|“||This is the biggest audition of our lives.||”|
The first round of auditions for the Nationals team takes place.
The dancers are warming up in Studio A for the solo round of The Challenge. As warm-ups continue, Tiffany pulls Stephanie aside and the two converse about how opposed they are to the upcoming auditions, although that agree that they still have to perform their best. Amanda confesses that she is nervous because many of the dancers do not like her, although she assures that she wants a new start. Beth approaches James and pesters him about the auditions, immensely irritating Riley. Eldon is nervous about auditions because of the Hunter drama, but Michelle assures him that he will do great. Daniel approaches Thalia and tries to psyche her out so that she will not dance her best, and she is astounded by his terrible attitude. Meanwhile, Riley confesses that she hopes that everybody can keep it together because it is the biggest audition of their lives.
Kate, alongside her panel of judges: Phoebe, Emily, and Michelle, announces the commencement of solo auditions. The rules of The Challenge are as follows: the dancers will perform solos after which 20 dancers will remain to perform learned choreography, after which the team will be picked. The solos commence with Eldon, who Emily watches fondly; followed by Hunter, who Michelle watches fondly despite herself. At the latter of his performance, Hunter performs the head hunter, as previously named by Michelle. James auditions next; followed by Riley; Charlie; Beth, who Riley hopes does not make the team; Sarah; Amanda, who Emily begrudgingly admits is dancing pretty well; Cass; Morgan; Jake, who Eldon comments is doing tricks that the rest of the boys can do; Thalia, who Daniel is fearful of for how well she is dancing and how similar her style is to his; Daniel; Noah, who Stephanie remarks is "so good" and "so cute"; Richelle, who impresses every individual in the room; West; Tiffany; Stephanie; Chloe; and Giselle. After the solo auditions, Michelle, Phoebe, Emily, and Kate leave to confer in Kate's office.
Kate, Phoebe, Emily, and Michelle return to Studio A with the results. The dancers who have qualified to the next round are: Michelle, Emily, Eldon, Hunter, Riley, James, Beth, Chloe, West, Giselle, Tiffany, Stephanie, Amanda, Jake, Cass, Morgan, Noah, Richelle, Daniel, and Thalia.
The 20 dancers are meditating with Phoebe. Standing at the studio's far wall, Kate and Chloe realize that Stephanie is not present, although they hope she arrives soon or she will miss her chance to be on A-Troupe. Feeling that the meditation has gone on for too long, Kate hits the gong and ends the session. Phoebe proceeds to show the dancers the choreography, after snapping at a rowdy James and West, which proves to be surprisingly difficult. The dancers are dismissed to practice for thirty minutes and then return to perform, making many members nervous, as they have not gotten the routine down.
- When Eldon is speaking in Talking Heads, his caption reads "Emily's Boyfriend" rather than "Emily's Ex-Boyfriend".
- The title is a reference to an Arcade Fire song of the same name.
- Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle
- Alexandra Beaton as Emily
- Brittany Raymond as Riley
- Jordan Clark as Giselle
- Brennan Clost as Daniel
- Trevor Tordjman as James
- Lamar Johnson as West
- Isaac Lupien as Eldon
- Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie
- Tamina Pollack-Paris as Tiffany
- Jennifer Pappas as Chloe
- Bree Wasylenko as Kate
- Natalie Krill as Phoebe
- Myles Erlick as Noah
- Robbie Graham-Kuntz as Charlie
- Megan Moniz as Sarah
- Megan Mackenzie as Beth
- Briar Nolet as Richelle
- Jhaleil Swaby as Jake
- Charlotte Vanderlee as Cass
- Melinda Smythe as Morgan
- Zac Vran as Hunter
- Taveeta Szymanowicz as Thalia
- Logan Fabbro as Amanda
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