Julie has joined the other two in watching the audition tape. Audition Melissa says that growing up with her parents was funny, and that her father is a cross between the dad on Friday and George Jefferson. Then, the director actually employs a fade into a confessional scene, like maybe they should spend less time on their scene transitions and more time and money on getting someone to oversee continuity within and between episodes. In the confessional, longhaired Melissa is saying that she loves her father and he's all she wants, and she loves the good and the bad. Audition Melissa (can you keep all these Melissas straight?) is saying that she doesn't know how her parents stay together because their whole relationship is based on her dad making fun of her mom, and then her mom laughing it off or sometimes crying. Whew! What's that smell? Oh, it's Melissa's family's dirty laundry. Apparently, she's airing it out in public. Another film-school fade to a confessional, where Melissa says that her mother is the most selfless person in the world, and she loves her too. Back at the video-watching party, Julie points out that Melissa is totally ripping on her family. Man, the editors are working overtime this week. In that one scene, there were like three different Melissas from three different time periods.
Melissa and Jamie are eating at a restaurant. Melissa says that her father was "a very bad alcoholic," as opposed to those good alcoholics you see running around in the streets. This happened when she was young, and it meant that her home environment was "not exactly loving," and was "very traumatic." You know, all week when they kept showing that comment in the promos, I kept thinking that Melissa was going to disclose some sort of sexual molestation or something, but I couldn't figure out why I thought that. It's not like she said anything to give me that impression. I finally realized while watching the episode that it's because the restaurant they're in has that cheesy seventies rec room faux-wood paneling, much like the controversial Calvin Klein ads of yore that were pulled because they seemed too much like child pornography. I realize that I'm the only person whose brain works that way. I'm just relieved that there was some sort of actual cue to make me think that. Anyway, to give us some hints as to exactly how traumatic Melissa's childhood was, we see a traffic light turn red, then a shot of Melissa, then another red light, then Melissa. The editors are really scrounging for material this week. I guess another shot of a streetcar just wouldn't cut it. In an interview, Melissa says that her siblings and mother always had a "healthy fear" of her father when he was drunk, but she never did. Her sentence totally gets cut off practically in mid-word, leading me to believe that there was a lot more to that sentence which we will never see. Melissa tells Jamie that in the morning after her father had been drinking, they were a happy family again, and they didn't talk about it or ask for an apology, but just went on with their lives.