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Sonny with a Chance (2009-2011) is a Disney Channel show created by Steve Marmel about a girl who joins the cast of a kids' sketch comedy show called So Random!. The show follows the Zany Schemes of the cast members, as well as those of the star of melodramatic Teen Drama Mackenzie Falls, a rival TV show that appears to shoot at the same studio.

Characters include Sonny, the Naïve Newcomer and Promoted Fanboy; Tawni, the Alpha Bitch of the cast; Nico, the show's token attractive male star and borderline KidAnova; Grady, Nico's best friend; Zora, miniature Zany Schemester and borderline junior Manic Pixie Dream Girl; and Chad Dylan Cooper, the aforementioned star of Mackenzie Falls and token Jerk with a Heart of Gold who consorts with Sonny and her castmates. Sonny with a Chance is a vehicle for Radio Disney pop-star Demi Lovato, joining other live-action Disney Channel series such as Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, and Lizzie McGuire.

Come the third season however, the title of the show adopted its Defictionalized version of the Show Within a Show, So Random!, due to the departure of Demi Lovato (i.e. Sonny) from the cast. The format changed a bit as well, changing to a variety comedy akin to All That, though it still features the same characters (along with new ones).

This show contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Selena Gomez's guest star appearance in "Battle of the Network Stars." She even managed to lampshade one of her more, ahem, prominent roles.
  • All Just a Dream: In the episode "High School Miserable" when Sonny and the gang feel unappreciated about not getting what they want, they decided to write a letter to Mr. Condor about their dissatisfaction of their perks, but before that, they get a glimpse of what it would be like if Mr. Condor have gotten their letter: The cast would be fired and replaced by his daughter, Dakota, making her the one and only star of So Random! and they would have to attend a public high school. It turns out to be a total nightmare for the gang, but thankfully, is was all just a dream.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Chad Dylan Cooper, but without the middle name included.
    • Raven's character Amber Algoode.
    • Allisyn Ashley Arm, who plays Zora.
  • Alpha Bitch: Again, Tawni fits this description to a tee.
    • Selena to a certain extent.
  • Annoying Laugh: Blogger Sharona has one of these, so when So Random parodies her in a The Wizard of Oz-inspired sketch called "Wicked Witch of the Web", it's naturally mocked for all it's worth by Sonny as the Wicked Witch.
  • Apathetic Clerk: There's a series of sketches on SoRandom called "The Check Out Girls", which is about two stereotypical Valley Girls who work as cashiers. They spend most of their time talking to each other and insulting the customers. In one skit, they nonchalantly react to someone trying to rob them at gunpoint.
  • Ascended Extra: The actors who played characters in the Mackenzie Falls webisodes were all given recurring roles in the actual show starting in the second season, replacing the various extras from the first season.
    • Penelope even functions as the villain in Sonny with a Secret
    • In fact, the entire Show Within a Show became one with the Season 3 spin-off.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In "You Got Fan Mail", Tawni starts to fall for Eric (Sonny's fake number one fan), not knowing that Eric is actually Sonny in disguise!.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sonny Munroe and Chad Dylan Cooper have at least one "Aww, Look" moment an episode, almost.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Chad and Sonny.
  • Betty and Veronica: Sonny and Tawni, respectively.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Parodied with the cast of Mackenzie Falls, standing dramatically with rays of light in the background while an angelic choir sings.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Tawni, Sonny, and Zora.
    • Also, Snowy, Beauty, and Cindy in the sketch comedy show named "The Real Princesses of New Jersey".
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • Sonny in Sonny and the Studio Brat.
    • Chad, Nico, Grady, and Tawni in That's So Sonny.
  • Burger Fool: Fasty's Really Fast Food, whose service is downright Produce Pelting given the food is thrown/sprayed on the unfortunate patron.
  • Catchphrase: Many, many, many:
    • "Fine!" "Good!" "Good!" "Fine!" and variations thereof.
    • Chad being the number one actor of his generation. Also using the full Chad Dylan Cooper name.
    • "Peace out, suckers!"
    • "EVIL!"(Whenever Dakota shows up where Zora is.)
