April 24th, 2012 by thetvchick
The intensity was insane on last night’s episode of Make It Or Break It. Two members of the National Team were cut from the USATC and some friendships might be ruined. There’s also a snitch and not one that we expected. Will The Rock girls all make it to the Olympic team? How do Wendy and Jordan factor in? The pressure is certainly on for these girls as the season and the road to the Olympics winds down.
The main focus of the episode is the two day elimination round where girls will be required to perform on certain events to solidify their spot at the USATC. Payson/Lauren and Kaylie/KP are set to go on day two (the coveted position) but Payson ruins everything by sneaking out to see Rigo and getting caught. Obviously, there’s a tattle tale in the mix and we think it’s Jordan. Turns out it’s not at all. Payson is also still very worried about Lauren’s health and debates whether or not to say something to the coach about it.
Meanwhile, KP’s awful, awful mother comes back. She’s only concerned with KP winning gold and kissing up to everyone important. She has no time for KP’s feelings or needs. She decides to try and psych out Kaylie to get rid of the competition. Ugh. Poor KP! Her mom also says Wendy wants her as her agent but she said no. We find out later, right before competition, that Wendy is in fact being represented by Sheila as the ‘newer, younger version’ of KP. Ouch!
So the competition goes pretty well for all of the girls, with one little hitch. Right before Lauren is about to show her beam routine, Payson puts a stop to it. We then see Lauren talking with the coach and the NGO lady and when they walk out we hear “Tanner is done.” No! Lauren’s Olympic dreams can’t be crushed. She was just coming around as a good friend!
We then get a little taste into the decision making process for the potential Olympic team. The Coach argues for some gymnasts, the NGO lady argues for others. While Lauren’s fate hangs in the balance, the big list finally goes up. Kaylie and Payson make it, but KP doesn’t. What?! No! The girls run to comfort her but her mom is going batshit crazy. She’s blaming race (why Jordan was allowed to stay) and promising to get KP back on the team. KP tells her mom she is fired as her mom and she is going to quit the sport. She won Worlds years ago and hasn’t been able to figure out her place in the sport since then. Sadness! While I understand that she’s the easiest one to remove from the team (she’s not a new girl or a Rock girl), I am really sad to see her go. Nicole Anderson’s increased role this season has been a really, really big bright spot and I hope at the very least she is back for the finale cheering on the girls at the Olympics. I was hoping to see KP win gold.
Later, we see Jordan packing up her stuff. When she showed her routines to the judges, she wouldn’t show them her signature vault and so she stormed out. She thought it was the end of her Olympic dream, but the coach tells her otherwise. While I’m happy she still gets a chance to stay, I wish that KP could have stayed as well.
So, remember KP’s crazy mom? Apparently, little, quirky Wendy at first inadvertently fed her information. She then caught wise to Sheila’s big plan but went along with it anyway. When the girls find out, Wendy plays dumb and blames Sheila. Clever, sneaky girl! Reminds me of season one Lauren! I am very curious to see where this goes. At the very end, Payson and Kaylie go to visit Lauren but Lauren flips out and kicks Payson out of the room. Kaylie defends Payson’s actions and then leaves as well. Payson then goes crying into Rigo’s arms. Sad.
If you do the numbers, Lauren has to be back. Five girls make it to the Olympic team, and right now, the USATC has only four (Kaylie, Payson, Wendy and Jordan). So I’m not losing faith that Lauren’s health will be worked out and she’ll be allowed to petition onto the team or something of the sort. Overall, the episode was super intense and a good look into just how cut throat gymnastics can be. I will miss KP for sure, and I would like to see the girls discover Wendy’s evil tendencies. Only a small handful of episodes left in the series (Holly Sorensen, the creator mentioned on Twitter it would be the series final) and I will be sad to see it go.
Make It Or Break It airs Monday nights at 9 PM on ABC Family.Tweet