List of Make It or Break It episodes

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Make It or Break It is an American television drama series which premiered on June 22, 2009 on ABC Family. Set in the world of elite gymnastics, the series follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight. The show was picked up for an additional 10 episodes on July 27, 2009,[1] which started airing on January 4, 2010, bringing the number of episodes in the first season to 20.[2][3]

On January 12, 2010, ABC Family announced that the show was picked up for a second season, which premiered on June 28, 2010 at 10 p.m. ET.[4] Starting on July 13, 2010, new episodes followed Pretty Little Liars.[5] The second mid-season finale aired on August 31, 2010 and the second half of Season 2 premiered on March 28, 2011 and ended on May 23, 2011. It was announced via Twitter from Executive Producer Holly Sorensen that the series is cancelled. The series finale aired on May 14, 2012.

A total of 48 episodes of Make It or Break It have been produced and aired over three seasons, between June 22, 2009 and May 14, 2012.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 June 22, 2009 (2009-06-22) March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
2 20 June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28) May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)
3 8 March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26) May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)


Season 1 (2009–10)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Steve Miner Holly Sorensen June 22, 2009 (2009-06-22) 2.50[6]
A young gymnast named Emily with dreams of Olympic glory shakes up the status quo at a training facility in Colorado named "The Rock".
2 2 "Where's Marty?" Steve Miner Holly Sorensen June 29, 2009 (2009-06-29) N/A
The exit of Coach Marty, one of "The Rock's" top guns, Lauren, and their 4th place through 7th place girls causes chaos at the gym, prompting Payson, Kaylie, and Emily (with Becca in tow) to head for Denver with a plan to confront them about their defection.
3 3 "Blowing Off Steam" Steve Miner Michael Gans & Richard Register July 6, 2009 (2009-07-06) N/A
Tensions are still high at The Rock as the girls continue on without direction and with the surprise return of Lauren, Steve and a possible new heavyweight coach. Before the new coach's strict workout regimen takes effect, Emily, Payson, and Kaylie decide to hit up a high school party to blow off some steam. Once at the party, Emily has a run-in with Razor, Kaylie has a fight with Carter after he realizes she lied to him, and Payson cannot believe she's wasting her time at such a trivial event. Bringing more stress than fun to their lives, it's not exactly how the girls envisioned their evening. Meanwhile, Lauren's birthday takes a wrong turn when Summer shows up at her birthday dinner, sending her to the party in tears. After Kaylie and Carter have their fight Lauren sleeps with Carter, losing her virginity.
4 4 "Sunday, Bloody Sasha, Sunday" Norman Buckley Joanna Johnson July 13, 2009 (2009-07-13) N/A
On their only day off, the girls are ordered back into the gym only to be called out by their new coach, Sasha, for going to the keg party the night before. Caught red-handed, Payson, Kaylie, Emily, and Lauren are subjected to a day-long calisthenic boot camp to show what happens when they try to be just “ordinary”. In between all of the push-ups, pull-ups and rope climbs, the girls find themselves at each other's throat. Payson blames the girls for getting her into this mess; Emily needs to get to her job, but is stuck with girls who don’t even like her; a very hung-over Kaylie is distraught that she hasn’t heard back from Carter after their fight; and Lauren is agonizing over her one-night stand. But at the end all the girls make up and are great friends (even Emily!)
5 5 "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Supermodel" David Paymer Amy Turner July 20, 2009 (2009-07-20) N/A
With a lack of funds facing The Rock team for Nationals, Kim and the other mothers decide to host a mother-daughter fashion show. But what starts as a fun idea ends up causing trouble for everyone. Ronnie is so busy with the details that Kaylie feels ignored, especially at a time when she could really use her mother’s advice about love and sex. Lauren is paired up with Summer, much to her chagrin, but tries to use this opportunity to catch Carter’s eye. Furious at Chloe for spilling secrets to Damon, Emily is mortified for her “out there” mother to even be at the gym, let alone to walk a runway with her, while Payson does not want to waste time with “girlie things,” Sasha tips off Kim that maybe she hasn’t been a great role model in the feminine world. Meanwhile, after spotting her with Carter, Summer gets the feeling that Lauren is over her head in the boy department and tries to help by opening up. Kaylie decides to tell Carter that she is ready to take the next step in their relationship.
6 6 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" Michael W. Watkins Doug Stockstill July 27, 2009 (2009-07-27) 1.88
Taking a gamble that the girls are ready and can use the motivation for Nationals, Sasha invites Marty and the Denver team to The Rock for an invitational meet. Payson is determined to show that she is the best, but when an old injury flares up, it might have devastating results. Emily is also resolved to show what she can do, but Sasha has other, less advanced plans for her. But with reigning Nationals champion Kelly Parker (guest star Nicole Anderson, “JONAS”) in town, are the girls really ready for the Denver team and this challenge? Meanwhile, Carter has to rethink his relationship with Kaylie when Sasha and Lauren give him an ultimatum. Meanwhile, Kaylie finds out about her mothers affair with Marty. The Rock loses to Denver but Payson beats Mean girl Kelly Parker in the individuals. Emily tries to do a new bar move but Sasha tells her to not do it. Emily does it anyway.
7 7 "Run, Emily, Run" Fred Gerber Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03) 2.10[7]
Sasha's refusal to welcome Emily back to the Rock has her at a loss as to what to do other than to keep training. Fortunately, her Pizza Shack co-worker, Damon, has an idea on how she can the Rock. Meanwhile, Payson's Dad, Mark, reveals he lost his job and the family now has some hard decisions to make. Also, Lauren's obsession with Carter reaches new levels.
8 8 "All's Fair in Love, War and Gymnastics" Chris Grismer Michael Gans & Richard Register August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10) 1.91
The send off party at the Cruz family mansion explodes into chaos when Kaylie's secret is revealed to her dad and leads to a physical confrontation between Alex (Kaylie's dad) and Carter. Meanwhile, Payson again experiences back trouble which threatens to derail her dreams of a National Championship. Enter fellow Rock gymnast, Nicky, who offers a simple solution that forces Payson to lie to her mother to cover it up.
9 9 "Where's Kaylie?" Ron Underwood Joanna Johnson August 17, 2009 (2009-08-17) 2.31
Carter finally confesses to Kaylie that he cheated, causing her to run away the night before Nationals. Payson struggles with not being given the top ranking on Beam, Sasha questions her ability to be a leader for The Rock team. Lauren is disappointed when she goes to meet her mother from the bus station and she does not show up. In spite of their own problems, Emily, Payson, and Lauren try to track Kaylie down. They find Kaylie at the Gymnastics camp that they went to as kids. Lauren confesses about sleeping with Carter after the party, and Kaylie flips out. Meanwhile, Summer, Kim, Chloe, and Ronnie are having their very own confession. In the end, the girls decide they have to be a team in order to win, and Emily is nominated to be captain. Kaylie tells Lauren that she will be her teammate, but never her friend again.
10 10 "All That Glitters" Patrick Norris Holly Sorensen August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24) 2.40[8]
The National Gymnastics Championship in Boston has arrived and now everything the girls of the Rock have been working for is at stake. Emily does poorly in the first round and has to make up for it in the second round when Damon uses Radiohead's tour bus to get him & Brian to the meet. Realising that Steve threatened Lauren's Mom to stop her coming back into Lauren's life, Summer breaks up with Steve but remains by Lauren's side, helping her become joyful in her routines. Payson discovers that Kelly Parker uses drugs to enhance her performances and throws away her dose of Cortizone. Payson falls during her second bars routine and fractures her back. Doctors cannot operate on it and any more gymnastics would leave Payson paralyzed. Kaylie gives Carter the necklace he gave her, telling him it was over between them. She also gives her father the jewelry he gave her as a Nationals gift, saying how she wanted him to be just her father, not her manager. Kaylie manages to win the gold medal at Nationals while Kelly Parker has to settle for the silver medal. Lauren makes fourth place while Emily somehow makes the last member of the Nationals team. After Nationals, Leo says that he's moving back to Boulder, and Damon starts to doubt leaving Emily alone while he goes off to L.A. However, Emily reassures him by kissing him.
11 11 "The Eleventh Hour" Norman Buckley Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar January 4, 2010 (2010-01-04) 2.70[9]
Payson has a dream that her injury was not anything serious enough to prevent her from training, and that spurs her into being overly complacent about her injury in front of her family and friends. Her parents worry that she's not as fine as she says she is, but they let it go, figuring she just needs some more time to adjust. Meanwhile, Kaylie is given a parade and a hero's welcome when the team returns to Boulder from the National Championships. Kaylie is overwhelmed by everything (especially the new publicity schedule set up by her manager, MJ) but she manages to take everything in stride. Lauren lets it be known that she thinks that Payson should have been the National Champion, which does not go over well with her team mates at The Rock. Lauren is determined to take Kaylie down a notch, so she goes out of her way to get Carter let back into The Rock, knowing that his presence in the gym will be enough to upset and distract Kaylie from her training. Payson refuses to set foot in The Rock again or even call her friends, insisting she has moved beyond gymnastics. She even suggests that her family move to Minnesota so they can all be together, since they were only in Colorado so she could train. Kim decides that her taking a leave of absence from running The Rock is a good idea in any case, and Summer agrees to take over for her. Nicky worries that he is responsible for Payson's injury and goes over to see her, but Payson assures him that she never took the cortisone he gave her, but there is still a syringe of it left in her locker at the gym. Unfortunately for Nicky, Lauren overhears their conversation. Eventually, even Kaylie makes it over to see Payson, and tells her that she cannot handle the pressure of being #1 and wants advice from Payson on how to handle it. Payson gets very upset that Kaylie would even think of asking her for advice and Kaylie leaves crying. That night Payson destroys all of her awards and trophies from gymnastics. Damon is leaving for L.A. and wants to have one last romantic evening with Emily before he leaves, but it's interrupted when Razor comes back and finds them together. Damon admits that he has been in contact with Razor, but he never told him about his relationship with Emily.
12 12 "Follow the Leader" Chris Grismer Joanna Johnson January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11) 2.08
The girls are displeased to have Marty back as their coach, so they try to get him ousted. Emily continues to struggle with her mother feeling that when Chloe interferes with her gymnastics she ends up making things more difficult for her. Meanwhile, Sasha attempts to find a new way for Payson to fit in at the gym; Kaylie confronts Carter about his betrayal; and Razor tutors Emily in math. Summer shows Emily that perhaps her mother's desire to be involved and see her daughter succeed in gymnastics has helped Emily more than she realizes.
13 13 "California Girls" David Paymer Story by : Doug Stockstill
Teleplay by : Holly Sorensen
January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) 2.37
Payson continues to believe a miracle will happen and that she will make a gymnastics comeback, which causes concern from Kim & Mark. Kaylie, Emily, and Payson travel to Los Angeles for a party event making a point of showing Lauren she is not welcome. Lauren is determined to go, and uses her power over Nicky so that he takes her as his +1. In California, Emily is reunited with Damon, but he reveals that his California dreams have not turned out the way he planned. Lauren saves Kaylie's career when she rescues Kaylie from the paparazzi. Back in the hotel room, Lauren and Kaylie finally make up. Nicky continues to encourage Payson, and reveals his feelings for her. The next morning, Payson visits a back specialist about her injury, where he assures her that her injury is inoperable and she would not be able to do gymnastics again.
14 14 "Are We Having Fun Yet?" Michael Robison Amy Turner January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) 2.30
Emily's performance suffers after she Googles herself and sees that bloggers are judging her negatively online. Payson begins to attend public high school mid-year and clashes with the school's Queen Bee, who does not take kindly to her cheerleading tumbling pointers. However, Kaylie, Lauren and Emily quickly come to her rescue and manage to get the "Queen Bee" off Paysons back for a short time. A girl called Heather tries to welcome Payson but she has no desire to get involved with any school activities. Meanwhile, Ike, a school outcast takes Payson under his wing encouraging Payson to skip class and offers her pot. At the Rock, Sasha is hosting the annual Open House Night and decides to make it "fun" this year, encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves by dressing themselves in costumes and performing routines purely for entertainment. Nicky and Kaylie are assigned to do a duet performance, which proves to be difficult, considering they have conflicting opinions about everything. However, the couple soon come to a truce and Kaylie comes up with an idea for their performance. Meanwhile, Emily is convinced by her mom to tell the story of her life through her performance, which results in a little girl asking for Emily's first autograph.
15 15 "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" Fred Gerber Michael Gans & Richard Register February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01) 2.16

