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Previously on The Next Step...

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Meet me at the airport.

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Bring your passport and pack for a couple of days.

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Going away with Alfie is a big step...

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huge.

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I'm really sorry, Your Highness.

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She's not coming, is she? How could she do this to me?

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I don't know how Riley got here, and I don't care.

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And now I know I can win this thing.

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The winner is...

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The Next Step!

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We won Bangers and Mashups, the international hip-hop competition!

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That is insane!

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I had no idea I was going end up in England when I woke up yesterday.

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But I followed my heart, and it led me to James.

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After Riley and I broke up, I never thought I'd see her again,

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until she showed up in London.

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And you know what? It was perfect.

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I can't believe I ever doubted my love for James.

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Dancing with him right now,

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it's clear how much I love him and he loves me.

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There's so much I want to say to you.

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Stop.

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You're here, that's enough.

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OK, just one thing. I love you.

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I know.

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I love you, too.

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One, three, five, seven, fast.

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Right now, I'm leading A-Troupe in some conditioning exercises.

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Michelle and I have kinda been in charge since Riley went on her trip.

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PHONE BUZZES

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-Three.

-Looks like Amanda and I won't be

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holding down the fort for much longer.

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I can't wait to see the look on people's faces

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when they see who's back.

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OK. No, they're not.

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Hey guys, um, come on.

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What's going on?

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Sorry that I left, but I had some business to take care of.

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Good to see you guys back together.

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I was a little nervous to see how

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everyone would react,

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but they're all happy for us.

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Except for one person.

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Who's not here.

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Um, where's, where's Alfie?

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Is there something you're not telling me, Michelle?

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Well, he hasn't been here in a couple of days.

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Maybe he's sick or something.

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Alfie picked a good day to be sick.

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If he saw Riley and James holding hands, it would break his heart.

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OK. Um, I'll call him later and deal with that, but for now, Piper,

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could I talk to you in my office alone?

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Now that James and I are back together,

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I need to fix all the problems I made along the way,

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starting with Piper.

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I owe her an apology.

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You can sit.

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I just wanted to apologise.

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I know I ruined our relationship.

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You have every right to be mad at me.

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You trusted me, and I let you down.

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And I am so sorry for that.

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What I did to James was not fair.

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Can I interrupt you for a minute?

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Yes.

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You don't have to say any of this.

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I forgive you.

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As long as James is happy, I'm happy,

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and James is always happiest when he's with you.

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You and me, we're like sisters, and we always will be.

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I'm really happy to hear you say that.

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Can I have a hug?

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I would feel terrible if Piper hadn't forgiven me.

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She's my little sister and I'm glad to have her back.

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Eyes on me, eyes on me.

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OK, that was better, man, that was better. Peace, bro.

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Right now, we're supposed to be rehearsing our small group

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routine for regionals, but that's a little hard to do without Alfie.

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That was good, that was good.

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Hey, guys, so I have a bit of a surprise for you.

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I thought I'd bring in some choreographers

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to help you with your routine.

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-Cool. Who?

-Well...

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HE IMITATES FANFARE

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Hey!

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These guys just won basically the

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biggest hip-hop competition in the entire world.

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We couldn't ask for better choreographers.

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Oh, and the pose.

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This isn't just any trophy.

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This is a British trophy, and it deserves a grand entrance.

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Yeah, it's pretty sweet, isn't it?

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-Whoa! Oh, my...

-I almost had a heart attack.

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OK, no touching or breathing around the trophy.

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As a matter of fact, back it up.

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-Back it up.

-Back it up.

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I thought West and Eldon helping with this routine was a no-brainer,

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but that was before they won that trophy

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and it went straight to their heads.

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Well, I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with.

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-Have fun.

-All right.

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-OK.

-It's gonna be awesome.

-OK, so I want to know what...

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Ah! Oh, my...

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She just took the trophy.

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You know what? It was distracting us anyway,

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it's probably better that she takes it.

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Eldon and I are here to see what these newbies got.

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If these guys are on A-Troupe, that means they're good.

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I'm pretty sure whatever choreo they put together

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is already really strong.

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DANCE MUSIC

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Woo!

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# Some people get famous. #

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We're a little off balance without Alfie right now,

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but West and Eldon are professionals.

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They'll be able to see past that.

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# Sometimes in the spotlight... #

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See, their choreography's good,

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but I don't know if it's ready for regionals.

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Yeah, they're not maximising their talents.

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Yeah, that's where we come in.

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Yeah, bro.

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They're in sync, but they're not really gelling.

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If they want to be a regionals-winning team,

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they're going to have to learn how to be more connected.

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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Oh!

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OK. That was really good, guys.

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-Yeah, good job.

-Really good.

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But you have a lot of hard work ahead of you.

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Yeah, the choreography's good,

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but I don't think everything is at the level for regionals yet.

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And that's where we come in.

