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Interview With Leah Darrow of America’s Next Top Model 3

by aurora

Leah was eliminated at the end of last night’s show. She has a very positive attitude, and is not going to let her early departure from ‘Top Model’ stop her from realizing her dreams!

Hi Leah! When you left the show last night, you said that you weren’t going to give up just because someone told you ‘no’. Are you still actively pursuing modelling now?

As a matter of fact, I’ve moved to New York City to do just that! I just got here, and of course there are contractual obligations with ANTM that I have to complete before seeking out an agency, but I’m here and I’m ready to do it!

Did Tyra’s ‘soccer mom’ comment surprise you at all?

Not at all! I agree with her! I do have that look – I’m cute and a bit of a plain jane, but that’s what I have to work with. I took Tyra’s comments as a way of letting me know what I need to do with my look, that I need to make it more edgy. I think I showed a small amount of that in the photo shoot – that was no soccer mom in that bikini! But I want to show more. I thought her comments were funny.

You left the room very quickly after being eliminated. Was that just editing, or did it happen that way? What was going through your head at the time?

You know, the editing for this show has been done amazingly well. What you saw was exactly what happened. I just turned around and walked out.

As Tyra was handing out the pictures, I just had a gut feeling. I realized it wasn’t going to happen for me right here, right now. So then I thought I could deal with this one of two ways. I didn’t want to go out on a negative note, crying or upset. So I held my head high and walked out with confidence. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the girls, because I didn’t feel it was goodbye. I’ll be seeing them again in the real world.

It wasn’t meant to be mean-spirited at all, and I hope it didn’t come across that way!

Is it hard to deal with the criticism from the judges?

It really is, it’s hard to hear. Especially standing in front of your peers. But you’ve gotta take it and make something good out of it.

During the bikini shoot, were you given any feedback that things weren’t going so well?

No, but it wasn’t that much of a surprise. When I was standing on the rocks, I could tell I wasn’t in sync with what Nigel (the photographer) wanted. I got sidetracked, trying to think of what to do and how to give Nigel what he was looking for. I was nervous too, which showed!

How do you feel about the rest of the girls? Is there anyone you’re rooting for to win?

Jennipher really spices things up – she’s a riot, and I think the viewers will get a lot form her. She’s hilarious! Norelle, she’s the Cinderella story. She’s a bit naïve, but she has such a good heart. Kristi is very down to earth.

What did you think of the whole situation with Eva and Ann?

Oh, that was just plain silly. Really, it’s not a slumber party, it’s a competition. I know they really do care for each other and are still friends now, but only one person can win.

Here’s some advice for anyone who wants to go on the show – don’t be mean, but stay focused. You’re there for yourself!

Eva and Ann are both gorgeous women with great bodies and great personalities, but sooner or later they’re bound to go head to head for something, and it’s going to be hard for them! You need to just worry about yourself.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about yourself that we may not have seen during your too-brief time on the show?

Just that I don’t take myself too seriously! We were all laughing and joking around and having fun, but you didn’t get to see much of that in an hour’s show. I wish they could have shown more of my light-heartedness, rather than just my serious side.

Thanks Leah for speaking with us! Good luck in NYC!

Thanks very much!

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Interview With Magdalena Maria Rivas of America’s Next Top Model 3

by aurora

Magdalena was the first eliminated model from ANTM3, and missed out on the opportunity to move into the Waldorf Astoria with the others. She put her schooling and career on hold to pursue her dream, but with her smarts and determination she’ll do very well for herself no matter which career path she follows!

Hi Magdalena! Have you always wanted to be a model?

I’ve been modelling on and off since I was 18, but yes, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My boyfriend and my mother convinced me to try out for the show – they’ve been very supportive of me. And I made it to the top 14, so I’m proud of that.

What was the toughest part of the try-outs for you?

The hardest thing for me was just being in front of the panel. It was nerve-wracking! It’s just overwhelming to be standing there in front of Tyra Banks and the two J’s, and you know they’re sizing you up. Tyra is so down to earth and very supportive of everyone though.

Were you surprised about any of the girls who made it to the final 14 with you?

Yes, I was. I don’t want to get into specifics or name names, but they’re looking for America’s Next Top Model. They’re looking for someone who can do high fashion, and some of the girls just don’t have the look or the height for it.

Have you gone back to school now, or are you pursuing modelling?

I’m in my final year of nursing school, so I’ll definitely finish that up. But I plan to go back to modelling when I’m finished. My schooling is very important to me.

Were you given any indication during the bikini shoot that things weren’t going well?

No. I received no feedback or criticism at all. I didn’t expect to be the first girl to go.

Who do you think has what it takes to win the title of America’s Next Top Model?

Norelle. She has the height and the body type, and her look is different. She has a lot of potential.

In your video on the website, you mentioned that you had the potential to cause drama in the house…

Oh, it’s so funny that they used that! It was completely taken out of context. I had said so many other things about myself, and they asked me if I could cause drama on the show. They used that answer as part of my profile, meanwhile the other girls all got to say stuff about themselves!

Okay, well that takes care of that question then! Is there anything else you’d like viewers to know about you that we might not have gotten from seeing you on the show?

I am outspoken and very outgoing, but I like to hang back and observe a situation first. There was so much cattiness going on – I mean, I’m 24, and I wasn’t about to get into all of that. I displaced myself from it.

I’m not a snob, but I was there for myself and to represent Latina women. There’s a big difference between good TV and good modelling.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, Magdalena, and best of luck to you in the future!

Thank you!

