‘America’s Next Top Model’: Party favors

PlaneThe departure of Claire seems to have brought a new harmony to the household as we find the girls not only getting along but being supportive of one another. Will wonders never cease?

We start off with Fatima explaining her immigration issues. She is not a U.S. citizen and has lost her travel documents. And she’s just now realized that we are approaching that time in the season when the girls travel abroad for the remainder of the competition. So suddenly she’s worried. She really is kind of helpless, this girl. So she spends a good portion of the episode on the phone with attorneys and producers, trying to get the situation cleared up.

Whitney continues to ramp up the obnoxiousness and moves ever further down my list of favorites, while Kat properly uses “whom” in a sentence and immediately moves right to the top.

Meanwhile, Lauren cuts her thumb badly trying to chop an onion and is rushed to the hospital for stitches. Eww. Who’s bright idea was it to give the awkward girl a knife?

A good portion of the remainder of the episode goes something like this:

Fatima: Travel docs, blah, blah, blah. Can’t go abroad, blah, blah, blah. Why is this happening? blah, blah blah.

Whitney: Plus size, blah, blah, blah. I deserve to win because I’m different, blah, blah, blah. I have boobs and a butt, blah, blah. Ugh.

Lauren: I cut my thumb off. Ow. Ow. Ow.

After a lesson in poise and interview techniques from Paulina, the girls are summoned to a party sponsored by 7-Up, where they must work the red carpet and be interviewed by Lara Spencer, then mingle at a party of VIPs, none of whom I recognize. Also, they are given Jay Godfrey frocks to wear. The results are amusing with Whitney and Stacy-Ann turning up the fakeness, Lauren cussing during the interview and Dom forgetting the name of the designer. Spectacular! Other than the initial potty mouth, Lauren proves to be quite outgoing at the party but Anya surprises everyone with her grace and charm, winning yet another challenge where she gets to pose naked. This time she also gets a big, fat check for $10 grand. Wow.

Next, the models are told to pack up their stuff and go to the airport where they believe they will be boarding a plane to their final destination. But we all know a photo shoot must come first. Well, the audience did at least. The models seem surprised.

The task is to pose in “Sound of Music”-type travel clothes for a manipulated group shot where, once again, Whitney and Stacy-Ann make like Sears catalog models and completely over-pose and Anya shows the others how it’s done.

Fatima missed the entire shoot while at the consulate fixing her document problems. And Miss Tyra is not at all happy about it at the surprise airport judges panel, where Mr. Jay gets to be the guest judge!

Called first: Anya, who’s truly becoming the front-runner. Lord help her overcome the accent issues when they have to shoot the Covergirl ad.

Bottom two: Fatima who had no photo and Stacy-Ann, who the judges feel has hit a plateau.

And Stacy is out! How humiliating to lose to someone who didn’t even take a photo. Bye Stacy, you were a breath of fresh air.

And the girls are off to Rome…

— Kathy Lyford

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