Melissa gets frustrated when Christi and Kelly meddle in her private life. Meanwhile, Abby choreographs a gritty number about being homeless; Holly takes a leave of absence from school to dedicate herself to Nia's dance career.
Kelly's birthday party turns into a disaster when a fight breaks out; Abby arranges for the girls to audition for "Drop Dead Diva"; Leslie works to get her daughter a solo; Brooke faces tough competition from a teammate.
Abby challenges her brood to perform a new style of dance at the annual recital, shaking up the dancers and their moms. Cathy and the Candy Apples only add to the tension when they show up to the recital.
Each girl, except for Maddie, performs a solo for Abby to determine who will compete at Nationals. Meanwhile, Melissa tries to sign her daughters with an agency, and Kelly helps Brooke with her singing career.