I know I can do anything, as long as I'm with you.
Austin to Ally

"Chapters & Choices" is the 10th episode in Season 2 of Austin & Ally and the 29th episode overall. It first aired on February 24, 2013 to 4.03 million views.[1]


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Penny and Lester cheer on their daughter

Chapters & Choices

When Ally's mom comes home to host a book release party, Ally works up to the courage to finally conquer her stage fright, and performs a duet with Austin at the event. By the time it comes down to perform though, she is nowhere to be seen. At the end Ally manages to perform the duet with Austin, finally beating her stage fright, and they perform "You Can Come To Me" which gives Austin the courage to kiss Ally.

Episode Summary

The episode starts out with Austin working in the practice room on a run-through of You Can Come to Me with Ally. He forgets the next line, and then throughout metaphorical expressions, they have a discussion that was basically about the song but about their relationship on a deeper level. Trish and Dez, meanwhile, are outside the door, discussing how they think Austin and Ally deserve to be a couple. They enter the room, asking about the song, and they too start discussing the song and the singer and songwriting duo's relationship through metaphorical expressions. Ally asks to talk to Trish privately.

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"I don't know... Maybe... I just don't want to mess up our- ... Song..."

Austin and Dez have the same start to the talk as Ally and Trish do: Trish/Dez admits that they weren't actually talking about the song, and Austin/Ally reveals that they could tell. From there, Austin admits that he likes both Ally and Kira; he just doesn't want to hurt anyone. Ally, on the other hand, knows that Austin likes her, but isn't going to waste her time thinking too hard about it. Besides, as she claimed, her mother is, at last, coming back from Africa, so she's focusing on that. Ally then asks Trish to eavesdrop on the guy's conversation. She hears nothing, and Dez- doing the same action since Austin asking for Dez to eavesdrop on the girls- replies that it's really quiet.

After the theme song ends, Austin and Dez are the putting banner up: it says" Welcome Home Mom!" After Trish is a little mean to Dez, Ally comes in wearing a strange assortment of clothes, including a doormat that she claims is a skirt. Austin and Trish ask her about it, and she says that it's popular African fashion. Ally's mom then comes in, and even she questions Ally's clothes, to which Austin mocks Ally. She then exclaims that it's good to finally meet Austin - Ally has talked about him. Dez then asks Penny about what Ally said about him, and it's revealed indirectly that Ally doesn't really talk about Dez beside the fact that he's Dez. Penny then warmly greets Trish and the two hug. Ally's mother happily says that she has gifts for them all, and proceeds to give them all copies of her new book- a result of her study in Africa.

In the next scene, Dez and Austin are eating pizza at Mini's, and Austin is still contemplating whether to choose Ally or Kira. Dez gives advice but ends up talking about their pizza- mushroom or sausage. Austin then spots Kira, and while he originally wants to talk to her, he ends up not wanting to. Dez, only knowing of his original want to talk to Kira, yells out loud and gets Kira's attention. Kira then talks to Austin. They talk about their relationship, and Austin admits that he wants her back but also wants Ally. Kira advises him to make a decision, and when he says that he wants her, she counters that he often changes his mind. He bluffs it off, but this personality trait is quickly proven to be there. Kira leaves, leaving Austin to wonder who to choose.

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Austin and Ally performing "You Can Come to Me"


Austin and Ally leaning in

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Meanwhile, Ally is playing out You Can Come to Me to her mother; Penny loves it, calling Ally talented. They talk for a bit before Penny admits that even though she and Lester are separated, she's okay with him. Lester clearly is the opposite; he angrily walks into the room, furious at the fact that Penny may or may not have made a chapter about "Chester", the stingy, cheap gorilla- or, a gorilla version of him. Penny bluffs this off, but once the rest of Team Austin arrives, Dez is shown to have thought of Chester as Lester, much to his chagrin. They reveal that her book was good; it even inspired them, knowing that they don't have to overthink everything. Trish quit her job early because of the book, and Dez was inspired to run a marathon. Ally then reveals that she wants to try to overcome her stage fright, and Austin agrees, adding on that she and he can do a duet of "You Can Come to Me" at the book release party, and they agree by hugging each other. They then awkwardly back away, and Dez enters, revealing that he went to the food court and was then inspired to get some food.

