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"This Changes Everything" is the 15th episode in Season 5 of The Next Step and the 149th episode overall. It aired on November 8, 2017.

Synopsis

"Piper and Amy's secret plan is put into action, as the dancers rally to unite the studios under one banner. Amy's future at the studio is threatened when her mother makes a difficult demand. Emily and Michelle are forced to face their shortcomings."[1]

Plot

Ozzy lures Michelle into Emily's office in Studio 1, claiming Emily has badly injured her ankle and needs to be taken to hospital. However, once Michelle is inside, Ozzy locks her and Emily, whose ankle is perfectly fine, in the office, and returns to Studio A with the key. Realizing they are trapped together, Emily and Michelle desperately call for Ozzy to rcome back.

The newly merged A-Troupe prepares to rehearse their routine in Studio A, with Piper and Richelle leading the rehearsal. Amy is not present, as unbeknowst to her peers, her mother is making her audition for Gemini Dance Studio. Worried about having to wait for her, the team decides to start the routine without Amy. Meanwhile, in Emily's office, she and Michelle are unable to stop bickering with each other, leading Emily to divide the room in half with blue sticky tape.

As the dancers are trying to work out their routine, Ozzy suggests an idea, but nobody takes it seriously. However, Josh understands what Ozzy is thinking of, and suggests the same concept with different phrasing; everyone loves it, and fails to realize that it was originally Ozzy's idea, much to his dismay. As Amy has still not arrived, the dancers discuss whether to cut her out of the routine as they don't have much time left, but Amy enters the studio just in time and assumes her position. Piper is curious as to where her friend was, but Amy lies that she had food poisoning and is now feeling better.

Feeling discouraged by how nobody took his idea seriously, Ozzy retreats to the locker room, where Noah comes to check on him. Remembering how he was underestimated when he moved straight up to A-Troupe from J-Troupe, Noah consoles Ozzy and suggests that next time he has an idea, he should deliver it in a more serious manner so that people know he is not joking. Feeling better, Ozzy returns to the rehearsal.

In Emily's office, she and Michelle continue to argue. Emily assures Michelle that she could never understand what she has gone through, as she has always had everything handed to her and has never worked as hard for anything as Emily has. Michelle realizes that Emily has a point, and begins considering her point of view. Back in Studio A, Ozzy comes up with another idea for the routine. When he approaches Richelle, she quickly dismisses him, but Ozzy clearly phrases his idea and makes no silly comments, genuinely impressing the other dancers with his suggestion. Noah smiles at Ozzy, knowing that his advice helped.

Emily tries to pick the lock to the office door and directs a rude comment at Michelle. In retaliation, Michelle claims that her life isn't as easy as Emily thinks it is. She tells her about her parents' divorce and how she has no siblings to support her, whereas Emily has had the support of both her parents and Riley throughout her career. Emily considers this and begins to recognise that Michelle may not have had everything handed to her after all. Eventually, they begin to help each other with the lock and finally manage to escape the office. They head to Studio A to lambaste the dancers. Meanwhile, Amy receives a text confirming that she made it into Gemini. This news upsets her, as even though she does not wish to leave The Next Step, she knows her mother will make her take the position.

When they arrive at the studio, Michelle and Emily find Kate and the twelve dancers of the now merged team. Not wanting to have Michelle and Emily fight, the dancers say that it was their idea to merge the studios. The dancers perform their routine, which impresses Michelle, Emily, and Kate. Seeing how the two teams have come together, Kate declares that The Next Step Dance Studio is allowed to compete at Regionals again, with Emily and Michelle as co-studio heads.

Trivia

Continuity

Errors

  • Emily eats crackers in this episode, despite stating that she never wants to eat a cracker again after the events of "Bad Moon Rising". However, she does state that the crackers are very dry; it is possible that she eats the crackers merely to mock Michelle.
  • It is shown in a “Behind the scenes of Emily’s Office” video that the windows in Emily’s office can turn 360 degrees, meaning that Michelle and Emily could have easily climbed out of the office and into Studio 1 via the windows.

Production Errors

  • When walking toward Kate in Studio A, Emily is walking behind the cubes, but is somehow next to Michelle mere moments later.

Cultural References

Cast

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Recurring

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Featured music

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Featured dances

Quotes

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Aftershow

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Gallery

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References

  1. The Next Step on CBBC at 12:45pm October 28th, 2017. Digiguide. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
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