  • Christmas Episode: "A So Random! Holiday Special"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The original cast of Mackenzie Falls, most notably Portlyn.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Zora. Sonny too, but Zora is strange even by her standards. Example from "The Legend of Candy Face":
    Sonny: Zora, go get your camera.
    Zora: But I covered it in dew. You know, to attract the bats.
    Sonny: Okay, just go get the camera, you little freak.
  • Cool Loser: The 'Randoms', and So Random! itself.
  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise:
    • Ms. Bitterman gets a rash from poison ivy and is mistaken for CandyFace.
    • Chad was trying to help children with fear of clowns, but an attempt to stop his baldness leaves looking like a clown himself and scares the children away.
  • Custom Uniform: They did this in the "Mackenzie Falls" Web shorts tied in with the show. Then again, those are supposed to be Lampshade Hanging schlocky teen drama tropes.
  • Cut Short: Due to Demi Lovato leaving the show (and in turn converting the main show to So Random), The series ends as this, with the last episode where Sonny and Chad have a small talk and Sonny sings bits of her last song while walking away. In short, You'll never get a chance to see Chad and Sonny get back together, or the entire Season 3. Ever. Spin-off series, So Random! would be canceled after one season a year later.
  • The Danza: In-Universe, all of the characters on Mackenzie Falls, barring Mackenzie have the same name as their actors. (Despite the tie-in website stating otherwise)
  • Dartboard of Hate: A flashback in the pilot episode shows Tawni throwing darts at a picture of Sonny with a goatee drawn on it.
  • Dating Catwoman: The main character dating Chad, the lead character of her show's biggest rival.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Pauly the Polar Bear
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Tawni, despite her mother making an appearance in one episode, has not had her father mentioned.
    • Downplayed with Sonny; though her mother is known, her father was only mentioned in the pilot; she apparently gets her humor from him.
    • Subverted with Chad when Hank insults first Chad's parents, then more directly his father, Chad tells Hank to "leave Dad Dylan Cooper out of this!"
  • Disguised in Drag: When Sonny and Tawni can't be on the cast of an episode due to some math test related drama, Nico and Grady fill in during the "Check it Out Girls" sketch, with sexy results.
    • The creepy part about that? They're EXCITED ABOUT IT.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Penelope, a member of the Mackenzie Falls cast, actually tried to kill Sonny with a bomb due to her being jealous of Sonny and Chad's relationship.
  • The Ditz: Grady.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • '"Dolphin Boy''. Hopefully unintentional.
    • Not to mention Tawni and Sonny's dressing room, when Tawni uses 'The Clapper'. The Les Yay in that scene throws the needle in the red - and it's implied that if the mail-guy hadn't shown up when he did...
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Like most Disney shows, Demi Lovato stars in the main role and sings the theme song.
  • Eat the Evidence: Played with a little bit.
    Sonny: Well, if my plan works, we'll all be failing school in no time. Operation: Breakup is now underway. Tawni and I will target Bitterman, you two target Marshall, if anyone gets caught, eat the instructions. Got any questions?
    Grady: Oh, uh, Sonny?
    Sonny: Yes, Grady.
    Grady: Well, what happens if I've already eaten lunch, so I'm kinda full? Do I still have to eat the instructions?
    Sonny: Yes.
    Grady: Well, then can you put the instructions on cake?
    Sonny: No!
    Grady: Cookies?
    Sonny: No! Now go, go go!
  • Engineered Public Confession: In one episode, Chad uses Sonny to fake a good reputation about himself by intruding on her tv interview and indirectly makes Sonny look like a diva by angering into a rant on live. Sonny tries to get back at him in his own way, but it only ends up making her image even worse. Fortunately, Sonny manages to record Chad gloating about his ruse with a hidden camera in her cap.
  • Estranged Soap Family: With the exceptions of Sonny and Tawni (whose moms only made a couple of appearances), we never get to see Nico's, Grady's, or Zora's parents for some reason.
  • Everyone Can See It: The UST between Sonny and Chad.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the episode 'Poll'd Apart' Tawni shaves her head, symbolically. She actually just wears a bald cap. Also serves as a Shout-Out to Britney Spears during her own perceived breakdown.
