Amanda needs to improve her Spanish grade or face expulsion from the squad; Nicole and her boyfriend talk about how his going off to college will affect their relationship; and some parents wax nostalgic as the finals draw near.
The squad hosts a semiformal event to raise funds to compete at Nationals. Drama occurs between Coach Martin and Ryan, who misses most of the festivities because of her boyfriend's basketball game. Meanwhile, chaperones express their disapproval over the girls' risqué dance moves.
A lack of discipline could lead to the squad's undoing as they get ready to face one of their toughest opponents: Tates Creek High School. In addition, Ayrica feels tremendous pressure to excel in academics as well as cheerleading, while also helping her parents care for her three younger sisters; and Amanda's mom expresses concern that her daughter is growing up way too fast.