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A Mean Hook – Starting Over, 9/30/04


We are still in the loft where Sommer has just been given a big red “A” to wear. Rhonda narrates that hopefully the women will begin to see a little bit of themselves in her and have compassion. Jen narrates that it isn’t fair for Sommer to have to be branded like that, while Kim reminds the group that they are all products of the Other Woman (still not true). She observes that she does not feel better now that Sommer is branded. Sommer is crying because her affair is not something she had meant to share with the world, only the housemates. (And the rest of us watching on network TV. But nobody else.) In confessional, Sommer cries that wearing a scarlet letter will not help her get past what she has done. Rhonda has everyone else choose a letter or two to represent something shameful they have done. Sinae chooses DT for “didn’t tell”- she made fun of her Aunt’s husband when really she liked him, and her Aunt died before Sinae could ever tell her. Towanda is TN for Tracy-Not sign, remembering when Tracy was asked to opt out of a singing contract deal with the Braxtons-minus-Toni, because she was pregnant. Towanda believes she should have stood by her sister and not signed. Kim chose A to represent all her “acting out” tantrums as a teenager. Jen narrates that Kim has not stopped acting out. She is wearing the letter C but declines to tell what it stands for because she hasn’t even admitted it to herself yet. Rhonda narrates that Jen does not want to expose herself and be ostracized. Kim says Jen has probably cheated on someone. Josie has chose SA for slept around. She also feels guilty that she had no feelings for Chloe until she saw her and saw the innocence in her. She says she refuses to allow true intimacy with a man and calls herself all kinds of bad names, and Kim speaks up and tells her that they have all had active sex lives and she should stop beating herself up. Towanda says her sister was an unwed mother at 18 and nobody hates her for it. Rhonda has them share their methods for beating themselves up. Sommer says by not allowing herself to have her own healthy relationship. Towanda does not believe she deserves a singing career. Jen does not deserve the trust of anyone, including herself. Rhonda tells them to learn to separate the actions from the person.

Later, Kim and Sinae are looking at photos and the website of Towanda and admiring her glamour shots. Towanda leaves for a meeting with Iyanla at a recording studio. Towanda narrates that she’s really excited but trying to act cool. This will be her first recording session alone. The sisters always felt equal even when singing backup for Toni, and all respect Toni’s leadership. (This makes me sad. How many performers have had to be stripped of their families and identities before hitting the big time?) Given their close relationship, Iyanla wonders then, why it hurts Towanda so much to be known only as Toni’s sister.

Cut to Rhonda and Sinae talking about blindness. Sinae is hurt whenever someone observes that she’s not very blind. She says she only gets around as well as she does because she had seen things before she went blind, and she has practiced the house for a couple of weeks. She is still afraid to go out. She mourns because if she wanted to walk her dog or take Chloe somewhere, she would get them hit by a car. Rhonda tells her she will be spending some more time with Vince, the mobility specialist, to practice being “out THERE”.

A bouquet of roses arrives from Jack to Jen. She narrates that part of her still loves him but she wants to focus on herself now. She says she’s never gotten flowers “from a boy.”

Vince is teaching Sinae how to cross a busy street. He shows her how to take an assertive stance so drivers can tell what she is planning to do. She’s reluctant but soon realizes she can do it. Next they ride a bus and she is quite sure people are staring at her scarlet letters and her cane.

Now back to Towanda for the big answer. She tells Iyanla she wants to be acknowledged as an individual and if she ends up singing professionally, she will not use her last name. She will use her middle name which is Chloe. (!) She believes the public will not accept to many artists from the same family Iyanla tells her she should ignore that and go for what she wants. She’s been set up with a producer and musician for the day and she can record something she’s written. Towanda has a hook that she believes they can work with.

Rhonda meets one-on-one with Sommer, who is having a bad day since having to listen to how everyone feels about her choices. Rhonda asks her what kind of toll her shame has taken on her life and Sommer says it hasn’t cost her anything yet that she can think of, but she doesn’t let herself think about it too much. Rhonda gives her a journal so she can have a safe place to explore her past and her feelings.

Towanda sings her hook and Iyanla is horrified because it’s full of anger and hatred and Towanda sings it so beautifully. Iyanla asks if it ever gets resolved and Towanda says no.

Vince and Sinae buy snacks at a bakery and then he leaves her to go home on the bus alone. She gets home and feels good about her success. (Not as good as Rhonda, who tries to get her to dance a jig. “No jiggin'”, Sinae replies.) She tells Rhonda her confidence level is 9.5 out of 10 and will go even higher when she can go to the mall.

Jen is on the phone thanking Jack for the flowers. The inner baby is out and drooling all over the receiver.

Towanda’s hook is turning into a verse. Iyanla is doing her best Myrna (Meeeerna) Carter impression to help her get the words on paper. The song is now becoming less about anger and more about learning to express it. Towanda narrates that instead of writing words to fit a melody, suddenly she’s talking about what’s going on inside. She realizes she hasn’t moved forward because of the guilt and shame about her past decisions, and fear of going it alone. She leaves with a CD recording of her session and Iyanla gives her a player to go with it. Back at the house, she tortures the women by making them wait until she has called her husband. She tells him the producer never knew she was a Braxton and she had a great time. In confessional she says that morning’s group session on shame influenced her song.

Ghost Show Returns

by Pantohorse

I’m Famous And Frightened returns to British television this weekend (Saturday 2nd of October) for a three night run on UK Living.

Eight Z-list celebs will be herded together in a Dover castle to be challenged with a variety of ghost hunting challenges (most of which will involve an ex-glamour model being locked in a darkened room by herself).

Broadcast live, the show will be presented by Keith Chegwin (A man both remembered for being a childrens’ show presenter during the eighties and daring to go naked on a show on Britain’s Channel 5) and the British public will be able to vote out their least favourite celeb (Big Brother style).

