Reality-style drama series. Piper gives Riley an ultimatum to tell James about her kiss with Alfie and Riley struggles to decide what to do.
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Previously on The Next Step....
I have ringside seats to you and Amy's catastrophe.
Seriously, Cassie, you need to say less things.
Doctor said if I don't get the surgery,
I won't be able to dance again.
'This is our worst nightmare.'
It's actually happening.
'I can't believe what I see.
'I saw what you did.'
-What are you talking about?
-I saw you kiss Alfie.
How can I possibly tell James?
It'll break his heart.
What did you just say?
I said I saw you kiss Alfie.
-How could you do that?!
-Please, you don't understand.
-Don't touch me!
Please don't tell James.
You, you're going to tell James, or else I'll tell him.
# We We're gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place
# Stand up! #
I'm heading to the hip-hop competition and I just wanted
to touch base with Riley.
'Hi, you've reached Riley. Please leave a message.'
-Yo. What's up, Riley?
I haven't heard from you in, like, a really long time.
So, um, call me back when you can.
Cos it's been a while and it's starting to kind of trip me out.
I just want to make sure everything's all right,
so, uh, call me back...
when you can. Love you.
I know I have to tell James what happened with Alfie.
But how do you break the heart of the person you love?
I'm making a Thinking Of You card for Noah.
-Will you guys sign it?
-Yeah, of course. That's so thoughtful.
I got Noah a Thinking Of You card because...
I was thinking of him.
-Hey, Henry, come here for a second.
-Will you sign a card for Noah?
-But you should do other things for him too.
We should get him chocolates.
What if he's allergic?
Well, then flowers.
-Everybody loves to get flowers when in hospital.
-That's a good idea.
Those always die and look horrible anyways.
Cassie always jumps to the worst-case scenario.
She could try being a little more diplomatic.
OK, what about balloons? They don't die.
I heard a nurse was putting in an IV one time and balloons in the next
room popped, and it all went downhill from there, so...
Cassie can really suck the fun out of a room.
I hope she's not delivering that card to Noah personally.
-Noah's really going to like this.
-Unless he gets a paper cut.
'I know Cassie means well,'
but sometimes... Ugh!
Hi, Noah. It's me again.
I'm just wondering how you are.
Noah is having his surgery today and I'm scared.
Every time I close my eyes, I just picture the worst-case scenario.
Anyways, I guess I'll see you soon.
Um... CHEERY: I mean, yeah, I will.
-Yeah, Constantinople sent me.
Noah, code-named Constantinople,
didn't want Amanda to worry,
so he texted me and asked me if I could look out for her.
Yeah, you know, you're Chrysanthemum,
I'm the Big Dipper. Our codenames.
I always use codenames whenever something is important,
and this, this is important.
But your real name is Theo, right?
-'Theo was one of'
the musicians at Lost & Found.
I don't know what's going on, but he's acting even weirder than usual.
OK, sorry, what are you doing here?
Constantinople said you might be having a tough time today,
so he sent me to distract you.
And I am a really good distracter.
-Yeah. Like... Is this your lip balm?
Um, how did you get that?
Look, Theo, I really appreciate it,
-but I don't think anything is going to...
I think you're wrong.
Come to Studio Ah later and I will show you, you can be cheered up.
You mean Studio A.
Oh. That does make more sense.
It was thoughtful of Noah to send me his friend the Big Dipper,
but I don't think anything is going to take my mind off this surgery.
OK, guys, listen up.
This is the part of the competition that gets really,
really tough because it's time for 2v2.
This is sudden death elimination.
This is the second challenge
of the Bangers & Mashups International Hip-Hop Extravaganza.
West got us through the 1v1 challenge,
and now there's only 20 teams left.
Please welcome Xanadu Warriors and Team Aussie 654.
Are you guys ready to dance?
Are you guys ready? Let's do it.
James and I have been practising nonstop to get ready
for this 2v2 challenge.
We don't dance today,
but we're here checking out the rest of the competition.
It is so cool to be around the world's best hip-hop dancers.
Everywhere I look, it's like perfection.
