On ''Making the Band,'' after Aubrey's part is cut from a song, she says she's tired of getting by on her looks and talks about quitting

By Karen Valby
Updated July 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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”Making the Band”: Aubrey feels unloved

Band fans, this makes two weeks in a row without my beloved Laurie Ann, and I think we’ve all learned an invaluable lesson. If these girls aren’t burrowed away in a back room of a New York Sports Club learning some complicated dance routine, if Laurie Ann isn’t rallying them to attention with a ”boom kat pow!” then we all suffer. So it is that we’re stuck sweating out another flabby episode on the beach in Miami.

Aubrey, who was sick and now is merely sad, who was briefly a discomfiting brunette and is now back to her confused caramel blond, has had a tough go of it. On season 2, she was Puffy’s golden girl, and she rode his favor and her shiny charisma all the way to an individual spread in Maxim. Now she’s determined to prove to him, to us, to Aundrea perhaps (are those two even friends anymore?), that she’s more than just a Mystic-tanned sex symbol. And so, off she goes for a nice morning of bikini shopping, and we’re awarded a spin and swivel of each little number she tries on. Really, Aubrey, I’ve always found you to be perfectly charming and a nifty dancer (”boom kat!”), but maybe now is the time for a sensible one-piece and a big bottle of SPF 30.

While Aubrey tends to her self-image, Aundrea’s boyfriend of two years, Rudy, reveals himself to be a total ass. After an innocent enough night out at a club (except, perhaps, for that determined-looking young man whose friends should insist that he fasten at least three buttons of his shirt when out in public), Aundrea endures a late-night phone conversation from Rude, who accuses her of being drunk, even though she merely sounds weary of his boring monotone. Lose the jerk, dear. You’re too good for him. (Plus, you can use the freed-up time to rekindle your friendship with Aubrey. What happened to you girls? More teary embraces à la season 2, please!)

Next the band returns to the recording studio, where they meet with Brian Cox. (Intellectually I know he’s a young black producer who’s made hits for Usher and Mariah, and yet after each commercial break I keep expecting the Scottish actor to step in and offer a wee dram of something to soothe Aubrey’s nerves.) They’re recording a ballad, named either ”Right for You” or possibly, pandering to all the men out there who don’t believe in buttoning their tops, ”Ride for You.” Everyone does well, until Aubrey gets in the booth and apparently whiffs it by not tapping into her emotions. Puffy hears the tracks, and he is displeased. When he sternly reminds her that you’ve got to ”flow” and ”freak that,” she shrinks away from him like he’s an abusive boyfriend. Speaking of, Aundrea calls Rude again, and he can’t talk because he’s watching Prison Break. That punk.

Back at the studio (really, people, this is just bad TV, and we owe it to ourselves to demand at least one dance routine per episode), Aubrey learns that her part in the band’s next song, ”Handle Me,” has been cut. She flees the studio in tears and cries on Dawn’s shoulder in a dark parking lot. ”Why am I here, why?” she moans. ”I could go do ‘pretty, pretty Aubrey’ somewhere else.” Two things: Aubrey needs to stop referring to herself as pretty in every single episode, and where else would she go? Hooters? Eventually, she has a talk with manager Johnny Wright, who falls back on wisdom gleaned from his days with the Backstreet Boys. (I don’t think Aubrey picturing herself as the Howie Dorough of Danity Kane is going to help matters, but…) She eventually gets another crack at oppressively creepy Scott Storch’s song, and all is right with the world. Incidentally, her recording outfit is a pair of overalls over a pink bikini top, so it just goes to show you how little I know. Maybe a new bathing suit really does supply the extra shot of confidence a girl needs to get over her professional insecurities.

What do you think? Was Aubrey’s plotline too close to Dawn’s plotline last week? How badly does Rude need to lose the ‘tude? Can a stiff shot of Laurie Ann revitalize the show? And what do you think Dominique from last season is up to? I miss her.

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