What private thoughts are you writing in your book of secrets, Ally?
Trish tricking Austin

"Secrets & Songbooks" is the 3rd episode in Season 1 of Austin & Ally. It first aired on December 11th, 2011 to 3.4 million viewers.[1]


Ally loses her song writing book, which is also her top secret diary, so she and Trish comb the mall looking for her it, not knowing that Austin and Dez have already found it and read it, revealing that Ally has a secret crush. When Austin is convinced it's him, he tries to find a way to let Ally know they're just friends.

Episode Summary

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The episode starts off in Sonic Boom when Ally is working and the boys are adding annoying musical accompaniments, and Trish reveals her latest job: working at the Make Up Kiosk, and how she booked Austin a TV gig on a famous show called South Beach Sound. They start complaining about how Ally needs to finish writing a new song since South Beach Sound wants one by tomorrow when Austin performs. She reassures them saying she has tons of ideas in her songwriting book but freaks out when she can't find it. Austin tries to relax her saying it's just a normal book, but she reveals that it's also her secret diary and that she would die if anyone reads it.
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After fabricating a loophole, Austin & Dez read Ally's songbook/diary.

The four of them decide to try and search for the book. Ally and Trish set out to look around the mall, while Dez uses his "superhuman sense of smell" to find the book in the store. Dez eventually finds it, (after he remembers he used it as a roof for his gingerbread house) and he and Austin initially wanted to find Ally and give the book to her, but get tempted by what could be inside the book. They realize Ally has a crush on someone. Meanwhile, Ally admits her crush on the "Cell Phone Accessory Guy" to Trish. However, in her book, she describes him quite vaguely: "...kind eyes, hair that flops just the right way. We work so close to each other, and yet we're so far apart, and he smells like a fresh summer breeze. And what is cooler than a guy named after a city in Texas?", leading Dez and Austin to believe she has a crush on Austin, when in reality, the 'Cell Phone Accessory Guy's named Dallas.

Austin worries about how to let Ally know they're just good friends. When they tell Ally they found her book, it convinces Austin, even more, when Ally hugs him and says "I love you, I love you, I love you!", but she's just grateful he found her book. Ally leads them up to the Practice Room, and they start to write a song. Ally wants it to be a love song, when Austin responds with a 'Like Song' and they end up writing "A Love/Like Song". Ally is about to tell him about her crush on Dallas, but Austin believes she's about to tell him she loves him, and he runs away with his hands covering his ears.

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Ally and Trish are out in the mall and Ally tells Trish about her worries of how strange Austin was acting. She speculates whether Austin is nervous about appearing on South Beach Sound. However, Dez (who is building a roof for his gingerbread house, and overhears them) tells them Austin never gets nervous,

Austin performs a song on "South Beach Sound."

but Dez's nervous and twitchy behavior gets the girls suspicious, and after 'torturing' him by biting the head off one of his gingerbread men, he reveals that Austin read Ally's diary, and thinks Ally has a crush on him. Ally and Trish quickly concoct a plan for revenge.

Ally makes an Austin dummy and starts kissing him when Austin visits. She starts writing in her book, and Trish, playing along, asks her what she's writing. Ally responds that she's writing all the things she hates that guys do, making sure Austin is in earshot. They then leave, leaving the book on the counter, and Austin quickly reads it, finding out Ally hates guys who use fake tans and sweat a lot. Austin appears later, bright orange with damp patches under his armpits. Dez gives him a 'Volcano Pepper' but Austin eats too much, and starts to really sweat. A cameraman apparent news team comes in, saying they're from South Beach Sound, and Austin gets really embarrassed in front of them. Ally reveals she knows that Austin read her journal and this was her revenge, but assures him this isn't South Beach Sound. However, Trish forgot to tell Ally that they were on the Mall JumboTron, and Ally accidentally reveals her crush on Dallas. Austin apologizes, and Ally forgives him. The episode ends with Austin singing their new song "Not a Love Song" on South Beach Sound.

Memorable Quotes

Ally: I have to find it before someone reads it. Some of the things I wrote in there are super personal and embarrassing.
Austin: Like how you have an imaginary friend named Ms. Pennyworth you talk to when you're stressed?
Ally: How do you know about Ms. Pennyworth? I've only ever told one person that secret.
Austin: Well, obviously, Ms. Pennyworth has been blabbing about you all over town.

Trish: No way! You have a crush on the cell-phone accessory cart guy! That's what you wrote in your book, isn't it?
Ally: What? The cell-phone guy? That's crazy. Why would I... Holy unlimited texting, he is so cute!

Ally: [kissing a mannequin slightly resembling Austin (smooch) Austin. (smooch) Austin. (smooch) Austin. (smooch) Austin.
Austin: [just walking into the store] Ally? What are you doing? Is that doll supposed to be me?
Ally: Oh, Austin. Hi. Yes it is. [turns the dolls face to expose it covered in lipstick] I was just practicing what I would do if you got bit by a rattlesnake... on the lips. It could happen, ohh.

Ally: I think we're close enough that I can tell you who this song is really about.
Austin: [clapping his hands over his ears and running out of the room] If I don't hear it, it's not true! If I don't hear it, it's not true! If I don't hear it, it's not true! If I don't hear it, it's not true!

Ally: Love. Love. Love.
Austin: Like. Like. Like.
Ally: It's a special kind of feeling.
Austin: But not always so appealing.
Ally: All you want is to get close.
Austin: But to close is kinda gross.
Ally: Gotta go for what you want.
Austin: But just keeping things on a friendly level is also a good option if you want things to stay the same.

Trish: I wonder if he's nervous about playing on South Beach Sound.
Dez: Nervous? Austin never gets nervous, especially about performing.
Ally: Then why is he acting so weird around me?
Dez: It's because he's nervous. Austin always gets nervous, especially about performing.

Trish: Oh I'm not going to hurt you. I'm going to hurt your family. Your gingerbread family.
Dez: Benjamin!
Trish: We can do this the easy way or the Trish way.
Dez: I can't betray Austin.
Trish: [bites off gingerbread arm]
Dez: No! You monster!
Ally: Dez, you can end all this senseless suffering right now. Tell us!
Dez: Never!
Trish: I wonder what Benjamin will look like without a head?
Dez: Austin read Ally's book and knows she has a crush on him.
Ally and Trish: What?
Dez: There now you know everything.
Trish: [bites off head]
Dez: What are you doing? I said I told you everything.
Trish: I know, but Benjamin's really tasty.

Songs Featured


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • This episode marks the first appearances of Nelson and Dallas.
  • The violin rack has a sign over it reading "H&K Instruments." "H&K" refers to Kevin & Heath Productions, the company run by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, which make the show Austin & Ally.
  • Ally's line about "getting bit by a rattlesnake on the lips" was previously used in another It's a Laugh production; specifically, the Shake It Up! episode "Age It Up."
  • Trish is hired and fired from the Make-Up Kiosk.
  • It is mentioned in this episode that Trish once worked at the Lost & Found.
  • The episode title refers to Ally's songbook disappearing, and Austin and Dez finding out some of the secrets her book contained.
  • A section of this episode was featured in the "A Billion Hits" music video.
  • The episode contains scenes from "Rockers & Writers" as well as "Kangaroos & Chaos".


  • Austin's sweat was only on the front of his T-Shirt, the back was completely dry.
  • Ally said "on the lips" but she clearly only kissed him on the cheeks.
  • When you see Ally and Trish walking over to Austin to make him tell the truth you could see some bit of the microphone above them.


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