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My dream used to be go to music school. But my dream has changed. And that's making music with my friends!
Ally to Austin, Trish and Dez

"Albums & Auditions" is the nineteenth and the final episode in Season 1 of Austin & Ally. It first aired on September 9th, 2012 to 2.96 million viewers.[1]

Overview

Austin completes his first record and to celebrate its release, Jimmy Starr plans a big party. With the help of the rest of team Austin, Ally gets accepted to a music school and is so excited that Austin, Dez, and Trish sent in an application on her behalf. But little did Trish, Dez, and Austin knows this great school is in New York, forcing Ally to decide if she wants to move and leave her friends behind.

Episode Summary

Austin's first album is officially released by Jimmy Starr, and Trish comes in announcing her new job as a mail delivery woman. She hands letters to Ally that she's already read, and one of those letters is a letter from MUNY, the best music university in the country. Ally discards it, claiming that she doesn't need it; she's happy where she is.

Austin show Ally a magazine ad for his first album, which delights Ally.

 The rest of Team Austin don't believe this, thinking that Ally definitely deserves to get to go to the music school. First, they recover her application from the trash and try to fill it out for her. When Trish notices that their lackluster efforts to do so, she then decides to use the tactic of online applying after Austin and Dez put some foolish and vague entries on the paper.

Using Dez's lessons for a whole year that he won from correctly guessing the amount of candy in the jar, Team Austin, minus Ally, record some brief but useful statements from her as well as her playing a fairly tricky seeming piece impressively well. Piecing together a conversation with the talent scout from MUNY that gave Ally her stage fright in the first place, Austin, Dez, and Trish manage to successfully piece together an online application, and this time the talent scout is quite impressed with her.

Later on, Ally gets a letter from MUNY that not only accepts her; it also gives her a full scholarship! As Team Austin celebrate, thinking that Ally's going to the best music school in Miami, they then go over to the table where Austin's albums are on display. Meanwhile, Ally's father reminds her that she should find a way to reveal the fact that MUNY, is an acronym for the Music University of New York, and they don't have a local campus.

Austin finds out the truth about Ally's "song."

A bit after that, Ally is contemplating how to tell her friends that she's moving to New York. Nelson notices her depression during one of his music lessons, so he offers to let her practice her speech to them on him. She does and inadvertently reduces him to tears, causing him to run out crying as the rest of Team Austin come in, having noticed the crying lad. Convinced she has no other recourse, she claims to be writing a new song for Austin. When she sings a bit of a song, Dez claims "isn't her best." Realizing she may not be able to get the message through to her friends, she invites Austin to sing the rest. He does, and freezes in shock after reading the lyrics and begins to realize that it's more than just a song. They all have a conversation, acting quite selfish by expecting her to not be leaving them. She then runs out in frustration and sadness.

At the food court, Austin, Dez and Trish lament over the possibility of Ally leaving, but Dez actually turns out to be the one who convinces the other two members of Team Austin to her follow her dreams. Both are impressed over his insight and ask how he came to such a conclusion, to which he replies that he both literally and figuratively put himself in Ally's shoes.

Ally is touched by Austin's song and the accompanying video montage.

At Austin's gig to celebrate the release of his album, he talks about Ally leaving, plays a video that he, Dez, and Trish made for her, and sings a slowed-down version of the chorus of Without You. Throughout the entire performance, Ally watches with teary eyes and a touched smile. Ally then, having made up her mind, announces that she, as a matter-of-fact, won't be leaving to New York, claiming that her true dream is with her friends. They hug happily, and Austin resumes the party by performing the Michael Jackson influenced pop song Illusion. After the show, Austin and his team discuss the future of their shared career where anything could easily change.

Memorable Quotes

Ally
You're really going to give away a year's worth of music lessons?
Lester
Of course not. No one's ever going to be able to tell how many jellybeans are in the jar.
Dez
18,118!
Lester
Yes! Oh no! Awww...
Dez
What's with him?
Ally
You just won a year's worth of music lessons!
Dez
Ugh!
Ally
And this jar of jellybeans.
Dez

I WON JELLYBEANS?!

Austin
You know what? We're going to help Ally get into that school. I'm not letting her give up on her dream. I wouldn't even be putting out an album if it wasn't for her.
Trish
And I wouldn't be managing a guy putting out an album if it wasn't for her.
Dez

And I wouldn't have eaten 18,118 jellybeans if it wasn't for her. ...I probably would have.

Trish
Let me see that. Pickles isn't a hobby, and I'm pretty sure her favorite subject isn't smart stuff.
Austin

[gestures to Dez] It's lame stuff, right?

Dez
Hey, Ally! Do you mind if I record my first lesson?
Ally
I don't care, go ahead.
Trish
Can you give us a more specific answer? Yes or no?
Ally
Yes...?
Dez
Hey Ally, uh, would you teach me how to kiss?
Ally
Nooooo.
Trish
(to Austin) Now we just need to get her to say "Nice to meet you."
Austin
Hey, Ally! How do you like my new shoes?
Ally
They're nice.
Austin
Nice! Um, what's one plus one?


