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Cycle 21 | Episode 8 | “The Girl Who Says It’s Over” | Aired Oct 10, 2014

A lukewarm romance fizzles, Kelly Cutrone debuts her new fashion line, and Tyra sends an androgynous robot back from the future to share news about the models’ past in this week’s America’s Next Top Model.

I am a little disappointed we never once heard from Keith on the elimination of his beloved Kari … but tonight’s episode is all about the drama between Denzel and Mirjana, who just might be the most boring will-they-won’t-they relationship on TV.

First, though, Denzel is sorry for hurting Will’s feelings by saying he doesn’t want “a guy in heels” to win ANTM. Denzel blames it on being raised by his old-school grandfather (ah yes, the “product of your environment” excuse), but insists he’s trying to be a better man, and Will accepts his apology.

antm-week8_denzel-kellyCutrone introduces the models to Marvin Scott Jarrett, founder of Nylon, the magazine that will feature the winner of this cycle of ANTM. Each team of three will have 30 minutes to embody the Nylon look: natural, fun, and effortlessly cool by styling their own hair and makeup, and selecting pieces from Cutrone’s new “Electric Love Army” clothing line.

Each team manages to piss off Cutrone to some degree. Denzel almost ruins her clothing when he slathers oil all over his body, then ignores her command to wipe it off and change. “This is not a wrestling campaign,” Cutrone grumbles. “He looks like a gondolier that just got out of a mental ward.” Mirjana, wanting too badly to appear nicer, backs down from her leadership role, and in doing so, leads her team to third place.

antm-week8_sheiThen, Cutrone is shocked by Matthew’s direction that Raelia go topless for a “high school slut look,” (for which he later apologizes); Raelia manages to earn Cutrone’s praise, despite her breasts spilling out of a red sequined jacket.

Cutrone names Keith, Shei, and Adam as her winners, saying their photo gives her goosebumps—an ANTM first for her.

Back at the house, Mirjana wanders around the backyard garden and thoughtfully reflects on how her relationship with Denzel is affecting her performance in the competition. Meanwhile, Denzel’s in the kitchen insisting he and Mirjana are just really, REALLY, good friends. Concerned, Lenox sneaks upstairs to pass this news along to Mirjana, who storms down to the kitchen, yanks Denzel away from a game of beer pong, and rips him a new one on the patio. She demands he admit what he said, and when he stalls, she accuses him of using her and declares this snuggle fest O-V-E-R.

The next morning, Mirjana phones her boyfriend back home, and after admitting to cuddling and kissing another man – only half the story – she promises it’s over, and they hang up on good terms. (Little does he know that after the photo shoot, Denzel and Mirjana make up and head right back to the bedroom. To nap, of course.)

Anyone remember episode 4, when the models spit into a vial and Tyra promised, with the help of AncestryDNA, they’d find out their family histories? (It’s OK. I forgot, too.)

antm-week8_lenoxWell, the results are in, so for this week’s photo shoot, the models’ styling will reflect their roots, while they fall in love with a futuristic robot, played by Cycle 20 contestant Cory Hindorff. (It’s OK. I don’t get it either.)

At panel, Lenox’s bathtub photo with Cory scores her another first in this cycle, a “10” from all three judges, and she pulls farther ahead of the pack by winning the top spot a third week in a row. She’s followed closely by Will, who earlier called her his biggest competition.

Tyra knocks Mirjana both for being stiff in her photo, and for losing charge of her challenge group by shirking her duties as the boss. This lands her in the bottom two with adorable Matthew, looking like a plastic extra on the set of the new Star Wars, and he is ultimately sent home.

antm-week8_matthewIn case you were curious, Tyra’s DNA results are in, too, and she heads backstage to find out in a cramped room draped in lush fabrics, like what you’d expect to find in the tarot card tent at a carnival. (DNA testing … is it science? Or magic?) A representative from AncestryDNA tells Tyra she’s African, Native American, and British, and comes from a long line of freedom fighters, and go-getters.

Next Week: Betsey Johnson! Plus, someone stumbles on the runway at Style Fashion Week, and Will and Mirjana exchange words.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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