Our Infamous Eight will be :-

Nancy Sorrell (Former model and face of Anne Summers)
Colin Jackson (British Athlete)
Faith Brown (Female impressionist)
Ricardo Ribiero (Hairdresser and reality tv favourite from the “Salon”)
Richard Blackwood (All ’round entertainer and Will Smith wannabe)
Roy Walker (Irish comedian and quiz show host)
Jo Guest (former topless model)
Tamara Beckworth (“It” girl and writer)

For more information on I’m Famous and Frightened, visit Living TV.

Q and A With The Benefactor, Mark Cuban

by aurora

Mark Cuban is a busy guy. A very busy guy. So we were very excited to have the opportunity to ask him a few quick questions about his wonderful new show on ABC, ‘The Benefactor’.

Hi Mark! How did the idea for The Benefactor come up? Were you approached or did you think of it yourself?

They came to me. I thought it would be fun.

Do you get tired of the comparisons to Donald Trump’s ‘The Apprentice’? The two shows are clearly very different.

Yes – we are nothing alike and either are the shows.

Whose money are the Benefactor contestants spending on their tasks?

ABC’s, but all I get paid goes to

You continually ask the contestants to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Do you think the ability to accomplish that is essential to becoming successful? Why?

Yes. 99 percent of us take the path of least resistance. Taking the hard
route is what seperates you and creates opportunities.

You seem to put a lot of yourself into each show, from your stories about your own life and success to the very human reactions to having to let people go. Did you intend to make the show as personal as it is, or were you surprised at how involved you got with it?

Just turned out that way. I’m as much a participant as the contestants.

If the average viewer walks away from The Benefactor with one solid pice of valuable information, or one lesson learned, what do you hope that would be?

Anyone has it in them to be successful at anything they choose. They
just have to go for it.

Out of all the contestants on your show, which ones do you think will become successful in the future, regardless of how they performed on The Benefactor?

You have to watch to find out!

Would you consider doing The Benefactor 2? Are there any plans in the works for such a sequel?

Yes, and yes.

What’s next for you now? Will you start taking more time for yourself to enjoy things as a result of being taken to the arcade and the race track?

Spending lots of time with family and going to Mavs games!

Thanks for speaking with us today Mark!

Check out The Benefactor on ABC Monday nights!

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Brandy … She's a Fine Girl – The Bachelor 6, Episode 2

by LauraBelle

On this second night of watching The Bachelor 6, I am still finding it hard to differentiate between the fifteen women in the house. There are a few I know, the exotic Leina, the “assertive” Krysta, the neurotic Andrea, the redhead Wende, but that’s about it. I am left wondering if Byron needs to have cheat sheets or write their names on the inside of his hands to tell these beautiful women apart.

After last week’s rose ceremony, the remaining fifteen women start their day with Chris arriving and announcing the arrival of two new roommates. All jaws drop as Byron and his dog, Sabrina, walk through the doors. Kelly scores immediate points as her dog runs up to greet Sabrina. Chris announces there will be no group dates, only one-on-ones, and those one-on-ones will be chosen purely by Byron. There will only be two one-on-ones before the next rose ceremony, so Chris suggests the women get to work figuring out how they’ll land one. Krysta notes that this will change the game for the more assertive girls like herself.

Kristie, Jane, and Andrea jump at the chance to help Byron and Sabrina settle into their new digs. After they help him unpack and arrange his room, Byron gives a toast to “my new roommates … well, next-door roommates.” I half-expected to see shots of Andrea, she of the fatal attraction from last week, sniffing his underwear while she was unpacking.

Once he is settled in, Byron asks for some private time with Kelly, which bothers Kristie very much. Kelly had voted to keep Jay instead of Byron last week, so Kristie feels Kelly is being a little phony to now be warming up to Byron. He asks Kelly the corniest question, being that they’ve just met but a few days earlier. He asks her what makes her “thrive.” The only thing more corny is her answer, “Relationships.” He asks when her last good relationship was, and Kelly replies two-and-a-half years ago. He asks if he is her two-and-a-half year itch. I’m sure he enjoyed himself, but I don’t see how he could be any more enlightened about Kelly after that repartee.

The invite is out by the pool for the first one-on-one date. All the women rush over to see if they’re the lucky recipient. It goes to Cheresse, who isn’t so sure if this is a good or bad thing. It could mean he is confident he likes her, or unsure if she is right for him. Seeing Cheresse get the one-on-one date, Krysta realizes she needs to get her “A” game on now. Yes, Krysta, we know … you are the “assertive” one. In my day we called it something different.

Cheresse says she thinks Byron is a good-looking guy, and that she is looking for a guy ready to make a commitment. Wow, what a unique thing to find here on The Bachelor. She tells Byron that she is real shocked he picked her for this date. He explains they get along well, and that their conversation in the limo came by naturally.

Byron and Cheresse are led into a theatre and find their entertainment will be a private performance just for them by Brandy and four of her dancers. Call it what you will, but it looked to me like it was just Brandy and her dancers warming up for a later performance. At this point my eleven-year-old son hollers from the other room, asking who is singing. When I reply, “Brandy,” he asks who Brandy is. My husband replies with lyrics, “Brandy … she’s a fine girl … what a good wife she would be…”

The banter Byron is exchanging with Cheresse isn’t much better than what he exchanged with Kelly. They talk about how outside stuff is nice, “but the inside stuff has to last.” Is someone scripting this, or do these people really talk like this?

While Byron and Cheresse are busy exchanging empty thoughts, Krysta and Kristie are quite busy. Krysta cooks dinner naked, except for an apron. Has she forgotten Byron isn’t even there right now? Kristie decides to tell Byron how she feels, and writes him a note, slipping it next to his door with three red roses. Krysta pretends to think of the same exact thing on her own … well, maybe she did, but it’s certainly coincidental … and makes sure her flower arrangement is better than Krysta’s. Byron comes home and finds the notes and flowers, and wonders if it’s some type of competitiveness. Wow, can’t slip anything by this guy. Krysta and Kristie have it out, arguing over who thought of it first, with Krysta adding it’s a free country, she can do what she wants.