Romance is in the air at The Rock for the gymnasts and the parents as Valentine's Day arrives, and Summer suggests to Sasha that they should hold a Valentine's mixer at the gym. He reluctantly agrees to this, but disapproves when Summer asks to hold a lecture about abstinence to the gymnasts. Sasha tells Kaylie that in order to reach the needed height for her Double Arabian to beat international competitors, she needs to improve her strength. Nicky offers to help her, and the two arrive early to the gym to practice. To secure Carter's heart for her own, Lauren tries to get Nicky and Kaylie together, and insists to Payson that the two have feelings for each other. One night, Carter catches Steve with a woman when they stumble up into the attic he is residing. At school, Payson receives a Valentine's rose from who she believes is Ike, but later learns was from Heather, the school's perky over-achiever who causes Payson's pessimistic mindset to change. Tired of Ike's negative attitude, Payson ends her friendship with him, realizing that the world is full of so many opportunities other than gymnastics. Meanwhile, Summer returns to the gym one night after it closes to continue to press Sasha to let her do the talk, and explains that although she believes in abstinence she has needs herself, too. Amidst her arguing, Sasha kisses her. Sasha lets Summer do her speech because he said if he could lose control then it is bound to happen to the gymnasts. Emily is distraught she has not heard from Damon in days, and finds him in prison. Damon tells Razor that he had bought a mixer he had not known was stolen to record his own songs, and Razor reluctantly bails him out from jail. Razor and Damon are heading to Razor's car after Razor bails Damon out, when Emily appears and confronts Damon. Without letting him explain, Emily breaks up with Damon. Meanwhile, as they are about to leave the gym, Kaylie tells Nicky that although they have had their moments, she values her friendship with Payson too much than to put it at risk by being involved with him. Nicky tells her that the drama at The Rock is too much for him to handle, and that he has been recruited by Denver, and has decided go there. Later on, Payson invites her new friend Heather and the girls to her house for a sleepover, and her mother is glad that she is finally adapting to being a normal teenager. Kim then gets a phone call from Sasha about a doctor who can operate on Payson's back with an experimental procedure and allow her to return to gymnastics.

