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Shelby, you're a really good dancer!
— Ally

"Homework & Hidden Talents" originally know as "Dance Routines & Dude Pageants" is the 5th episode in Season 4 of Austin & Ally.[2] It was the 5th episode filmed in Season 4. The episode aired on a Saturday, March 28, 2015.[1] The episode airs as part of Disney Channel's "Tune In 4 What?!” programming event.[3] It was watched by 1.4 million viewers on the night of its premiere.


Ally wants to prove to Austin that she can unlock the hidden musical talent of a new student named Shelby who's lives her life under the shadow of her older sister Violet, a self-taught teenage violin virtuoso who was able to master the violin at the age of 3.[1] Austin and Ally make a bet with each other over her ability to teach Shelby to play the violin. Along the way, they find that Shelby is a much better dancer than a violin player.

Episode Summary

Austin and Dez play a game similar to Russian Roulette (albeit less deadly), where they try to shake up cans of a soda called "Carbonation Extreme," to see who gets blasted in the face with soda. They try to coax Ally into joining their game, but she refuses. Trish needs a good grade on a book report for a book called "The Lonely Maiden's Journey," and Dez offers to help her with a video version of her book report, and she accepts his offer. To celebrate the upcoming video, Dez gives Trish the shaken-up can of Carbonation Extreme, but she opens it up and sprays it into his face instead.

Austin and then Ally overhear a teenage girl named Violet Hayden playing the violin at a skill that's better than many professionals. Realizing she's not at the former Sonic Boom for lessons, they find that she has dropped off her younger sister Shelby to take lessons instead. Shelby lives under the shadow of her sister and knows that she's as terrible at playing music as Violet is good, however, Ally promises she can make her as good as her sister. Austin, however, is convinced she's making unrealistic promises, and he is found to be right when Shelby tries playing the violin for the first time.

For the movie, Dez makes Trish dress in a ridiculously ruffled and wide 19th Century dress with an oversized bonnet. He gives her a giant sausage wrapped in a blanket to be used as a fake baby and claims to be recreating a chapter from the book where villages are throwing onions at her at the end of the Civil War.

Shelby and the violin... a bad combination.

Ally's first official lesson with Shelby turns out to be disastrous but she still wants to prove to Austin that she can unlock her hidden musical talent. Austin and Ally make a bet with each other over her ability to teach the girl to play the violin by the next "Friends and Family Night." Depending on which of the two loses the bet, Ally will give Austin a five-foot-wide pancake, and Austin will give Ally a designer sterling silver necklace. Ally is so confident she'll win the bet, that she gives him the catalog and directions to the jewelry store, only to find that Shelby has broken yet another violin.

Dez shoots another scene for Trish's video book report, but it contains her sitting on a block of ice with her "baby" behind a fake arctic backdrop with fake snow being tossed at her. Trish goes out of character and becomes frustrated at Dez for making her sit on that ice block for an unnecessarily long time. When they stop the film, she tries to talk him into letting her perform a scene that's less grueling, and he offers to place her in a desert setting, where he threatens to cover her in live tarantulas, which in reality was an attempt to get the perfect scream.

Though Shelby improves somewhat, she's still horrible. While Austin is showing off some new dance moves for a future performance on Friends and Family Night, Shelby mimics those dance moves, behind their backs. Violet comes in to pick her up from her lesson and uses the time to show an old video of her impressing a crowd at Carnegie Hall when she was only three years old. Discouraged by the comparison between her and her sister, Shelby gives up her lessons.

Up in the practice room, Ally is working on a song. When Austin walks in, she tells him she's still in the process of trying to prepare his enormous pancake. Austin claims that he thought she'd be able to teach Shelby to play despite all the difficulties. In spite of her inevitable loss of the bet, Austin gets Ally the necklace she wanted anyhow, which contains a token with a sun and moon on it for their last names Moon and Dawson.[4] It also contains an unfinished engraved message reading "I believe in you. Together we can go fart." The actual inscription was supposed to be "I believe in you. Together we can go farther than the moon." In the meantime, they consider offering the girl some other kinds of music lessons and try to call her back.

Trish is about to find the truth about Dez's version of her book report.

The pop-star and songwriter leave the practice room to find Trish still dressed in that ridiculous 19th Century costume hanging from a rope, swinging around in a circle. After they get her down, Trish reveals that she was dressed that way as part of a scene from her book report. However, Ally reveals that none of the scenes Dez made her perform in have anything to do with the book, shocking Trish, as she didn't bother to actually read it. Austin, on the other hand, is impressed with Dez's irrelevant details. Now seeking revenge, Trish storms out of A&A Music Factory, just as Shelby walks back in. They try to talk her into taking up lessons with some other musical instrument, and as they discuss which instrument she might be interested in trying other than the violin, she gets up on stage and dances casually. Ally discovers her ability and they find out dancing is her true talent. Austin tries to examine her ability and finds out she's actually better at dancing than him.