You know, I never liked orange juice.
You never know what it's made of.
Hey, guys. Hey, what are you doing?
-Just signing a card for Noah. Riley, sign it.
Yeah, Riley, sign the card.
It's for someone who's not here.
You should write, "I can't wait until you come home."
I think you mean, "I can't wait until you come back to the studio."
Make sure to sign "XOXO, Riley".
That means hugs...
-Let's get a drink, Michelle.
-What was that? What are you doing?
You know Riley can easily take you off the duet.
'Piper is really out of line.'
I'm surprised Riley is letting her get away with that.
Don't even worry about it.
Whatever is going on with Piper seems really serious.
Yeah. I'll talk to her.
These are the best hip-hop dancers
in the entire world.
You have to be ready to battle.
-I mean, they're dope. We could beat them, though.
-We can beat them.
So in this 2v2 challenge, each team
chooses two dancers,
and those two dancers go up against another team,
head-to-head and one at a time.
Once both dancers have lost a head-to-head round,
the team is eliminated.
It's bothering me that I haven't heard from Riley yet.
I don't even know what that means,
but I'm going to try calling her again.
Boss man, this is going to be a tough decision.
-I'll catch you guys, all right?
Who is the winner of this round?
This is the second call from James today.
And I'm still not ready to face this.
'Hi, you've reached Riley. Please leave a message.'
'I don't get it.
'Riley always takes my calls.'
I'm totally confused right now.
-Hey, can we talk for a second?
-I can't talk to you right now. I can't. I can't even see you.
Is something wrong?
Piper saw us kiss.
She knows about us.
So please just leave me alone.
'I feel sick to my stomach.'
I don't know what's going to happen now.
This is such a mess.
I wish I could just take it all back, but...
..it's too late.
# And you're miles away
# But your voice is in my head. #
# I gave everything and more
# Just to save it... #
I'm dancing to try to clear my head of all these painful emotions.
# You moved on... #
I don't know how much longer
I can keep all these feelings
bottled up inside.
# You gave your heart
# Well, you saw your chance to run
# And you took it
# Never thought I'd see this day... #
I'm just so angry, and everyone can see there is something wrong.
# I'll move on without your love
# I'll be strong
# I'll take it on
# It seems like we only started
# Yesterday... #
How can it all change in the blink of an eye?
I'm feeling sad for James,
betrayed by Riley and scared about what it could mean for the studio.
# Falling apart
# Falling all apart. #
Uh, you forgot to sign Noah's card before you left.
Everyone's noticed your attitude towards Riley and...
Well, I have a good reason to be mad at Riley.
Just can't talk about it.
That's not going to fly, Piper. You've got to talk to us.
-That's the reason we formed Zero Percent.
I wish I could tell you, but I can't.
-I can't tell you!
Thank you, but I need to get back to rehearsing.
I have to respect Piper's wishes.
But I'm really worried.
I wish there was something more I could do.
I promised Noah that I would distract Amanda
during his surgery today,
and distract Amanda is exactly what I'm going to do.
Oh, are you going to play a song?
-Yep, and you're going to dance.
-That's it - you play, I dance?
-Let's do it.
Theo says all I have to do is dance.
Why do I get the feeling that there's more to it than that?
-All right, what do you think about Noah's hair?
-Just answer the question.
-I don't know, it's kind of tall.
Is it too tall?
Right now, Amanda's mind is going,
"I'm so worried about Noah!"
And my job is to say, "Hey, mind, over there."
If Noah was a flavour of ice cream,
what flavour of ice cream would he be?
Uh, mint chocolate chip?
-I disagree, but OK.
-I don't understand what Theo's trying to do.
You heard me.
-Theo, what is the point of this?
-I'm asking the questions here.
So what do you like most about Noah?
All right. Keep dancing.
I appreciate what Theo is trying to do,
but this is just making me miss Noah even more.
You know, nobody has ever survived rabies.
OK, she's gone rogue.
-Piper, she's shutting us out.
-Maybe something's wrong with her.
I think she's just avoiding talking about her feelings.
So, what do we do?
