The next morning (or is it?), David runs out of the house holding up his pants, which are black. He voice-overs that today is the day he will be singing the national anthem, and that it will be a big thing, and that his mom is there, and he can't explain how excited he is about that. Then David is picking up his mom at the Hampton Inn, wearing a totally different outfit, including tan pants. Did he change in the car? Or was that first scene completely unrelated? Who can keep track? David hugs his mom and says in an interview that when he was a kid, his mom spent "long periods of time in the hospital," and he feels like he has to make a big impact in the world to make sure his mom has no worries. I fail to see how David's big impact will help his mother's health, but whatever. They go to Café Rani. David voice-overs that he's glad his mother is there to witness this, and they both understand this is huge. Let's get something straight. He is singing one song. At a minor-league hockey game. It's not like he landed a record deal, or the opening slot on the 'N Sync tour or something. David tells his mom that for two minutes, he will be the person everyone is listening to, and it boggles his mind. His mom says that he seems scared, and tells him it's cool to be nervous. I already like David's mom. David says that ultimately, this could make or break him. Oh, for God's sack. What, does he think Clive Davis is going to be in town, catching a New Orleans Brass game while on break from Mardi Gras, and is going to offer him a record deal? His mom says that he's putting all that pressure on himself, and that he should just do his best. Spoken like a true mom. In an interview, David says that he wants to show her she's done a hell of a job, and a single, perfect tear streaks down his face.
David, his mother, and Siena enter the arena. David says he has two hours to get ready, and puts on a tuxedo. Danny and Matt buy seven tickets, which confuses me because David isn't with them, so shouldn't there only be six? David and Amy (the Canadian from earlier) walk out to the arena floor. In an interview, David says he is frightened, and that he has more than butterflies in his stomach -- he has piranhas. Okay, I can actually empathize with David at this point, having done my fair share of singing in public. I like him a lot better now than I did with all the mom stuff. Although they pan down to his feet and he does walk like a duck. The roommates are shown entering the arena, with the mysterious seventh ticket belonging to some unexplained woman in a green shirt. David walks out and waits with Siena. In an interview, David says that doing this well is a knock against the people who said he would never do it, never make it, and never do anything serious, because this is all about redemption. Whenever he sings, it's all about redemption. Maybe instead of "The Star Spangled Banner," he should sing "Redemption Song." Although Bob Marley would probably spin three times in his grave at that, and I figure Francis Scott Key is used to people butchering his song by now. David kneels in prayer. The roommates make their way to their seats. Melissa and David's mom wave to David. The lights dim. In an interview, David says this is almost like a defining moment, and how knows what will happen if he sings this well. I'm guessing that all of the hockey players will put their sticks together, forming a giant hockey-stick stepladder for David to climb up and get over himself. As David walks out, you can see that there are a ton of empty seats in the arena. Wouldn't it be funny if David slipped and fell on the ice? He doesn't. Melissa yells out, "There he is!" Matt covers his mouth with his hands. It's not the opening game of the World Series or the Super Bowl, people! The announcer asks everyone to stand, and David starts to sing.