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The National Championships in Boston, unquestionably the biggest event of the year, are filled with twists and turns, shocking appearances and heart breaking loses. A night so filled with drama that none of the participants will ever forget it. From Emily's questioning of herself as to whether she belongs on the big stage to the very different journey's of teammates, Kaylie and Payson.
Co-Executive Producer and Writer of 2 episodes, Joanna Johnson, had a small on-screen role in this episode as one of the reporters at the National Championships.
Tasha Schwikert, a member of the 2000 United States Olympic Gymnastics team, had a small role in this episode as a reporter. She's the second former Olympic gymnast (Courtney Kupets appeared in episode 6 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place
") to co-star on the series.
Post Production Services: KEEP ME POSTED (a FotoKem Company)
Post Production Sound: Smart Post Sound
Gymnastics Equipment: AAI
Gymnastics Apparel: GK Elite Sportswear
Cameras: Panavision Digital Cinematography
A Hollycake and Pirates' Cove Entertainment production
Reporter: Payson, Payson Keeler, you beat Kelly Parker in Boulder. Can you do it again?
Payson: You're right I can.
Mark: (pretending to be a reporter) Over here, Mark Gaslon, Narnia Chronicle. Payson you are so beautiful, as beautiful as Miss Parker here. Many think more beautiful and we just wanna know why you don't have your own make-up line like she does?
Payson: I don't have my own make-up line or wear mini-skirts that show off my belly button because my dad won't let me.
(Payson smiles and run over to hug Mark)
Lauren: (to Emily) Don't look at me and don't talk to me. And don't make me look at that painful luggage set you got at the Dollar Store.
(to the team before the National Championships begin)
Sasha: I want you to forget everything that's come before this moment. Forget everything that is to follow, you are the few that has earned the right to be in this place at this time. You know there was a time in each of your lives when you sought to be inspired. Today you will inspire others. There was a time when you dreamed dreams, today you will live them. So what do you say we get this party started?
Kelly: (to Payson) So I hear your back is hurting.
Payson: And I hear you're the new cover girl for hemmoroid cream. Congrats.
(Payson, Emily, Kaylie and Lauren arrive at the press junket)
Kaylie: I am so not in the mood for this.
Lauren: If I see any of the judges here, I might slit their throats. How can I not win on beam?
Payson: How could Kelly Parker be beating me?
Emily: How long do we have to do this?
Payson: Let's just get this over with so we can get back to focusing so we can get back in the game tommorrow.
(Kelly Parker walks towards the foursome in the courtyard)
Kaylie: Don't let her get to you, Pay.
Payson: Don't let her get to any of us.
Kelly: Nice Jaegar on bars today Payson. But I saw you wince. I mean you could take another shot of cortisone. But it taints the victory, don't you think?
Payson: Excuse me. (walks off)
Kelly: Well, that was easy...
Lauren: Yeah, you're an expert on easy, aren't you?
Kelly: Really? Cause I thought you were. At least according to Kaylie's boyfriend.
Kaylie: Excuse me. (walks off)
Kelly: (to Lauren) Yet he still chose her. OWWWWIE. (Lauren walks off)
Kelly: (grins innocently at Emily) Whoops.
(Sasha gives the girls a pep talk before day two)
Sasha: (to Payson) Remember now, you're close. Just keep your routines clean and stay focused and you'll walk out of here with the gold. OK? (to Lauren) Technically Lauren you're the best you've ever been. But can find some joy in that? Let the judges see it. If you'll just give them permission to love you, they'll find a place for you on that podium. (to Emily) You realize no one expects you to do anything, right?
Emily: Great pep talk.
Sasha: No, it's a wonderful place to be, total freedom. I want you to make this your playground. Think you can do that?
Sasha: (to Kaylie) More. More strength. More desire. More will. More effort. More you, Kaylie, more you.
In bizarre and unexplained twist #1, we have the strange non-appearance of Becca Keeler (Mia Rose Frampton) at the Boston National Championships. Despite the fact her father, Mark (who she hasn't gotten to see since he moved home to Minnesota), was there, and her older sister (Payson) was competing on the biggest stage of her life. But the whereabouts of the youngest member of the Keeler clan was neither explained or even referred to.
In bizarre and unexplained twist #2, the even stranger non-appearance of Marty Walsh (Erik Palladino). The former coach at The Rock and the current coach of the Denver Elite squad (Kelly Parker's team) was apparently a no-show at the biggest event in gymnastics. Despite the fact he had under his wing the defending National Champion (Kelly Parker) and one of the most talented teams in the nation.
In a storyline created out of necessity (ESPN is owned by the same company as ABC Family) the producers created a mythical broadcast for corporate partner, ESPN, and let the fact that the National Gymnastics Championships has been broadcast on NBC for years, slip their minds.
Summer's decision to look up Lauren's supposedly missing mother, Leslie Tanner, is referred to several times in this episode. First when Summer again apologizes for looking her up in the first place. Secondly, when Summer uncovers the real reason that Leslie decided not to return to Boulder to visit her daughter.