Second cast opening night. Adam says that for a lot of companies, the second cast is not as good as the first cast. He says he doesn't like to think about his casts that way, that every cast he puts on is strong. Yes, yes, everybody loves their children the same, but Christiana is objectively a better dancer than Allison, no? Rex, who's the lead in "Paquita" tonight, is still invested in Allison's emotional well-being more than in his own performance, even though his brothers are in the audience to see him. Allison is fretting about dancing Christiana's role and not measuring up to her.
Beckanne says the dancer she shared her role with in "Paquita" got injured, so she has to do all the performances of her solo. She does not seem upset about this. Ronnie has the night off, it seems, so he's criticizing his fellow dancers and also looking to crib what they do well. Dickhead. Christiana shows us another of her pre-show rituals, her tiny stuffed cow, Moorina. And on her this looks charming, whereas if it were Allison, she's look like even more of a nutcase.
Christiana says she's noticing Rex's nerves just before the curtain goes up, and that she really hopes the show goes well. She dances the beginning of her role in "Paquita" and then Rex enters, and they seem to do very well together. After, Christiana says Rex was wonderful and strong and talented. If only he could excise that ballerina-sized tumor he has attached to his heart.
Allison is nervous, waiting for "Emeralds" to start. But she looks lovely and elegant and says she danced very well that night, and as she takes her curtseys she looks absolutely thrilled. Adam says he loved Allison's performance, and that he always knew she could handle all those roles. Rex is also happy with Allison's performance. Then it's his turn to don the tiny pants and grab his sword. The boys in the second cast all manage not to drop their swords, but then Rex falls as they run forward with the big silk sheet. He rolls with it so it kind of looks like part of the choreography, though? Rex says he wasn't angry, just frustrated that he couldn't see the silk to grab it (when they rehearsed it was white, and tonight it was black). Adam says he's proud of how Rex recovered and danced the rest of the ballet so well, as is Ronald.
Rex talking heads that he was upset and everyone could see why he was upset (because he's still wearing Johnny Weissmuller's swimsuit from his aborted Esther Williams-costarring feature Tarzan Goes to West Hollywood?). He goes off to sulk. Allison is still high on how well she danced, and asks Rex what happened, but he goes into the dressing room to be cranky. The other dancers fill her in. Despite the fact that he looks miserable, Rex stops by the door of Allison's dressing room, where she and Katie C. and a boy dancer are having celebratory shots. Rex hesitates, then leaves the theater by himself. And if we're lucky goes to a bar to drown his sorrows and meets a very nice non-dancer girl with a normal-sized nose and they have lots of sex and babies and he never thinks of Alli-who? again.