  • Fake Static/I Can See You: In "Sonny And The Studio Brat", Sonny calls Chad to ask him to meet his 9 year-old fan with a Precocious Crush on him. Chad refuses and lies that he is very busy when he is really sunbathing outside the studio lot with the rest of the Mackenzie Falls cast. He even fakes static noises in an attempt to get rid of her, but Sonny sees him from behind the cafeteria.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Sonny does this to Chad as part of a Batman Gambit to dump his best friend. It Makes Sense in Context...kinda.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: In one episode, Sonny writes a fan letter to herself under the name "Eric", and everyone else starts thinking this Eric is real, until Tawni finds out Sonny's scheme.
  • Fish out of Water: Sonny in the first episode and in some of the later ones too.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sonny (sanguine), Tawni and Chad (choleric), Nico (leukine), Grady (phlegmatic), and Zora (melancholic).
  • Gasshole: Gassie, a parody of America's Favorite Collie, who communicates through her flatulence.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Three girls (Sonny, Tawni, and Zora) and three boys (Nico, Grady, and Chad).
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Zora slaps Tawni to break her out of her obsession over the fancy cafeteria food served only to Mackenzie Falls.
    Tawni: I need it! I'm pretty enough for lobster! And I'm core enough for lobster! I AM LOBSTER WORTHY!!!!
    Zora: (slaps Tawni) Snap out of it, woman!
    Tawni: Thank you. (puts her hand over her cheek in pain)
  • Gilligan Cut: Happens multiple times.
  • Halloween Episode: "A So Random! Halloween Special"
  • Hates Being Touched: Tawni's reaction to Sonny's hugging in the beginning of the series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Chad started out as an antagonist in his debut, but he did redeem himself many times even throughout Season 1 but didn't get along with "So Random!" just yet. It wasn't until the two-parter "Falling for the Falls" where he completely devotes to Sonny and slowly befriends the "So Random!" cast afterwards. After Season 2 ended, he joined the cast of So Random! and took over Sonny's place who mysteriously vanished.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nico and Grady.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The end credits to the season 1 finale have a gag where Demi Lovato and Tiffany Thornton are going over the scene where their characters have each other's backs, and the former hiccups three times.
  • Humiliation Conga: Sonny of all people undergoes this in one episode, being harassed by the paparazzi constantly because of accusations that she's been stealing and revealing her friend's secrets. It was actually a member of the Mackenzie Falls cast, who was jealous of her relationship with Chad.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In the “So You Think You Can P.P. Dance” sketch, Sonny delivers a handful of bathroom and water-related puns as the dancers struggle to hold it in while dancing:
    Sonny: What's up, peeps? I know you're all flushed with excitement because we are streaming live across the world! The final votes have trickled in and we're about to find out which one of you will become number one at holding number one, right after this-s-s-s!
  • Idiotic Partner Confession: In the third episode, Chad devises a plan to make Sonny join Mackenzie Falls only to be thwarted in the end when Portlyn, one of his female co-stars, brags about it in front of Sonny's friends.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Several episodes are named "Sonny With A _____", "_____ With A Chance", or vice versa, at least starting with the episode "Sonny With a Chance of Dating" (Since the first few episodes were named after a song or a movie, etc).
  • If I Can't Have You…: After the above Humiliation Conga, Penelope has Chad, Grady, Nico, and Zora trapped in an in-flight plane without a pilot and with only two parachutes, one for her and one for Chad. Since she expects Sonny to be killed by a bomb, she tells Chad to jump out of the plane with her and date her. Chad chooses Sonny, and Penelope snarls this trope before taking both parachutes and jumping out of the plane.
  • If You Can Read This: Season 2 Episode 13:
    • Sonny with a Secret has "How to build a cheese ball bomb".
    • Season 2 Episode 11. It looks like Demi is reading a geometry textbook, but if you take a look at the text a few seconds later, you can clearly read the words "The feces, which pass through the rectum and out the anus."
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Chaz Milton Looper.
  • Informed Ability: So Random being funny.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Blake Radisson, and to a lesser extent, Jackson Tyler.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Selena Gomez (a good friend of Demi Lovato) appearing on So Random!
