The makeovers are now complete, but did they make the models flame retardant? That question was finally answered last night on ANTM Cycle 16, Episode 4 (March 16, 2011) in which the models also remade Mad Men in a retro photo shoot.
New York Vs. An Education : Alexandria is in shock that she won last week, and for once everyone in the house can agree on something. So what about the diva-like behavior on set? “If anyone took my attitude the wrong way, that’s where I wanna redeem myself,” she says. It’s back to the old ways pretty quickly, though, when the models start discussing whether it’s a good idea to head to New York or finish school after filming ends. Not surprisingly, Alexandria is going to New York no matter what and uses a lot of expletives to drive the point home. Sara, however, feels she should finish school to have a back-up plan. Okay. The Tyra Mail says something about flames, and Jaclyn speculates they will be going to a fire station and maybe walking up some steps. She’s great.
“You’ll Be Walking With Your Hands Actually on Fire”: The girls meet Miss J for the runway challenge. They’re modeling the latest collection from Geoffrey Mac, who has designed for the one and only Lady Gaga. Miss J starts using a lot of fire-related words. (Sometimes this whole thing is like one long game of Taboo, but instead you can only use the most obvious terms). Aaaand then the runway goes up in flames. Not the whole runway, just the sides, but that's really enough when you’re talking about fire. As a bonus, the girls also have to ignite magic gloves at the start of their walk and then continue down the burning runway with fiery hands. Now here’s what’s scary. Once each model dips her hands in the torches, the anxiety shifts to exhilaration. Stories of pyromaniac childhoods emerge, and some of the girls even want to walk twice. It's fascinating to watch.
Miss J calls out Alexandria, Brittani and Dalya for having the best walks. Dalya wins two Geoffrey Mac dresses. Sara, Hannah and Kasia are the worst of the night. Sara had trouble lighting the gloves, which affected her performance. Hannah needs more presence, and Kasia needs to stop exuding all of her sexiness through her mouth. Because these three have so much work to do on their walks (which honestly weren’t all that bad), they have to walk home. Really? We give them credit, though, because they make the most of it and actually practice. Kasia even puts her heels back on. It also could have been five blocks for all we know.
Coffee Gets Sexy and Sexist: The models are given lines to memorize in advance for a retro-style Fierce Roast Coffee commercial. The premise is two Mad Men-esque secretaries discussing coffee very suggestively in front of their boss as a way to spur his creativity. Since no one believed women were capable of good ideas until 1970, it’s preposterous they could just tell him their good ideas. Alexandria and Brittani are the first up and struggle. Brittani can’t help showing her distaste for coffee, and Alexandria can’t help directing everyone on set. Jaclyn and Kasia are next, and Kasia totally shines. Molly and Dalya both do well. Hannah and Monique seem really into it. And then there’s Sara and Mikaela, who were also paired together last week. Mikaela overcomes a shaky hand and delivers, but Sara cannot move past her feminist views to give a solid performance.
Whose Coffee Are They Buying?: The judges like Monique and Hannah and particularly enjoyed Hannah’s body language. They flip for Jaclyn and Kasia, and Tyra says the commercial is one of her favorite Top Model moments ever. She can't get enough of Jacyln's booty padding. Alexandria is too sexy and Brittani is too weak. They don’t come together as a team. Photographer/director Francesco Carrozzini also didn’t like Alexandria’s bossiness on set. Sara and Mikaela both seem uncomfortable, but Sara looks particularly out of place. Molly and Dalya were both okay, but need to push it more. (Sidebar: Molly kind of looks like January Jones from Mad Men in her scenes. Double sidebar: Her weave still looks off.)
Call-out Order: Kasia, Hannah, Jaclyn, Dalya, Monique, Molly, Mikaela, and Brittani. Alexandria and Sara are the bottom two.
The L.A. Story Ends For: Sara. She regrets not throwing herself into the commercial despite the uncomfortable premise. Tyra tells Alexandria that this is the last time she’s getting an attitude warning. What are the chances of that taking?