I can so communicate my feelings....and now, I'm feeling......FEELINGS!
Austin to Ally

"Diners & Daters" is the 16th episode in Season 1 of Austin & Ally. It first aired on June 17th, 2012 to 2.870 million viewers.[1]


Trish gets a job at the Melody Diner and when the gang goes for lunch, Austin instantly falls for one of the waitresses, Cassidy. But when she tells him she doesn't have time to date, Austin gets a job at the diner and enlists Ally's help to win her over. Meanwhile, Dez starts getting addicted to Cha Cha Chicken Pot Pie, so Mindy takes advantage of his addiction to get him to like her.
Melody Diner Song (168)

Episode Summary

Thanks to a recommendation by Trish, Austin, Ally, and Dez eat at the Melody Diner, a restaurant at the Mall of Miami where the staff is required to sing to the customers. It just so happens Trish now has a job at this restaurant. The rest of Team Austin finds out Mindy is the manager, and as Trish complains about the manager,

Mindy and her favorite customer.

who almost catches her not singing. Mindy also uses this opportunity as another attempt to flirt with and threaten Dez. After she leaves, Austin notices another waitress at the counter in the back named Cassidy and instantly falls head over heels over her. Trish introduces Cassidy to him, and he's as impressed by her singing of the menu as he is by her appearance. Austin introduces himself to her, while Trish joins in and introduces him Dez and to her, and Ally introduces herself. After Cassidy walks away, Trish warns them not to order the chips and salsa. Unfortunately, Mindy hears her and gets the entire staff to perform a Latin dance routine, which was exactly what Trish was trying to avoid, and was used as an opportunity by Mindy to dance with Dez.

As Dez feels he had too much to eat and tries to leave, Mindy grabs him and forces him to eat a dish of Chicken Pot Pie, which he not only admires but becomes addicted to. Meanwhile, Austin leaves his stall in order to flirt with Cassidy, but before he does, Ally pauses and tries to fix his hair in the hopes of improving his chances of making an impression on her. Along the way, he compliments her voice and finds out she's also in a band. But when he asks her out, she turns him down leaving him quite disappointed and puzzled. Seeing that he was shot down, Ally offers to order dessert for him, but Trish who still has no desire to dance warns them not to order chocolate shake or lemon twist, but when Dez suggests the possibility of the raspberry robot, Mindy hears this as yet another queue to get the staff to dance, this time to techno-pop. Dez gleefully joins in until Mindy tries to dance with him, and then he tries to get away.

At the Sonic Boom, Ally offers three possible suggestions as to why Cassidy won't go out with him, but somehow he comes up with the absurd idea that she might be a mermaid. Dez arrives on the scene and offers his own love advice, using his history of rejection as an attempt to show him what not to do. When Trish pops in, she hears their conversation and is about to tell them why Cassidy turned him down, when she gets a call on her cell phone, that turns out to be a solicitor taking a survey. As she hangs up, she finally tells Austin that Cassidy is too involved with working at the diner and playing in her band to date anybody. Upon hearing this, he realizes that in order to get close to her he can either join the band or get a job at the diner. He chooses the latter.

Mindy is incredibly pleased to have a celebrity such as Austin as one of her waiters and Dez as a customer. While she serves more pie to Dez, Mindy sits close to him and tells Trish to give Austin some on the job training, but she suggests that Cassidy do it instead, which she's fine with. Cassidy's training clearly involves singing to another customer. Still, in awe over her voice, he compliments her, and she tells Austin that she likes this kind of a job because "music is the only thing that speaks to her." When Ally overhears their conversation she enthusiastically suggests that he should write a song to win her heart. Naturally, Austin asks for Ally's help with t
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he song. Back at the music store, Austin lies on top of an upright piano like he's on a psychiatrist's couch, as Ally consults him over his feelings for Cassidy in the process of writing the song for him to sing. His description of the way she makes him feel, don't necessarily seem like a love song. Eventually, he realizes he has to go back to work, in order to stare at Cassidy, and attempt to flirt with her again. As he walks out Dez walks in and laments over his addiction to the pie. Returning to the diner, Trish observes Dez's chicken pot pie addiction and informs her boss that once the diner is out of the pie, Dez will leave too. However, this turns out to be a contingency she is well prepared for as she pulls a nearly six-foot-high cart of chicken pot pies out of the kitchen. Still not finished with the song, Ally walks in to consult Austin about the lyrics, but he yanks it out of her hand and tries to perform on the restaurant's piano, which proves to be disastrous for him, and Ally once again bites a lock of her hair in nervousness-

Austin can't even believe the song he's singing for Cassidy.