  • I Was Quite a Looker: An old man in one episode that spoke to Chad, even with a picture of him looking exactly like Chad himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Chad Dylan Cooper, as mentioned.
    • Tawni falls into this at times. As of the first season finale, she fits this to a 'T', as she kept Sonny and Chad's Ten Minutes in the Closet moment from bring broadcast nationwide by a jerkass.
  • Jerkass:
    • Mr. Condor dotes on his horrible daughter but will fire any of the people working at the studio on a whim.
    • There's also the principal of the school in the All Just a Dream episode, who gives the cast detention after the cast does an improvised musical number, then gives them double detention when he hears better singing.
    • Gilroy Smith, the host of Gotcha from the Season 1 finale. His entire goal is to get Sonny and Tawni to spill embarrassing things about themselves and the rest of the cast. When he can't get them to spill anything, he pulls out a video shot from a camera in a gift basket to make them break their pact to each other about having each others' backs. When that still doesn't work, he hones in one Sonny's expression during her flashback to a moment between her and Chad, and then brings Chad out onto the stage. He then says that the entire reason that he brought Chad to the show was to get his and Sonny's reactions to a secretly-shot video of them that he takes out of context. And then, when Sonny and Chad flee to discuss how to handle the on-stage situation, Gilroy reveals another hidden camera, that he plans on using to eavesdrop on their conversation and broadcast whatever admissions they make to each other on air (luckily for Sonny and Chad, Tawni turns the camera off before anything really damaging is said).
  • KidAnova: Both Nico and Chad tend to be this at times.
  • Large Ham: Chad. Over the seasons he calms down. Also Grant, Grady's brother, plays this trope to its fullest. He has a nice moment during an episode, but that's pretty much it.
  • Latex Perfection: Used twice by Penelope in Sonny with a Secret.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Tawni overlaps as one in the first season, especially when she prevents Sonny and Chad's Ten Minutes in the Closet moment from being broadcast live.
  • Medium Awareness: Occurs in one episode where Tawni and Sonny are talking about something involving a Captain Ersatz of Gossip Girl, that is, a very influential blog. When Tawni was the blog's target and was talking about it with Sonny, a psycho string was playing, and turned out to be Zora's doing. When asked about the second one heard, Zora said, "It wasn't me this time!"... and that's how that scene ends.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Mackenzie/Chad.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Sonny's overly-positive attitude has gotten the cast in trouble on more than one occasion. It was even lampshaded in the seventh episode.
    Sonny: You know that sketch that I thought would make everything better? It actually made it worse.
    Zora: That happens with you a lot.
    • And put out into the general public, when the term 'Sonny It Up' becomes a Catchphrase on Mackenzie Falls. Sonny later calls Chad on it:
    Sonny: 'Sonny It Up?' Really, Chad?
    Chad: Yeah - it's the word you use when 'meddling' just won't do!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Tri-dark series. It also has several Rob Pattisons in the form of Blake Radisson and Jackson Tyler. Team Frederick!
  • No Sparks: In "Sonny With A Kiss", Sonny and Chad feared that their relationship doesn't have a spark when they can't bring themselves to have their First Kiss. When they finally kiss, they realize they actually do have sparks.
  • Not a Date:
    • Sonny and Chad go on a "fake date" to get back at Chad's Casanova castmate, James, after he broke up with Sonny for Tawni. When Nico and Grady see them and ask if they are on a date, they insists it's fake.
    • When they eventually go on a real date in a later episode, they repeatedly insist that they aren't on a date, even after it becomes obvious to the rest of the So Random! cast.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • It's glaringly obvious that Dinka was played by an American who was inexperienced with faking accents.
    • When Grady likes a girl, he randomly goes in and out of a Scottish accent.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • "That's So Sonny", a sort-of Mythology Gag to That's So Raven, features Raven as Amber, president of Chad's Fanclub, trying to pry information out of Nico and Grady in a horrible man disguise, similar to many times on her former show. She also tricks Tawni, by being a facialist known as Mia Babouti, who speaks in a very odd accent.
    • Sonny pulls it too, and in one scene Demi Lovato, out does several years of Raven's attempted disguises.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Chad pulls this on the cast of So Random! when he hosts a celebrity prank show.
