What could be harder than training for the Olympics? High school.
Payson starts her new life as a "normal" high school student -- and she's not happy aboutit. As if it isn't bad enough being the new girl. She stands out even more because of her back brace -- and celebrity. she tries to be invisible, but she's singled out by "mean girl" Morgan. And when Payson's Rock friends come to her defense, they actually make matters worse by stirring Morgan's wrath.
Luckily, a girl named Heather tries to befriend Payson, but she may be a little too "school-spirited" for Payson. Then there's like, a cool guy who seems to be above the fray. He convinces Payson to ditch class, and she admits it feels good to break the rules -- for once. But when she leaves during the middle of The Rock's open house to hang out with Ike and his friends who drink and smoke, a light seems to have gone out in her.
Sasha's worried about her. So's her mom. They understand Payson's anger and frustation, but it scares them to see her without any hope -- and they worry that a directionless Payson could end up headed for trouble.
Emily discovers that being famous has its downside. After searching ger name on the Internet, she realizes she's blog-worthy. Some comments are good. Others? Not so much. Some bloggers are saying she doesn't belong on the National Team. Emily's determined to prove them wrong -- until Sasha tells her that Wanting to prove them wrong means she thinks they're right. Chloe reminds her of her incredible story and, at the open house, Emily celebrates where she came from. To Emily's surprise, a young fan tells her she's her inspiration. Suddenly, Emily realizes that where you come from isn't nearly as important as where you're going.
Carter's still staying at Lauren's house. At times, Lauren thinks he may be softening toward her. (Was that a smile?) But then Carter tells her he's planning to win Kaylie back by getting his life together. He's got a job at The Shack. He's going to get his own place. And he's going to get serious about gymnastics. Lauren's heart sinks. She really loves him -- and understands him. (He doesn't have a mom, either.) But will it ever be enough?
Kaylie and Nicky are thrown together to perform a double routine at the open house. At first, they dread it But during practice, Nicky admits Kaylie really does deserve to be National champ, and she tells him he's got what it takes to win the gold. Finally, the adversaries are inching toward friendship -- and maybe something more. Their performance at the open house is electric. Their amazing chemistry surprises everyone -- especially Kaylie and Nicky. But where will it lead?