As the pop star and the songwriter have a mild argument about the outcome of the song, Mindy reminds Austin that he's supposed to sing, and he does. Ally defends her efforts by singing as well and is perplexed by the fact that she's doing it. Dez sings out for more chicken pot pie, and Mindy demands that Trish gets it for "her Dezzy-Roo." Trish sings her disgust over what she sees as Mindy's attempts to take advantage of Dez but suddenly is even more repulsed that she not only called him her friend but used the same pet name for him. Dez sings for his pie again, not caring who gives it to him, and Mindy finally decides to sing Trish's termination, as Trish herself sings her resignation and walks out of the diner in a huff. Ally resumes singing the explanation of her efforts, still perplexed as to why she's even singing in the first place. Austin continues to blame Ally in song, then Ally finally gains the ability to stop singing, she walks out as well. Dez finally sings that he'll get the pie on his own and storms into the kitchen.

This time, it's Ally who lies on the "couch" as she laments to Trish about her failed effort to help Austin when suddenly Austin walks in, and she finds out Trish wasn't listening in the first place. Austin apologizes to Ally for acting like a jerk towards her, and she forgives him, comparing his crush on Cassidy to her own crush on Dallas. Austin clearly understands, because he notices that when Dallas is around her she says stupid things and does one of her usual goofy dances, which he promptly mocks. When he's done, he tells her that the waitress he has a crush on makes his heart beat a mile a minute, something that convinces her that he can open up about his feeling toward this girl. Austin tries to talk her into writing another song for him, and for a moment she pretends she's not going to do it, only to turn around and enthusiastically agree to do so. To celebrate, Austin suggests she do another one of her goofy dances, and this time, he even joins her.

Back at the diner, Ally and Trish sit in a stall, and Trish seeks revenge by getting Mindy to sing the specials, much to her dismay. Dez walks in and tells Mindy he has had enough of her pie, but she introduces him to the diner's Egg Salad, and Dez suddenly he becomes addicted to that as well. As Austin arrives at the diner and spots Cassidy, he tries to apologize for the unfinished, poorly-written song and then performs "Heart Beat" in his next attempt to woo her, with two other band members as backup dancers. Cassidy is actually impressed for a change. Despite this, she tells him she still can't go out with him because she's quitting her job and she and her band are going to Los Angeles to sign a record deal. In spite of his rejection, he's still satisfied because he knows she still admires him, and tells Trish and Dez the good news. But when he tries to thank Ally for his "success," he finds she too is now addicted to the same pie that hooked Dez. The episode ends with clips of Austin singing menu-oriented rewrites of Double Take, A Billion Hits, Not a Love Song, and Can't Do It Without You.

Memorable Quotes

Dez: I'm starving. What kind of waitress takes 20 minutes to get to a table?
Trish: Guess who got a job at the Melody Diner?
Ally: That kind of waitress...
Trish: She's the worst. She's always looking over my shoulder, bossing me around, she drives me nuts [sees Mindy behind her, starts singing] are in the brownies, so save them for dessert!
Austin: I sing too! I'm Austin Moon.
Dez: He's an internet sensation. He's sort of a big deal.

Trish: [to Cassidy] This is his friend Dez; he's not a big deal.
Ally: I'm Ally; I don't know what my deal is!

Cassidy: Well, it's great to meet you Ally, Big Deal, Not A Big Deal.
Trish: Whatever you do, don't order the Chips and Salsa.
Dez: Why? I want Chips and Salsa!

Mindy: Did somebody say Salsa? [rolls tongue] Salsaaaaa!
Dez: Can I change my order?

Mindy: No! Dance!
Austin: No way! We have so much in common! We both love're both in high school,'re both holding bottles of ketchup! Cheers.
Ally: Maybe some dessert will make you feel better?
Trish: I don't feel like dancing, so whatever you do, don't order the Chocolate Shake, the Lemon Twist, or-

Dez: Get the Raspberry Robot!
Trish: Noooo!

