|“||I can't believe I messed this up; I might have just cost The Next Step everything.||”|
A-Troupe excitedly walks through the lobby of the Regionals venue. Riley asks Michelle how she is doing and, to her contentment, Michelle replies that she is excited. Riley gathers the troupe around and tells that although they are prepared with Michelle's excellent solo, they must be ready for anything. Riley approaches a delegate to sign Michelle in for the solo round and discovers that she misread the rules; the soloist who is to compete must be drawn at random and will have to freestyle to pre-selected music with absolutely no choreography. Michelle is in disbelief and Riley fears that she might have cost the team everything.
Sloane's name is drawn for the solo. Although Michelle and her friends assure her that she will do great, Sloane is wracked with nerves.
SNR Network's coverage of the competition commences, with Chuck Anderson and Tanisha Scott at the helm. With the solo round about to begin, Tanisha reminds the audience that freestyle is the extreme opposite of choreography, as dancers must spontaneously connect to the music and construct a dance. Meanwhile, Sloane rehearses in another room. Upon LaTroy entering the room, Sloane stops dancing, which LaTroy inquires about. Sloane admits that she is nervous, although LaTroy is confused by this, deeming Sloane one of the best freestylers on the team. Sloane claims that dancing in front of your team and in front hundreds of people is different. At this, LaTroy reminds Sloane of her music video in which she dances with Jude, which has thousands of views. Confessing that the video is one of the things she is most proud of, Sloane instantly feels more confident. Backstage, Cassie notes Amy's jumpiness, which she attributes to wanting to tell LaTroy that she loves him. The first competitor takes the stage. Amanda consoles Michelle about being unable to do the solo, but Michelle admits that she fears she did not work hard enough on the trio. The first competitor finishes her solo and a dancer from Gemini Dance Studio takes the stage and performs exceptionally. While Sloane is relieved to see a hip-hop solo, the fact that it is so well done sets her on edge. Gemini Dance Studio wins the round with ease. Sloane asks Riley for advice, but having little faith in Sloane, Riley merely tells her that she will do great. Sloane easily senses Riley's lack of confidence in her.
Cassie accidentally tells LaTroy that Amy loves her and is scared to tell him. As another dancer performs, Amy pulls Cassie aside and realizes that Cassie told Sloane that she loves him. When Amy approaches LaTroy, LaTroy kisses her and Amy admits that she loves him. LaTroy says it back, but admits that he feels nothing. On-stage, Steps moves forward in the competition. Sloane's competitior, a dancer from Dance Extreme, takes the stage. Sloane becomes anxious watching her contemporary and acro proficient competitor. Upon the end of the poised solo, Sloane takes the stage. It is clear that Sloane is extremely nervous, and she begins her solo quite poorly. Although, Sloane suddenly becomes able to connect to the music and performs much better. As Sloane dances and LaTroy watches, both parties realize that Sloane is performing the dance from her music video, meaning that she is unlawfully performing choreography in a freestyle round. The audience eats up the performance, with nobody else seeming to catch on to Sloane's cheating. It isn't until The Next Step Dance Studio wins the round that the twin brothers from Gemini run to the judges' table and show them Sloane's video that things go awry; Sloane is summoned back on-stage and the judges announce she is disqualified from the competition. Sloane runs off-stage with Riley in tow.
In another room, Riley and Sloane stand before the judges and the twins who showed them the video. Riley becomes aware that Sloane performed choreography. While Riley tries to fight the judgment, the evidence is too apparent. One of the judges asserts that The Next Step has irrevocably lost the round and that Sloane is out of the competition. Sloane tearfully apologizes to Riley, but Riley claims that that doesn't help them at the moment. Sloane is left alone, crying and feeling guilty about hindering the team. Backstage, the members of A-Troupe wonder what happened, which Riley fills them in on. Michelle is wary of having to do the trio, seeing as she rehearsed the solo much more. LaTroy finds Sloane and consoles her. It is at this time that LaTroy admits to Sloane that he loves her, which Sloane resounds. LaTroy confesses that the feeling that was missing when he said this to Amy is there when he says it to Sloane. Sloane is happy that her feelings are finally reciprocated, but wonders what this means in lieu of him dating Amy.
- Sloane is disqualified from Absolute Dance Regionals.
- The Next Step Dance Studio has lost the solo round, meaning that they will need to compete in the sudden-death trio round.
- LaTroy loves Sloane, not Amy.
- Dance Extreme competes at Regionals even though they lost the final qualifier in "Rivalry." Although, the real mistake is that in past episodes, Dance Extreme and Dance Inc. were misnamed for the other.
- Sloane is said to have copied every move from the music video when, in truth, she performs very few of the moves.
- Heather can be seen wearing a jacket that says "Hanna" when she performs her solo; it is the actress's name, not her character's name.
- Tanisha Scott praises Heather's turns, but Heather is performing aerials while Tanisha is speaking.
- Sloane ends her dance with a pose after performing a split. Although, after cutting away from Sloane and back to her, she is seen still in the position of her split.
- In the ending credits, the word "rhythm" in "Rhythm Plus Dance Company" is misspelled as "rythum."
- The title refers to a song of the same name by U2.
- Brittany Raymond as Riley
- Alexandra Chaves as Piper
- Myles Erlick as Noah
- Logan Fabbro as Amanda
- Erika Prevost as Sloane
- Akiel Julien as LaTroy
- Skylar Healey as Skylar
- Allie Goodbun as Cassie
- Shelby Bain as Amy
- Briar Nolet as Richelle
- Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle
- Isaiah Peck as Henry
- Melissa Williams as delegate
- Main article: Even Better Than the Real Thing/Transcript
- Main article: Even Better Than the Real Thing/Quotes
- Main article: Even Better Than the Real Thing/Aftershow
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