At Goodwill, the ladies were told to rummage through the racks in three minutes, then sport their wares for an impromptu runway show/charity auction, with the money going toward Goodwill's mission to help the "vocationally challenged," as explained stylist-to-the-stars Philip Bloch. The girl whose outfit raises the most money will win. (By the way, did the $286 total raised for Goodwill seem really lame to anyone else? If you know the money's going to charity, wouldn't you give more, even if the clothes suck?) Jael wins, but instead of celebrating she worries that her success will estrange her from the other girls.
As for the photo challenge, each of the final 13 were assigned a political statement - being for or against guns, gay marriage, meat, fur...you get the idea. A setting ripe for emotive facial expressions. The photo shoots were largely uneventful. When Jael began to complain about feeling sick, I thought we had our first Cycle 8 illness, but her hula-hooping minutes later threw me off.
Only Felicia (a Tyra/Beyoncé look-alike) and Jaslene had passion in their faces and some semblance of emotion in their eyes. When Jael and Kathleen made the bottom two, it was obvious that the latter would go home. That galactic red 'fro could be nixed in a makeover, but her spacey demeanor would probably have remained intact.
Finally, I leave you with this: Due to the overuse of the word "fierce," I'm going to keep a running tally each episode. Number of times something or someone was "fierce" tonight: six.