Mindy: Raspberry Robot! [says this in robot-like tone]
Ally: Okay! I was thinking about this. There are only 3 possible reasons why she won't go out with you.
Austin: I'm listening.

Ally: One, she has a boyfriend. Two, she misunderstood your question. Three-
Austin: She's a mermaid, and her dad won't let her date humans?
Ally: ...I was just going to say that she might not be in to you.

Austin: I think my reason makes more sense.
Mindy: I hope your giving this table your best service, 'cause it's got my favorite customer. I'm talking about you, Dezzy cakes.
Dez: I know you have a crush on me, Mindy. But I'm batter at long-distance relationships. Maybe you should go stand over there. Or in Alaska.
Dez: Anyways, I'm an expert in love. I've been rejected so many times I can show you what not to do. Observe. [To a lady] Excuse me, I'm Dez. I don't have a job and I only shower once a week. How would you like to be my girlfriend? [Lady exits] See, do not do that.
Austin: What did she say? What did she say?

Trish: Well, she said she won't go out with you because- [cell phone rings] Hang on. Hello? Would I like to take a twenty-minute survey? I sure would! Yes. Bananas. Yes. Oh, that's a tough one, gorgonzola?
Austin: What did she say?

Trish: She just asked what my favorite cheese is.
Cassidy: Okay, new guy. Watch and learn. ♫ Here are your onion rings lunch and joy are what they bring. Don't you like your veggies fried? Here are your sauces on the side.♫
Austin: Whoa. That was, like, the best song I've heard about onion rings.
Ally: So what do you like about Cassidy?

Austin: She's perfect.
Ally: Perfect. Got it.
Austin: But not too perfect.
Ally: Not perfect. Got it. Why don't you tell me how she makes you feel?
Austin: Like I'm wearing a new pair of sneakers. Or I'm about to eat pancakes or I just did a big loop de loop on a roller-coaster and I' trying not to throw up.

Ally: So she makes you feel like your going to throw up pancakes all over your new sneakers?
Austin: Oh, and throw something in there about onion rings.
Ally: Okay. Onion rings. Would you like you be throwing them up or just eating them?
Austin: I'd like to dedicate this song to the coolest girl here, Cassidy. ♫ You're perfect, but not too perfect. You're the pad of butter on my pancake stack. You're a roller coaster ride and I feel like, throwing up. Cassidy, go out with me... something about onion rings... ings. ♫
Austin: You called her the butter on my pancake stack. If anything she's the syrup.

Ally: I just wrote all the stuff you told me. You're the one who can't communicate your feelings.

Austin: I can so communicate my feelings, and right now I'm feeling... feelings!
Austin: Hey, Ally. Got a second?

Ally: Yeah, sure. You can go, Trish. Thanks for listening.
Trish: Huh? You were talking to me?
Ally: Yes. I thought you were taking notes.

Trish: No. I was taking a survey on how to be a better listener. On a scale of one to ten, how did I do? [Ally grabs magazine and throws out into the trash] I'm gonna call that a seven.

Songs Featured


Main Cast


Mindy is prepared not to run out of Cha-Cha-Chicken Pot Pie for Dez.

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • This is Mindy's second and final appearance in the season and series as of now.
  • There was an unscripted moment during the scene when Austin and Ally were goof dancing. Laura Marano accidentally tripped on the couch, making Ross Lynch stop dancing and almost break out of character; Marano recovered smoothly by saying "it was part of it" and continued dancing while Lynch jokingly replied, "it was not a part of your dance."[2]
  • This is Trish's second time sang on the show.
  • Trish was hired and quit from Melody Diner.
  • This episode title refers to the Melody Diner and Austin trying to get Cassidy to go on a date with him.
  • This episode was ranked #1 in Disney Channel Australia's "Fan picked Austin & Ally Countdown".
  • The Melody Diner may be a reference to Mel's Diner.
  • This is the first (and for now the only appearance) of Cassidy.
  • Austin makes a reference to The Little Mermaid  when he guesses that one of the reasons Cassidy turned him down was that she was a mermaid, and her dad won't let her date humans.
  • Ally's hair in Season 1 always have a clothespin: since this episode, there's no clothespin in her hair.


  • Ally has stage fright, but when she sang at the diner, it was full of people.
  • During Heartbeat, Austin's watch kept disappearing and reappearing.


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