Ooh, I love a story! Tell me everything!
— Officer Dumphy

"Songwriting & Starfish" is the eleventh episode in Season 1 of Austin & Ally. It first aired on March 11, 2012 to 2.62 million viewers.[1]


The gang tries to help Austin get ready for the Hot Summer Jam Contest on the beach, where he could win a chance to have his song played on the radio. Meanwhile, Ally tries to put her previous, unpleasant beach-going experiences behind her.


Main Cast

Special Guest Cast

Guest Cast

Memorable Quotes

Officer: Little early for ice cream, isn't it?

Dez: Ahhhhhh! What are you doing here, Officer?
Officer: Somebody triggered the silent alarm.
Dez: Really? I didn't hear anything.
Officer: What's with your face?
Dez: Well, some people say I have my mom's eyes and my dad's nose, but I see more of my Great Aunt Ruth. She is a handsome woman!
Officer: I'm talking about the starfish.

Dez: Oh! I have a starfish on my face.
Austin: Now this could be a hot summer jam!

Ally: Oh yeah! That is jammin'. Huh. A jam on it! Uh, jami jam jam! Jam-and-cheese sandwich! (sees Austin's face) One too many?

Austin: All too many.
Austin: Now we just need to think of some sweet lyrics about how awesome the beach is.

Ally: Let me give it a shot. Sand in my eyes, sun burning my thighs, waves crash on pile of trash, we're at the beach, hooray.
Austin: Ally those lyrics are a total bummer.

Ally: I said hooray.
Dez: Excuse me, officer but aren't we allowed to call someone

Officer: You get one phone call make it count.
Ally: Yes!

Dez: Oh, I will. Hi, Mom? I just called to say I love you. Kay, bye.
Trish: Ugh. This is so not fun

Austin: Trish.

Trish: Oh, right. I love pushing around a heavy cart through the sand and the hot sun for minimum wage. Hooray, beach. I said hooray.
Ally: Ugh. Oh no. This gum melted and got all over my songbook.
Dez: Oh no. Your songbook closed and got all over my gum.
Austin: Why is this sand so sticky?

Dez: Oh. Yeah, this isn't sunblock. It's glue.
Austin: What? Why'd you bring glue to the beach?

Dez: How else are you supposed to stay up on a surfboard?
Ally: Okay, okay. What about this? Summer at the beach, rockin' shades, bed, pillow, tired, dreams... [face falls on the piano]

Austin: Ally!
Ally: Did we finish the song?

Austin: No, but you slobbered all over the keys.
Ally: "No hugging the ice cream"? Do they really need a sign for that?

Trish: You'd be surprised at how often it happens.

Austin: [hugging the ice cream] I love you, ice cream.
Trish: We're trapped in here.

Austin: This is all my fault.
Ally: No, it's not. You didn't do it on purpose.

Austin: No, when I was five, I made a birthday wish that I'd be locked in a freezer full of ice cream. I should've wished for a pony.
Dez: Hello?

Austin: Dez, we're in the ice cream shop, locked in the freezer.
Dez: Austin? Austin, it's a bad connection. Did you say you're at a mice dream swamp and your clock is a sneezer?
Austin: What? No. Come to the ice cream shop. We need you to save us.

Dez: I have to come to the ice cream shop and shave Gus? I'm on my way.
Austin: Wait. Are you having a good memory about the beach?

Ally: I guess I am.

Trish: I'm having a good memory, too. Remember that time, right now, when I was ignoring your story and eating this ice cream? Good times, good times.
Austin: Wow. You being a goody goody finally payed off.

Ally: Honesty is its own reward.

Dez: She just doesn't stop

Songs Featured


Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • The outside of the Miami Police Station is the same as the Denver Police Station used in Good Luck, Charlie.
  • This is the 3rd episode to feature an animal. The 1st was Kangaroos & Chaos and the 2nd was Zaliens & Cloud Watchers.
  • This is the first time we see Austin shirtless.
  • There is a rule in the ice cream shop to not hug the ice cream.
  • Trish is hired and fired from her job at Scoop, and There It Is.
  • This episode title refers to Austin and Ally trying to write a new song, and Dez's starfish that he had stuck to his face.
  • The whole episode is told in a flashback, apart from the very beginning and the ending. It's also the first episode to feature a flashback.
  • In the part before the theme song, a poster for "Battle of the Bands" is shown. This is a competition from another Disney show: Good Luck Charlie.
  • While Ally is coming up with the melody, the sheet music to "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" can be seen. It can be assumed that this music MAY have been the inspiration behind Heard It on the Radio.
  • There was a cake in the freezer that looks like it's in a Baskin Robbins box.
  • This episode is similar to the 2014 Disney Channel sitcom I Didn't Do It.


  • The officer told Trish that she served him a bad latte at the Coffee Kiosk, but in Burglaries & Boobytraps, the Coffee Kiosk was named the Coffee Shop.
  • When Austin fell in the sand after trying to help Ally open up the chair, there's sand on his chest, but when we see a bigger shot of him when he stands up, there's sand all over his body.
  • When Austin performed the song "Heard It on the Radio ", he changed out of his bathing suit and washed off the sand and changed into a new outfit, though Trish, Dez, and Ally were still wearing their clothes (PJs, bathing suit) from the police station.
  • The live version of "Heard It On the Radio" (heard in this episode) heavily differs that the album version on the soundtrack to Austin & Ally .
  • When Austin fell in the sand after trying to help Ally open up the chair, his necklace guitar pick is stuck to his back, throughout the rest of the show, it is in the front.
  • When Austin ripped the starfish off of Dez's face, he's holding the starfish by one of the legs. In the next shot, his fingers are between the arms of the fish. In the next shot, it's back to one leg. This happens a couple more times.


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