While Leina begins questioning her reasons for being in the house, deciding she is in love with her best friend back home, the second one-on-one invite is set by the pool. The women hurry over again to see who the lucky woman will be. It will be Jayne, with Byron adding her shyness could be a problem. He needs to get her to open up more on their date.

Byron and Jayne go fishing, making it a special date for Byron, being that he is a professional bass fisherman. With him, Jayne catches her first fish, and after she kisses it, Byron shows her how to catch and release. He says he’s always kissed his fish after he caught them, so thinks they’re connecting real well. Jayne says she’s having so much fun, she’s forgetting to be nervous.

After fishing, they rowboat to a dinner that Byron is cooking himself. They have the obligatory conversation of her shyness, him asking her to open up, her saying she’s trying, but it’s easier “to chill out and just sit in the back.” He replies he’ll “just have to dig to get to the back.” Byron then asks if her shyness is a way to protect herself. She says it is, but now she needs to find a way to make it happen, as she doesn’t want to lose out. Finally, what I have been waiting for. An original intelligent conversation that doesn’t sound forced. Hopefully this means he’ll keep her around.

Meanwhile, Leina makes an announcement to the other women, saying she’s returning home, because “my heart is somewhere else.” Everyone wishes her well, but Wende, and probably others, are glad, as it narrows the playing field for them. Leina places a note announcing her departure on Byron’s bed with Sabrina sleeping right next to where the note is placed. Sabrina never budges, and I am left hoping Byron doesn’t count on her for a watch dog.

The next evening finds all the women waiting for the requisite cocktail party to begin, the one that’s always held before the rose ceremonies. Chris arrives, and announces there will be no party, since Byron lives in the same house with them, it really isn’t as necessary for him to get even more time with them. Yet, he will get to choose three women to have one more private conversation with. He chooses Natalie, Jayne, and Kristie, who are all uncomfortable, thinking this means he is not sure about them.

Natalie is first up, and Byron asks her what’s on her mind. She tells him she has reservations about his previous marriage. After, he feels there is just no connection between them. When it is Jayne’s turn, they talk once again about her shyness, and how she needs to open up. During Kristie’s conversation with Byron, she peppers the talk up with references to things she knows he is interested in – fishing, Harleys, etc. Krysta is worried that Kristie is saying bad things about her to Byron. A little narcissistic, are we?

It is time for the rose ceremony, although I miss Chris coming in ringing the wine glass to announce “time up.” There are ten roses, and fourteen girls. Chris does the math for us, and tells us that means four women will have to go home. Byron chooses Tonya, Amanda (who looks and sounds like Bachelor Bob Guiney’s choice, Estella), Elizabeth, Cheresse, Andrea, Suzy, Jayne, Kristie, Krysta, and Cindy. This defies the reality show rules. Amanda, Elizabeth, Suzy and Cindy were never really even featured on the show at all so far, yet he’s keeping them.

We bid farewell to Wende, who says her and Byron initially connected, but then never re-connected. Ashley, who is disappointed but realizes she isn’t the most aggressive, Kelly, who must take Sabrina’s playmate with her, and Natalie, who is just disappointed. Just in pure numbers alone, it will be easier to keep track of who’s who among the women, which I am thankful for, and I am sure Byron is as well.

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You Failed You Failed You Failed! – The Apprentice 2, Episode 4

by aurora

Before we get into the recap, I want to address the e-mails I’ve received about Stacie J and last week’s episode. It seems that most of you agreed with me, that Stacie didn’t really come across as a nutcase. There have been quite a few articles written that go so far as to suggest that Stacie should sue for defamation of character. While I don’t think it’s that desperate a situation, I do feel that the other women saw a scapegoat in Stacie and ‘ganged up’ on her to get her out. No, I don’t think Stacie would have won the whole thing. She did freak out a bit in the first task (although I don’t recall any of the women being frightened of her at that time), and she went off and hired temps for the second task without even thinking to ask the rest of her team. She wasn’t my favourite contestant on the show, but her departure was fishy at best and Trump should have demanded to see the tapes of the episode in question before firing her. A group of women with a lot at stake are not the most trustworthy people to base such a big decision on. And now, as they say, on with the show!

Last week on The Apprentice, the teams had to come up with some buzz for a new Crest flavour for Proctor and Gamble. Apex went over budget and ended up in the boardroom. Project manager Elizabeth brought Stacie and Maria into the boardroom, where the whole ‘Stacie debacle’ unfolded. Trump ended up calling the entire team back to the boardroom, and they all swore that Stacie was a whack-job who had them fearing for their safety. Trump fired Stacie, citing the fear of having someone who is unstable running one of his companies. 15 are left – who will be fired this week?

As usual, the rest of the Apprentice hopefuls are waiting in the suite to see who has been fired. They all seem to think it’s Elizabeth, but find out it’s Stacie when the women return. Raj and Kevin are both surprised that things that occurred during the first task were brought up now. Kevin points out that no one there has a background in psychology, and could not make that kind of call about Stacie. Jennifer M points out that they all kept Stacie’s behaviour on the backburner until they needed to use it against her. She says privately that Stacie was not the reason why they lost that task. Everyone then turns on Elizabeth for being a lousy project manager, and Elizabeth says privately that she felt she’d been punched in the stomach and she was not sure she was going to be able to get up.

Jennifer M and Elizabeth argue the point further, while Maria complains that someone is sitting on her designer suit. They all talk over each other, Maria waves her finger around, and Jennifer walks away telling Elizabeth that she’s not ‘getting in the sandbox’ with her and to grow up. See, this is why a team of women is a bad idea.