Song featured: 'Matter of time' by Stacy Clark
16 16 "Save the Last Dance" Helen Shaver Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08) 2.29
Payson and Heather enlist the girls help when it looks like the Taft High prom is going down the tubes. Happy to help, the girls are thrilled with the opportunity to be regular teenage girls for the night. Lauren invites Razor and Carter to come along, and continues with her detective work to find out who her father is dating. Meanwhile, Payson's parents meet with a doctor who claims she can fix Payson's back injury with an experimental procedure, and struggle on whether or not they should tell their daughter about it, when she is finally doing so well. Heather's band for prom unexpectedly cancels, and Payson saves the day by enlisting the Shelter Pups to play. In the meantime, Carter helps Kaylie improve her strength to master a Double Arabian, and with his aid, she ends up executing it. At the night of the prom, Carter asks Kaylie to dance and is rejected, but later sees her dancing with another boy. He steps in and tells her that he loves her, but if she will not forgive him, he needs to move on. To everyone's surprise, Ike shows up at the prom in a tuxedo to apologize to Payson, and the two share a dance. Emily shows up in a dress Lauren had thought her father had bought for her, and Lauren slowly comes to the conclusion that her father was seeing Chloe Kmetko. Emily is distraught when she sees Damon's band playing at the prom, and Razor asks her to dance. Upset, Damon declares to the crowd that he will sing a song he wrote for Emily, but ends up panicking and runs off the stage. Emily chases after him into the parking lot, and Damon explains to her why he turned up in jail and that he wanted to prove himself worthy for her by making a song for her. Emily tells him that just being there for her was more important than any song, and Damon decides that he does not deserve her, taking off. Razor comes and tells Emily that he knows that Damon loves her, and that she loves him too. He decides that he and Emily will just be friends, and leaves Emily crying in the parking lot. After the prom, Carter visits Lauren's house to pack his things, and she reveals to him her desire to feel wanted. Carter turns on the music and asks her to dance with him. Meanwhile, Kaylie deletes a photo of Carter and herself from her phone, symbolizing that she is over him. When Payson returns home, her parents finally decide to tell her the truth about the back procedure.
17 17 "Hope and Faith" Chris Grismer Doug Stockstill February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15) 2.22
Lauren tries to break Chloe and Steve up by telling lies to Chloe about her father's other affairs. She also throws hints to Emily to find out if she knows something. The national team is back from London where they were victorious to train for the meet in China. The girls realize they have to bring A game to the floor so that they get chosen. On the first day of practice with Marty, Kaylie's performance suffers because Kelly Parker finds out about her mother and Marty's affair and psyches her out. Emily, on the other hand find out about her mother and Steve's affair and has a fight with Lauren. This makes her mess up her routine as well. Kaylie storms out of the gym and Summer tells Sasha about Marty and Kaylie's mother's affair. Sasha loses it and punches Marty in the face. Sasha calls the girls to the gym that night and tell them that Marty has agreed not to tell the National Committee about the girls' mess ups, and so they still have a shot of going to China. The girls nail all their routines the next day in front of the committee but Kaylie and Emily still does not get picked to go to China. Sasha realizes that it was all a case of politics with them and that they were not making their decisions objectively. He promises Kaylie and Emily that he would get them on the team for China. At the end of the episode, Payson is seen going into surgery with her parents watching her.
18 18 "The Great Wall" Guy Bee Joanna Johnson February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22) 2.05[10]

The girls raise the bar with their training in preparation for a competition against the Chinese team, but troubles at home and confidence issues plague them. Meanwhile, the moms hold a fund-raiser at the pizza shack to cover the Chinese team's travel expenses. But Summer finds out that Sasha has not invited the Chinese yet so she struggles with keeping it from the moms due to them thinking she cannot keep a secret. Summer thinks of giving up her position as The Rock's manager when she goes to confront Sasha, he kisses her. Payson's family is in debt because of the surgery, so the Rock girls decide to make sure the Keelers win the 10,000 dollars in bingo. After steamrolling the American National Team at the meet in Beijing, The Chinese Team agrees to a meet at The Rock despite Ellen Beals' trying to put a stop to it. Kaylie thinks about forgiving Carter and kisses him at the Pizza Shack. Leo returns and has his eye on Emily, while Damon is jealous that he will lose her forever. He then goes back to the recording studio to become "that guy" for Emily. After having the chance to start training, Payson is afraid because she wonders if she might break her back again. Payson is told that she is allowed to train, but she decides not to tell anyone yet.

Note: Due to Lauren competing in Beijing, this is the only episode in which Cassie Scerbo does not appear.
19 19 "The Only Thing We Have to Fear..." Norman Buckley Michael Gans & Richard Register March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01) 2.14[11]
The Rock girls are on lockdown as they prepare for the meet against the Chinese National Team. Summer serves as their chaperone, and Sasha attempts to take advantage of the proximity to escalate their relationship. Kim tips off Sasha that Payson has been given the go-ahead to do gymnastics after discovering that Payson has still not told anyone even during the week of Lockdown. Sasha teams her up with Emily who is struggling with her new vault because of having to land 'blind' in the hope that Payson will find a way to conquer her fear in the process. Ellen Beals continues to manipulate ways to stop the Rock girls competing - Kaylie is torn about whether to compete with her team in the upcoming Chinese Invitational or listen to the National Committee and MJ, who tell her to back out of the meet. Damon finds out that he won a music contest, but has to leave Boulder before he can tell Emily. The National Committee find out about Emily's job at the Pizza Shack and tell her they will take away her scholarship if she competes at the China meet leaving Emily with a difficult choice to make. Kaylie's father files for divorce after finding out about the affair Ronnie had with Marty. Kaylie finds out that Carter has been living in Lauren's attic.
20 20 "Are We Family?" Michael Lange Holly Sorensen March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08) 2.50[12]
The girls feel unprepared to compete against the Chinese team. Among their obstacles: Kaylie's decision not to compete does not sit well with her teammates, and Emily struggles with a crisis of confidence as well as heartbreak, knowing that she can never see Damon again due to The Rock's and National Committee's rules. During the invitational, Sasha and the girls are surprised that in the end, Kaylie does decide to compete after a pep talk from her father. Kaylie shines on the floor, but does not medal on bars. When Lauren gets injured during her beam routine. Sasha enlists Payson to fill in, not expecting her to medal but with the faith she will inspire the others. For the first time since her injury, Payson performs a routine on bars. Emily sticks her blind landing, and surprises everyone with her silver medal performance on Bars. Lauren is not happy to see Kaylie beat both her & undefeated Chinese star, Gengi Cho on the Beam. The Rock wins a total of five medals at the competition, more than the USA National Team in Beijing. The girls celebrate at the Pizza Shack, where Leo reveals to Emily that he had taken a note Carter convinced Damon to leave for her, and only wanted to keep it until the invitational ended, so she would not be distracted. The group then hears Damon interviewed on a local radio station, and he says that he loves Emily, but knows she has her own dreams to pursue and that he will let her go. Then, he sings the song he had written her, the first time he was willing to sing in front of others. This causes Emily to realize she needs to say goodbye to him before he leaves on his tour, and Kaylie drives her to the radio station. They learn from the DJ that the show had been pre-recorded, and that Damon's flight had already left. Kaylie leaves a message for someone who is presumably Carter, telling him that she loves him and inviting him to her room that night. At the end, Carter appears at Lauren's house, and Carter kisses Lauren passionately.

