After her sister is unable to perform her school's showcase, Tori Vega reluctantly performs in her place. Everyone is so impressed that she is enrolled into Hollywood Arts, a performance school. However, she feels like an outcast, especially when she becomes the target of bad girl Jade.
Before she can be in any play, Tori must perform "The Bird Scene", which she can't seem to pass and no one will tell her the secret. As she also struggles to personally decorate her locker, André and Robbie take a ballet class in hopes of meeting girls.
Tori is terrified when she is paired with Jade for a stage fight, fearful that Jade will make it real. Instead, it's Jade that accuses Tori of hitting her.
Meanwhile, Robbie takes a kiss he shares with Trina for an audition the wrong way.
Tori racks her brain trying to come up with a perfect birthday present for Trina. She comes up with the idea of writing her a song, but is furious when Trina doesn't accept it as a real present.
Meanwhile, Robbie's grandmother calls him to help her with the Internet.
Jealous after Beck is photographed with an attractive actress, Jade breaks up with him, but soon regrets it.
Meanwhile, Robbie has to write a review for Trina's one-woman play for the school blog and has to choose between his integrity and his safety.
Tori agrees to allow Cat to make her look like a zombie for her makeup class. However, the glue is industrial strength and the makeup won't come off. With time running out before Tori has to perform in the lead in an important play, Trina and Cat leave for Bakersfield to get the solvent.
Robbie's desperation to inject something interesting into his Slap blog turns into cheap paparazzi tactics that intrudes on his friends' lives.
Meanwhile, Cat is addicted to Sky Store, buying all sorts of needless items.
Everyone heads for the beach to escape the heatwave. Unfortunately, they're all trapped in Beck's RV - everyone, that is, except Cat who enjoys the day, obvious to to the plight of her friends.
With her flight back home delayed, Tori decides to conduct a video chat in order to finish writing a script for school. However, everyone else keeps getting distracted. Even on the flight, Trina becomes an annoyance.
Beck lands an acting gig as an extra in a movie. Invited to the set, Tori speaks up for him after the star gives him a hard time, for which he is promptly fired.
Meanwhile, Robbie visits the counsellor following a series of nightmares he has concerning Rex.
When the others blow Tori off because of ping pong practice, she doesn't believe them and tries to find out what they're up to.
Tori learns that Cat's new boyfriend is her ex from her old school. Even though she claims to be okay with their relationship, Tori begins to become jealous.
Meanwhile, Trina has found a unique way to getting smooth feet.
While Tori has to look after Trina following a dentist appointment, the others go to a karaoke club. There they get mocked by a couple of girls who beat them at a sing-off.
When Rex is badly damaged after being sucked into a tornado machine, everyone takes it as an opportunity to stage his death, so Robbie can move on.
Meanwhile, Cat is mistaken for being mentally ill and is committed.
Sikowitz pays the kids to replace a children's musical group for a birthday party for the son of his friend. As embarrassed as they are, things get worse when they discover that they were filmed and the video is put online. This is especially hard on André when a record label that showed interest in him turns him away after seeing the video.
Jade is upset when she can't put on a play she wrote because of lack of money. Thankfully, a celebrity-adoring Chinese restaurant owner finances her play, but has a few demands, including casting her untalented daughter.
Producers pick Hollywood Arts as the setting for a new reality series. Soon, everyone understands that much of what airs is fabricated for drama.
Meanwhile, Robbie and Trina are forced to fill in for Festus at his food cart after injuring him.
The gang is asked to help make a short film with popular filmmaker Dale Squires. However, the kids wind up doing all the work while Squires takes all the credit when he premieres it.
Meanwhile, Beck helps Robbie fix his car.
To teach the kids about method acting, Sikowitz has the gang over his place as characters each picks out for the other. Their goal is to stay in character regardless of the distractions thrown at them.