The phone rings the next morning, and we’re treated to a shot of Raj in his underwear answering the call. I love Raj – he’s probably my favourite guy on the show, but this was a little too much Raj, even for me. Anyway, Rona tells him that Trump wants to meet with everyone at Jean-Georges Restaurant at 9am. At the restaurant. Trump is there with Carolyn and Bill Rancic, last season’s winner, who is standing in for George Ross who is away. The apprentices arrive to find out what their next task will be.

Trump tells them that Jean-Georges is the best restaurant in the country, in his opinion. He explains that the bible of rating restaurants is called the Zagat survey. The Zagat survey rates establishments on food, service, and decor. Each team will be supplied with a chef and an empty restaurant property. They have to transform these properties into functioning restaurants by the following evening. The team who earns the highest Zagat score wins the task and avoids the boardroom.

Jennifer C is the project manager for Apex, and she tells everyone that she’s adamant they will keep things simple. Stacy wants to have an Italian eatery, but Jennifer decides that she’s tired of Italian food and makes an executive decision to go with Asian food. Stacy keeps talking however, prompting Jennifer to call her one of the most irritating people she’s ever met.

Meanwhile, Mosaic is checking out their property. Raj is the project manager this week, but Chris really wanted the position since he’s worked in restaurants his whole life. Chris decides to tell the other guys how to schmooze the clientele, giving a colourful little tutorial with many a censored word. He says he hates the public, but he knows how to turn on the schmooze. Raj has faith that he will be able to overcome his hatred for the public and put on a good show.

Over at Apex, the women go to see the restaurant and Jennifer decides that she can’t get any work done without a computer and an extra phone, so she hauls everyone back to the suite. Side note – Ivana is carrying a laptop and I’m sure they all have cellphones – where’s the problem?

The guys have hired people to clean their restaurant while they eat pizza and discuss their plans. At the suite, the women find out that the guys have professional cleaners, and it suddenly dawns on Jennifer that maybe their place needs to be cleaned as well. Apex heads back to their restaurant, and at 4am they’re still scrubbing floors and cleaning the place. Ivana says privately that they all need to be in tip top shape to be able to pull this one off, and there’s no way that will happen on an hour and a half of sleep. Things are not looking good for the ladies.

Trump chimes in with his weekly words of wisdom – be respected. He points out that all leaders are different, but the common trait is respect. People have to respect you or you cannot be a leader.

It’s 6am and Apex is back up and at ’em. They’re all complaining about how the guys had a good nights’ sleep and they didn’t. At the establishment, they’re receiving food, dishes, tables, decor – everything they need for the opening.

The guys are also on the go, and John is painting stuff. Chris is on his back about having no artistic ability, but at least John’s making an effort. Later, Chris admits that John’s paintings look good – and they do.

Elizabeth asks Jennifer C if she can take Stacy, Maria and Jen M to go hand out flyers and ‘promote the crap out of this’. Jennifer says she can’t have Jennifer M, and Elizabeth breaks down. She’s inside crying, and Maria tries to comfort her. Elizabeth just feels like she can’t do anything right within the team, and wants to get working. She eventually takes off with Maria to hand out the flyers. The rest of the women stay behind and set things up. Jennifer C tells Stacy that she needs to stay there and oversee everything, and when Stacy doesn’t agree with her she blows up and starts another argument.

Somehow the Apex restaurant is open for business, and the customers start filling the place up. Sandy was in charge of decor, and indeed the place looks welcoming. Two elderly ladies complain that the decor is a bit strong, and instead of smiling and nodding, Jennifer C decides to argue with them.

The Mosaic restaurant is also open, and Chris is having a rough time with four gay men who are complaining about their appetizers. Chris decides to give the table to John, who is easily the best-looking guy on the team. Chris suggests he unties his shoe, walk over near the table, bend over, and do up his shoe. Instead, John decides to smile and be friendly and offer them t-shirts instead, and the men leave happy.

Over at Apex, Jennifer C is WAY overdoing the happy hostess act. She sounds phony and forced, and is making the customers uncomfortable. Ivana notices a lot of ‘clumping’ – girls gathering together and standing around. She tries to disperse them away from the seating area as much as she can.

At Mosaic, Andy confesses that he’s clueless as a waiter. This is proven when he gives the wrong entrees to a couple of women who are dining, but they have a sense of humour and Andy rolls with the punches.

Both teams close the door behind their last customers and try to relax a bit. Jennifer C comments that she’s great at bringing people together and pats herself on the back for getting beyond the cattiness. Meanwhile, Jennifer M says that they’re all working towards staying out of the boardroom, and if they win this task they will have won it in spite of Jen C, not because of her.

It’s time to find out how the teams did. Everyone meets up in the boardroom, and Trump asks Carolyn and Bill for the results. Bill has the scores for Apex. The survey takers loved the food, but hated the uncomfortable chairs, slow staff, and many women dressed in black milling around like ‘a bunch of uptight stewardesses’. They end up with a food score of 22, 16 for decor, and 19 for service, for a total of 57.

Carolyn reads the survey results for Mosaic. They get the thumbs up for their food and decor, but also have complaints about their chairs. The waiters are called ‘hot eye candy’, who are anxious to please. They have a food score of 22, decor is 18, and service gets an 18, for a total of 61. Trump is impressed with Mosaic, and asks Apex how they feel. Jennifer C says she’s shocked, since this is the best her team has ever been.

writer’s note: I know the scores don’t add up, but I copied them exactly as Bill and Carolyn read them.