Season 2 (2010–11)[edit]

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21 1 "Friends Close, Enemies Closer" Patrick Norris Joanna Johnson June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28) 1.83[13]
After going rogue and winning more medals against the Chinese national team than the US nation team, but going against the US Gymnastics National Committee, the girls are at their best. But when the National Team have a peek at who goes to compete in France, the girls are not it. Payson is back and she is determined to get to the top once again, but refuses to acknowledge that her injury has caused her body to change, and therefore is never going to be the same gymnast she was. Against Sasha's advice she decides to petition to perform in front of the US Gymnastics National Committee in France to see if they will let her rejoin her team. The girls are afraid that Sasha will prevent them from going to France, and they plan on going behind his back to make their dreams come true. Kaylie, Payson, Emily, and Lauren meet with Ellen Beals, but do not get the results that they hoped for.
22 2 "All or Nothing" Fred Gerber Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar July 5, 2010 (2010-07-05) 1.72[14]
After being allowed back on the U.S. National Team, the girls head to France where everything is left on the mat in order to get one step closer to achieving their dream. With cockiness, jealousy, sabotage and self-doubt at an all-time high, as well as Ellen Beals constantly looming over the girls, the pressure is almost too much to bear. For Kaylie and Lauren, the bickering continues, while Emily pines for Damon and Payson puts her Olympic future on the line. Emily sneaks out to see Damon in the hope that being able to say goodbye will bring closure to the relationship so she can focus on her gymnastics. Later, Ellen Beals catches Emily as she tries to get back to her room and suspends her, therefore allowing Lauren, who went to France as an alternate, to compete. Payson performs in front of the National Committee, but her petition gets denied.
23 3 "Battle of the Flexes" J. Miller Tobin Amy Turner July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13) 1.56[15]
When the men's Olympic champion, Austin Tucker, begins temporarily training at The Rock, egos clash when he tries to move the girls' equipment. To settle the matter between the male and female athletes, Sasha decides the two must compete for gym space, but there's a catch – the girls must perform on the men's apparatuses and vice versa. With Payson unsure about her future in the gymnastics world, Kaylie, Emily and Lauren are forced to face the men on their own. Will they be able to beat the boys and have the gym they made famous remain theirs? And will Payson choose to fight for her dream, or forever leave the sport that destroyed her?
24 4 "And the Rocky Goes To..." Bethany Rooney Holly Sorensen July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20) 1.46[16]
The Rock gears up for the annual awards banquet dinner, The Rocky Awards, and Lauren is determined to win the Miss Congeniality award the best way she knows how – with bribery and cheating. But even after all the free smoothies, barrettes and massages, will Lauren get her way or will she be usurped by a silent but strong contender – Emily? Meanwhile, both Payson and Kaylie go to extremes to achieve seemingly unattainable goals. Payson finds it difficult to see her sister overtaking her in the gymnastics world. Summer and Sasha share a kiss after she drinks too much at the banquet, but he leaves her at her house without going inside.
25 5 "I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me" David Paymer Michael Gans & Richard Register July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27) 1.66[17]
With World tryouts in the near future, Sasha pushes the girls to better their already difficult floor routines. During what should be a time to focus, Lauren instead finds herself looking to Carter to say the "L" word, while at the same time trying to one-up Emily. Lauren is not the only one facing challenges: Kaylie faces struggles on and off the mat, while Payson wonders if she can ever be the graceful flower Sasha envisions her being. Austin helps Emily with her struggle to nail the routine created by an expensive choreographer. Will the girls be able to come up with the routines to put them on top, or will the cattiness and difficulties finally take their toll on the Rock girls?
26 6 "Party Gone Out of Bounds" Felix Alcala Joanna Johnson August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03) 1.75[18]
Austin invites the girls to a party at his lake house. Kaylie tries to control the girls and tells Austin they would not go, but they all end up at the party anyway. Lauren tries to scare Chloe by telling her she'll get rid of her like she got rid of Summer. Sasha and Summer go on a date, which they mask as a business meeting when they run into Steve and Chloe. Summer influences Chloe to stop having sex with Steve at his house. Austin and Kaylie kiss. Lauren and Carter argue over her being so mean to Emily. At the end of the episode, Chloe catches Lauren and Carter in bed in the garage apartment.
27 7 "What Are You Made Of?" Glenn L. Steelman Holly Sorensen August 10, 2010 (2010-08-10) 1.56[19]
Kaylie, Emily, and Lauren have the final practice before the tryouts for the world team while Payson attends a ballet class. Sasha gets concerned over Kaylie's well being and informs Marty to not let Kaylie execute the move she's been so desperate to conquer. Marty gets fired as the National Team coach and Ellen becomes the new one. Emily has a hard time with Ellen Beals looming over her every minute and begins to lose faith in herself a bit. In the end, the Rock girls minus Payson make the cut and Lauren, Emily and Chloe discover that Steve Tanner has been funding Emily secretly.
28 8 "Rock Bottom" Chris Grismer Liz Maccie August 17, 2010 (2010-08-17) 1.30[20]
Chloe gives Lauren an ultimatum that either she will tell her dad about her relationship with Carter, or Chloe will. Lauren uses this to convince Summer that Chloe knew about and encouraged her and Carter's relationship all along, and Summer then tells Steve. Steve then breaks up with Chloe because he thinks he cannot trust her. Lauren and Emily are infuriated about Steve secretly funding Emily's scholarship. Austin Tucker sees that Kaylie has become thinner and tells Kaylie that his sister had an eating disorder which led to the end of her gymnastics career. Also he might be starting to fall for her. Without the schloarship money, the Kmetkos begin to have financial problems once again & Emily gets arrested for stealing Brian's seizure medicine. Payson perfects her beautiful floor routine, and she and Sasha are laughing, happy and celebrating when she kisses him but he pulls back as he's her coach, she is underage, and he's dating Summer and Payson runs away, afraid of his reaction. Kaylie is shown writing down her calories and she has only eaten the bit of chicken Austin gave her that day. She leaves the room, but then comes back and starts running on the treadmill into the night.
29 9 "If Only..." David Paymer Michael Gans & Richard Register August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) 1.42[21]
Emily calls Razor to bail her out of jail when she cannot get in contact with her mother. Payson's kiss with Sasha was captured on the training camera. Lauren finds it, and sends a picture of the kiss to Ellen Beals, because she is mad that Summer is seeing Sasha instead of being willing to get back together with Steve. Ellen takes that picture to the election at the Rock, and uses it to help Steve get elected as president of the Parents Board instead of Kim. Lauren's mom shows up in Boulder to restart a relationship with Lauren. Steve refuses to let her see Lauren, and she dies in a car accident. Damon returns to Boulder, having just got a record deal, surprising Emily. She gets overwhelmed, and they have a fight and Damon breaks up with Emily.
30 10 "At the Edge of the Worlds" Chris Grismer Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31) 1.44[22]

