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Previously on The Next Step...
I can't believe you pulled off a contemporary choreo like that!
It's thanks to Amy.
Without my sister here, I still haven't found my place on A-Troupe.
Let's form a club.
The Zero Percent Club.
ALL: Three, two, one, Zero Percent!
Of course I want James to have a good time.
It's just, something about this trip is really bothering me.
I just wish he didn't have to go.
I know the qualifier was a huge disappointment,
but I know that we'll pull through.
And you're doing an incredible job.
It's nice to know that Alfie's there for me.
-Are you guys ready?
-Let's do it.
All right, to the right.
Every year, the city hosts this big gala to support the dance community
and, this year, I get to represent The Next Step.
-Hey, Michelle. Could I talk to you for a second?
Normally, I would go to the gala with James
but, since he's in London, I have to find a plus-one.
So, the gala's tonight. I wanted to know if you would come with me?
Tonight, I was planning on rehearsing a little bit more
-for the qualifier.
-OK, no worries. I can just bring someone else.
-It's totally cool.
-I would love to go to the gala.
What's going on?
I love galas!
It's a really big dance gala.
You know, there's a lot of important people there -
choreographers, studio heads.
-I'd love to meet some of those choreographers!
Going to the gala would be my first elegant soiree!
I just bought a dress I could wear.
-I'll come, too.
Yeah, I want to go!
THEY ALL SPEAK OVER ONE ANOTHER
So, I can... I can only...
I can't bring...
We should order a limo!
Whoa, I was asking Michelle.
This is not an open invitation, people!
-I can only...
-THEY ALL SPEAK
Hey, guys! Sorry, I can only bring one of you.
I'll think about it
and I'll let you guys know.
Oh, get back to stretching. Yeah.
So, now, all I have to do is choose a dancer to go with me to the gala.
Just one dancer.
She should take me.
How hard could it be?
# We are gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place... #
-ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC PLAYS
I'm trying to rehearse...
but my heart's just not in it.
# One month since I walked out
# Two years that you threw away
# Three days I've been cryin'
# Four hours till another day
# Now it's five o'clock in the morning... #
So far, A-Troupe has been pretty tough.
I'm still trying to find my place in the studio.
# But you just hit me with the blindside
# You can buy me diamonds but the shine and mood ain't half the truth
# You would lie to me but I would never, ever lie to you
# Thinkin' that I wouldn't catch you creepin'
# But I saw the proof
# Just go
# Just go... #
I've been feeling pretty lonely at the studio lately.
I thought it was just because I miss Sierra...
but I think it's more than that.
I need to talk to LaTroy.
He doesn't know it yet, but he has a very tough day ahead of him.
This is serious, serious stuff.
Do I have something on my face, or what?
I'm just confused.
-About Little LaTroy.
What is a Little LaTroy?
Henry got a guinea pig,
he named it Little LaTroy.
Henry named a guinea pig after me?
Unless you know someone else named LaTroy.
It's a little freaky.
Why would Henry name his guinea pig LaTroy?
I mean, we're friends, but not like guinea pig-naming friends.
Anyway, that's why I stopped by.
I just wanted to know why, or what,
I have no idea what you're talking about, man.
You should probably talk to Henry about it.
He was way too proud of that guinea pig.
He got a little tiny comb and parted his hair.
Noah's really starting to freak me out.
This is super-strange.
'I definitely need to talk to Henry.'
I've been thinking about it,
and I think I know which dancer I should bring to the gala.
Hopefully he's free on such short notice!
-How was that, OK?
Yeah, no, it was fantastic.
Sorry, I just wanted to know if you were free tonight?
Yeah. I mean, I was going to wash my cat
cos it needs some bathing.
Other than that, I'm free.
What am I even saying?
Why am I so nervous right now?
Um, do you need me to do anything?
Yeah, there's this dance gala tonight,
and I was wondering if you'd like to come with me?
My cat can wait!
You don't have a cat, do you?
No, not really.
-So you'll come?
-If I may ask, why me?
Oh, I'm just rewarding you for winning the qualifier auditions.
-I'll see you.
-See you tonight.
-All right, see
-you then! OK.
'I'm so excited to go to this gala now that Alfie's coming.'
I don't know, I always feel like we have such a good time together,
and it should be a good time tonight.
# Don't stop the rhythm
# Don't stop the rhythm
# Don't stop the rhythm
# Don't stop the rhythm. #
Yes, that back arch! I love it.
I'm really excited that I'm one of the dancers
chosen for the qualifier...
but I'm super-nervous,
so I've asked Piper to help me out.
Stick! Yes! Yes!
Um. Are you guys going to have the room for much longer?
We're just rehearsing Amy for the qualifier.
It should be ten minutes.
-Is that OK?
-Yeah, take your time.
