The girls are all together watching Castelli's basketball practice. They all tell Alecia she ought to pursue her passion for singing the same way that Cris does it with basketball. Sierra gets a tape of Alecia singing and gives it to Sean, the manager of The Loft. The next day in the cafeteria Sierra tells Alecia she has a singing gig tomorrow at The Loft. The girls go all out to help Alecia--Sierra does the publicity, Niki handles the makeup and wardrobe, Castelli gets her brother Steven to promise to bring lots of friends, and they recruit schoolmate Lucas to work the sound system. The night of the performance, The Loft is packed. Sean introduces Alecia. She takes the stage--and is overcome by fear.
The next we see, her girlfriends are trying to talk Alecia out of the dressing room two hours after she ran offstage. The next day at school, Alecia looks different, like a librarian, maybe. She says last night was good for her; it taught her she wasn't cut out for singing and instead she will concentrate on writing about music. She turns in an article for the school newspaper which is highly praised by everyone who reads it, but she's not happy with just writing about music. Later, when Alecia is not at Castelli's big game, Sierra goes looking for her and finds her on her fire escape. Alecia tells Sierra she "fired herself" from the writing job and that she can't find her true passion. Sierra tells her she'll have to provide her own answer for that. When they get back to the gym, the game is over and Castelli is practicing free throws. She tells her friends she lost the game for her team when she missed a last-minute foul shot. Alecia takes heart at how well Cris is handling such a potentially devastating personal defeat.
Later, the girls gather again at The Loft. Alecia gives Sean a tape and asks him to play it. Then, without introduction, she gets up on-stage and begins to sing, doing a great job of it.moreless