When Dez is preparing her for another presumed scene for the book report containing a mudslide, Trish takes the bucket of mud meant for her, and dumps it on his head instead, then pours cereal on him claiming it was during a part of the book taking place in a cereal factory, and finally tops it off with a bottle of milk. Dez realizes Trish found out his movie has nothing to do with the book and explains he embellished the plot because he believed the original book was boring. Having read the book last night though, Trish was impressed by the storyline and decides that she's actually going to do a real book report after all. After Trish leaves, Dez calls over a handsome young boy dressed as a sailor and reveals that he has to drop him from the film.

Shelby shines on "Friends & Family Night" at A&A Music Factory.

Once Friends and Family Night at A&A Music Factory arrives, Ally announces Shelby to the stage. Her dance routine beings with her pretending to play the violin and using it as a prop, to a background recording of "Finally Me." Austin joins her in the routine, which uses the entire store as a stage, and the rest of Team Austin decides to help in her routine. When Shelby is done, Violet maintains her belief that she's the most talented member of the family, but is genuinely impressed with her younger sister's dancing. Shelby thanks Team Austin for her lessons, and invites Austin for another run around the store, but Austin is too exhausted to join her. Dez offers to take his place instead.  


Austin & Ally - Homework And Hidden Talents - Dance Scene

In the end, Austin, Ally, and Dez enjoy his five-foot pancake, and Trish barges in to announce that she got an A on her book report. Dez then reveals he showed his video of Trish to his film class, and tells her that they want her to star in a movie called "Attack of the Shark-nocerous," an offer that Trish promptly declines until he reveals that she will play the monster in his movie. 

Memorable Quotes

Shelby: Where do you keep the violin glue?
Austin: Wow, that was amazing. Are you here to sign up for lessons?
Ally: I hope not, she's way better than me.
Violet: I know. I'm way better than most people. There's nothing you can teach me.
Ally: I could teach you honesty.
Violet: I don't mean to brag, but I'm actually better at modesty than most people do.
Austin: [scoffs] So, why are you here?
Violet: You'll going to be teaching my sister, Shelby. I'm just dropping off and setting the bar impossibly high. Good luck sis.
Shelby: Bye, Violet.
Austin: Hey Shelby, if your sister's that good, you must be pretty good too.
Shelby: Nope.
Austin: I'm sure you got some understanding of how to play.
Shelby: Nope.
Austin: Have you ever picked up a violin?
Shelby: I tried playing once, but I was so bad that my teacher quit after one lesson.
Ally: That's terrible. Your teacher didn't give you a chance. What an awful horrible person.
Shelby: My teacher was my sister.
Ally: Oh, but she seemed so nice!
Shelby: I wished I had a musical talent.
Ally: I believe everybody has a talent inside them. With some lessons and practice, I promise that you'll be great, like your sister.
Shelby: You really think that you can make you good as Violet?
Ally: Uh, yeah.
Shelby: I can't wait to start!
Ally: Okay, just fill out this form.
Austin: Uh, can you give us a second? Ally, what are you doing? Your getting this girl's hopes up.
Ally: I know I can help her. We started the A&A Music Factory to helps people just like Shelby.
Austin: I know, but you promised that she will be good as her sister, and you haven't even heard her play.
Ally: She can't be that bad.
Shelby: [screeching violin]
Ally: Okay. Okay. You don't know that's her.
Austin: I'm looking right at her.
Ally: I believe in you, and together we could go fart.
Ally: [on Trish's book report] You know none of that stuff happens in the book, right?
Trish: Excuse me?
Ally: Yeah, you have the book right here. This takes place right after the Civil War. They didn't even have helicopters back then
Trish: Wait, does Cecelia get stuck on an iceberg? (Ally nods) Does she get attacked by tarantulas? (Ally nods) Fall down an elevator shaft? (Ally nods) Dodge exploding hockey pucks? (Ally nods) Get her leg stuck in a toilet?!
Austin: This sounds like the best book ever!

Songs Featured


Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • The cast had the table read of this episode on November 17, 2014.
  • This episode began filming on November 20, 2014.
  • Maddie Ziegler, a famous dancer from the hit reality show Dance Moms and star of the popular "Chandelier" music video, guest stars in this episode.[2]
  • This episode was originally titled "Dance Routines & Dude Pageants."
  • The episode airs as part of Disney Channel's "Tune In 4 What?!” programming event, four days and eight new episodes of hit comedy series, lasting Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29.[3]
  • At the beginning of the episode, Austin and Dez were playing a game similar to Russian Roulette.
  • The sign of the Music Factory in the interior is changed since this episode, as before there was only "MUSIC", and now it's "A&A MUSIC Factory".
  • In this episode, we know two known students: Shelby (since this episode - her activity: dancing) and Charlie (his activity: playing the guitar).
  • This is the second episode with an event of the A&A Music Factory (third event: "Friends & Family night").
    • Also, we find out that the  "Friends & Family night" is a recurring event.
  • This is the lowest rated episode of the season.


  • In one scene, Austin and Ally say that it's been one week since they started to teach Shelby; but they were wearing the same clothes of one week before.
  • Even though Austin is not allowed to perform, he danced with Shelby and didn't get in trouble.




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