Love to Interrupt
What do you get when you take
sixteen ugly ducklings, fly them to a mansion with no mirrors,
then have them undergo radical transformations including
plastic surgery, dental work, fitness regimens, and life
coaching, THEN have them compete in a beauty pageant for
hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes? According to this show, "the
most unusual competition ever devised for television."
Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN
Host: Amanda Byram
Experts: Greg Comeaux, Dr. Terry Dubrow, Nely Galan,
Dr. Randal Haworth, Dr. Lynn Ianni, Dr. Sherri Worth
Creator: Nely Galan
EP: Nely Galan, Arthur Smith
Packager: Galan Productions, A. Smith & Co.,
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Episode 3 - April 19
If you saw the promos, you know that there's someone
that the Swan team might not be able to help straight
away. More in a bit.
And here's the bit. Cindy Ingall is a mom from San
Diego. You know the deal by now, shy growing up, always
"the witch", cry cry cry, husband thinks she's beautiful
inside and out. And then there's the facial hair.
Shocking as it may seem, it's actually one of the more
common hormone imbalances a woman can have. She uses a
razor every day to take care of that, but how else would
you turn her from "blah" to "chick-a-bam?" Well, she has
a nose that baffles both Drs. Dubrow and Haworth. But
that's not going to stop them from trying. She gets a
nose job, face lift, fat removal, lip augmentation,
liposuction, chin refinement, fotofacial, laser hair
removal, collagen, and Lasik. And that's just her face.
We also give her the breast augs, lipo, tummy tuck, and
standard wellness protocol.
Oh yeah, and "I miss my family so much", cry cry.
Second egret of the day is Tawnya Cook of Guymon, CO.
The last three years have not been kind to her. Her
brother passed away with his kids watching. Her husband
left for active duty in the navy. He asked for a
divorce. She was laid off. And she looks like an old
lady. If she looked more like her daughter Kaleah, then
she may not need this show. Unfortunately, she's single
and 40. That leaves us with the prospect of a nose job,
a face lift, fat removal under the eyes, lip augs, botox,
collagen, a fotofacial, tummy tuck, three liposuctions,
teeth whitening, full veneers, gum surgery, deep
periodontal cleaning, and a non-SWP - balanced diet,
cardio, weight training six days a week, boatloads of
therapy, and coaching.
So we have one physical case and one mental case. Both
cases head to the mirrorless Swan mansion/apartment
complex looking... thing. Dr. Haworth, after a week on
the sidelines, heads to Cindy's forefront (and we're not
just talking about her whitchy-poo nose). Her initial
consult: "Sharp facial features including her nose and
her long chin need to be softened. And motherhood has
taken a real toll on her body." Nipple lift and breast
implants = easy. Nose job = hard.
Tawnya's initial consult with Dr. Dubrow: "It's a
scalpel, not a magic wand, but sometimes, it does magic.
And that's what I think Tawnya will do, magic." So that
line didn't have to do with Cindy's face... DAMN YOU,
FOX PROMO DEPARTMENT! Basically, Dr. Dubrow loves what
he sees... and he'll love it even more when it's done.
If he gets to do it at all. She's the oldest Swannabe
(patent pending), yet she doesn't want the face lift.
Dude... listen to the doctor. He knows.
Cindy stops off at the dermatologist for the hair
removal. Dr. Debra Luftman goes for the hairline and
cheek first. Meanwhile, Dr. Worth reshapes Tawnya's
teeth with temporary veneers before putting the
permanents on later.
And this is all in the first week. Eleven more to go.
The night before surgery, Cindy calls her precious
dinky-dink at home (her precious winky-dink is at sea
with the Navy). She misses them both. Next day, it's
nose time. Dr. Haworth knows he's in for quite the
challenge, so he saves that for later in the 10-hour
procedure. First off, the body. That was quick. Now the
nose. First, he rebuilds the cartilage by borrowing some
from her ear. However rare the operation is, he gets it
done, and now, it's all on Cindy. She's ready to win. Or
so she says.
