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America's Next Top Model Episode: "The Girl Who Picks a Fight"

Season 8, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Highlights from the first half of the season include the models staging a mock fashion show, complete with the ladies impersonating the real judges.
Original Air Date: Apr 25, 2007

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Season 8, Episode 9
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April 25, 2007: Living in Crazyland Season 8, Episode 9

An hour of ANTM without an elimination is always anticlimactic. It's worse than a Philimination-less leg of The Amazing Race, because at least that show provides entirely new footage. Tonight's episode was mostly a rehash of highlights and those ousted so far, with some Never! Before! Seen! Clips! from "living in Crazyland" (as said Sarah) thrown in. OK, it was good to be reminded of a few things in the recaps, like Jaslene's early arrogance, Sarah's "bits" on display at the high-school fashion show, and Jael's swift no-complaints recovery (I now realize) from her eight-hour weave-unweave ordeal. But I didn't appreciate being forced to sit through Brittany's hair crisis again, which was especially unbearable considering that all that pain and whining was later justified when it was discovered that her weave was basically eating away at her scalp. Can we put the dead-rat-on-her-head plotline to sleep, please? Regardless, in the new reels, those who've been central to the "plot" (such as it is) continued to grab the spotlight tonight. When the girls fashioned their own runway competition after having just moved into the mansion - each donning an outfit, personality, even ethnicity opposite their own - Natasha gamely joined in with her spunky positivity by allowing a fellow wannabe to stuff her booty with paper and borrowing an afro wig. (The bigger surprise in that scene was the quiet, peacekeeping African-American Cassandra morphing into the Russian Ivonika persona, thick Russian accent and platinum china-doll wig in tow.) But the Natasha story line continued when her ear was "fried" by a curling iron during hair and makeup. With the skin burned off, no wonder she couldn't get her bearings during the teacher's pet photo shoot! Her medical issues only grew worse: At the dentist, a cavity required a wisdom-tooth extraction. Someone must ask her in her post- ANTM interview whether she really didn't take any medicine. There's no way. I don't believe it. And even though Jael was kicked to the curb last week, she proffered plenty of previously unseen antics tonight. After the first elimination, Jael, wearing a Morticia Addams-ish pigtailed wig, lots of eye makeup and a strapless dress, pranced around the house and shook a pair of red pom-poms in various models' faces (for no decipherable reason). This at first startled, then amused and in the end pissed off each of her fellow cast mates. Later a clip montage was devoted to Jael's hula-hooping prowess and still another featured her playing - or rather, just being her childlike self - with Dionne and Renee's kids. Speaking of NeNe, footage of her actually revealed some maturity, sans the expected bitchiness. When she needed space from Jael, she switched rooms to avoid further confrontation, where she could easily have picked a fight instead. She and Brittany made up. And when Dionne questioned (yelled) the sincerity of that newfound camaraderie, Renee defended the virtue of not holding a grudge. Dionne kept screaming, with Felicia physically holding her back, and Brittany and Renee merely rolled their eyes and shook their heads in calm, poised response. To top it off, Renee and Natasha spent several hours cleaning the other girls' bathroom! Together. Cracking jokes and having fun. (I thought it was interesting that the two resident marrieds were the ones keeping house. Methinks these ladies, young and modern though they may be, have some experience with traditional gender roles.) I can't believe it, but I actually found Renee almost endearing tonight. Yes, I'm living in Crazyland. Best line: Benny Ninja - "I am not actually a traffic cop." Hilarious that he felt it was actually necessary to say that. Fierce count: two (both courtesy of Tyra's voice-over narration) Cycle 8 total: 22 Jael spreads more light here, giving TVGuide.com her take on that altercation with 50 Cent as well as her plans to extend her joy throughout the universe. show less
An hour of ANTM without an elimination is always anticlimactic. It's worse than a Philimination-less leg of The Amazing Race, because at least that show provides entirely new footage. Tonight's episode was mostly a rehash of highlights and those ousted so far, with some Never! Before! Seen! Clips! from "living in Crazyland" (as said Sarah) thrown in. OK, it was good to be reminded of a few things in the recaps, like Jaslene's early arrogance, Sarah's "bits" on display at the high-school fashion show, and Jael's swift no-complaints recovery (I now realize) from her eight-hour weave-unweave ordeal. But I didn't appreciate being forced to sit through Brittany's hair crisis again, which was especially unbearable considering that all that pain and whining was later justified when it was discovered that her weave was basically eating away at her scalp. Can we put the dead-rat-on-her-head plotline to sleep, please?Regardless, in the new reels, those who've been central to the "plot" (such ... read more

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