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We feel like we need to add something

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to make this a regionals-winning routine,

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so we're going to talk that over and figure out what that is,

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and then we'll get started. Cool?

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-Sounds good.

-Cool. All right, sweet.

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OK.

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I'm sure whatever West and Eldon add

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is going to make the dance that much better.

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I'm dreading making this call.

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But I stood Alfie up at the airport

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and he deserves to know why.

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PHONE RINGS

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello.

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'Hey, Alfie.'

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Hey, Riley.

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I'm so sorry I left you at the airport.

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'Are you OK?'

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I'm fine.

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There's so much I need to say to you, but I want to say it in person.

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When are you coming back to the studio? Tomorrow, the day after?

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I'm not coming back.

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What?

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I'm done. I've left for good.

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I'm in Switzerland.

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I've got to go.

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Bye.

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Alfie left because of me.

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Without him, we might not win regionals.

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My personal drama could cost us everything.

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Riley asked Eldon and I to help out

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with the small group for the regionals routine.

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After a little brainstorming, I know exactly what we need to do.

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-OK!

-All right, everybody.

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-Everybody.

-Everybody.

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Everyone, let's sit in a circle.

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I'm not sure how sitting on the floor has anything to do with

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choreography, but I'm new to being dance captain, so what do I know?

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All right, hold hands.

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Don't you think this is kind of a

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weird starting position for hip-hop routine?

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Yeah, see, we're not dancing just yet.

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Everybody at regionals is going to be great dancers,

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but in order for you guys to win

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you have to do something different.

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If you want to be the best at regionals,

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you've got to be totally connected.

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What's the most important part about dance?

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It's all about what is going on upstairs.

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You are going to need to know how to read each other's minds.

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West is talking next level stuff here and I absolutely love it.

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That's impossible. Nobody can read minds like that.

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Really? Then how do I know that Eldon is hungry?

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-That's easy. Eldon is hungry all the time.

-True.

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How do I know that he is hungry for a tuna salad and some fr...

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No, no, curly fries?

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-Right on the money.

-See?

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I've never seen anything like it.

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It's like West and Eldon are the same person.

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And this connection, it doesn't only

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apply to your best friends, all right?

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Noah, how do I know that you are thinking about kissing Amanda?

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And Sloan,

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you are thinking about that recent video that you just filmed with Jude

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-that just went viral.

-Nice!

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-Hey, congratulations!

-Thanks.

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Skylar, you are thinking about a... rogue bee?

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-It was rugby, but still amazing.

-Rugby, all right.

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Henry.

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Henry, you are thinking about what I'm thinking about.

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It's kind of like a thought loop, it's really freaky.

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OK, so you mean we're going to be able to do that?

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One day. One day, young grasshopper.

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-OK.

-Now, let's get to work.

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We don't have enough time to teach these guys how to read minds today,

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but being aware of the connection is the first step.

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Alfie's gone, Amanda, gone.

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-He moved back to Switzerland.

-He didn't really move back.

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He has a castle there.

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I only told three people about Alfie being a prince,

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and Amanda is one of them.

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So I know I can trust her with this.

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Whatever, that's beside the point.

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The point is he's not going to be here with us for regionals.

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And it's all my fault. I messed everything up.

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OK. Whoa, whoa! We still have time to figure things out.

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Alfie was our featured dancer in the regional routine, Amanda.

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The whole dance is structured around him,

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and even if that wasn't an issue,

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we are still down one dancer without him.

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OK, Riley, we can just adjust the regionals dance

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to fit the dancers that we have left.

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And even without him we still have enough dancers to go to regionals.

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Don't worry about it, we'll be fine.

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I know what Amanda is saying makes sense,

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but it's not making me feel any better.

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I'm sorry to burden you with this.

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Normally I'd talk to James about it.

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You did not just say that.

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Never in a million years could you ever talk to James about this.

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Do you think James wants to sit here and listen to you blab on

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about Prince Alfie? No.

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I would never ever talk to Noah about one of my ex-boyfriends.

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Keeping this from James feels like a lie,

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and I don't want to restart our relationship on a lie.

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Now that you guys have a connection,

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it's good to now carve out the story.

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Exactly. What can you bring from

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your personal lives in to the dance to make it better?

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A dance routine is like a lasagne.

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Dancers, music, choreo, energy.

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But see, this last layer, the top layer is the most important layer.

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That's the story and that makes a lasagne.

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I'm dating Amanda.

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Well I'm not dating anybody, I'm just not feeling it.

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I have feelings for someone,

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but I had to put them aside for the sake of our friendship.

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I have a boyfriend.

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-What?

-What? Since when?

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-You have a boyfriend?

-Whoa!

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I never brought up my boyfriend

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because some of us leave our relationship drama

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outside of the studio.

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What's with all this relationship talk?

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Is that all you guys are thinking about?

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I'm dating Talia.

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Eldon, you're not helping.

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-Sorry.

-What's going on with all this boyfriend, girlfriend talk?