The day before Tawnya's surgery, her daughters send
video greetings. But just as Tawnya's spirits are
lifted... tragedy strikes again. Kaleah has been in a
nasty car wreck. Natually, she's fearful of the worst,
especially after losing her brother. Thankfully, Kaleah
is able to talk to Tawnya. She flew off a mountain, and
her car is totaled. Tawnya wants to go home, but Kaleah
tells her to stay. And everyone is hoping for a full
recovery, recapper included.
Minutes before surgery, Dr. Dubrow gets some surprising
news: Tawnya has decided against removing the bump on
her nose (her daughters have the same nose).
Disappointed, but eager to proceed, Dr. Dubrow changes
the play to a tip refinement. He'll start with a
successful tummy tuck, then he goes for the tip
refinement. Not the play he wanted, but it gets the job
done that much quicker.
On the other hand, Cindy's transformation is more
extensive, and she's finding it extremely hard to go it
alone. Mail helps, but it's no substitute for another
Enter another person. Nely visits Tawnya first,
concerned about the turndown. Tawnya tells her that
she'd freak if she didn't see part of herself in the
mirror that she can't see herself in for another month
or two. Good for her. Nice inner beauty, being satisfied
with what she can't see just yet.
Cindy focuses more on her recovery seven days after the
rhinoplasty. To hear Dr. Haworth say that she's
beautiful makes her feel beautiful. But there's the
issue of the bandage on her nose. Oh well. She keeps on
with a positive attitude, while Tawnya tries to let go
of her past in therapy. She keeps talking about hitting
somebody, and Dr. Ianni suggests taking it out in the
gym with Greg. Greg had better hide. Fourteen minutes
for fourteen years of frustration, yeah, I'd hit pretty
hard, too. Like, "Yeah, I'm Tawnya Cook, bitch."
So we have one person willing to take everything in
stride, and one person who is forcing everyone on the
Swan team to play the ball where it lies. Which approach
will work in the end? Let's go to the end, shall we?
The Swan team reconvenes with Amanda at Swan HQ. Dr.
Haworth is surprised by the way everything came into
place, as is Dr. Luftman. We're about to see if it all
came into place, because it's time for the reveal. Enter
the new Cindy Ingall. She definitely looks like someone
with a face lift, and the nose is corrected to a point
smaller than her original. Not that small, but smaller
than the original. But what will Cindy see and think?
Mirror of Fate, reveal!
Cry cry cry. "Oh, wow!" That says it all, really. No
So far, I think she's the favorite tonight. But we still
haven't seen Tawnya yet. Dr. Ianni told Amanda about the
stress she'd born within three years' time. She doesn't
mention how she got rid of it, though. Probably a good
thing. Dr Dubrow's still pissed that she didn't get the
surgery he wanted, but I guess that's just something he
has to live with. Enough talk, time to bring out the new
Tawnya Cook... which looks like the old Tawnya Cook in
fancier wrapping and extra packing peanuts. Nice smile,
though. She says she feels different, but does she?
Mirror of Fate, reveal!
"I love it! I look so much younger!"
But is it young enough for the experts? Yeah, in all the
drama of the show, especially tonight's ep, it's easy to
forget that this is a competition. And it looks to me
like a one-sided one tonight. Both Cindy and Tawnya have
been judged on control, style, damage, and aggression.
My money personally, is on Cindy. Both draw on mental
and poise, but taking the physical and the ticket to the
Swan pageant is... Cindy Ingall! Dr. Haworth thinks it
had more to do with her spirit and heart than anything
else. Tawnya's pleased for Cindy, but disappointed in
herself. Not too much, as she sees Lacia and a
very-healthy Kaleah walk into the foyer. Kaleah said she
looks like a Barbie doll. The rest of the family follows
suit. Cry cry cry.
And bye bye bye for this week, as next time we see Cindy
will be at the pageant.