At Vertigo, Rickie paces. Shot of Rayanne milling around with the band. Brian comes in, and the two of them sit at a table. Rickie whispers, "What are you doing here?" "What am I doing here? You, like, begged me to come," Brian snaps. Rickie whispers that he had "this fear" that nobody would show up, so he just started "asking anyone." "Oh. Thank you. That really makes me feel wonderful," Brian snipes, but Rickie doesn't notice. Brian asks if he's "sick or something," and Rickie explains that when he gets nervous, he loses his voice. "Oh, so Rayanne's singing and you get the laryngitis?" Brian cracks, but Rickie doesn't notice this either, telling Brian not to talk while Rayanne sings, and then to clap, but "not too much, but, like, sincerely." "You're telling me how to applaud?" Brian asks. Rickie tells him to shut up as the band comes on for a soundcheck: "Okay, I gotta pray now." He bows his head. Heh.
The MC flounders onstage and introduces the open-mic night, and she calls the band "Frozen Embers," and Jordan comes up and corrects her: "That's not our name. We're, uh, between names." The MC presents them as "Between Names," and someone in the audience calls out, "All right, Between Names!" and the band takes their places with much grousing and complaining as the MC flounders back off the stage. Jordan prompts Rayanne to "say hi," so she bounds up to the mic to say "hey everybody" and causes a big old feedback whine. "This is Rayanne's first time," Jordan mutters into the mic. "I mean, singing with us." Ba dum bum. Jordan Catalano, ladies and germs. Don't forget to tip your waitress.
The band launches into "I Wanna Be Sedated," and Rayanne bobs up and down, obviously counting to herself, and misses the first cue, and she looks over at Jordan for support, and she misses another cue, and right before the next one Jordan leans over and grunts, "Go!" and Rayanne starts singing, but she can barely breathe, and she falls behind and starts forgetting the words, and the other band members look at one another, and Rickie looks at Brian all terrified, and Rayanne keeps faking it, smiling and dancing around, but then the sound goes all distant and echoey and we switch into slo-mo, and Rayanne sees a guy in the audience tell his date, "Let's go," and she watches them get up, and she sees people staring at her and rolling their eyes, and then she runs off the stage, clamping her hat down more firmly on her head, and the sound snaps back in and we go back to regular speed. "Rayanne?" Rickie calls after her. "Rayanne, wait!" Brian gets up to watch them go. Jordan looks around, at a loss, then steps over to the mic and readjusts it and starts singing himself, clinging to his guitar for support.