It's hard watching Amy rehearse,
because I didn't make the team.
I've been dancing like crazy, but I keep missing out on the qualifiers.
-Yes! Nailed it!
-You know what,
actually, I'll just come back in ten minutes.
Skylar seem OK to you?
She seems pretty lonely.
You know what, we should ask her to join Zero Percent Club.
-Let's do it!
We started Zero Percent Club because we were all really nervous
about being on A-Troupe...
and it's definitely helped.
Team Zero is about supporting each other.
I'm sure it can help Skylar, too.
So, who did you choose to go to the gala with?
I actually chose Alfie.
Only because he was voted the best dancer.
Totally. Did you tell James?
What? No, why would I need to tell James?
I mean, I wouldn't have to tell him if you and I were going to the gala,
-and you and I are just friends, and Alfie and I are just friends.
What's going on with Riley?
She's acting so defensive.
She doesn't usually act like this.
I didn't mean anything by it.
I just meant, "Have you told James you're going to the gala?"
Not, "Have you told James
"that you're going to the gala with Alfie?"
Right. Right. Yeah, no, that makes more sense.
No, I haven't told him.
Well, based off of your reaction, maybe you SHOULD tell him.
'Why did I react that way?
'I shouldn't be worried about going to the gala with Alfie.'
Alvin is trying to get this beefeater to laugh, right?
And they're not supposed to laugh.
They're supposed to stay straight, can't even make a noise.
And he actually made him laugh!
So, they fired him!
'James is telling me all about'
the crazy stuff he's up to London, but honestly?
I'm not really paying attention.
Three beefeaters started dragging this guy out of the palace...
and he didn't even make a noise.
He was doing his job, like, to the end.
After talking to Michelle,
I've decided to tell James about going to the gala with Alfie.
I mean, I have nothing to hide.
It's kind of inspiring, actually.
Riley, why aren't you laughing? This is the good stuff.
Um. Oh, no, nothing. I'm just a little tense, I guess.
What, how's the studio?
It's good. It's really good.
Actually, The Next Step was invited to this gala thing tonight,
and I get to go, and I get to bring someone with me.
And I invited Michelle originally,
but she couldn't make it,
so I actually asked Alfie.
You're cool with that?
Should I not be?
No, no, no.
Of course. Of course you'd be cool.
I mean, it's professional, right? So, yeah.
Riley's been really stressed with the studio lately.
She deserves a fun night out!
I mean, James knows that there's no other reason I would go with Alfie.
If James is OK, then I should be OK.
# Yeah. #
It's time for some Zero Percent Club outreach.
-Skylar, the girls and I wanted to talk to you
about a special club we formed.
We think you'd be the perfect fit.
It's called the Zero Percent Club.
Yeah, thank you...
but no, thank you.
In my experience, cliques are just bad news.
These girls should just do their thing, and I'll do mine.
I don't really join cliques.
No. No, no. It's not a clique, it's a...
Whatever it is that you call yourselves,
I'm not interested.
But thank you!
I can't believe Skylar doesn't want to join our club.
Who wouldn't want a group of girls
that you can go to for support?
She must have misunderstood.
That didn't go as planned.
Yeah, I didn't think she'd react like that.
Maybe approaching her in a big group kind of scared her.
I bet we looked like an attacking army of friendship.
-I'll go talk with her.
We did come on pretty strong.
Maybe the one-on-one approach will work better with Skylar.
'Henry has some explaining to do.
'We need to have a little talk.'
About Little LaTroy.
LaTroy has finally arrived,
and he does not look happy.
'The next phase in my plan is about to begin.'
No, you don't like juice? Chips?
I want to talk about the guinea pig.
Sure, I'd love to talk about the guinea pig.
Why did you name your guinea pig after me?
Whoa, you can't just walk up in a place and ask people that.
-It's a little personal.
-Yeah, I can, dude -
when you use my name!
I don't want to share my name with a guinea pig!
There's only one LaTroy.
I'll tell you...
but not here.
(Too many ears.)
If you really want to know,
meet me in Studio A.
I'll text you when.
Because it's deep, man.
And those are my terms.
Do you accept them?
What is even going on right now?
'I have big LaTroy right where I want him.'
All will be revealed in time.
# Me and my team, we be rollin'
# Take a photo right now, it's the moment
# We can hold it. Shh, hold it. #
So, I talked to James.
OK, what did he say?
He's totally cool with it.
There you go.
Then, why do I still feel so weird?
Is it inappropriate for me to be bringing Alfie
to such a fancy event?
What do you want me to say?
I want you to say that it's OK.
Well, it's only OK depending on how you feel about Alfie.
If it's purely just a professional and friendly thing,
then it shouldn't be such a big deal.
I can't give Riley advice on what to do.
She knows what's right.
And she needs to be honest with herself.
