ElectionmeetsBring It On. Bring It OnIn College! Or possibly Bring It On meets Glee with a little bit of Legally Blonde thrown in for good measure.Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) is a pre-law student at Lancer College in Memphis. Unfortunately, due to the actions of her mother, her scholarship has been revoked. Looking for a new scholarship so that she can stay in school, Marti comes across what may be her only chance: cheerleading.The Hellcats are the cheerleaders for Lancer, a predominant football-dominated college and Alice, one of the main cheerleaders, has broken her wrist, meaning they have to have tryouts. When Marti shows that she has the stuff, even the captain Savannah (AshleyTisdale), who had an almost-violent confrontation with Marti the day before, votes her in.Things could be looking up for Marti — if the cheerleaders can place in Nationals. If they can't, their budget will be cut, the competition will be out, and no more scholarships...Based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick.Not to be confused withThe Hellcats, a biker gang exploitation film from The Seventies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The Bad Guys Win: Their disqualification from nationals comes about after the ruling committee is tipped off by Emily about the team being decimated by strep throat and bars enough of them from competing - including Alice - for them to have less than the minimum number. Oh, and Emily is also responsible for Vanessa getting fired as the team coach.
Berserk Button: Don't call a cheerleader a "football groupie" in front of Savannah. Unless you want her to tell you to take it back.
Bi the Way: In a throwaway line in the 80s party episode Marti mentions that one of her teen crushes was Tori Amos.
And Alice wouldn't throw Milla Jovovich out of bed.
The Cast Show Off: Not only does Aly Michalka get to sing on the show (as do Sharon Leal (Vanessa Lodge, the Hellcats' coach) and Ashley Tisdale), but she and her sister are the "78violet" who do the theme song.
Doing It for the Art: This is the reason they give for performing at nationals even after they had been disqualified.
Downer Ending: In addition to all the stuff in The Bad Guys Win above, Marti throws her half-sister Deidre (played by Aly Michalka's real sister AJ) out when she finds out that a) her dad is alive and b) Deidre knew all along.
Enemy Mine: Alice and Marti team up to raid Bill Curran's office.
Ethical Slut: Dan admitted to being one (though not using that exact term) when he first started dating Savannah, though he later decided to stop being one and give monogamy a go when he found out Savannah had issues with his lifestyle.
The Fundamentalist: Savannah's mother basically disowned her because she goes to a secular school.
The situation has since been presented as more complex, although the major concerns are religiously motivated, with the suggestion that Savannah and her mother are too strong-willed for their own good and everything could have been easier if they had discussed it rather than fought over it.
Irony: The squad never actually cheers for the football team. But the football team once cheered for them
Jerk With A Heart Of Bronze: Alice is aggressive, catty, manipulative and self-centered, but she's not truly malicious and she has come through several times for the cheerleading squad even when she was annoyed with some of the members, injured, or sick.
She's also sabotaged the squad at least once (inviting Marti's mother to a meet to freak her out). Just Eat Gilligan heavily applies to her character for a lot of people.
As of the season finale, Savannah agrees she stepped down so Alice could be team captain
Love Dodecahedron: Oh boy. Lewis/Marti/Dan/Savannah is already quite a mess, and judging by the slight Ship Tease lately, you can probably add Morgan into the mix as well soon...
Don't forget the Jake/Alice/Lewis/Marti.
Mama Bear: Marti's mother. When Marti asks her what she'd do if Marti had just murdered someone, her mother's reply is that she'd assume there was a good reason and get the bleach.
Mommy Issues: Not quite as bad as the others, but Marti's mother is a clingy alcoholic who once vomited on her during a gymnastics tournament. Marti wants to leave Memphis to get the hell away from her mother.
Noodle Incident: Three of these are brought up in a row in Episode 2 when Dan discusses Wanda's history of embarrassing Marti.
Dan: There was this thing in high school, her mom showed up to a gymnastics event... Savannah: And vomited on her. Yes, yes, I know all about that. Dan: Then you also know about what Wanda did the night before Marti took her SATs and what happened at her high school graduation and her 21st birthday... *surprised shock from Savannah*
Panty Shot: Again cheerleaders, even though they may be bloomers, they could be panty-shaped...
Raised by Wolves: Used word-for-word. "Sorry about Alice, she was raised by wolves."
Theme Tune Cameo: Guess what the Hellcats perform their routine in nationals to?
The Unfavorite: Alice's father clearly supports his football playing sons over his daughter the cheerleader.
Unwinnable Training Simulation: Called by name in the episode "Beale St. After Dark" — Marti's law professor gives her an assignment to look up Kobayashi v. Tennessee. Turns out, he gave this assignment to all his students and it doesn't exist. So Marti and her partner make a case with that exact title.