Kaylie, Lauren, and Emily are welcomed home from Nationals with a victory parade. As the newly crowned National Champion, Kaylie wants some time for herself, but new manager MJ has other plans -- namely, photo shoots, interviews, and meetings with sponsors. Lauren wants her friend back, but Kaylie hasn't forgiven her for hooking up with Carter and maybe never will. And Emily's waiting for the realization that she made the National team to sink in.
While her friends celebrate their victory, Payson rests at home. It's not just her back that's injured. Her heart's broken too. She puts on a brave face and tells her family everything's "great," but they're wooried about her.
Meanwhile, at The Rock, the competition is growing fiercer and the stakes are higher than ever. But they're about to get even higher. Lauren's working on an insanely difficult routine on the beam, and Kaylie's working on getting used to being No.1 and staying focused. It won't be easy now that Carter's back -- thanks to Lauren, who's convinced Sasha that she was Carter's girlfriend and that they've ended their relationship.
Emily has a distraction of her own, and his name is Damon -- but he's about to leave for Los Angeles. Before he does, he surprises her with a romantic evening in the "starlight Lounge," aka The Shack. He's just about to ask her to wait for him when they get a huge surprise: Razor's back!
Damon is convinced Emily will go back to Razor -- until she surprises him at the bus station and promises to wait for him. Emily gets a surprise of her own when she goes to work and finds her new-old-co-worker making pizzas as though he'd never left. Emily's in love with Damon... but will Razor prove to be too much temptation -- and distraction -- for her?
Payson gets a very welcome distraction when Nicky comes by. He apologizes for giving her the cortisone and says he feels responsible for her accident. She tells him she didn't take it after all, and that the vial is still in her locker at The Rock. They share a kiss and Nicky leaves -- and bumps right into Lauren, who's overheard their entire conversation, including the part where Nicky confesses to getting the cortisone illegally. If anyone finds out, he can kiss his gymnastics career -- and silver Nationals medal -- goodbye. He could even go to jail.
When Kaylie finally visits Payson, she burts into tears and says Payson should have been the winner at Nationals. Payson listens to her without emotion... but that night is a different story. The keelers awaken to the sound of Payson smashing her gymnastics trophies. At last, she lets out all the anger and disappointment she's kept bottled up inside.
The next day, Payson does the hardest thing she's ever done: She returns to The Rock with her head held high. After receiving a warm welcome from Sasha and her teammates, she tells Kaylie that she won Nationals fair and square. After all, she beat Kally Parker!
Just when things seem to be calming down, Nicky opens Payson's locker to discover the vial of cortisone is missing. He turns around and sees Lauren standing there. She took the cortisone out of the locker. But why?
What's Lauren plotting now?