The National Gymnastics Organization tells Sasha that he is not allowed to coach Kaylie, Lauren, or Emily, and Steve, as new President of the Parents Board, suspends him from The Rock. Summer almost forgets her commitment to abstinence before marriage, but Sasha refuses to let her change her beliefs for him. While scouting for dancers for his music video with his agent, Damon bumps into Chloe who has taken a job as a bartender in a strip club. She informs him of Emily's legal troubles. Emily's court date and World Team trials conflict, so Damon calls his stepdad, with whom he has a very rough relationship, to see if he can help. His stepfather, Walter, says that he can and gets Emily a new court date, but the judge calls The Rock, and Ellen Beals convinces him not to move it. Emily does not realize this, and goes to World Team trials thinking the court date has been changed. Austin goes to Ronnie and Alex with his concerns that Kaylie has anorexia and should not be competing, but when he declares he is crazy about her, Alex chucks him out the house refusing to believe there is anything wrong with his daughter. Steve finally tells Lauren that Leslie really did love her and that he was the one who kept her from going to Nationals. Sasha's father, Dmitri, goes to the World Trials to coach the Rock girls. Sasha asks Payson if she is ready to embrace her destiny as a gymnast and then takes her to the trials and makes the judges see Payson, the artistic gymnast opposed to the power gymnast that she once was. While she performs, he cries, incredibly proud of her. Cops show up at the trials to arrest Emily for not going to court, and Damon convinces them to let her finish her audition before taking her away. Kaylie collapses during her beam routine & is taken to the hospital. In the end, Lauren, Emily, and, by a surprise vote, Payson all make the World Team. Payson is incredibly excited but is disappointed to see that Sasha left before hearing the results. Kaylie's position on the team will be decided after doctors examine her to see if she is healthy enough to continue; if she is not, she loses her spot on the World Team and the National Team. Summer gets back together with Steve and is last seen with him and Lauren having dinner. She realizes she cannot love a man who does not share her beliefs, and decides she does not have any feelings for Sasha anymore. Emily is seen in jail with Chloe and Damon. Payson is seen getting a letter from Sasha. Kaylie is seen in the hospital with Austin. The last shot is of Sasha driving away in his truck with his trailer attached to the back.

