloists, got the boot at the end of Boot Camp, and then got hauled back to be thrown into a country pop group. For the first time, we learn more about their actual reaction to that news. Paige, for instance, wanted to drop out right away rather than let the others down (or, more likely, split the prize). But then they all converged on Cari's house in New Jersey to practice and take a lot of grainy home videos of it. And their band name, Lakoda Rayne, apparently means allied and blessings from above. So there you go. And they're about to give their first performance ever as a group. We'll see how it goes. They take the stage (actually a shiny parquet patio that looks rather slippery to dance on) and sing a country version of "Born This Way." You heard me. Their choreography isn't exactly in sync, but they don't sound actively bad. Once they're done, Paula thanks them, but before leaving, one of them gives a speech about being thrown together and not having much time and wanting to keep going. Of course they do, there's 1.25 million dollars in it for each of them. That's still 1.25 mill more than they were going to get the first time they lost the competition.
One ad break and twenty minutes of previouslies covering the first hour of the episode later, Steve and his NYC t-shirt say this is the biggest challenge of their lives. Even the Over 30s? Speaking of whom, desperate mom Stacy Francis is about to sing for Nicole and Enrique at Chez Scherzinger. She interviews that she's changing her mind about being good enough, in her borrowed dress and shoes. She seems a lot less desperate, actually, and is treating this more like a competition that she might actually do well in rather than end up on a train to Poland. Her song is "Purple Rain," and it's amazing, and spectacular, and after she's done, the familiar Stacy Francis tears and desperation come flooding back. Which, sadly, is the only thing about her that worries Nicole.
Back to Villa Abdul, where 14-year-old Nathan and 17-year-old Justin, a.k.a. the Brewer Boys and their mirror-image shags, interview about the places they've sung, and rehearse on Paula's porch with a guitar and a mandolin. They hop up on stools on Paula's patio and sing Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World." Imagine it sung by a harmonizing, teenage version of Mumford & Sons and you might have some idea how it goes. Their harmonies are on total lockstep, though, it's weird. After they leave, Paula and Pharrell talk about whether "good" is "good enough." Or whether two thirds of a Jonas Brothers is enough, more like.