That night, Melissa meets her choreographer and dancers at Broadway Dance Center. He keeps counting "A 5-6-7-and..." and, not unlike another Melissa, she keeps cutting him off before she has to do any actual dancing. Eventually, she runs through some moves and realizes she's not the hot shit she assumed she was. He tells her not to worry if she messes up but, "It's got to get better. It has to." Yikes.
The day of the launch party, Chris and Jacqueline talk about the Manzo boys' big moment to shine. Chris is, as always, measured, saying, "I'll be proud of them after the event. We'll see how they pull it off." Over at the club, the boys set up while Melissa does her sound check. She is very sheepish and hesitant about singing in front of the scattered group. She admits she feels like she can't get in the groove, which doesn't bode well for her performance that night. Her nerves rub off on Albie and, indeed, on Joe, who's spent the untold amounts of money to fund her little vanity project.
A few hours later, the event begins. The families file in, and Kathy is particularly anxious to see Teresa again for the first time since Punta Cana. Though Teresa may think she's won the battle, says Kathy, alienating someone makes her a loser overall. Likewise, Jacqueline and Bratshley are both there and keeping their separate corners. Jacqueline has resolved to avoid future trouble by keeping her mouth shut -- generally a solid idea. Caroline, of course, is above all of this because she's a proud mama first and foremost.
While Melissa gets ready, the guys all take shots and Joe takes it upon himself to rev the crowd up. Melissa can hear the screaming and whistling backstage, and she falls to her knees to pray to her father and her Jesus that the performance will turn out well. This is some serious reality TV gravitas, y'all. If you didn't know what you were watching, you'd easily think you were seeing a clip out of Maria Full of Grace or Vera Drake or something. That's how serious this moment is. As such, Melissa explains, "This is it. If I don't bring it tonight, it's over."