I always get nervous when the singer starts out. As you probably know, "The Star Spangled Banner" is not an easy song to sing because it spans a pretty large range of notes. I've seen way too many amateur singers commit the cardinal sin of starting too high, and by the time they get to "and the rockets red glare," they can't hit the notes, or all the glass in the place shatters and everyone's ears start bleeding. Luckily, David starts in a decent range for him. And you know what? He's not bad. A few too many vocal flourishes for my taste, but he manages to pick a key and stick to it. Beyond the sound though, he employs his usual constipated facial contortions, and this time he adds some gestures. I haven't seen movement like that since I saw Joe Cocker open for Steve Winwood back in '93. I know David has seen what that looks like -- it's on tape. And yet he still does it? The roommates all smile. Jamie voice-overs that when David hits certain parts of the song, he gets chills. By now, David is to the big ending, "Oh, say does that star spangled..." and they cut to a shot of Matt going, "Bring it down. Bring it down." Matt is so strange. Like David can hear him, and even if he could, what does that even mean? I liked Matt better when he lurked in the background and emerged once per episode to pass judgment. Jamie voice-overs that he looked over at Melissa and she had tears in her eyes. We see Jamie looking at Melissa. Mysterious green shirt woman is sitting between Jamie and Julie. David brings it on home. Matt screams like the U.S. Hockey Team just won the gold in the 1980 Olympics. David's mom smiles serenely, and she looks so proud and happy. In an interview, Jamie says that he's amazing. Melissa voice-overs that they are all very proud of him. Matt is just beside himself, and he screams out, "David! Whooooooo!" I guess it's nice that he's so supportive. David hugs Siena, then climbs into the stands and hugs his mom. In an interview, David says, "Here I am, Ma. Thank you." Okay, I'm not made of stone. That was kind of touching. Remind me to call my mom tomorrow.
Next week, Melissa says that the environment she was in was very traumatic. Without context, we can only guess to what she is referring. Kelley says that for the first time in her life, Melissa is dealing with issues from her past. They must be from the recent past, because then we see a few shots of Melissa looking upset in the confessional, except she has long hair, so they are clearly from earlier this season. Melissa asks someone if something would be missing if she went home. In an interview, Julie says that Melissa has a dramatic personality. Out on the street, Melissa is screaming at Julie that she's tired of talking about religion, and racism, and everyone in the house and how the fuck they feel about things. Oh, Melissa. I feel your pain.