Mosaic, as their reward, gets to meet Rudy Guiliani, former NYC mayor, who will talk to them about leadership. They meet with Rudy and Judith Guiliani at his office, and he shows them a tiny plaque that he keeps on his desk that says “I’m responsible”. The guys get to ask him questions, and he hands out autographed copies of his book. Rudy has always seemed like such a sweet, unassuming man, and this reward must have left an impression on Mosaic.

Meanwhile, the women are doing what we do best – gossiping and talking behind each others’ backs. Jennifer C and Sandy moan and groan about Stacy and Elizabeth, while Ivana and Elizabeth worry about who’s going. Jennifer C starts bad-mouthing and swearing about the ‘two old Jewish fat ladies’, who she thinks are solely responsible for their bad reviews. Stacy is offended because she’s Jewish, and I have to add that I’m offended and I’m not Jewish, old, or fat. Stacy asks the other girls what Jennifer C is talking about, and then says that she thinks Jen C mismanaged the team. Jennifer is standing right behind her, and calls her out. Jen loses it and makes things personal, telling Stacy that the funny thing is that she thinks she’s popular and liked. Jen says that Stacy is ‘contaminating their living quarters’ just by being there. If Jennifer C isn’t fired tonight, there’s something seriously wrong with this show.

Boardroom time, and Trump asks Ivana how the leadership was on this task. She responds that Jennifer lacked a lot, and that they didn’t get a lot of sleep. Jennifer has some quote from her father to defend herself, but no one’s buying it. Carolyn pipes in that where they went wrong is that they were all decked out in chic outfits, while the people on the street were all dressed in blue jeans. The restaurant was just wrong for the location. Bill adds that the energy level was low, and the women were tense and peering over the people as they ate. Jennifer says that they’re lacking comraderie, and Ivana interrupts asking where that might come from. Ivana, Jennifer and Stacy start talking over each other which causes Carolyn to raise her voice and ask them why they can’t work together and get along. Carolyn tries to keep talking but Jennifer interrupts. Carolyn is angry and tells Jennifer to be quiet. She says she’s embarassed to be a business woman right now, and Jennifer again pipes up. Carolyn gives up, exasperated. Sandy and Maria are both asked who they would fire, and they say Jennifer C.

Trump tells Jennifer that she can choose two or three people to stay with her, and she chooses Elizabeth and Stacy. Carolyn points out that it sounds personal, and Stacy and Elizabeth both agree it is. Bill gives Jennifer some advice – first and foremost this is not a game. If they think they can make alliances with people or pull people into the boardroom for the wrong reasons, then that’s the quickest way to get sent home. Jennifer interrupts Bill, who asks her to let him finish. He again reinforces that this cannot be personal, and she quips “Okay” in a deadpan, sarcastic voice. Trump sends the four women who are safe this week back to the suite, while Jennifer, Stacy, and Elizabeth wait out in the lobby.

Carolyn thinks that Jennifer should have picked Sandy, who was in charge of decor. Bill thinks Jennifer needs to lead by example, which she seems incapable of doing. The women are called back into the boardroom.

Trump asks Jennifer why she picked Stacy to stay, since she didn’t do anything wrong. Jennifer says that Stacy is a constant thorn in her side, who continually tried to undermine her decisions and wreak havoc on the task. Stacy is asked if she likes Jennifer, and after a pause she says she would not like to work with her. Trump then asks Elizabeth why she thinks she was brought back into the boardroom. Elizabeth responds that Jennifer has been spending the entire day trying to figure out who she could bring into the boardroom so she could pin this on someone other than herself. Jennifer says that Elizabeth has been on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Elizabeth calmly explains that yes, she was emotional, but that was because she felt she was being set up for failure. Jennifer says that she had to take Elizabeth by the shoulders and tell her that they were going into task and she cannot do this, and Elizabeth is flabbergasted – that certainly did not happen.

Stacy asks Jennifer why Sandy isn’t there, since she was in charge of decor and that’s where they scored the lowest. Jennifer says that Sandy did a lot of work, and Carolyn jumps in saying that Jennifer just doesn’t get it – she failed. “You failed you failed you failed” because of decor and service, she says. Jennifer says that she will take responsibility for Sandy then, and Stacy says ‘because they’re friends’. Trump interrupts her to say that she chose not to be a leader, her entire team hated her, and when she had the chance to bring one person in who really did mess up, she chose not to do it. “Jennifer, this is really easy – you’re fired” says Trump, and with that the meeting is adjourned.

Carolyn, Bill, and Trump agree that this one was way too easy and she should have seen it coming. Jennifer, however, comments from her taxi that she’s happy that she played honestly because she stayed true to Sandy, who was her best friend in the game. She thinks it’s ironic that Sandy threw her name out there when asked who she would fire, and she’s learned not to trust anyone. But she doesn’t want to live like that. All I can say is that things might go better for the women now that she’s out.

Let me just say one more thing before signing off. I’m not against women – I am a woman. But women can be catty, especially under pressure. There are very few women on this show who feel that they need to rise above the pettiness rather than jump in and become a part of it, and that, to me, is embarassing.

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Big lips and bigger dips…

We start off by seeing the girls driving around together after being picked to move on. They have to meet Miss Tyra, who’s waiting for them on top of a high-rise building. She looks oh-so good with the wind-blown tresses. She proceeds to tell the girls that they aren’t going to sleep tonight. They are on their way to Jamaica for their first photo shoot.

On the plane, Ann, the “tough” girl, breaks down and cries worse than Catie did all last season. She hates flying. I would like to remind her that she wants to be a MODEL. Models FLY. At least, she’s not trying to be a flight attendant. My God.

She cries for Eva. Ann has an unnatural attachment to Eva. It’s like this sister/friend/family/obsession thing. The rest of the girls are like…oh-kay, Ann.

Once they get to Jamaica, they meet Mr. Jay (Jay Manuel, the art director) and Ms. Jay (J. Alexander, the runway coach). They have to get into their swimsuits and work it on the rocks, overlooking the most gorgeous beach I’ve ever seen.

