|“||We're gonna make our very own Austin & Ally movie!||”|
"Real Life & Reel Life" is the twenty fifth episode in Season 2 of Austin & Ally and the 44th episode overall. It first aired on September 22, 2013. The episode was the twenty fourth episode filmed of season 2. This episode earned 3.231 million viewers on the night of its premiere.
When Dez and Trish decide to make a movie about Austin and Ally, they bring up unknown issues in Austin & Ally’s musical partnership that strain the duo’s current friendship. Trish and Dez are left to bring Austin and Ally back together as a team while still finishing their movie. 
Dez and Trish are making a "Rockumentary" about Austin and Ally. Rather than a genuine rockumentary, the movie contains multiple genres depicting various aspects of their lives together. The first scene they shoot is the one where Ally first meets Austin, but Dez makes it more exciting by making Austin seem like a James Bond-type spy and adding a fight between him and a pair of ninjas. Then Trish makes a new scene in the style of a soap opera where both she and Ally play glamorous femme Fatales. The script reveals that Ally originally wanted to break up her partnership with Austin, and Austin is instantly offended, despite the fact that Ally has long since changed her mind about him. Austin leaves the set in frustration, but Dez talks him into returning for the scene about the time he loses his voice before being signed on with Starr Records. That scene is staged in the style of a Broadway musical. During this scene, Austin doesn't exactly act that well because of him being mad with Ally. He promises Dez that he'll put the issue behind him, but Ally's revelation still bothers him, and it interferes with his performance in the next scenes. First, they do the scene where Ally has to sing at Jimmy's Halloween party in the style of a pirate movie, presumably the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Austin strays from the script often berating Ally. They then do the scene where Austin has to perform at Times Square on New Year's Eve in the style of a football-themed movie. Austin breaks character once again and during another argument, Ally finds out Austin met with another songwriter after she overcame her stage fright, and so she gets mad at him.
They both leave and the next day, they have to read a script for the scene where Austin performs in order to help Ally raise money to buy instruments for a music class, but both are resentful towards each other. When Trish and Dez realize how much difficulty they're going to have to get the two to put their differences aside, they try to pretend to be the songwriter and pop-star, then suddenly transform into the 1960's adaptation of Batman. Even after this fails, they want them to be professional and make up. So, they come up with a plan to remind both of them why they're friends and partners in the first place. They have them shoot the scene where Ally overcame her stage fright in the style of a teen vampire movie. They end up kissing like when it really happened and also make up.
Trish and Dez are convinced that their kiss was genuine, and not simply done for Dez's movie, which ends in a Chaplin-esque silent film depicting Dez's own fight with a kangaroo over a championship jacket owned by MMA fighter "Facepuncher." The kangaroo was played by none other than Trish De La Rosa.
- Ross Lynch as Austin Moon
- Laura Marano as Ally Dawson
- Raini Rodriguez as Trish De la Rosa
- Calum Worthy as Dez Wade
Austin: That movie's awesome! [clears throat] Or at least that's what I heard a girl say while I was at the theater watching a manly action movie.
Austin: [reads Ally's lines] You wanted to end our partnership?
Austin: After you conquered your stage fright and your career was taking off I met with another songwriter.
Trish: [imitates Ally] I love love!
Trish: It's not too late to cast me in Ally role. [does Ally's dance]
Ally: LALALALALALA [covers her ears and run out of Sonic Boom]
Trish: What if they never make up?
Dez: Perfect! We got it (recording the Kiss) Cut! [Austin and Ally still kissing] I said cut! [Austin and Ally still kissing] Okay, you can stop kissing now.
Austin: [Stops kissing] A-A-Ally I'm so sorry I met with another songwriter. I knew your career was taking off and I'd thought you'd leave me.
Dez: Good morning, actors! Nothing like a good night's sleep to help you forget all the reasons why you're mad at someone.
Austin: What scene are you gonna do?
Dez: Austin, you're a vampire. And all you wanna do is protect her. [points to Ally] [walks over to Ally] And you're not a vampire. But you wanna be one. But sometimes you wanna be a werewolf! [a pause] But forget that. You're into the vampire.
- Katy Perry's movie is mentioned in this episode.
- The character Dez was playing during the black and white silent clip was supposed to be Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), Chaplin's second released film.
- During the soap opera segment of Dez's movie, Ally and Trish wore dresses that were the real-life favorite colors of Laura Marano (red) and Raini Rodriguez (purple).
- When Team Austin was filming the movie, they filmed recreated scenes from these episodes:
- This is the second episode that has two 'topics' that are said the same but have different spellings. The first is Girlfriends & Girl Friends.
- The Super Heroes scene was the only scene with no episode reference.
- The final scene was a reference to Kangaroos & Chaos.
- The vampire scene is a reference to the movie Twilight, where Ally plays Bella and Austin plays Edward.
- The pirate scene is a reference to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, where Austin plays Captain Jack Sparrow.
- When Trish was playing Ally, her impression of Ally was a reference to Backups & Breakups.
- Austin and Ally kissed for the second time in this episode.
- Austin and Ally had their first big fight in this episode.
- The 'Auslly Arc' continues in this episode since Tunes & Trials (seventh part).
- The first scene they were shooting was a reference from James Bond when Austin plays James Bond.
- One moment had Trish bring up that "cars don't talk" a reference to the Disney/Pixar movie series Cars.
- The kiss scene was filmed on Valentine's Day and it was Laura's first kiss (Ross).
- This episode was filmed on February 14th, also known as Valentine's Day.
- Calum Worthy (Dez) admitted on Twitter that it was a French kiss.
- The different movie styles or genres filmed include the following:
- Action Spy/James Bond
- Soap Opera
- Broadway Musical
- Sports - Football
- Super Heroes - Batman
- Teen Vampire - Twilight
- This is the second episode where Dez makes a movie. The first one was Filmmaking & Fear Breaking.
- Trish and Dez got along well in this episode. It also shows that they can work well together.
- When Trish says 'Rocker Boy & Writer Girl' she references to Rockers & Writers.
- This is the first time we see Austin in a tux.
- This episode aired on the 15th January in the UK.
- The A's on Trish and Dez's costumes were from the logo 'Austin and Ally'.
- Ross said in an interview that this was his favorite episode of Season 2.
- This is one of three episodes that have no plurals in the title. (The others being MyTab & My Pet and Austin & Alias.)
- Team Austin almost split up in this episode, due to Austin and Ally's huge fight, but they make up at the end of the episode.
- Ross and Laura had their first real kiss, due to their first kiss in Chapters & Choices being fake.
- However for Austin and Ally, it was their second kiss.
- Austin and Ally's kiss in this episode was Laura's first kiss because she said she had her first kiss with Ross.
- In this episode, Ally danced while they singing the Lost His Voice Song, even though everybody knows she isn't a good dancer.
- While reenacting the scene from when Austin and Ally first met, the "Please do not play the drums" sign is on the piano; whereas in "Rockers & Writers" it was on the wall.
To view the Real Life & Reel Life transcript, click here.