Guest Star: Béla Károlyi as Sasha's father, Dmitri
31 11 "The New Normal" Michael Lange Holly Sorensen March 28, 2011 (2011-03-28) 2.06[23]
Emily, Lauren, and Payson, are all preparing to go to a gymnastics exhibition in Denver while Kaylie is living in a eating disorder rehab away from her teammates and family. While at rehab, Kaylie befriends Maeve, a pretty model who is also there to shed her eating disorder. Marcus, a rep from the NGO meets with Chloe, Emily and Cindy, Emily‘s parole officer to discuss Emily‘s status after she was arrested for stealing medicine for Brian from the pharmacy. Cindy informs Emily that since her probation restricts her to home and the gym only, she can attend the exhibition in Denver only if she wears an ankle monitoring bracelet. Emily is mortified that she will have to perform with a monitoring device everyone will be able to see. At the exhibition the girls find out that Kelly Parker is back and the Denver elite team will also be showcased at the exhibition. Austin introduces Lauren and Payson to an old friend of his named Max who seems to be immediately attracted to Payson, but she seems indifferent. The girls learn that Max is considering moving to Colorado but is trying to decide on Boulder or Denver. Lauren wanting to sink her chops into Max at first sight, suggest Boulder. Later at the exhibition party, the girls see Carter hanging out with Kelly Parker and he informs them that he has jumped ship and moved over to the Denver team. While everyone else is at the party, Max spends time sharing some of his photography work with Payson. She reveals that a "good friend" (meaning Sasha) showed her how beautiful she was, and he replies, "Lucky guy," interpreting from Payson's expression that she had feelings for this friend. Kim finds Sasha from a tip from Marty and tries to convince him not to go to Romania, but he says he failed the girls and will not return. Emily apologizes to the Exhibition crowd for disgracing the Rock club when her leg warmer falls and her monitoring bracelet is revealed.
32 12 "Free People" Fred Gerber Joanna Johnson April 4, 2011 (2011-04-04) 1.69[24]
Kaylie is frustrated with her stay in Rehab, and wants more than ever to get back to training at The Rock. Maeve begins to coach Kaylie on what to say to get out of rehab quicker. Steve introduces Darby Conrad, the 25-year-old, two-time Olympian, and Silver medalist as the new Rock Coach. Everyone, especially Payson, is skeptical of Darby‘s coaching abilities. Lauren is overjoyed because Darby was Lauren‘s Big Sister at NGO camp. Darby meets the girls with a bubbly personality making her clearly more of a cheerleader than a gym leader. Darby informs the girls that she won‘t be imposing any dating rules or curfews on the girls. She trusts that they as gymnasts and women have the self control needed for their profession. Now that Darby is the new coach, Lauren asks to be her second in command as the new team captain in Kaylie‘s absence. Both Emily and Payson disagree that Lauren should be captain, and Darby has Payson and Lauren compete for the title. The competition is extremely close, and the girls are all shocked by the result. Damon is back in Boulder to record, and Emily is happy because she can finally see him without sneaking around. Kaylie‘s therapist approves Kaylie to go home but doesn‘t clear her to begin training. She suggests to Kaylie's parents that Kaylie use this time to develop other interests. Steve asks Summer for a second chance at their relationship. Summer agrees and they are officially back together again. Marcus the NGO rep informs Emily and Chloe that the NGO has decided to keep Emily on the National team, provided she signs a contract that outlines rules such as no boyfriends, no job, and no social activities. Ronnie and Alex put together a recording studio for Kaylie to pursue singing. Still upset that she can‘t train, Kaylie tells Emily that Damon can use the recording studio her parents gave her in their home. Emily has to tell Damon that things must go back to the way they were before the rules were lifted but she is ready to have sex with him before they are separated again.
33 13 "The Buddy System" Glenn L. Steelman Amy Turner April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11) 1.64[25]
Payson and Lauren continue to be snippy with each other, much of it due to their co-captain status and the playful attention Max can be seen giving Payson. Payson repeatedly denies having any feelings for him, but Lauren is not convinced Max feels the same. Darby makes the two learn each other‘s routines in an effort to have them spend time together. Maeve surprises Kaylie with a visit to Boulder. Kaylie shares with Maeve that she still can‘t practice at the Rock because of her therapist and Maeve convinces Kaylie she has to turn her parents against the therapist and she will be back to training in no time. While looking at Lauren‘s computer, Steve discovers the email with the altered video of the Sasha and Payson kiss, that Lauren sent to Ellen Beals. Payson seeks advice from Kim and Austin as to how to trump Lauren‘s sexiness. Steve approaches Lauren with a DVD of the altered video in hand and tells Lauren he is going to give it to Summer. Lauren begs Steve to keep her secret and he agrees despite his intent to show Summer he is a changed man. Kaylie pays the Rock a visit with Maeve in town. Later Maeve takes off to catch an international flight to her next modeling job. Emily finally discovers that Chloe works at a strip club when she finds Chloe‘s name tag. Emily shares with Payson that she had sex with Damon. Payson is happy for her, and then master's Lauren's beam routine, looking very sexy. Only after she starts having some physical appeal does Max take notice of her. Payson does not care but Lauren is furious. Kaylie picks up the phone to call Maeve after a fight with her parents and a woman on the other end informs her that Maeve died of heart failure in the airport.
34 14 "Life or Death" David Paymer Michael Gans & Richard Register April 18, 2011 (2011-04-18) 1.58[26]
Kaylie becomes sad when she learns Maeve died. Emily is still mad at her mom since she found out that her mom was working at a strip club. Darby asks if Max wants to be a photographer for a headshot for the Dallas meet. When Lauren sees Max taking pictures of Payson's gymnastics, she ask him to take pictures of her. Kaylie sees Damon singing with his guitar in the recording room, singing a song with some pictures of Emily and him on the computer. Kaylie gets a bit sad when she hears him sing, since it reminds her of Maeve. Later, Max comes to Lauren's house to take some pictures for the meet. Lauren dresses up in lingerie. When Summer comes in, she sees Lauren posing for Max and makes a deal with her. Darby has bad news that Dallas canceled the meet. Instead of Dallas, the Rock would have a meet with Pinewood Gymnastics Club, the worst team in the country. Darby gets a bit sad since no one likes her at the gym, then she makes a deal with Payson. Later, Kaylie gets a call from Maeve's mother to come to her funeral to talk about Maeve to all the people. Kaylie has never been to a funeral before, so Damon decides to come with her. Kaylie does not want to come to Maeve's funeral because Maeve's life has been a lie and she cannot take it. She runs away from the church with Damon running after her. Kaylie and Damon come to the Pizza Shack, since he has to perform there. The Rock girls comes to the Shack and Emily sees Kaylie perform with Damon and gets jealous. Later, when the meet starts, everything goes wrong. Darby tells Payson to do the move she taught her. Payson decides to do what Darby says and falls on her back. The Rock loses and the whole team, specifically Payson, confront Darby about her horrible coaching. She leaves, clearly upset, and Lauren makes a statement about how a real coach would never walk away from a diss like that.
35 15 "Hungary Heart" Rod Hardy Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25) 1.64[27]

After the Rock‘s embarrassing lost to Pinewood, the lowest ranked team in the country, Payson, Emily, and Lauren are headed to compete in Hungary with a more stern Darby as their coach. Steve warns Darby that everyone is going to be watching her and if she appears unable to handle the girls, the NGO will take action. Payson notices Sasha‘s unsigned release papers waiting to be mailed to him in Romania. Damon visits Emily before the girls leave for the meet and Emily questions Damon about his relationship with Kaylie after she witnessed the two singing together on stage. Emily is also annoyed that Damon did not tell her about Chloe working at the strip club. Emily decides it is too much and breaks up with Damon. While on the plane, Payson fed up with Darby, tells the girls she is going to get Sasha back as their coach. Payson initiates a plan in which the girls ditch Darby at the airport during their layover and they catch another flight to Romania. While in Romania, Emily drinks an energy drink and Payson reminds her that she shouldn‘t be drinking energy drinks due to how many banned substances they contain and could possibly cause her to fail a drug test. The girls find Sasha working in a bar, and he refuses to return at first but later gives in after Payson stubbornly stays behind to wait for him, returning his Olympic gold medal and telling him she only wanted it because it stood for him never giving up. He later shows up at their hotel room at 3:04 in the morning, telling them they needed to prove they wanted him back, but yes, he would return. Payson and Emily squeal in happiness after he shuts the door. Payson looks particularly relieved. Kaylie and Damon become closer as they discuss Kaylie‘s eating disorder, Emily, and music. Sasha returns to the meet in Hungary to coach the girls and Darby is not happy, but Mr. Tanner agrees with the girls, Sasha is the better coach. After the meet, the International chairman approaches Emily and Sasha with a concern regarding her test. When Emily tries to defend her test by stating that she did not know about the substances in her energy drink beforehand, the Chairman informs her that her test did not reveal banned substances, but rather that she is pregnant.

Note: Chelsea Hobbs, who portrays Emily, gave birth two days after this episode aired.
36 16 "Requiem for a Dream" Michael Schultz Holly Sorenson May 2, 2011 (2011-05-02) 1.65[28]

Emily goes to the doctors and finds out that she is six weeks pregnant. The doctor says she would not be able to do gymnastics anymore as it can cause harm to the baby. Chloe talks to her about the possibility of an abortion and Sasha pressures Emily to make a decision about her future. Kaylie and Damon record a song for his album as that was the only song the record company liked. They get caught up in the moment and kiss but Kaylie regrets it and runs out of the studio. Lauren puts pressure on Steve to propose to Summer. He agrees but when he asks Summer, she says she needs time to think about it. Summer visits Sasha to see if there's still anything left between them but they get into an argument about abortion when she is told about Emily's pregnancy. Summer then accepts Steve's proposal. Marcus arrives at The Rock to tell Emily she has made it to the World Team but she now has to deal with her pregnancy. Payson approaches Emily and Emily tells her that she's pregnant. Payson gets angry at Emily and tells her that not only did she ruin her life, but also the dreams of her teammates. Emily feels she deserves some support and goes to Damon. He is upset that he got Emily pregnant but Emily tells him that they can live the happy ending they wanted that they were going to postpone after the Olympics. Kaylie goes to Emily's house to tell her about the kiss between her and Damon. Emily shuts down and runs away to Las Vegas to live with her godmother. The Rock girls try to confront Emily but realize she has already left. They then go to the site of the old gymnastics camp and camp out with their parents. Steve and Summer look extremely happy together. Kaylie tells the other girls that she is ready to start training again. Lauren expresses understanding towards Emily's situation, saying it's not a bad thing to want a child that will love you forever. Payson regrets yelling at Emily, saying that there is nothing in the world like a gymnastics team. They also find out Sasha has been named as the National Team Coach going to Worlds. He hugs all the girls and looks very happy as well.

