A group of quarter-finalists are handpicked out of hundreds of applicants to do an immediate runway show in a ball organized to formally open the show. After this, the quarter-finalists are brought in for some face-to-face interviews with the judges. The four judges (Tyra Banks, Rob Evans, Kelly Cutrone, and Johnny Wujek) then decide on 26 semi-finalists. Results of the cut were revealed by Bryanboy at the location of the house which the finalists will remain through the competition. In a surprise visit, Tyra Banks and Rob Evans come to see the semi-finalists to give ...
The guys play a prank on one of the girls, which throws off her game. At a photoshoot where the models take on the nail art craze, things start to go badly when a few of the models who have become close get distracted after arguing.
While in Bali, the models embrace the culture during an outdoor photo shoot, where one model in particular has a bad attitude that affects his performance. Two of the models lose sight of the goal to win the competition and instead focus on their affection for one another.
Past contestants come back to assist the final three models and one finalist is upset that the group is not supportive of her. During a photo shoot for Guess, tensions mount when the models are intensely critiqued. Later, in a twist, the eliminated contestants are put to the test when offered a cash prize.