With the threat of cost-cutting measures looming, Big Brother-style cameras are installed to monitor the team's every move in a bid to improve efficiency, while April and Derek work around the clock to find a way to stop the ER being closed. Arizona encounters a teenager who faces problems similar to her own, and Cristina struggles to respect the wishes of a Jehovah's Witness family, whose son is dying
While in Los Angeles, the girls juggle a competition and a music video shoot; Abby attempts to shut down the music video shoot; the mothers fight to keep their daughters on the team when Abby announces that she will be cutting one dancer.
The ALDC returns to Pittsburgh; the mothers are divided based on who stayed to film the music video and those who left; the group dance becomes a personal attack against the mothers; Abby discovers the team is in the teen division.
The ALDC girls move forward after a rocky journey to Los Angeles; Cathy returns with a surprise choreographer; Abby invites Ashlee and her daughter Brynn to come dance at the ALDC and quickly praises Brynn as 'the next Maddie.'