Make It or Break It

Make It or Break ItNetwork: ABC Family
Episodes: 48 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: June 22, 2009 — May 14, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Zachary Abel, Chelsea Hobbs, Ayla Kell, Josie Loren, Cassie Scerbo, Susan Ward, Candace Cameron Bure, Peri Gilpin, Neil Jackson, Anthony Starke, Wyatt Smith, Johnny Pacar, Rosa Blasi, Jason Manuel Olazabal, Mia Rose Frampton, and Brett Cullen.

TV show description:      
Set in Boulder, Colorado, this series focuses on a group of teenage gymnasts who are trying to make it to the Olympic Games. These athletes refer to their training gym, Rocky Mountain, as The Rock. While their skills make them contenders for the U.S. Nationals and possibly even the Olympics, conflict within their group becomes distracting.

Emily Kmetko (Chelsea Hobbs) is the newcomer at Rocky Mountain. She took third place at the Nationals, beating out top competitor Lauren Tanner. She works at The Pizza Shack with a guy she likes named Razor. Being a newbie, she’s somewhat of an outsider in the group and her family struggles financially.

Kaylie Cruz (Josie Loren) is a spoiled rich girl with her mom having once been a successful singer, and her dad a successful baseball player. She doesn’t agree with The Rock’s rules and breaks them, including the one that states that team members shouldn’t be romantically involved. She’s secretly dating Carter, another gymnast.

The top female gymnast at The Rock is Kaylie’s friend, Payson Keeler (Ayla Kell). She believes in training 24/7 in order to win Nationals and get to the Olympics. She’s been fighting a persistent back injury, but does her best to not let it get in the way.

Lauren Tanner (Cassie Scerbo) is known as the mean girl at the gym or the “bitch of the beam.” She left The Rock after Emily knocked her out of third place at the Nationals, but came back when a new head coach was hired. Only she and Kaylie’s brother, Leo, know that she’s had sex with her friend Kaylie’s boyfriend, Carter. Her biological mother, who wants nothing to do with her, is an addict who has been in and out of rehab several times.

Summer Van Horn (Candace Cameron Bure) is Lauren’s soon-to-be stepmom and her dad’s secretary. Though Lauren doesn’t approve of the impending marriage, Summer still goes out of her way to create a relationship with Lauren.

Carter Anderson (Zachary Burr Abel) is Kaylie’s boyfriend and another gymnast. He hasn’t been honest with Kaylie about Lauren, but gives her a necklace that belonged to his deceased mother. Carter gets suspended from The Rock once it’s revealed that he’s involved with another gymnast and refuses to reveal her name.

Damon Young (Johnny Pacar) is Razor’s friend, the songwriter in their band, and Emily’s closest confidante. He kisses Emily after finding out she’s never been kissed, and tells her he can’t be just friends. He has plans to move to L.A. because a band out there wants to record his songs. Razor (Nico Tortorella) is Emily’s coworker and likes her. He asks Damon to watch out for her while he’s on tour and tells him not to go out with her.

Sasha Belov (Neil Jackson) is the new head coach at The Rock. He is the only gymnast to have beaten the team’s previous coach, Marty. At one point he kicks Emily out of the gym and Nationals, but allows her back when he’s assured that she’ll listen to him. He cares for these kids a lot and wants them to do well.

Series Finale:     
Episode 48 — United Stakes
Kaylie and Payson march into Coach McIntire’s office to inform him of the horrible news, that Coach Ray molested Jordan. When Coach asks Jordan to confirm this, a fearful Jordan denies the story. Meanwhile, Coach confronts Ray and he denies having participated in improper conduct with any of the girls. In an effort to help Jordan feel safe about reporting the truth, Kaylie and Payson send emails to other gymnasts through a social media site asking anyone to come forward if they were ever victimized by Ray. To their surprise, they receive multiple responses which they share with Jordan.

As the girls prepare for the big trials, Payson seeks inspiration for a new routine to perform and brings Rigo to a salsa dance club for support. After learning a few new moves, Sasha surprises Payson and encourages her to take a risk performing her new routine.

Thanks to Wendy’s devious plan, Kaylie is banned from trials after testing positive for pseudoephedrine, which can also serve as an appetite depressant. Kaylie denies having taken any cold medication or relapsing on her eating disorder. Alex demands that Marcus give Kaylie a blood test which will provide a more accurate result. When Marcus denies the additional test, Jordan, Payson, and Lauren boycott trials.

Thankfully, all the girls end up competing in the trials. Austin returns to give Kaylie some encouragement. Sasha is there to cheer Payson on. Lauren is nervous about making it through her entire routine without her irregular heartbeat causing her monitor device to spike too high. Later, Lauren exposes Wendy as being the person placing pseudoephedrine in Kaylie’s smoothies. After all of the routines are performed in competition, the winners are announced. Kaylie, Lauren, Jordan and Payson all make the team!
First aired: May 14, 2012.


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  1. Natalie says

    I used to watch this show when it was on tv and I feel the need to say something! This show was absolutely fantastic! It was so stupid of whoever decided to cancel it to do so! No one who was watching would have cared at all that the Olympics had already passed in real life before the show got to do theirs, and that is the stupidest reason I have ever heard to stop a show! Please bring it back or do what the person a few comments below said and have a 2 hour special to wrap it up. Something. I mean they just got to the Olympics and Emily just got pregnant and left for goodness sakes. What’s with people making shows just to end them before any questions get answered?! If you’re doing it for the reasons other shows do, to ‘go out while on top’, stop. No one wants to get really into a show and then have it ripped from them with no explanation! Please bring it back 😀

  2. veronica says

    Just wanted to say that my kids and i started watching show and greatly enjoyed it , we watched as a family and i’m extremly disappionted that you didn’t finsh the story you alloyed us to be a part of!

  3. emily garvey says

    why is make it or break it off tv me and my friends gotin gymnastic because of make it or break it I am so made put the show back on

  4. Donna says

    I felt so cheated that ‘I invested 3 years in this series and you cancel it just when the girls make the Olympic team, just ridiculous. Should at least come back with a 2 hours movie to tell the ‘Olympic experience and wrap this up better. Makes it difficult to want to invest in another ABC Family show.

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