Supermodel Tyra Banks welcomes a new group of top model wannabes to Los Angeles, where some girls from the past are given a second chance, another finds herself stripping after a game of truth or dare and all of the girls showcase their best runway strut for Tyra, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander.
The finalists are surprised to learn they will be residing in Tyra Banks' hometown of Los Angeles and are immediately thrown into their first photo shoot modeling as aliens. After receiving dramatic makeovers in a Los Angeles salon, the participants pose topless at a second photo shoot, where the constant complaints of two girls about their new looks leaves Tyra fuming mad.
One of the models is rushed to the emergency after passing out at a critical point, leaving her ability to continue the competition in question.
When the participants are hoisted in the air to pose as astrological signs for a dramatic photo shoot, the judges tell one model she has the worst photo in America's Next Top Model history.
When one of the participants contracts a horrifying, contagious skin condition that disfigures her face, the other models are sent into a complete panic and fear for their own safety.
The models get a crash course in the business side of modeling by learning about contracts and are secretly evaluated by judges on their ability to handle themselves around industry insiders at a party for CoverGirl.
Tyra is pushed beyond her limit and yells at a model for her negative attitude and the participants' acting skills are put to the test when they must perform a scene opposite actor Boris Kodjoe.
The participants are schooled on the nuances of television interviews by "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Jann Carl and one of the models struggles to cope with the competition when she receives shocking news from home.
While the girls visit a Los Angeles Animal park to study the movement of wild animals to incorporate into their modeling poses, Tyra surprises them with the news that they will be going on a safari in South Africa.
The participants trek across land and water to get to a scenic location for a photo shoot, and when they are instructed to create their own wardrobe using nature's elements surrounding them, one model dives into the mud.
The winner of a unique dance challenge earns a reward in which her strategic decision of how to share the reward causes hard feelings and one model's belief that she is special irritates the others and leads to arguments that fray friendships.
Never before-seen footage from the first eleven weeks of UPN's hit dramality series, including Kahlen playing a prank on Christina, Tiffany trying sushi for the first time and judge Janice Dickinson intimidating the models at a photo shoot.
In Cape Town, South Africa, the three remaining models are challenged to perform in a CoverGirl Outlast make-up commercial, and after the challenge one girl is eliminated, leaving only two to fight for the number-one spot, on the fourth-cycle finale of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, .