It's Valentine's Day at The Rock, and love is in the air. But in most cases you might call it in an unidentified flying object.
Kaylie and Nicky come THIS close to kissing a one-on-one practice session. Payson catches them but slips unnoticed before she can see that they don't actually do anything.
Still, the attraction between Kaylie and Nicky is intense. They make a pact never to act on it, though, because Nicky likes Payson, and Kaylie refuses to betray Payson like she herself was betrayed by Lauren.
Nicky's about to prove his feelings to Payson with a Valentine's gift but, just as he's ready to give it to her, she tells him she likes a guy at school. It's a total lie -- prompted by a wounded ego -- but it's enough to make Nicky chuck the chocolates in the trash. It may also be part of the reason Nicky's headed to Denver. He tells Kaylie it's because there's just too much drama at The Rock. So it appears The Rock is going to be down another Olympic hopeful.
Carter's Valentine's Day surprise for Kaylie doesn't work too well either. He places rose petals in the shape of a heart on the hood of her car, but the gesture doesn't seem to soften her heart.
Speaking of gestures, Carter goes back to his secret room in Lauren's house and finds his favorite photo of his mom placed in a beautiful frame. It's Lauren's Valentine's Day gift to him, and it's enough to make him smile. But is it enough to win him over? He has no time to think, because he hears Lauren's dad and a mystery woman heading up the stairs. He hides in the closet before they see him -- and before he can see that Steven's date id Chloe!
Across town, another "Fighting Kmetko" isn't having such good luck in the love department. Emily hasn't heard from Damon in days. She's worried about him. And when Razor tells her that Damon has a reputation for being "hot and cold," she fears she's been dumped.
So when Emily learns that Damon's in Boulder -- and in jail -- she's happy he's not hurt but angry he didn't tell her he was back in town. The news that he backed out of the recording deal after promising her he wouldn't also doesn't go over too well. Damon wins no points for being innocent -- he unwittingly bought a stolen piece of recording equipment. And he never gets the chance to tell Emily that he's going to start recording his own songs.
Emily storms out, leaving Damon to wonder if they're over. If Damon's out of the picture, does that mean Razor's back in? Earlier, Razor serenaded Emily at The Shack with a song he wrote about her -- something Damon's been too afraid to do.
The gymnasts aren't the only ones having a volatile Valentine's Day. summer and Sasha clash over her idea to hold a mixer and give a talk about abstinence. Their discussion becomes heated... and then it becomes hot. REALLY hot. They share one impulsive, amazing kiss. They say it can never happen again, but will they really ignore what they feel? The "no dating" policy applies to coaches and managers too. Can they live by the rules?
Meanwhile, Payson has a very eye-opening Valentine's Day. She realizes Ike isn't cool after all. He's afraid. Afraid that if he cares about anything, he'll be disappointed. On the other hand, Heather turns out to be someone Payson can relate to. Heather had scoliosis as a kid and spent six years in a back brace. More that that, she shows Payson what can happen if you have the courage to be involved in life. Payson may have lost gymnastics, but she's gained everything else.
That night, Payson, Emily, Lauren and Kaylie celebrate Valentine's Day with their soul mates -- each other. They hang out at Payson's house, and Payson introduces them to Heather.
Kim's thrilled to have the "old Payson" back and, for the first time since the accident, she thinks her daughter is going to be fine. The she gets a call from Sasha: He's spoken with a doctor in Switzerland who believes she can fix Payson's back with a brand-new procedure. If it works, Payson may be able to compete again.
It's the miracle they've been waiting for. Or is it another opportunity for Payson's heart to be broken?