Some of the girls do well. Toccara did us girls with booty way proud. I give her big props (and, damn, I wish I had her rack!) The girl is all natural, all personality and she’s representing for us who’ve got some junk in our trunks.

Kelle, the self-professed ‘white girl with a tan’, went into hoochie mode. Okay? Where did that come from?

I’m not a modeling expert, but a few of the girls looked constipated.

Yaya knocked it out of the park. She’s beautiful, regal and smart. Plus everyone gets a kick out of her name. She takes it good naturedly enough.

Magdalena got booted based on the photo shoot. She didn’t even get to finish her Jamaican brunch. Don’t cry for her, Magdalena. She’s going to do well. She’s a nursing student with a great future ahead of her no matter what she does. Viva la raza, munequita!

Of course, they booted her because she ‘looked vacant’ behind her eyes. Well, I almost spit out my soda. The catty comments just about write themselves there, but, FOR ONCE, I will take the high road.

They get back to Nueva York and drive around. Ann tells everyone that she’s rooming with Eva and that’s final. Everyone’s like…whatever, but they don’t agree or disagree with her.

Their digs at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel are SWEET! The girls pick their beds and Ann is so pissed that she and Eva don’t have beds close together. She throws a hissy fit that does NOT endear her to anyone. Eva even tries to distance herself from that static.

The next day Ann confronts Eva. She’s all like, “You didn’t stick up for me.” Eva was like, “What do you mean? I’m not going to get upset over every little thing…”

Eventually, they make up and all is right with the world again (or is it?)

Kelle plays tour guide and talks about all the fancy shops she well, shops at and she makes a few off the cuff remarks that tick off Yaya, Toccara and some of the other girls.

When Tyra comes to dinner, the girls all talk about their flaws. It was so heartwarming and touching. I was inspired to hear Tyra tell us that a model has to project perfection and that modeling is a business of “smoke and mirrors.”

Each of the girls talked about their imperfections. Tyra has cellulite. I know. I know it’s shocking, y’all. I am sure America will remember where it was when Tyra admitted to this shameful secret.

What about Ann’s nose? It has a bump. OMG. And Yaya. Poor Yaya. She’s destined to have a complexion that is prone to blackouts. How can these poor young women endure?

Well Kelle says she hates her “MONKEY” lips. They look “PRIMITIVE!” Kelle is going to get the crap beaten out of her someday. She’s the most politically incorrect gal of the bunch. OMG. Tyra just stared at her for a minute then compared her to “Curious George.” I’m sure Tyra was making light of it, but …man, Kelle.

Toccara confronts Kelle who then proceeds to cry. Why doesn’t anyone like me? I’m not spoiled. Just because I’m wealthy and I shop at fancy stores and I have designer clothes…why am I so hated? Why doesn’t anyone realize I’m just like them, but classier and dressed better?

Amanda realizes Kelle has a good soul and comforts her.

Awww. It’s moments like these that make me want to get out my International Coffee (and ex-lax).

In the end, Leah was cut. Yes, Leah, the plain Jane with the Exorcist eyes.

However, I will note that Janice Dickinson’s lips can be spotted from the MOON. I knew she had plastic surgery during ANTM’s hiatus, but really. My God. Maybe Kelle should stop complaining ’bout her mouth…hmmmm.

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Honor your inner Prynne – Starting Over, 9/29/04


The show opens with Kim journaling and narrating that she still doesn’t understand her current assignment.

A flashback to Josie narrating the Chloe almost choked (she bit off a piece of a teething cookie but Josie was right there to scoop it out) anyway, Josie was upset and frightened by the incident.

Dr. Stan arrives to meet with Kim, and on his way in Josie tells him Chloe is so spoiled by all the attention she gets from the other women, that she cries whenever Josie leaves the room. Dr. Stan tells her they will be discussing it later, but for now he wants her to know that the fussing shows that Chloe is not detaching from Josie in favor of the other women, and that it means she is not spoiled.

He sits with Kim and asks her what it’s like to be on TV with no makeup. Kim says she goes out a lot with plain clothes and no makeup, so she still doesn’t understand what this is supposed to teach her. They explore the issue for a while and he tells her that it’s for her goal of healthy relationships with women. With makeup and fine clothes, she is presenting herself superficially, just attractive with money, but nothing deeper. (I’m not getting it at this point either, so maybe someone would like to post and help me with it.)

Sommer is on the phone with her friend Curt. She knows why she has upset Josie and Kim, but still isn’t sure what she did to Towanda.

Meanwhile Towanda meets with Iyanla to talk about her person-on-a-stick with all the labels on it. Towanda has taken an Enneagram personality test and will meet with an expert to discuss the results.

Towanda’s husband calls and she says she is getting ready to tell Iyanla how she really feels about her. Andre seems surprised that she hasn’t done it already. She thinks Iyanla is mean and rude to her.

Josie is in the van with Chloe. Rhonda narrates that Josie is going to have to mourn the loss of being a perfect parent. It isn’t possible or desirable. They meet at Creative Leap and Josie is to ask other parents for their one most important rule of parenthood. Afterwards, Rhonda returns with cardboard cutouts made to look like a giant toy key ring. There are 10 keys for Josie to write her 10 favorite parenting rules. Her assignment is to come up with a ceremony to dedicate the 10 keys to Chloe. Rhonda suggests she also ask Kim for parenting advice and Josie balks. She says she’s mad at Kim for complaining about her assignment and wearing fancy pajamas to the belly dance class.

We go to Kim in her session with Dr. Stan. She tells him she was shocked to hear that people see her as sad no matter how she’s dressed. She knows she is sad because her life did not turn out the way she wanted. She tells him the women know all the things that have happened to her, but they don’t know how much pain she carries.

