August 25, 2009By Joe Diliberto Posted: Aug 25, 2009
I have to admit I did not see the shocking end of the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT season finale coming! The-powers-that-be apparently took the show's title literally, because Payson broke her back when she fell from the uneven bars. The teaser previews showed someone falling, but I assumed it would be one of those "get back on the horse" sequences, like Emily had in the season premiere. (Hmm, then maybe I should have expected this bookend, after all) However, I was taken by surprise. I had a feeling that Payson — who was the golden child tipped to win the all-around title — might be denied her dream, since her character was completely melded with gymnastics that it would be dramatically interesting to see her deal with defeat. But instead, viewers will have to see if she can deal with life without gymnastics at all. (At least actively; I suspect she might try coaching.) Or will she make a triumphant return to the bars against all odds?
It was not all gloom and doom, however. Kaylie won the overall title, after deciding to stand up for herself and stop relying on the men in her life. She symbolically sent Carter and her father packing by returning their gifts of jewelry and then went out and won her own — a gold medal. (Lauren and Emily also made the national team.) Lauren came to terms with Summer, and Emily finally kissed David. That's a lot of resolutions for a short season!
...a short season that will get a lot longer. ABC Family has ordered 10 additional episodes of MAKE IT... to air in early 2010, and those will technically be the second part of a 20-episode first season. So, yes, the girls broke it and made it!