In the next scene, Dez and Austin are in the empty locker hallways of Marino High School, and Austin reveals that he's chosen Kira over Ally because of many reasons- a few of which are that he doesn't want to risk messing up their friendship, their career, and etc. As he and Dez leave, Ally- having hidden behind the lockers- now comes out, sad. Back at Mini's, Austin is telling Kira about how he wants to be with her, and she responds that she'll think about it.

The book release party time comes, and right as Penny is about to introduce Austin and Ally, Ally runs off to Sonic Boom. Not knowing why she could have done this, Penny and Austin run back to Sonic Boom. Ally is writing in her songbook when Penny walks in. Ally apologizes for letting her mother down, and Penny says that it's fine, then telling a story. (see quotes below to see story) Penny then asks Ally what her biggest fear is, and after a misinterpretation- see quotes below- she reveals that her biggest fear about stage fright is that she'll fail- thus losing any and all chance at becoming a performer. Penny gives her some good advice- if she fails, she needs to keep on trying. Ally then admits that she'll try again, and the two share a hug before Austin comes into the room. Penny leaves, giving the two privacy. Austin talks about their first song being written, and explains how Ally's changed- she's evolved into a much more confident person. Ally thanks Austin, and they walk out together, holding hands.

Trish and Dez are revealed to be reading Penny's book- or rather, Trish is reading the book while Dez makes animal sounds according to the animal that is mentioned. Penny returns and re-introduces Austin and Ally. They perform You Can Come to Me, and as soon as the song ends, Ally runs backstage, with Austin right behind her. Ally is ecstatic over conquering her stage fright, and Austin hugs her. She feels as if she could do anything, and Austin replies that, as long as he's with her, he can do anything. They lean in and share their first "kiss". After pulling away, Kira shows up and says that she will be Austin's girlfriend before hugging him, leaving Ally heartbroken. The episode ends with "To be continued".

Memorable Quotes

Penny: Want to hear a story?
Ally: Is it about a giraffe that's afraid of heights?
Penny: This one's about a girl who was shy and insecure when her mom left home for Africa. But, when she returned, she found this confident, beautiful young woman who was capable of doing anything she put her mind to.
Ally: [smiles]
Penny: What's your biggest fear?
Ally: Dez is gonna marry Trish and they'll wanna live with me.
Penny: I meant, about your stage fright.
Ally: That I'm gonna fail, and I'm never be a performer.
Penny: So you try, and when you fail, get up and try again.

Austin: [singing] If you wanna climb, I'll be your ladder, if you wanna run, I'll be your road... What's the next line?
Ally: If you want a friend.
Austin: Right. Friend...I like that.
Ally: You do? You don't think we should use a stronger word?
Austin: I don't know... Maybe... I just don't want to mess up our- ... Song...
Ally: Yeah! I hate to rush into a new song and change the great song we already have.

Trish: At first, I was gonna get fired tomorrow, but your book inspired me so much that I'm gonna get fired today!
Penny: That's the spirit! Sort of.

Dez: Austin! We weren't really talking about the song! We're talking about you and Ally!
Austin: I kind of figured that out. Look, it's complicated, I really like Ally but I like Kira too. I just don't wanna hurt anybody.

Trish: Ally, we weren't really talking about the song, we were talking about you and Austin!
Ally: [sarcastically] Really? Look, I know he has feelings for me, but for all I know he still wants to be with Kira.
Trish: Boo-hoo, he's going to have to deal with this at some point!
Ally: Well I'm not sitting around waiting for him to decide who he wants to be with. My mom's coming home from Africa today and I just want to focus on her.
Trish: Good for you, never wait on a guy. Actually, never wait on anybody, that's why I'm a terrible waitress.
Ally: I'm going to forget about the whole Austin thing for now, honestly I am so over it. [silence] What do you think they're talking about in there? [Trish listens through the door] You hear anything?
Trish: No, it's really quiet...
Dez: [has his ear pressed against the door like Trish and Austin is standing behind him with his arms crossed just like Ally] It's really quiet...

