Didn’t watch last week’s episode of “Make It or Break It” because you were watching the U.S. Championships instead? Me too. Fortunately, you don’t really need to know anything from last week’s episode, other than Lauren let Emily know that Lauren’s father Steve Tanner was the one behind Emily’s great new scholarship, Kaylie is becoming far more intense about losing weight and not eating in order to do it, and Sasha gave Payson one of his gold medals — just as a loan, until she replaces it with one of her own.
Here’s what happened this week:
The Kmetkos are furious that Steve hid the fact that he was behind Emily’s scholarship, as is Lauren, who accuses him of aiding and abetting her competition. They’re arguing about it when Emily, in her Pizza Shack uniform, drops by to return as much of the money as she still has — some $1,200. She promises the rest as soon as she can.
Kim’s decision to run for President of the Parents’s Board creates a rift between her and Mark, Payson’s father, who is in Boulder on a visit from Minnesota. Payson, aware that Ellen Beals wants Sasha gone, states to her parents that she’ll follow him anywhere to train, even if he leaves the Rock. (You knew Sasha and Payson have better chemistry than Sasha and Summer). Kim and Mark eventually come to terms with the idea of Kim running for President of the Parents Board against Steve Tanner, who it seems would simply be Beals’s puppet and can Sasha.
Kaylie, bound and determined to shut boys out of her life, lets Austin know that their kiss at his party two weeks before meant absolutely nothing to her and that it won’t be happening again anytime soon. But when she asks him to videotape her vault, Austin notices that Kaylie’s left hand is shaking uncontrollably at times, a sign he recognizes as a symptom of anorexia.
Chloe, still waffling about whether to tell Steve that his daughter and Carter are having sex, gives Lauren an ultimatum: either Lauren tells Steve or Chloe will. Lauren and Carter huddle and decide to tell Steve together that evening. But Carter is very concerned that Steve will tell Sasha, and Sasha will kick Carter out of the Rock.
In the meantime, Steve apologizes for going behind everyone’s back to fund Emily’s scholarship, explaining that he was just trying to help. Chloe forgives him.
Payson is making progress on becoming a more artistic gymnast, but still isn’t handling her floor choreography the way Sasha would like. So he takes her outside and has her do her routine on a tarp, spilling paint from tubes as she does her arm movements. While this is an awesome idea, it is not one that is actually feasible when it comes to teaching choreography. But you do have to love the painting Payson creates.
Sasha’s a bit defensive when Summer, continually being begged by Lauren to get back together with Steve, brings him up for the umpteenth time during dinner. She melts, however, when she finds he’s gotten a book called “Unlocking Christianity.” But bigger problems are afoot: Payson arrives with a chicken dinner to share with Sasha, but gets flustered and leaves when she discovers Summer there. “She’s very fond of you,” Summer remarks to Sasha. That’s putting it mildly, Summer.
Nonetheless, Sasha makes plans with Payson to film her floor routine after practice. He gives her a lecture about acting out a story with her dance, and when she brings up Romeo and Juliet, gives her total permission to pretend she’s Juliet. “Play out that first kiss they have,” Sasha encourages her. “Allow your audience to escape.” (We can all see where this is going, right?)
Austin takes Kaylie for a drive by the lake and tries to force her to eat something. Kaylie takes one bite and demands to be taken back to the gym, but once there apologizes for snapping about it. Austin tells her that he can see the same signs of anorexia in her that he once saw in his little sister, a talented gymnast who let the pressure to follow in Austin’s footsteps get to her. “No one ever expected that my smart, levelheaded sister would get involved in something like an eating disorder,” he tells her. Kaylie promises to stop being so “intense” about training and diet, and asks him why he cares. “There’s just something about you,” he says, and kisses her. Awww. With a guy like that, who cares about gold medals?
Carter finally tells Lauren he loves her, but it’s too little, too late. Lauren takes his sentiment as a desperate attempt to save himself from being kicked out of the Rock, and confesses all to Summer, being sure to add that Chloe knew about what she and Carter were doing and even encouraged it. Of course, Summer tells all to Steve, who blows up at Chloe and refuses to forgive her deception even though she forgave his earlier in the show. Lauren, meanwhile, appears not to be in a forgiving mood to Carter for cheapening his “I love you” to her.
Cut to commercial PSA by Josie Loren about eating disorders. “The life you save could be your own,” she says in imploring girls who are Kaylie-intense about food to get help.
The loss of Emily’s scholarship means that times are back to being tough in the Kmetko household. Emily snaps at her mom about not paying the bills and getting a second job so Emily doesn’t have to carry the whole family in addition to training. Problem is that while Chloe is working on the first night of her new second job, unpaid bills mean no power, no food and unfortunately for Emily’s wheelchair-bound brother Brian, no anti-seizure medication. When Emily rushes to the pharmacy to get him the pills, she learns that they cost $220 that she doesn’t have.
The pharmacist refuses to sell desperate Emily even a portion of the persciption, leading her to grab the medicine and run. Brian turns out to be OK once he’s ingested the pills, but Emily isn’t — the police come knocking on her door and place her under arrest.
Payson, prompted to think of something that moves her, finally does the dance through that Sasha is looking for. He’s uplifted — “inspiring,” he says proudly. She’s uplifted — “you inspire me,” she says happily — and then grabs him and plants one on his lips. After a good second so the TV audience can finally see Sasha snogging someone, he pulls away in shock and asks what she’s doing, and Payson, horrified, simply runs.
The show ends with Kaylie recording the number of calories in the chicken she ate in a notebook and getting on the treadmill to run. Annnnd…scene.
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