Note: This is the last episode in which Chelsea Hobbs appears, although she retains her billing in the opening credits for the rest of the season. This is also the last episode to be written by series creator Holly Sorensen.
37 17 "To Thine Own Self Be True" John Behring Liz Maccie May 9, 2011 (2011-05-09) 1.51[29]
Kaylie finally returns to training at The Rock, but the public is under the impression that her time away from the gym was from an ACL injury, not rehab for anorexia. Soon after, Sasha announces that Kelly Parker is going to replace Emily on the World team, and that Kaylie will be replaced, as well, since she has not had enough time to train. Lauren gets worried that Summer does not really want to be part of her family, but Summer assures her that that's not the case. Lauren asks Summer to adopt her so that she will be her real mother, not just a step-mother, and Summer says yes. Tessa overhears that Payson, Lauren, Max, and Austin are breaking into the gym at night to help Kaylie get her skills back, and tells Kelly, who informs Sasha. Sasha surprises the gang at the gym that night and reminds them that he can kick them all off the team for disobeying him. But he agrees to watch what Kaylie has accomplished and admits that she has improved over where she was before her illness, but that he still does not feel she is emotionally prepared for high-level competition. He ends up speaking with her therapist about the whole thing, and Gene tells Sasha that he would not have told Kaylie that she is ready to be a gymnast again if he did not feel she was both physically and emotionally prepared for it. The next day, Sasha announces who will be traveling with the team to Worlds: Tessa Grande, Annie Dillon, and Kaylie Cruz. Based on their training, he will choose the last member of the team at the competition.
38 18 "Dog Eat Dog" Chris Grismer Michael Gans & Richard Register May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) 1.64[30]
While taking a jog, Max and Payson discover an abandoned puppy which they decide to hide until they find a new home for her. Sheila, Kelly Parkers manager arrives at the Rock complete with a tour bus and banner featuring Kelly Parker to hang outside of the Rock. The Rock girls are not too happy with Kelly‘s banner or her newly arrived manager. Lauren is jealous of Max and Payson‘s deep conversation. She suspects the two have something serious going on, oblivious to the fact that most of the discussion is about the puppy. Sasha announces to the Rock Girls, that there is one more spot on the World team and Kelly Parker is hoping Tessa lands it. Sheila, who we later find out is Kelly‘s mother, stresses to Kelly that she can‘t afford to share the spotlight with Kaylie, there‘s too much money at stake. Kelly begins to try and distract Kaylie. Mark is back in Boulder interviewing for a job after his company went under, and he and Kim decide to keep the information from Payson. Austin asks Sasha for permission to work with Kaylie while she trains to get her spot back. Sasha approves. Austin strategizes a way to make Kaylie strong on one event, the vault which is Sasha‘s weakest link on the team. After hearing Kaylie won the spot on the World team, Sheila tells Kelly Parker that she needs to get proof of Kaylie‘s anorexia so that Kaylie can kiss her endorsements goodbye. Sheila feels as if Kelly let her down and that she may drop Kelly as her client. Kaylie witnesses the tail end of Kelly crying after Sheila‘s outburst and Kaylie lends Kelly Parker an ear and expresses concern for her now that the two are teammates. Kelly ends up hanging out at Kaylie's house thanking her for being there for her but when Kaylie asks her to stay for dinner and Kelly accepts and Kaylie leaves to tell her mother, Kelly finds her journal and reads the page that reads; "My name is Kaylie Cruz and I am anorexic," she stashes the journal in her bag.
39 19 "What Lies Beneath" David Paymer Joanna Johnson May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23) 1.49[31]

Sheila, Kelly Parker‘s mother, continues to have an overbearing presence at the Rock including blaming her daughter for allowing Kaylie to land the Healthy Bar endorsement deal. Sheila tells Kelly that she must expose Kaylie‘s anorexia now that Kaylie has made the World Team. Sasha continues to work with Lauren on beam and load her routine with high skill moves. Lauren agrees to trust Sasha. Marcus tells Kim that the video of Payson kissing Sasha was sent to the NGO anonymously. The unedited version shows that Sasha pushed Payson away. Kelly overhears Kaylie telling the press that Kelly Parker should be the team captain because she is the current world champ and has more gold medals than anyone else. Kelly is surprised by the class act Kaylie is. The Healthy Bar representatives presents Kaylie and her parents with their endorsement deal for a fit young woman who cares about good nutrition. Kaylie, having kept her anorexia a secret, struggles with being dishonest and misrepresenting such a campaign. Sheila seeks help to expose Kaylie‘s condition from Ellen Beals who has come back to exonerate herself from being investigated for the Payson/Sasha video scandal. Payson shares with Kaylie that her parents can‘t afford to come to Worlds and are in heavy debt. Kaylie comes up with the perfect idea for Payson to be the spokesperson for Healthy Bar instead of herself. Max agrees to work on a presentation to convince the Healthy Bar reps that Payson is their girl. At the Tanner party, Max runs to seclusion after Lauren throws herself on him sexually and Payson admits that she might be in love with him. When Austin finds Max, he‘s drunk and overwhelmed. Max kisses Austin and tells him he is bisexual. Ellen Beals reveals that she is being accused of the Payson/Sasha video, and tells Lauren she will never sell her out but will "return the favor." Lauren is forced to tell Summer the truth about the video when Ellen Beals tips Summer to ask Steve who sent the training cam video to the NGO. Realizing that Steve and Lauren have been keeping this horrible secret all along, Summer refuses to have anything to do with either of them ever again. A devastated Lauren leaves with Max to talk about Summer's reaction, and while talking their car is hit by a SUV. While Lauren ends up fine, Max is injured.