  • Playing Cyrano: Sonny for Tawni in "Sonny in the Kitchen with Dinner".
  • Pluto Is Expendable: In "Falling For The Falls", the gang is working on their science project about a model of the solar system. Sonny is about to tell them that she is dating Chad, but since they already angry at her for watching Mackenzie Falls she can't go through with it. She covers what she was about to say by insisting to count Pluto as a planet and Zora disagrees with her.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Randoms for Sonny, directly after her breakup with Chad.
  • Punny Name: The dancers on the “So You Think You Can P.P. Dance” sketch are Flo, Pia, Agua, and Wee Diddy.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Penelope. Whether or not she actually dated Chad is unclear though
  • Put on a Bus: Sonny for the third season due to Demi Lovato going to a treatment center.
  • Reading Lips: Grady tries this very badly to figure out what Sonny and Chad are talking about in the cafeteria. He confuses "limo" for pillow", "to take us to" for "blackmeals fru" and "at eight o'clock" for "he ate a sock".
  • Real Joke Name: In one episode, Nico and Grady always write in fake names in the cafeteria list as a joke. All the sudden, someone actually named Ripa Big-One is seen taking his order at the cafeteria. Sonny laughs at the name, but Nico and Grady don't find it funny at all and even give Sonny "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Relationship Upgrade: FINALLY!
  • The Rival: Mackenzie Falls.
  • Ruritania: Glendovia from Season 2 Episode 2: Sonny Get Your Goat.
  • Sadist Teacher: The cast of So Random's teacher, Ms. Bitterman. The woman practices scowling! However, she cheers up for an episode when she dates Marshall.
  • Secret Relationship: Sonny and Chad keep their relationship a secret from the rest of the So Random! cast in the first two episode of when they started dating. They eventually find out, however.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Chad Dylan Cooper.
  • Serious Business: How Chad (and everyone else on the show) consider their roles on Mackenzie Falls.
  • Set Behind the Scenes: The studio that hosts So Random!! and Mackenzie Falls.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Sonny and Chad are shaping up to have classic Belligerent Sexual Tension.
      • Even moreso in the Season 2 opener; when Chad is in the hospital, he calls Sonny over to his bedside and from their dialogue, even Sonny believes that Chad is about to tell her that he loves her.
    • In the episode "Falling For The Falls," where start dating!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Zora appears to be patterned in part on All That alumna Amanda Bynes' "Ask Ashley" character.
    • And oh so very much in the episode where Selena Gomez appeared. Everything from Wizards of Waverly Place to Demi Lovato's and Selena Gomez's real life friendship.
    • The "Sicky Vicky" sketch is a more direct reference to the Ask Ashley.
    • When Tawni vows not to look in the mirror for two days, she is unable to put makeup on without looking like a clown, which leads to her saying "Why so serious?" to Nico and Grady with Joker-esque makeup on.
    • The episode where Sonny meets the star of the 'Tri-dark' series, Blake Radisson. She's totally Team Frederick.
    • In "Gummy With a Chance", when Sonny tells Tawni about her visions, Tawni mocks her, responding with "Who are you? Raven?"
    • Many sketches seem to be shout outs to All That. The aforementioned Sicky Vicky could be a shout out to Ask Ashley, the Check It Out Girls could be a shout out to the Inconvenience Store (especially when Nico and Grady played them), and Fasty's Really Fast Food could be a shout out to Good Burger.
    • One episode of Mackenzie Falls mentions a 'freak ballooning accident', likely a direct reference to the 'Moody's Point' soap sketch from The Amanda Show.
    • The song in "The Legend of Candyface" is a parody of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd".
  • Show Within a Show: Mackenzie Falls & So Random! are the main shows. Later subverted, now that the show within a show is a show!
  • Soap Within a Show: Mackenzie Falls, also partially defictionalized.
  • Spell My Name with an S: It's Tawni not Tawny.
  • Spiritual Successor: Not the actual series so much as the "show within a show" being patterned after All That. In fact, Brian Robbins, creator of All That, is listed as a producer.
  • Spit Take: Done with Sonny eating worms, Grady eating worms, and Sonny at the end of a later episode demonstrating specifically how to perform the spit take.
