"Soap Opera" -
are still in Puerto Rico, and Jon, Maurice and Rob are
still in the game. Bruce are saying that they are now
down to the best - but don't tell that to Rob, who knows
that he barely hung edged past Hunter. Jon is stoked
beyond belief, while Maurice says that they are at the
final lap of the race. Doug Ordway, the photographer,
wants to see something out of Maurice - and he wants to
photograph the other ones. Foreshadowing?
For the next challenge, the guys have to 90 a soap
commercial. the catch - they all have to help each other
with the commercial. Kevin wants to know if they have to
lather each other with soap, while Rob adds that if he
has to bend over to get it, there better be safeguards
around. I think that's a very different show, Rob...
The guys visit the shower area as they realize that they
have to cooperate. Here is the script; 'When I get home
from my job as a ______, I look like this, so I go
lather myself with Manhunt Soap.' Each person gets
creative liberty to do what they want.
Rob goes first - and as he is going, Kevin leaves the
group to scout out his location. Rob is annoyed at
Kevin, and he directs himself. He puts a mound of dirt
on him and talks about being a zookeeper, adding that he
doesn't know what sort of crap he has to deal with. Heh.
The guys are given 3 bard of soap - and Rob uses all of
one bar and a little of the second, which causes
friction between him, Maurice and Jon.
Kevin is causing more friction between himself and
Hunter, as he imitates Hunter's head in the water and
let the water fly routine. He also calls himself Hunter
and calls his profession a Chippendales Dancer. Kevin
completes the commercial quickly, but not without
disdain from everyone else, who are wondering why Kevin
went after Hunter. So we are to believe that Kevin's
recommendation to get rid of Hunter was professional and
not personal. Riiiiiiiggghht.
Maurice makes himself a professional trainer - and he
brings in a lady from the hotel to sniff him after he
comes out of the shower. Ooooook. it actually comes off
well, and it gives Maurice a long-awaited sense of
Jon decided to be a boxer, with Maurice and Kevin lying
on the ground with ketchup (representing blood) coming
out of their nose. He also is the only person to extend
his arm out and show the bar of soap. Jon gets his done
quickly, so Rob, who still wasn't happy with his shot,
decides to reshoot his commercial. The men are not
happy, but Rob remembers how close he was to getting
eliminated and he knows he can't afford a lousy
Did the revisions work? The men go out jet skiing while
Bruce and Marissa review the ads. Bruce warns that if
the guys aren't creative, their stay in Puerto Rico will
be short. He liked how Rob put his heart and soul into
his ad, and while he thought Kevin was mean-spirited, he
found it was funny. Bruce thought Maurice was stiff -
but he loved the girl coming in at the end. As for Jon?
'Jon as a boxer didn't quite work, but it was funny
because it didn't quite work.' Bruce was happy with all
of their work, so none of them get to leave early.
Bruce brings the guys over, and he says that they all
did a great job. As a reward, Marissa invites them all
to San Juan to 'party it up like a Puerto Rican star.'
Marissa and Bruce will join them - but as a test to see
if they can handle the clients, or if they will pull a
Tate or a Hunter. He liked Rob's confidence in his
character and Jon's charisma, but he thought that
Maurice was a little shy and withdrawn. Kevin thought
that Rob was indeed interested in the conversation -
while Jon was fantasizing about Marissa.
After the dinner, the guy take a limo to a club. Kevin
tells Jon to tell his girlfriend that he loves her - and
he tells Jillian just that. You couldn't tell in the
club, as Jon gets heated with some of the female
dancers, adding that his libido is going crazy. Jon
remains faithful to JIllian, however, and doesn't do
anything with the other women. As for Rob - he dances a
little, then sits down with his drink as he continues to
be the wallflower.
The guys wake up the next morning to find mail telling
them that the photo shoot is the most demanding yet.
