Previously on Making the Band: the boys audition and then pick Dan, despite the fact that he wears a giant sleeveless sweater. So much for good judgment. Ashley was pudgier. Dan knew he had his work cut out for him.
The credits. Hate them. These poor kids' last names are never announced, and when it lists them in the TV Guide description, I'm always like, "Underwood? Who's that?"
New York City. Ashley says that his life is very exciting right now. The president of J Records stands with the boys, and in a strange editing switch, Erik is announcing the news to Andrew that "Liquid Dreams" is #1 in America and Canada. I must have been in a coma, because I don't ever remember a time when people were listening to that song. Dan cheers. Ashley says that he's going to try to be professional, but he knows that he won't be able to be professional. He then hauls ass across the convention room and finds the lonely Jacob. He picks Jacob up and bounces him up and down. Jacob pretends he's a jet, for some reason. I don't even claim to understand a second of Jacob. Ashley tells us that fans are "finally" listening to them, and that they're gaining popularity.
Jacob's still got a stuffy nose. He says that he'd like to stay right where he is now, with a #1 record and a successful television show.
Dan reminds us here that this doesn't mean that they can now do "mediocre shows." Good to know. He says that he's the kind of person who needs to look into everyone's eyes before a show, and that they have to look back and say, "I'm ready." He says that he doesn't see them saying, "I'm ready." He sees in their eyes, "What time does our flight leave tonight?"
Here's where the show just becomes incredibly anti-Dan. For some reason, Dan has to defend his choice of "working" when he's at rehearsal. The boys tease him constantly and call him names, saying that he works too hard and is no fun. In some green room, Dan tries to get everyone to warm up by singing the note, "Bum!" The other four boys basically goof off around him. Then Jacob tries to get them to "bum!" whereupon Ashley does. Dan looks pissed. He tells everyone, "We've already proven that we do not do good if we are not focused." The others are all very silently saying, "Shut up, Dan." Ashley calls the group to order, and they start wailing, "All For Love." Jacob might be singing another song entirely. It's hard to tell. I think Jacob thinks he's in the Counting Crows.