'America's Next Top Model' Recap: Off the Deep End (Page 1)
'America's Next Top Model' Recap: Off the Deep End (Page 1)
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Tonight on America's Next Top Model: The final five models learn the basics of bikini posing from supermodel Marisa Miller, and then use none of those lessons in a cliff-jumping photo shoot challenge. Finally, to complete their metamorphosis from land- to sea-dwellers, Laura, Nicole, Sundai, Erin and Jennifer try for their best mermaid pose in an underwater photo shoot.

But before we get to that, let's take a look back: remember how Erin was in the bottom two for two weeks in a row during elimination? And how each week the judges expressed their faith in her, even though the girl she was up against consistently posted better photos and had a better attitude during the competition?

Yeah. That's not about to end anytime soon.

But Erin tries her best to look on her version of the bright side, taking her two strikes as a sign that the judges have faith in her, and motivation to become their "golden child."

The only way that's going to happen is if she's speaking extremely literally. And even then, I'd go with "peroxide child."

Guess what: it's Laura's birthday this week! And you thought she was a little pink piglet of joy BEFORE!

laura-happyhappy.jpgErin and Jennifer cook Laura a breakfast of celebratory SPAM. So, happy... birthday? I guess?

The Challenge:
Marisa Miller teaches the girls her trade secrets for bikini modelings. These include: men like to look at your boobs full-on; push out your booty; and "Don't be little pussy... cats!" when it comes to getting wet and sandy.

Each of the models tries out some sexy poses in the shower:

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One of these things is not like the others...

And then it's time for the real challenge: to jump off a short "cliff" into the ocean while looking as graceful and sexy as possible. Each model gets one jump and one shot at a photo, and the winner gets an expensive necklace, and extra frames on the elimination photo shoot. Nigel reveals that this is one of those prizes where the winner picks a friend who also gets the prize, and she picks another friend, and she picks another friend... so that only one girl (the least popular girl) gets left out. These always end well, and that should surprise no one. It's the American way!

Again, this challenge has... varying results:

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I found it worked better in a montage. Doesn't it just scream "Abercrombie out-takes"?

Nicole wins the challenge... by default, it seems. She picks Sundai to share the prize, who picks Laura, who picks Jennifer. Leaving Erin left out of the extra-frame party. Boo hoo, I'm sure. Or, as Erin puts it, "I'm kinda pissed, but I'm kind of like, okay, whatever." Or, OR, as Nicole puts it, "Erin can be a little brat, and she gets on people's nerves."

Onward to the real photo shoot, which comes complete with second chances! (For some.)

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