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What do you get when you take ANOTHER set of 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? A second helping of "the most unusual competition ever devised for television."

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Host:
Amanda Byram
Experts: Dr. Terry Dubrow, Nely Galan, Dr. Randal Haworth, Dr. Lynn Ianni, Debbie Siebers, Dr. Sherri Worth

Announcer/VO:
Mark Thompson
Creator: Nely Galan
EP: Nely Galan, Arthur Smith
Packager: Galan Productions, A. Smith & Co., FremantleMedia North America
Airs: Mondays at 9:00pm ET on FOX


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"Gina & Lorrie" - November 1

Tonight, a deaf woman and a weight loss victor go through the change. First, Gina Davis (38; South Beach), who had lost her hearing when she was three. Ever since then, it's been a constant struggle with name-calling and teasing. She has since moved on and up from the name calling, but still, she faces physical concerns, as her husband hasn't kissed her in ten years.

The experts' plan of attack? Standing up for herself and giving her a new boost of confidence.

Face: Nose job, Chin implant, Liposuction (Chin), Fat transfer to lips, Lasik
Body: Breast augmentation, Liposuctions (Hips), Tummy tuck
Dental: Gum recontouring, Zoom bleaching, DaVinci veneers, Deep cleaning
Fitness: 1200 kcal/day diet, Muscle toning
Weekly therapy and coaching

Her competitor: Lorrie Arias (34; Corona, CA). She grew up with a mother who told her she was fat and worthless... probably a few other things. She had lost 120 pounds, but she looked like she was "melting". Her husband didn't get a chance to see her without her clothes on... and sadly, he never would. He died of liver failure in 2002.

Can the experts get rid of the excess skin? It looks like it's going to take both docs to get it done. Can they also get rid of the excess grief? Well they could try...

Face: Full face lift, Nose job, Brow lift, Upper lip lift with fat transfer, Upper/lower eye lift, Fotofacials
Body: Full body lift (thigh, buttock, nipple), Breast augmentation, Tummy tuck, Liposuction (knees)
Dental: Gum recontouring, Zoom bleaching, DaVinci Veneers, Deep cleaning
Fitness: 1200 kcal/day diet
Weekly therapy and coaching

Lori comes out on top with most procedures done. Her and Gina move into their new mirrorless digs (now equipped with advance copies of "The Swan Curriculum: Create A Spectacular New You With 12 Life-Changing Steps In 12 Amazing Weeks", available at your local bookstore).

Lorrie's initial consult with Dr. H reveals that Lorrie's surgery will be tackled in three stages. "She's lost so much weight that she looks at least 20 years beyond her true age. If she can make it through this, this'll be one of the most dramatic physical transformations ever seen on 'The Swan'." Stage 1 (face and buttock): Lorrie's really nervous. She at least has her children in her corner. Success. Stage 2 (eyes and face): success. "Are you married?" Okay... Stage 3 (breast aug/lift and stomach): Very challenging. It went very well, though, and you can see an improvement.

Gina's initial consult with Dr. D: "The challenge with Gina's face is that it's extremely uneven. Her tip cartilage is spread apart, so we're going to sculpt her nose to balance her face." A lot of difficult facial surgery is coming as Dr. D has to basically resculpt her face. Heidi (his nurse) helps Gina talk with her husband. Basically, Gina says "I love you". husband says "Okay". That's pretty painful. Dr. D says Gina now has "perfect mid-Cs" and "hopes her face heals really well".

Gina's dental appointment: "Gina's mouth if the focus of  her face. People have to stare at her mouth to understand what she's saying."

Lorrie's dental appointment... and she has to have a few teeth removed. "WHAT?!" Yeah.

Gina is taking her recovery in stride, but it may be turned to a half when she frantically tries to get in contact with her family... Only to find that they were trying to get in contact with her. During her three-month stint, Gina's hometown was ravaged by Hurricane Frances, and the family is staying at her mother's. "I want you to stay there and finish what you're doing." Gina's left with a hard decision. Merline (the daughter of deaf parents) from last season is sent to help her, but will it be enough?

Lorrie is coping with physical pain by calling her children. It's gotten to the phase where she's packing up and heading out. But then her kids tell her to pull through. She's only got one more month...

... Wow that was a quick month. Gina is first to the reveal. But first... some news. A few days ago, she was fitted with a new hearing aid. "For the first time in my life, I can hear my own voice." But will it match the rest of her? Well, could be better, could be worse. She calls the day she got her hearing aid the best day of her life. Well, get ready for a close second, as it's time once again for the Mirror of Fate.

"*orgasmic screams* I look like a movie star! My husband's gonna flip!"

Oh yeah. Nely's "beyond proud of her". Her dream came true, but now it's time for Lorrie, who handled her surgery and therapy extremely well. And it shows, as she emerges ... a cutie. She says that she's become less self-obsessed. But will she follow through with her reveal?

"Thank you. I won't be lacking any confident anymore!"

Wow. Speechless. "She literally looks 20 years younger!"  Now to the reveal that counts. Remember, the experts are judging on poise, beauty, overall transformation, and a host of other factors that no one revealed, but are there. Joining Jennifer Patton in the Swan Pageant is... Gina Davis. She overcame incredible obstacles, and for the first time is comfortable in her own skin. Now that it's over for Lorrie (at least in the interim, because she is a contender for Wild Card in my eyes), she just wants to go home and see her family. Well, you'll see your family, but you won't be going home any time soon.

Next time we see Gina will be in a few weeks for the pageant. Next time we see you will be next week, we hope, as the transformations continue...

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