Towanda goes to meet Claus, the Enneagram guy. He tells her she’s a number three, The Achiever. The Achiever’s basic fear is being worthless, so they act how they think others want them to, losing their identity in the process. Towanda feels this is accurate and wants to talk more. She asks Claus how he is able to appear calm. She wants to tell people how she really feels, especially her dad, but worries about hurting their feelings. He tells her not to take responsibility for other peoples’ feelings. She shows him her person-sicle and all her labels. In confessional, she says she’s ready now to express her true feelings to Iyanla.

There’s a meeting in the loft and the topic is control. Iyanla and Kim discuss the buildup of feelings that led to her destructive impulses the day before. Kim realizes she will need to address issues as they come up. She apologizes to Iyanla and says she apologized to her housemates as well, and they have been supporting her in her assignment. Iyanla says it’s important to be ready with appropriate ways to express feelings, and asks them what their anger reactions are. Josie says she is snappy when things are not going well. Sommer manipulates. Kim “flips” and then withdraws as a way of controlling what she hears and whom she hears it from. Towanda withdraws. Iyanla wants to know if the housemates trust each other enough to be able to tell and accept the truth. Sommer says yes, so then Towanda has to say no because she has already decided she is going to disagree with Sommer whenever she can. She did have a good point about not wanting to hurt others’ feelings, so Iyanla tells her that not speaking up is a way of controlling how others feel. Jennifer says she trusts enough to receive the truth, but she is afraid of other peoples’ reactions. Josie says she tells the truth but feels some others are not speaking from their heart. When asked who she trusts the most, it’s “T”. The least, is Kim. She feels Kim has said one thing to her face, then has been overheard saying the opposite behind her back.

Later Josie meets with Dr. Stan and shows him her big key ring. (I think this prop is genius. It is the universal baby icon.) He asks if there is anything in her life that will impact her ability to do the key parenting things, like possible future dating – for instance if she brought in a man who was not good parenting material. Josie tells him she has pretty much decided she will not be dating anyway. In all her previous relationships she lost her self-esteem and gave the guys total control, which would be injurious to Chloe, so she will avoid that scenario by avoiding men. Dr. Stan wonders if she is avoiding romance because she is waiting for the F.O.B. (Father Of the Baby) to come around. She says he has only seen Chloe twice and has never held her. Dr. Stan reminds her that it’s ok to be happy and in love, because happy parents produce happy kids.

We hear more of Towanda’s phone conversation with her husband. She is telling him Iyanla is mean and reminds her of her mother. Later Towanda meets up with Iyanla and they get out the stick person. Towanda replaces the bad labels with corresponding positive ones. Iyanla tells her the mind will work to hold onto limitations but the heart is more co-operative, so we should work from the heart whenever we can. As they wrap up, Towanda gets up the courage to speak.

We cut to the others back at the house getting ready for Josie’s dedication ceremony. Kim asks if she can wear pajamas and Josie advises her not to.

Then back to Towanda, who tells Iyanla she’s mean and harsh. She doesn’t offer empathy and makes Towanda feel she’s “not right about nothin’.” Towanda says she feels Iyanla is insincere.

Cut to more of Sommer’s phone call with Curt. She tells him her affair is a black mark with the other women.

Back to Towanda who is now backpedaling, apologizing, qualifying. She says maybe Iyanla offers sincerity but she just doesn’t feel it. Iyanla draws her out a little and Towanda reveals that Iyanla challenges her and she does not like to be challenged. She decides it’s because she wants to control Iyanla’s feelings and with that cleared up, they are both happy. They make a deal that each will always tell the other the truth. They shake hands, have a funny exchange about who has the bigger booty, and part for the day. In confessional, Towanda is energized and says she can finally exhale.

It’s time for Josie’s ceremony. Kim has her fancy PJ’s on. Josie makes a speech about what great surrogate moms they all are. Each woman gets a cameo to tell what they like about helping with Chloe. I have had the impression that Towanda may be dealing with infertility because of previous comments, and here she says that waking up in the morning, she imagines that Chloe is her responsibility to dress and care for. After the ceremony, Josie apologises to Kim for aingling her out, and Kim seems ok with it.

The next day in the loft, Rhonda tells the women Sommer was courageous for telling her story so honestly. She solicits reactions. Jen tells Sommer that she made the effort not to judge. Josie admits that she immediately pegged Sommer as “one of those girls that’s burned me before”. But after talking to her, she now likes her. Towanda tells Sommer she should have gotten up and left Nathan at that party, and wants to know why she didn’t. Sommer, who is now crying, says she knew it was wrong and that she can’t explain why she did it anyway. Towanda tells Rhonda she feels Sommer is no different from her father’s wife. Rhonda gives Sommer a scarlet letter “A” to wear on her shirt and even Towanda has to agree that’s kind of tough.

captainD's Boot Prediction Survivor Vanuatu, Episode 3

Yeah!! While most of the Survivor die-hards are mourning the loss of their beloved Dolly, the great Prognosticator is celebrating yet another flawless week of predictions. From Yasur winning reward, to the men finally winning a challenge, to Dolly’s surprise departure, I’m still batting one thousand. Can I keep it up? You better believe it!

This week we have been promised more twists in the first 15 minutes than in an entire season. There will be two tribal councils and both a man and a woman will get voted off taking our total number of castaways down to 14. Because of the two tribal councils, there will not be a reward this week. At the immunity challenge, Jeff has said that one person will win individual immunity. That person will be John P. At the womens TC, the leader of the “young girls” alliance, MIA, is the 2’nd boot from Yasur. At Lopevi, the Survivor world will breathe a collective sigh of relief when JOHN KENNEY says goodbye!

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