Note: This episode and "Worlds Apart" were aired as one 2-hour episode.
40 20 "Worlds Apart" Michael Schultz Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23) 1.49[31]

Lauren and Max suffered a car accident, where Lauren was left with scratches, while Max had a concussion and a broken collar bone. Lauren then called for Summer and refers to her in the hospital as her mom. When Lauren comes to see Max, Max thought that Lauren was Payson. They then went to Rio to compete in the World Championships, where they are to compete against favorites China and Russia and their starters Genji Cho and Ivanka Kirilenko. At the qualifications where the top four teams advance to the finals. Lauren, Payson and Kaylie all performed poorly, as Kelly barely saved them in uneven bars as they placed fourth in the qualifying round. After their disappointing performance, Sasha orders the four girls to resolve their issues. Kelly admits she was jealous of the support the Rock girls have for each other and that they are a real team. Kelly then stated that her Mom gave up her scholarship eligibility when she was 9 and that she is jealous that Payson's mother agonized over sponsorship. Lauren then said that to Payson that Max loves her and not Lauren. Kaylie then announced to the press that she did not have an ACL injury but anorexia, with the support of her team but with the disapproval of the NGO. Lauren before doing her beam then admitted to Sasha that it was her that leaked the photo of Sasha and Payson kissing. Sasha then said that he forgives and cares for Lauren, which helped Lauren to flourish in beam and put them in fourth. Payson then injures her left leg after her first vault, knowing that she cannot perform on floor, she chose to perform her second vault, which she landed on one leg with Nadia Comăneci stating that it was the first time since Kerri Strug in 1996, Payson's vault placed them in second. Kelly then withdrew from her position as Payson's replacement on floor for Kaylie. USA then came from behind to win the Gold from China. After the meet, Max said to Payson that he might be in love with her. Austin told the media he is in love with Kaylie, and they kiss. In the end, Kaylie, Payson, and Lauren are holding hands as they stand together, staring at the scoreboard.

Note: This episode and "What Lies Beneath" were aired as one 2-hour episode.

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

The series was renewed for a third season on September 16, 2011.[32] It premiered on March 26, 2012.

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41 1 "Smells Like Winner" Michael Schultz Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26) 1.57[33]
Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren are one step closer to making their dream of Olympic Gold a reality, but first they must endure eight weeks at the USA Training Center to make the final cut. With a new coach, new rivals, and new distractions, the girls must really up their game. Payson tries to focus on her training after receiving upsetting news, Kaylie feels torn between her boyfriend and her teammates, and Lauren worries that her new custom-created perfume is giving her dizzy spells. Max breaks up with Payson. Meanwhile, an uninvited gymnast, Jordan Randall, is determined to secure a spot at the training center.
42 2 "It Takes Two" Michael Lange Amy Turner April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02) 1.17[34]
Coach McIntire decides to pair the girls up to teach the lesson that, while gymnastics is a single sport, they would not make it to the Olympics alone. This is not a training technique the girls were expecting, especially when Lauren and Payson are paired up and Kaylie is slotted with Kelly Parker. Still stinging from Kelly's betrayal before, how can Kaylie possibly live with this girl, let alone trust her? And Payson and Lauren are polar opposites, so how can they possibly agree on anything that can put them on the right track? Meanwhile, Austin pushes Kaylie to consider a career after the Olympics.
43 3 "Time is of the Essence" Jonathan Frakes Liz Maccie April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09) 1.10[35]
With just six weeks to go until the Olympics, the women's gymnastics team is looking less like a team with every day that goes by. Coach Mac is determined to whip them into shape, the way he did when he was head coach of the men's team. The only problem is the girls are not responding to his harsh tactics and even worse, not improving. With a frustrated team and the NGO looking over his shoulder, Coach Mac is desperate to turn things around. Meanwhile, Payson is still plagued with the Sasha kissing scandal - even at the USA Training Center.
44 4 "Growing Pains" David Paymer Mary Hanes & Ken Hanes April 16, 2012 (2012-04-16) 1.22[36]
It's midway through the qualifying period at the USA Training Center as the girls prepare for a day of family visits. Nervous that she'll have to play referee to her bickering, divorced parents, Kaylie decides to bring along boyfriend Austin to their family dinner -- but starts to regret it when Austin and her dad get along too well. Payson is shocked when her dad delivers some unwelcome news, and Sheila does her best to sell Coach McIntire on Kelly. Meanwhile, Payson pushes Lauren to see a doctor about her condition.
45 5 "Dream On" Steve Miner Andrea Conway Kagey April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23) 1.11[37]
Some dreams come to an end as the girls compete in the semi-qualifications to make the official Olympics team. As the girls inch closer to final team selections‚ they must first pass the semi-qualifications. But that is easier said than done as they each face problems: Kelly must deal with her mom (special guest star Kathy Najimy) being in town and out for Kaylie's blood‚ Lauren stresses over Payson constantly warning her about her health‚ and there's a mole in the group‚ trying to sabotage the team. Meanwhile‚ Coach Mac's mandatory curfew puts a kink in Payson's love life.
46 6 "Listen to the Universe" Glenn Steelman Michael Gans & Richard Register April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30) 0.90[38]
Lauren is devastated when the doctor tells her that her heart condition requires surgery. In hopes of helping her, Payson tracks down another doctor to convince him to perform an experimental procedure with a quicker recovery period. She and Rigo plan to go to the doctor and convince him. Meanwhile, Kaylie is forced to room with Jordan, during which they explain to each other what the problem is between them. Kaylie and Jordan become friends again. Jordan then agrees to help Kaylie cover up for Payson and offers to sleep in Payson's bed, keeping herself hidden from Wendy Capshaw. Wendy talks meanly about Jordan behind her back. After Austin is cut off the Olympic team, he blames Kaylie for the incident, and they end their relationship. Kaylie then goes to Austin's room to make things right, but she is too late. All she finds is a box full of things that Austin wanted returned to Kaylie. Lauren decides to forgive Payson, after Lauren prays for a way to help her accept the end of her Olympic dreams. At the end of the episode, Payson loses her virginity to Rigo.
47 7 "Truth Be Told" Bethany Rooney Liz Maccie & Andrea Conway Kagey May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07) 1.09[39]
Lauren undergoes an experimental, non-invasive heart procedure, but her need for recovery time means that she is still unable to train. However, when Jake helps her to rehearse her routines in her mind, he and Lauren form a close bond. Jordan becomes anxious and loses her focus when Coach Ray arrives at the training centre to choreograph the floor routines. A ruthless Wendy resorts to underhand tactics to deal with Kaylie, who represents her biggest threat. After with the talk with Coach Mac, Jordan, and Kaylie are sort of friends, she helps Kaylie deal with her break up with Austin.
48 8 "United Stakes" Michael Schultz Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14) 1.29[40]
Payson decides to rework her floor routine at the risk of losing a spot on the team. Kaylie is at a loss when Jordan refuses her help. Still recovering from surgery, Lauren balances her health with her need to make it to the Olympics. Meanwhile, Kaylie is thrown for a loop when she is told that her drug test came back positive for a banned substance. Also, Kaylie is trying to get coach Ray fired because Jordan confessed to being molested by him for years. Wendy Capshaw is caught drugging Kaylie with a banned substance, so she is cut from the Olympic team. In the end, all four girls, Kaylie, Payson, Lauren, and Jordan (who become BFFs) make the Olympic team. Kaylie and Austin are back together, Lauren chases after Jake for Otis, and Payson's parents shake hands with Rigo.


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