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These guys should know that the only relationship that matters is

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the relationship with your fellow dancers.

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Henry, Noah, Sloan, Skylar.

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You guys aren't now the new bros of A-Troupe, all right?

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With you guys being the new bros,

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it's important for you guys to learn the rules, OK?

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The rules are that bros come first before anything, all right?

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Before romance, before video games, even before dance.

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-OK, I have a question.

-Yes.

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-I'm not a bro.

-Me neither.

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Anybody can be bros.

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Boys can be bros, girls could be bros, if horses could talk,

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horses would be bros too.

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Bro-dom is about friendship.

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It's kind of like a 0% club.

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-Yeah, whatever that is.

-Why don't we make the dance about that?

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Being there for your friends when they need you.

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No, no. I don't think so.

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I think the dance should be about

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being there for your friends when they need you.

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-What?

-Dude! That's really smart actually.

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Brilliant, genius!

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My brain is working.

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The wheels up here, they're just...

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Always. 24/7.

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No, no, 24/8.

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An extra day in the week for my brain to work.

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Extra. Extra work.

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Extra! I didn't even know that was possible.

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I can tell that they're starting to get it.

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Once Eldon and I are done with them,

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they're going to be a force to be reckoned with.

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# You can disappear. #

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Five, six, seven, eight.

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Boom... Boom.

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Down, and...pose.

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Hey, OK!

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I know our approach is really out there,

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but these guys embraced it.

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I'm proud of them. They've come a long way in just one day.

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Now that we have handed the bro-torch to you guys,

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there is one more thing to this ritual.

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What's that?

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What is it?

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We have to dance.

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OK, show us the moves you did at the competition.

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-Yes!

-Whoa!

-OK, sweet.

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MUSIC STARTS

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What?

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Hey!

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Whoa!

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No wonder these guys are two of the best in the world.

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Everything they do is on point.

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Hey!

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West is a crazy inspiration to me.

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I'm dying to show him what I've learned.

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And, besides, I can't let him have all the fun.

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Oh!

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Whoa! Hey!

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Hey!

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I can't believe I'm dancing with these guys again.

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It's so cool to have them back.

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It's just like old times.

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That was great, you guys, but I actually have some bad news.

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Alfie was one of the dancers in the small group,

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and his team mates deserve to know he's not coming back.

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Alfie will not be returning to The Next Step.

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-What?

-We've done all this work, what do you mean?

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Well, Alfie is not coming back,

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because...he's a prince.

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-What?

-You've got to be kidding me.

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He has royal business in Switzerland.

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Wait, what? A prince?

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I knew it. He had prince written all over him.

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All this time one of my best friends was a prince and he never told me.

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How could he keep that a secret for so long?

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I was sworn to secrecy while he was in this country, but it's all true.

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Well, what are we going to do?

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Thanks to West and Eldon, we have a sick piece

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and Alfie is supposed to be in it.

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Great, now the whole team is panicking.

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James would know exactly how to handle this,

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but I cannot risk losing him again.

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Amanda told me not to talk to James about Alfie,

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but it's all I can think about,

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so I'm just sitting here trying to pretend like nothing is wrong.

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Pretty sure it's not working.

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It's definitely not working.

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What's wrong with you?

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Me? Nothing.

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-Nothing is wrong with me.

-OK, Riley, I know you pretty well by now.

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Whenever you make that face there's something wrong.

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I am totally fine.

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And you always make that one to cover it up.

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I can't believe Riley has forgotten my powers of persuasion.

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She needs a little refresher.

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Oh, no! He's giving me the look.

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I can never say no to the look.

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I can see it.

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-See what?

-Whatever's going on with you.

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You can tell me.

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I really want to tell you because I could really use your advice, but...

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But nothing, spill it.

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Spill it!

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-HIGH PITCHED VOICE:

-Spill it, spill it.

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I want to talk to you about Alfie.

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Him.

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-Yeah.

-You want to talk about Alfie?

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Yes.

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Well, I did ask.

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Look, I know he's the last person you want to talk about right now.

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Talking about HIM is not going to be fun,

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but Riley needs me there for her, so that's where I'll be.

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Let's talk about it.

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OK. Well...

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..he left us, like for good.

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As in, he's not going to be dancing with us at regionals,

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but he's our strongest dancer so I have to find someone to replace him,

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but what if we can't win without him?

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What if we lose regionals,

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and it's all because of me and my stupid personal drama?

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First off, never blame yourself for hurting the team.

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If anyone is hurting the team it's him for leaving.

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What are we going to do without him?

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Look, everyone on A-Troupe is here because they're great.

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Sure, Alfie was good.

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So is every other person.

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You got this, I know it.

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I love you.

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Thank you for being there.

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I'll always be here.

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Just never be afraid to ask.

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I should have never doubted that I

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could talk to James about whatever is bothering me.

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James is the best boyfriend.

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Jiley is reunited! But the team has lost a member.


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