They all wonder if this is going to be a nude shot. They
find out at the shoot that they will be wearing clothes,
but their guest will not be wearing anything, except a
smile, because all of their guests are creatures of the
rain forest. Kevin says that as long as you don't let
the animal out stage you, you'll be fine. Maurice is
comfortable with any critter, as long as it's not a
spider. You should be happy that you aren't on America's
Next Top Model, Maurice.
Jon feels right at home with the first animal (a
parrot), adding that he is a jungle boy. Kevin wonders
how Rob will handle it - and it seems like he's a little
stiff, but he does ok. Maurice hopes the bird doesn't
bite...and it doesn't, so he's ok with it.
The photographer is there to tell them the rest of the
animals. They have a tree frog, a centipede...and a
tarantula. Well, America's Next Top Model has just
invaded Manhunt. That doesn't make Maurice happy, as the
photographer adds that how the models react to the
animals will affect how they are judged.
Kevin thinks that Jon is trying to eliminate him - and
he is right, as Jon lets us know that he didn't like
Kevin since the women's orgy. Jon wants to upstage Kevin
and he blows through the pictures without a problem.
Ordway likes Jon and Rob's expressions, but with
Maurice, there's nothing there. Well, when the spider
shows up, there is an emotion there - fear, as he thinks
Conversely, Jon is having a field day and Rob has no
problems with the animals - even telling Ordway to put
the spider anywhere. Ordway asks even if his pants, and
although Rob balks, he looks like he'd do it. Maurice
says that when a spider goes into the room, he would
look for a shoe and squash it, and you can see the
terror in his eyes when the spider is on his head.
Everyone thinks that Maurice was the weakest model in
the shoot, and that spells massive problems for Maurice.
As the elimination comes, Rob says that there is no
obvious loser and Jon doesn't know who's going to be
eliminated. I do - this has Maurice's elimination
written all over it. As the four people see their pics,
they are all blown away by Jon's shot, while Rob, who
sees the centipede, would have preferred the frog shot.
Let's see what Bruce, Marissa and Doug Ordway think...
Maurice - Doug says that he has to work on his
expressions. Maurice was trying to create different
expressions, but it didn't come out on the pic. Bruce
was impressed with the pic, but Marissa doesn't see any
changes in Maurice's expression. Jon - Doug thought he
did a great jobs, while Bruce is wondering if he is
'too' perfect. Wha? Rob - Bruce likes his attitude, but
Marissa wants him to work on his posture and Doug
doesn't want Rob to bite down to try to pop out to make
his jaw bone pop.
Here comes the embedded model. Rob doesn't know if he's
a fashion model (and frankly, neither do I, but I
digress). Kevin says that Rob is the most improved and
that Maurice was happy that Maurice pulled off the
tarantula pic - but he still doesn't understand the
facial expression idea. Kevin thinks that Jon is
improving in his flaws as well.
Well, this seems like a no-brainer to me.
Good - Jon, Rob
Trouble - Maurice
Mole - Kevin P.
All of the guys seem confident that they will stick
around, while Kevin says that whoever gets eliminated
will have to take what they learned and use it in the
real world. The person who will have to take that
information first is...Maurice. Rob and Jon are safe,
and they will be going to New York to compete for the
$100,000 contract from IMG.
Maurice was shocked that he got eliminated - he thought
it was Rob. He did realize why, though, as he couldn't
give more than one look. Bruce says that Maurice needs
to loosen up, come out of his shell and take acting
lessons. OUCH!. Maurice is glad that he made it this far
and loved the Puerto Rico experience.
Kevin says that Jon says that he would be stoked. Jon
says that he is stoked (heh) while Kevin says that NYC
will be an excellent final test. Bruce says that this
will be an excellent model archetype battle - Jungle Boy
Jon vs. Metropolitan Rob.
So who do I think wins? Bruce favors Jon. Kevin favors
Rob. I think Bruce wins out and I think Jon, who has
been the most consistent throughout the show, will win
out, but it wouldn't surprise me if Kevin gets the last
say for Rob.
Next week - Kevin gets exposed, and Rob and Jon
are...ahem...exposed as well as they compete in the
final battle. We'll see that battle - and outcome - and
my take - in 7 days.