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YMMV / Make It or Break It

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  • Anvilicious: In season two Kaylie's eating disorder lands her in rehab where she befriends Maeve, a model with a similar condition; the model tutors her in telling The Powers That Be what they want to hear so that she can leave. They both get to leave but Maeve drops dead of heart failure.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Take the canon pairing Summer/Sasha's 12 fanfictions to the 107 fanfictions shipping Payson/Sasha.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: "I love you, but you're completely useless." Says Payson to a boy who loves her, but is so not a gymnast, and is, in fact, useless at critiquing floor routines. It's the sweetest line in the world.
  • Ho Yay: Payson and Emily seem to be... close. Incredibly close.
  • Moment of Awesome: Sasha punching out Marty when he finds out about his affair with Kaylie's mother.
    • Marty gets one too when he calls Ellen Beals out for her antagonistic treatment towards Emily and for encouraging Kaylie's (unknown to the adults at the time) eating disorder.
    • Payson gets one as well in "Worlds Apart" when she does her vault with an injured foot - topping it off with a little wink to Russian rival Glinka who she's just owned. You'd expect Lauren to wink, but from Payson... Team USA deserves to win gold after that. And they do.
    • Lauren's grandmother gets a huge one for giving Lauren a devastating yet much deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech after she tried humiliating Emily and her mother at the dinner the Tanner's were hosting.
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  • Narm: the gas station scene.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Kaylicky" is clearly one of the worst ever. Even "Nickaylie" would have been less awful.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Sasha and Payson. Particularly evident in "I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me" when Summer finds tickets to the ballet and thinks that Sasha is planning on asking her but then finds out he's taking Payson instead. Granted, he's trying to convince her to be an artistic gymnast, but still.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly? I just started watching this show, but in the episode I saw, I noticed that Summer's ex is named Steve Tanner. Hmmmm.
  • Take That, Scrappy!!: Though it sadly doesn't happen often, many fans rejoice any time karma catches up to Lauren. Such times include:
    • Lauren being completely shunned at both Denver Elite and on the National Team while they're at a meet in China.
    • Kaylie scathingly calling Lauren a "two-faced slut" for having sex with Carter and then lying about it (and that's after she exposed Kaylie and Carter's relationship to Marty, her mother, and her father).
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    • Lauren's grandmother giving her the above mentioned smack-down in Season 2.
    • And finally, Carter getting fed up with Lauren's horrible behavior (after numerous unsuccessful attempts of calling her out on it) and breaking up with her.
  • Wangst: Sorry Lauren, but having a drug addict for a mother doesn't excuse your atrocious behavior towards the people around you, no matter what you may think.
    • Emily isn't immune to this either. It's one thing to have abandonment issues. It's another thing entirely to constantly break the rules and then whine that everyone's holding you back and has it out for you.
  • What an Idiot!!: In the Season 1 episode "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", The Rock is competing against Denver Elite (their rivals) in an invitational to prepare for the upcoming Nationals. As the pressure will be on the girls from The Rock to defeat Denver on their home territory, Sasha vetoes a difficult bar move from Emily's routine, much to her anger.
You'd Expect: For Emily to just listen to Sasha and trust that he knows what he's doing, especially since as Damon points out - Sasha's won Olympic Gold more than once, so there's probably a good reason as to why he doesn't want Emily having that move in her routine.

Instead: She disobeys Sasha and unsuccessfully implements the move while the girls happen to be behind Denver by a couple of points.

As a Result: The Rock loses to Denver and Emily not only gets kicked off the National Team by a furious Sasha, but also suspended from The Rock.


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