  • Stock Footage: Some episodes have flashbacks to past episodes relevant to the subject at hand.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Arcadia, though it's probably more of a Dave & Buster's pastiche.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Zora: Where's Sonny?
    Connie: She's not with Chad.
    Zora: She's with Chad.
  • Stealth Pun: The title. At first it simply sounds like it means that Sonny has a chance at X (namely being on the show) and it takes awhile to realize that it's about weather forecasting.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Sonny dresses up as a guy named Eric, her fake number-one fan in "You Got Fan Mail" when she hadn't received any fan mail from any of her fans.
  • Take That!:
    • The whole point of Mackenzie Falls. Take That!, Gossip Girl!
    • One of the episodes has a fake music video about "SPS", aka Skinny Pants Syndrome. It's both a Take That! at such music videos and a Take That! at Disney's Friends For Change PSA's (such as Demi's and Joe Jonas' "Make A Wave") and similar Disney Channel spots.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Ironically, this trope is how Sonny and Chad became an Official Couple. Sonny has just started watching Mackenzie Falls and starts asking Chad what will happen between Mackenzie and Chloe. However, she misplaces her words into making it sound like she is begging him to ask her out instead and he does.
  • Those Two Guys: Nico and Grady.
  • Token Minority:
    • Nico, as the only African American member of the main cast.
    • Sonny herself, as the cast's only Hispanic.
  • Tomboyish Name: Sonny, which is a tomboyish nickname for her real name, Allison.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Grady once mistook an acting hopeful for Nico when the real Nico had walked into the room with him.
  • Tsundere: Sonny is a Type B toward Chad. She's nice to everyone except her love interest.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sonny and Tawni.
  • Vomiting Cop: A non-cop, non-death-oriented example, with Chad actually getting so nervous over his date with Sonny that he goes 'Dolphin Boy' all over her. Apparently, Chad wasn't Nice to the Waiter, because one turned Paparazzi on him and sold the shot, making for a ''Tween'' magazine cover he'll never live down.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Taken to hilariously comic extremes by Chad, when he achieves Epic Fail after taking Sonny out on a date and has a Can't Hold His Liquor moment (with water!), causing him to spew all over Sonny.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Sonny does a variation of this to Chad when he brags about how kids will stop reading books after seeing Mackenzie Falls' walkathon against books.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: When Chad gets knocked out by Zora during her karate training, he wakes up with a blurry vision and says "I drew on the wall with crayons, mommy!".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Zora doesn't show up for the first two episodes of Season 2, though she's been absent before in a couple episodes in Season 1. She also didn't even appear in the last episode of season 2. Her disappearance is never commented on or explained.
    • In another Zora example, the second violin being played was never explained.
    • Sonny and Tawni are constantly fighting with each other in "Sonny Get Your Goat". They make up at the end, but what caused them to argue was never mentioned.
    • Who told Chad that he was the host of his (technically Zora's) reality show Celebrity Practical Jok'd?
    • In "Sonny With A Song", we never found out where Trey Brothers went to after Sonny accidentally made him disappear in the magic box. However, he does appear in the final scene with Chad at the end.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Chad insists in one episode that he is fearless, but Sonny reveals that Chad has fear of spiders (and a little bit) of heights.
  • Will They or Won't They?: For a long time, Sonny and Chad. Then they get together! And then they break up...and then they get back together! The final resolution will never be seen because Demi had to leave the show...
  • With Friends Like These...: Sonny with both Tawni and Chad.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • When the actors are forced to attend a regular high school, they believe it'll be just like a certain teen musical they enjoy and Sonny has to inform them that in real life, people don't break out into song all the time.
    • Chad thinks he's the suave popular ladies' man no matter where he goes, not getting he's often the joke of things.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Chad to Sonny, when he went and asked for a recount over the Tween Choice Awards. As Sonny later told him, "You won the award - but you lost me."
  • You Monster!:
    Mr. Condor: Now, you go to the limo, tell the driver to take you home, and when you get home, you march right up to your room!
    Dakota: Which home?
    Mr. Condor: The one with the partial ocean view.
    Dakota: You're a monster!
  • Zany Schemes: Per Disney Channel practice.