Ally
I'm a much better piano player than you.
Talent Scout

Well, you've certainly gotten very modest since the last time we met.

Trish
You can give him all the credit.
Austin
You all deserve half. You deserve half, Ally definitely deserves half, Trish deserves half, and Dez deserves half.
Jimmy

That is way too many halves.

Trish
This really is the best day ever. Austin's album is coming out and Ally just got accepted to the best music school in Miami!
Lester

(pulls Ally off to the side as Trish starts letting fans in for the CD signing) They think MUNY- Music University of New York- is in Miami?

Nelson
What's wrong, Ally?
Ally
I need to tell my friends something and I don't know how to do it.
Nelson
Practice on me. You'll feel better.
Ally
Okay. Austin, Trish, Dez, I have to move to New York and I won't see you guys for a long time.
Nelson
(gasps) You're leaving? But you're my favorite piano teacher! How could you do this to me?! Nooooooooo!!!! (runs out of the store)
Ally

Well that didn't make me feel better.

Ally
♫ I'm leaving for school. I'm going far away. Your career's about to start and I'm sad I have to depart. ♫
Austin
Wow. Kind of a downer.
Dez

Can I be honest? Uh, not your best work.

Dez
Come on. MUNY? Music University of New York.
Austin
You knew?
Dez

I'm not stupid.

Dez
Guys, we have to put ourselves in Ally's shoes. I mean, she's probably feeling betrayed because she has a shot at making her music dreams come true, and we aren't being supportive.
Trish
She's the one leaving!
Dez
I know you're mad. But, that's just misplaced anger masking the hurt you're feeling over losing your best friend. If we really care about Ally Dawson, we need to put away those feelings, so that she can soar. [makes dove sign]
Austin
Wow Dez, that's great advice. Where'd you come up with that?
Dez

I told you. I put myself in Ally's shoes. [puts his feet on the table; he's wearing Ally's heels] I don't know how Ally walks in these things. My feet are killing me!

Austin
Ally, I'm sorry for the way I behaved, but... I'm happy for you. And I'm really going to miss you.
Trish
And I'm sorry too. Dez made me realize that I was just upset about you leaving.
Ally
Dez made you realize something?
Trish

I know, right?

Austin
Alright dude, I've signed like a hundred of these. This is the last one. Is there anyone else you want to make it out to?
Dez
Well, I do have a little cousin who just broke his arm. He could really use some cheering up. Could you sign this CD for him?
Austin
Of course, what's his name?
Dez

Dez.

Nelson
Good news Ally! I'm coming to New York with you! Trish, mail me!
Ally
That's sweet, Nelson, but... I'm not leaving! I'm staying here in Miami.
Trish
And I don't work at Mailboxes and So Forth anymore. I got fired for reading the mail. And so forth.
Nelson

Awwww nartz! Do you know how hard it was to find an envelope this big?

Ally
We're gonna be living the dream.
Lester
Honey, um, before you lock up, could you please clean the bathroom?
Ally

Yup, we're living the dream.

Songs featured

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Trivia

  • This episode is the Season 1 finale.
  • The plot of this episode is similar to the plot of Model It Up, an episode of Shake It Up!.
  • The music school and talent scout mentioned and seen in Filmmaking & Fear Breaking returns.
  • Laura stated in an interview about the episode that she has been in a similar situation that Ally was in.

    Ally pleading with her friends to let her follow through with her lifelong dream.

  • This is the second time Austin sang an acoustic version of a song. The first time was Not a Love Song in MyTAB & My Pet.
  • This episode title refers to Austin's release of his new album, and Trish, Dez, and Austin setting up an audition for Ally.
  • This episode was ranked #3 in Disney Channel Australia's "Fanpicked Austin & Ally Countdown".
  • Trish reveals that she already knew the source of Ally's stage fright.
  • In this episode, Ally sings in front of someone other than Austin.
  • This is the first time when it's shown flashbacks from previous episodes.
  • Dez reveals that Ally's birthday is in February, but in "Dancers & Ditzes", Ally said November 29 was her birthday which is also her actor's birthday.
  • Trish says she got fired for reading mail, a federal offense which could also result in being arrested.

Goofs

  • Austin said he never knew the music school was in New York, but in "Filmmaking & Fear Breaking", when Ally had explained why she got stage fright, she mentioned the music school, and about it being in New York. He could not have thought it was a different school when he questioned Ally, asking "Wasn't it your dream going to that school?". It is possible that he forgot.
  • When Austin was filling out Ally's MUNY application, if you look closely, the pen never touched the paper.
  • Dez said that he ate all of the jellybeans. However, there was a jellybean sitting on the counter behind him and some jellybeans fell on the floor, so he might've exaggerated and didn't eat all of them.

Transcript

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Gallery

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References

Austin & Ally Episodes
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