'My head is saying, "This isn't a big deal,"
'but something still doesn't feel right.'
I just don't know what to do yet.
I'm coming to find Skylar
because I think she misunderstood
what the Zero Percent Club is all about.
Sorry if we freaked you out.
That's, like, the opposite thing that we were trying to do.
It's OK. I wasn't freaked out.
I just don't want to join your clique.
No offence! I don't want you guys to be mad at me or anything,
cos I know it's worse if you're mad...
No, no, no, we're not mad.
We just want to know why.
I've just... I've never really been into that
whole "popular girl" thing.
Skylar, you're totally misunderstanding
the whole point of the Zero Percent Club.
We're not like those girl groups.
We embrace each other.
I know those girl groups.
I was in a clique, and there was this queen bee,
and everyone did what she wanted.
And most of the time, she just wanted to make my life miserable.
Did she try to turn everyone against you,
make them make fun of you?
Did you have a queen bee?
What did she do?
Let's just say that things got so bad,
Sierra had to come walk me home from school every day.
When Skylar tells me about the clique that bullied her...
I know exactly what she's talking about.
Well, Skylar, I can assure you that
the Zero Percent Club is not like that.
I know it sounds stupid and naive
but, in the Zero Percent Club,
we're just trying to figure things out together.
We would never leave anyone out.
It's not stupid...
but, for now, I'm good on my own.
Good to hear.
If you're OK, then I'm OK.
Piper's invitation has made me feel a little less lonely.
It's nice to know there are people on A-Troupe
who really care about me.
Henry's supposed to meet me here, but he's late.
I need to know why he named his guinea pig after me.
I NEED to!
What are you doing here?
-Please call me Robot Amy.
Seriously, I'm not ashamed to admit
that I'm pretty scared right now.
Henry has sent me to come get you.
He and Little LaTroy will be waiting for you in the lounge.
Come with me.
This day just keeps getting stranger and stranger.
-'Robot Amy was built for one purpose.'
I must complete my mission.
I'm not even sure if I want to know what's on any more.
The gala is starting soon,
and Alfie is going to be here any minute.
-What's going on?
I actually can't make it,
I have way too much work to do -
but I found a replacement for you to go with.
It's very unfortunate you can't come.
Yeah, well, I have a lot of work.
But if you didn't, you would go with me?
Sorry. Sorry, am I late?
No, no. Not at all. You're right on time.
-You look great.
Riley, thank you so much for the extra ticket.
Of course. Have fun, you guys.
I know I did the right thing,
but I'm sad that I'm going to miss the gala.
I need to do something to cheer me up.
-Come on in, LaTroy.
Amy said Henry and Little LaTroy would meet me here.
But why are the lights out?
Little LaTroy? Is that you?
# Happy birthday to you
# Happy birthday to you... #
'Wow, with all this guinea pig madness,'
I completely forgot it was my birthday today.
Ha! We threw you a surprise birthday party and you didn't even know it!
You should have seen the look on your face!
So, hold on, you're telling me that
you didn't name a guinea pig after me?
I don't even have a guinea pig.
And if I did, I'd name it Noah.
I don't even know what to do with that.
-You know what, let's get this started.
Right. Classic guinea pig card.
Works every time.
# There's no time to be down... #
I thought it would be really nice to give LaTroy a birthday present.
I mean, I kind of owed him after scaring him like that!
Hey, I got you something.
The toy store didn't have any stuffed guinea pigs,
but I got this from the pet shop.
His name is LaTroy.
Wow. Thanks, Amy.
I can't believe Amy actually got me a Little LaTroy.
That was really cool of her.
I'm kind of surprised that Amy got LaTroy a gift.
Does she like him or something?
-I'm good, how are you?
'I realised the only thing
'that would make me feel better about missing the gala
'is a date with James.'
And why wait until he gets back?
I'm so glad that Riley asked me out tonight.
This video date is an awesome idea.
This is my fourth time in a row having bangers and mash.
Well, thankfully this is my first.
Whatever, just try it.
-Look at that!
-Just try it, you'll like it!
You look beautiful in your dress.
You don't look so bad yourself.
Thanks. Do you know how hard it was for me to find a tux?
I actually had to borrow this from the bellman downstairs,
..I only got the top half!
Don't be wearing boxer shorts!
'This date is a little unconventional,
'but it's really sweet.'
It's hilarious that James doesn't have any pants on,
but it's just reminding me
of how easy it is to be with him,
no matter how far away we are.
And how are things at the studio?
Stressful, but good.
Whatever, you're killing it.
-'This date is exactly what I needed.
'It made me a little less confused about Alfie.
'I just wish James was here in person,
'but I guess this is what we kind of have to do right now.'
Riley has to choose a date for an industry gala, Skylar struggles to fit in with A-Troupe, and LaTroy has a very confusing day.