Sometimes it just takes time until you're ready to talk or...
to get over a situation.
I needed time to deal before I could be around Amy,
but look at me now.
OK. So we'll give her some space,
we won't force her to talk and we'll keep our eyes on her.
We are still going to be there for Piper,
just...from a distance.
I'm coming into the rehearsal room because I need to talk to Piper.
You were giving Riley a lot of attitude earlier,
what was that about?
It's between me and Riley.
Not me and Riley and you.
What is Piper's problem?
Whatever is going on,
I'm sure we can straighten this all out.
All right, listen, Piper. Riley is my best friend.
Whatever is happening between you two must be
a big misunderstanding.
-She always does what's in the studio's best interests.
No, does kissing Alfie
sound like it's in the best interest of the studio?
'What?! There is no way.'
Riley kissed Alfie?
I can't believe I just told Michelle,
but I couldn't help it.
It just came out.
I'm coming into Riley's office
because I need to know the truth about her and Alfie.
So it IS true!
Yes, it's true. I kissed Alfie. But it just happened.
How does something like that just happen?
Your lips touching someone else's lips, that doesn't just happen.
Especially when you have a boyfriend!
I know, OK? I know. I just...
I've been so stressed lately, and Alfie's been there for me and...
Do you have any idea what this is going to do to James,
what this is going to do to the studio?
Piper is beside herself. And she has to dance with Alfie.
How do you think she feels?
Do you ever think about anyone else other than yourself?
It's like I don't even know who you are any more.
After everything I've done...
..I don't know who I am either.
My little sister
wanted to get a goldfish, so I said,
"You better get two because one of them will be dead in a week."
Do you have to put a negative spin on everything?
Cassie, what is wrong with you?
Why are you being so negative?
I know exactly what Amy is talking about,
but I don't want to talk about it.
-You say something negative, then you apologise.
OK, fine, I've been doing it my whole life.
I do it because I'm superstitious.
I figured if I say the worst thing that could happen, maybe it won't.
BOTH: Oh, so she's actually being positive!
-No, don't say it.
-Yeah, just stop apologising.
What are you guys laughing about?
It's not like we're trying to avoid talking with you cos you
can't deal with your issues.
Do you want to sit with us, Piper?
-No, I just want to be alone.
Oh. The Big Dipper has failed!
Don't worry about it, Theo, you tried your hardest.
I'm just super worried about Noah.
Noah is depending on me to distract Amanda while he's in surgery,
and I can't let a brother down.
I think I've got one more trick up my sleeve,
courtesy of Constantinople.
# I won't
# I won't cry
# If all of my dreams come crashing from the sky
# We will dance
# Yeah, we'll dance
# We will get the belt if we get our second chance
# All we need is some British rock and roll
# All we need is some royalty, you know
# All we need is some hip-hop and soul
# Sing along because you know
# Ooh, sha-la-la-la
# Ooh, sha-la-la-la
# Ooh, sha-la-la-la. #
I am grateful for Theo.
Noah may be in surgery, but...
for the first time
since this all started,
I know he's going to be OK.
James doesn't usually call in the middle of the day.
That probably means that Riley finally told him everything.
-What's up, Pipesqueak?
I'm at the competition. What's going on?
So you're OK?
No, I'm fine.
I just thought I'd check in.
Pipes, what's going on?
Are you OK?
-OK, obviously not.
What's going on?
Is someone being mean to you?
I can't be here.
Can you talk to someone about this, like Riley?
I can't talk to Riley.
-I can't talk to her about this.
I'm sorry, James, if you were here, none of this would be happening.
None of what? Piper, what are you talking about?
You're not making any sense.
I miss you.
-I have to go.
Hey, man, you OK?
No. You got to take my spot, man, I'm out.
-'It's horrible timing but...'
-'..I know West and Eldon will understand.'
Piper needs me.
And family is more important than any competition.
# We We're going to show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're going to tear the roof off this place
# You You can never fade us out
# Don't even ask the DJ
# Everybody knows we own this town. #
Piper gives Riley an ultimatum to tell James about her kiss with Alfie and Riley struggles to decide what to do.