Make It or Break It

Season 1 Episode 20

Are We Family?

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 2010 on ABC Family
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Episode Summary

The girls go up against the Chinese team to prove that they are the best, but the girls are anything but ready. Still mad from her revelation, Kaylie makes a decision that leaves her team in shock. Emily still is still unsure about her gymnastic abilities and a broken heart does not help at all. With the Chinese at the Rock and at risk of losing their position on the National Team, will they be able to pull it all together?

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  • This episode had a lot to live up to considering the finale of last year, and it did okay. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good.

    8.5
    The show starts with an intro to the Chinese team, and Kaylie is off being a little sourpuss in her home. Her father via Neil Jackson Sasha Man shows up and talks her into competing, and she eventually goes and becomes the moral leader of the team. Lauren is in a rough place as she is constantly torn between Kaylie and Carter. Friendship or desire? which will she choose? She also sprains her ankle during the meet, and it's Kaylie who wins gold on beam, Lauren's signature event. Kaylie even beats the top gymnast, who was a total jerk. I thought it was a nice touch to make the Chinese gymnast a super mean He Kexin. (everybody knows He Kexin is the nicest gymnast in the world. I wish she would guest on the show.) Emily is caught up in boy drama. Again and Again. She can't get over Damon, but she isn't allowed to have a boyfriend, not that that stops anyone. Even Payson, who was in a back brace made mushy lip sandwiches with Cody Longo. The drama with Damon is so blah blah, it's not important at all. Payson performed on bars and overcame her fear, the thing I want to see most is if she will win the next national championships like she hopes. The Ending: This show had a lot to live up to, considering the last finale was the best gymnast at the Rock breaking her back and losing the only thing she ever loved. The finale was instead Damon singing on the radio and Emily missing her chance to say goodbye. Wtf? That was nowhere near as powerful. Also, Carter hooks up with Lauren....again, instead of Kaylie. Pattern much? This was very unsatisfying because the ending was centered around romance instead of gymnastics. They could have done something so much more intense and dramatic, but they went for sappy goo goo ga ga boy drama. I do love how they had Emily loves Damon Kaylie and Lauren love Carter

    And Payson loves Gymnastics. She is so great. I will watch next season, but I am not nearly as excited for it. The finale could have been better.moreless
  • The only word I could come up with for this episode is wow!

    10
    The ending was one that I wasn't expecting at all, but I was so excited to see it happen. Lauren and Carter are amazing together and I was hoping that he would pick her. Though I was a little sad that Emily didn't get to Damon in time, but I'm hoping their relationship will pull through. They have a type of chemistry that just surprises you. Damon singing was one of the greatest parts of the episode, whether it was actually his voice or not. I loved all the scenes and it was a shock, though at the same time a pleasure, to actually see Lauren get back up on the bars. This has to be my favorite episode of the season and I can't wait to actually see more.moreless
Carl Alty

Carl Alty

Band Member #3

Guest Star

Paul Freeman (II)

Paul Freeman (II)

Band Member #2

Guest Star

Anne Marie Howard

Anne Marie Howard

Announcer #2

Guest Star

Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Ellen Beals

Recurring Role

Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

Sasha Belov

Recurring Role

Johnny Pacar

Johnny Pacar

Damon Young

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: Saturday, March 5, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

    • Featured Music:
      -Weekend Warriors - "Mr. Right Now" (reporters interview the girls while awaiting the arrival of the Chinese National team)
      -Nsm Psm - "Atomic Bomb" (Chinese team arrives and Sasha announces Kylie won't compete)
      -Josh Schroeder - "Love is A Shade" (Carter tells Damon to write a letter for Emily)
      -Romi Lovel - "Rock Your World (Squarepusher Remix)" (Chinese team and the Rock team enter and Kaylie joins them)
      -Moneypenny - "We Are Family" (Kaylie talks to her team about proving themselves)
      -Miss TK and the Revenge - "No Biterz" (Emily nails the vault)
      -Superchic[k] - "Hey Hey" (during the competition montage)
      -Caitlyn Smith - "Crushed and Created" (Sasha tells Payson she's in)
      -Superchic[k] - "Alive" (Kaylie does a triple twist on beam and the Rock girls win 5 medals)
      -Shapes of Race Cars - "Get Melted" (Pizza Shack after the competition)
      -Cassettes Won't Listen - "Paper Float" (Chloe wishes she could hug Steve)
      -Paul Freeman - "Tightrope" (DJ interviews Damon)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Emily: That's Genji Cho?! She's looks like a little kid!

      The constant remarks made about the youth of the Chinese team in relation to The Rock girls is based on an on-going controversy about the actual ages of the girls on the Chinese team at the past three Olympic Games. Gymnasts must be 16 to compete in the Olympics or World Championships, and the Chinese team has been accused on more than one occasion of using under-age gymnasts, presumeably because of their fearlessness in competition. (China used to be known for having gymnasts that were inconsistent in competition and would psych themselves out of doing well.) Several former Chinese gymnasts have admitted to being too young to compete at previous competitions, so the International Olympic Committee has been investigating the matter for a few years now. China has had to give back the medals it won in the 2000 Olympic Games because it was discovered that some of the girls on the team were as young as 14.

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