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If you mess this up, we're going home.

West, to James

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"I Don't Know" is the 30th episode in Season 2 of The Next Step and the 60th episode overall. It aired on December 12, 2014.


A decision about choreography weighs on James as small groups and duets compete at Nationals.


Only thirty-two studios remain at Absolute Dance Nationals, and the small group round has begun. The Next Step watches on, intimidated, as Life of Dance performs. LOD finishes and moves on to the duet round. Riley asks James if he is okay, as he seems distracted, but he claims that he is fine. He confesses that he is contemplating whether or not to do the B-Twist in the small group.

The small group round is still underway. While TNS watches, Kate reveals in Talking Heads that she was in the small group when they last went to Nationals and that they lost, which is why she contacted Luther Brown to help the boys. Hunter also confesses that hip-hop is hard to execute at the competition, so nobody really does it, and that their group will therefore stand out. Emily tells Hunter, James, and Eldon that West is waiting for them in the lobby because they need to prepare. Joanne Chapman's School of Dance performs their small group routine. Meanwhile, Eldon, Hunter, James, and West are sitting in the lobby, listening to West's story. James voices his thoughts about doing the B-Twist. West is opposed to doing it, due to the fact that it's last minute, but Hunter is in favour of it. Riley approaches them and tells them that they are on in thirty minutes. The Next Step watches Elite perform their small group performance. Meanwhile, the boys decide that if James is going to do the B-Twist, he'll nod at West. Elite's small group advances to the duet round. As the boys go on-stage, James is thinking about the B-Twist once more.

The boys perform. Although their performance is fantastic, James omits the B-Twist (signalling this to West by shaking his head and moving his hand across his throat in a cutting motion), because he did not "hear it." James feels bad that he didn't do the trick and confesses that he'll feel guilty if they don't qualify to the next round. Thankfully, though, they do.

The duet round commences with a routine from Life of Dance. There are sixteen teams in this round, and by the end there will be eight. James and Riley are waiting to go on-stage, and Riley is nervous (naturally) especially because after she and James got back together, they created a completely new routine. LOD moves on to the next round. Riley and James's opposing team performs next. Riley convinces James to do the B-Twist after their lift and he agrees since Riley believes that he can do it.

James and Riley perform their duet. The story of their dance is that Riley is part of a piece of modern artwork in a gallery while James is a businessman interested only in his work, until she somehow comes to life and invites him into her world. As promised, James performs the B-Twist, setting their duet over the top. At the end of the performance, Riley tells James that she is proud of him and loves him, causing him to kiss her on-stage to which everybody cheers. The Next Step wins the round and qualifies to the female solo round.


Cultural References

  • The title refers to a song of the same name by The Sheepdogs.






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