Ally: I did it! I conquered my stage fright!
Austin: I always knew you could do it.
Ally: I'm glad you're up there with me. That was incredible, I feel like I can do anything.
Austin: I know I can do anything, as long as I'm with you. [they kiss]
Kira: [enters] Austin, I thought about it. Yes, I'll be your girlfriend.

Dez: You need to make a decision.
Austin: I like Ally, but Kira's great too.
Dez: No, I'm talking about sausage or mushroom. You need to make a decision.

Trish: And the lion roared.
Dez: Rawrrr...
Trish: From the safety of the nearby rock ledge, the baby meerkat watched.
Dez: ...Meerkat...Meerkat. Sorry, I don't know what a meerkat is.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Songs Featured


  • This marks the first appearance of both of Ally's parents together.
  • Kiss

    The first Auslly kiss!

    Ally and Austin finally had their first kiss. This was also the first legitimate kiss in the series.
  • Ally finally conquers her stage fright.
  • Trish somewhat references "Diners & Daters", by admitting the reason why she was a terrible waitress.
  • This is the first "to be continued..." episode, in fact "Partners & Parachutes", is the continuation of this one.
  • It is revealed that Ally's parents split up.
  • This is the first time we actually see Penny Dawson in person, as opposed to through video chat.
  • It is revealed that Ally's biggest fear is that Dez will marry Trish and they will want to live with her.
  • The first part of the title, "Chapters", most likely refers to Penny's book and a new big chapter in Austin and Ally's life. The second part of the title, "Choices", most likely refers to Austin as he tries to make a choice between Ally and Kira.
  • This episode and the previous episode's ratings differ by nearly 1 million views.
  • Dez's Team Ally t-shirts are similar to the Team Edward & Team Jacob craze from Twilight.
  • This episode is the third part of the "Auslly Arc".
  • The kiss was fake.
  • The I Didn't Do It episodes, Falling for... Who? and The Rescuers were similar to this episode because in Falling for... Who?, Logan had to choose between Jasmine and Erin like how Austin had to choose between Kira and Ally in this episode, and Logan realised he loved Jasmine so chose her over Erin, like how Austin chose Kira over Ally in this episode, even though Austin later wanted to be with Ally instead of Kira. Then, in The Rescuers, Jasmine had to chose between her boyfriend, Owen, and her ex-boyfriend, Logan and realised she was meant to be with Logan instead of Owen and Jasmine chose Logan over Owen, just like how Austin had to choose between Kira and Ally and chose Kira over Ally, despite later wanting to be with Ally and Jasmine and Logan got back together and shared their first kiss like how Kira officially became Austin's girlfriend when Austin and Ally shared their first kiss.


  • When Austin hugs Ally the first time, he has a book in his hand, then when the camera focuses closer to them, he doesn't have the book; and when they pull away from the hug, Austin has the book in his hand again.
  • In the practice room, Austin asked Ally when they sat at the piano and wrote their first song together. Actually, their first song was "Break Down The Walls", and they wrote it downstairs on the grand piano.
  • Earlier in the episode, Ally says that it was time to face her biggest fear (talking about stage fright). Later on, in the episode, she said that her biggest fear was that Dez would marry Trish and they would want to move in with her.
  • In Australia the episode name is 'Chapters and Choices' not using the normal '&' for an unknown reason.
  • When Dez says: "So unprofessional!" and then takes a sip of his drink, he doesn't drink from his straw, he drinks from the cherry.
  • When Kira says that she will be Austin's girlfriend, she comes from the stairs leading to the stage. It is unlikely that she would get on the stage in front of an audience, and go backstage.
  • It is unlikely that Kira would be at the release party, in the first place, as she probably did not know of the event. However, Austin, Ally, Trish, and/or Dez may have invited her as she is friends with them.


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