My new, secret guilty pleasure MAKE IT OR BREAK IT has collided with my other not-so-secret pleasure of General Hospital. Rosa Blasi who plays Kaylie’s mother Ronnie showed up on the soap, causing me to do a double-take. Thankfully she didn’t show up in this Make It or Break It episode, titled “I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me”, with the heavy makeup she had on in General Hospital.
The episode opens with Kaylie motivated to beat Gen Ji Cho of the China team. She exercises and pretends to eat through the episode. Kaylie convinces her mom and dad to become her co-managers. This backfires on her when they fight over her music, ending in a disconnected but hilarious chicken-like dance routine. She continues to enforce the “no boys” policy.
Payson can’t conceptualize how her athleticism can be transformed into artistry. So Sasha brings her to see a contemporary ballet. Payson is inspired by the ballet and the lead dancer whose body type is similar to her own. She opts out of the floor routine presentation until she is able to put her best foot forward.
Lauren wants Carter to say that he loves her. But he’s honest and says no; they haven’t even gone on a date. So they do date, but Carter still can’t say he loves Lauren, especially after she steals Emily’s floor routine out of revenge.
Emily hires the “it” choreographer before Lauren can. Her lack of formal training is evident, making it difficult for her to learn her routine. But Austin tells Emily that she is worth the $2000 that she paid for the choreographer. She just has to believe it. Her routine ends up better than Lauren’s.
This Make It or Break It episode focuses on the importance of realizing and exposing a person’s true self. For Kaylie, her family is very much the center of her identity. With her parents quarreling, she loses some of that center. Payson’s struggle to become artistic and graceful leads her to learn that elegance comes from inside. Remaking yourself is not a tangible thing. For all of Lauren’s bad acts, she must have a good side that she hasn’t let come (or stay) out yet. After all, she does regret losing Kaylie’s friendship. Finally thanks to Austin, Emily is learning that a little self-confidence, and perhaps even a little flaunting, goes a long way. Speaking of Austin, let’s end with the question: who is the real Austin-the extravagant party boy or the hardworking, down to earth guy?