Photos | Kaya | Episode Flipbook (Ep. 2) | Walk This Way Posted 10/30/2007 10 photos
Kaya lingers at her hotel room window, taking in the sun's rays, when the doorbell rings. It's Kaya's friend Natalee, who tells Kaya that bloggers and tabloids are going berserk over her onstage antics that left her band, Crossing Coldwater, high and dry in front of a live audience. The rising rock star slumps down on the couch, feeling like the whole world is out to get her.
Over at Metro Sound, the record label fat cats meet with Kaya's father/manager, trying to concoct an excuse the media will buy about why Kaya walked off stage. Dehydration? Exhaustion? Drugs? After deciding on a game plan, they blame her father for the fiasco, chastising him for his inability to keep Kaya under his thumb.
As Natalee rushes an extremely late Kaya to the recording studio, Kaya wonders where she stands with her bandmates Gunnar, Taylor and Manny. She's fearful that they might throw in the towel. Meanwhile, in the studio, her bandmates are discussing the exact same thing. They're afraid she's going to walk out on them. When Kaya arrives, the tension is thick.
Flashback to a small garage, as a fledgling band argues over whether they should name themselves Genitalia. Yup, that's the name Crossing Coldwater originally wanted to go with. Well, at least that's the name Gunnar, Taylor and Manny picked out. But, after realizing it didn't really sum up their vibe -- and Taylor mentioned that it takes him an hour to cross over Coldwater Canyon to get home -- they decided on Crossing Coldwater.
Now, that same band sits in the studio, facing a mountain of problems. Kaya apologizes, saying she didn't think about how her actions would affect the rest of the band. Relieved, everyone decides it's time to start over, and they begin to record a new song, "Kiss and Make Up."
As Kaya builds into the chorus, the door opens. In rushes Rossi, an executive from Metro Sound. He stands there staring at Kaya, then says that the label won't spend millions of dollars so that she can walk offstage because she's upset about her dead sister. The room falls silent. Rossi has the sound engineers kill the studio lights, the recording session is over.
Night rolls around and the band is out on the town partying it up at their favorite bar. Kaya gets a text message from her father, saying they must talk about why she stormed offstage and how to make things right. The rest of the band brushes it aside, noticing a few cute ladies trying to get past the velvet ropes to meet them. When the guys go off hoping to score with the girlies, Kaya and Natalee chill. Natalee asks Kaya why she and Gunnar are no longer an item. Kaya admits to making a bad decision one night when she hooked up with another guy. While Kaya doesn't think Gunnar cares about her anymore, Natalee disagrees.
Kaya reminisces about the past, going back to Crossing Coldwater's days as an unknown garage band, before she and Gunnar started dating. When Gunnar first asked her out, she couldn't believe her luck. Now, it seems like he couldn't care less about her.
The next day Kaya realizes she's in desperate need of an assistant. Despite conducting a bunch of interviews, Kaya can't find a good match. When Natalee comes in, bearing gifts and food, Kaya gets an idea. Why not hire Natalee as her assistant? She caters to Kaya anyway, so why not pay her? The choice is made, and it seems like the perfect match.
When Kaya meets up with her father, he's writing a $90,000 check to settle her walk-off. It seems that Kaya's money is dwindling, and until she does what the record label wants her to do, including making the rounds with apologies, she isn't allowed back in the studio. She looks at the speech they want her recite and refuses to give in to their demands. Her father is dumbfounded. Could Kaya really give up everything she's worked for?
Flashback to Kaya's childhood bedroom. Harsh words are heard down the hallway. The front door slams and a car peels out of the driveway. She flies down the stairs looking for her mother but finds her father with his head in his hands. She touches his shoulder, asking, "What happened?" He slowly pulls his head up and says he's sorry.
Now, her father asks her how many people get to live out their dreams. Kaya storms out of his office, saying her dream is to record her music, her way. She's getting fed up with people calling her a sellout and a liar. Her father looks her dead in the eye and reminds her she's a rock star.
After giving it some thought, Kaya publicly apologizes for her onstage antics and does all the damage control the record label expects her to do, claiming she suffered from exhaustion the night of her public meltdown. Happy with her performance, Rossi thinks she's bigger than ever and can't wait to get her back in the studio. But she can barely look him in the eye.
Hitting the stage for a live performance, the band begins with the same song that caused Kaya's headline-making meltdown. Once again, Kaya stops, saying she just can't do it and leaves the stage. Everyone is shocked. She did it again! But just as her father and Rossi are about to strangle her, she rushes back onstage and shouts, "Just kidding!"
In her dressing room after the show, the mysterious girl that's been haunting Kaya appears, but this time Kaya knows who the girl is -- it's her dead sister, who applauds Kaya for her acting skills. She points out that by doing everything the record company wants her to do, Kaya isn't being true to herself. Right then, Kaya decides it's time for her to embrace being a rock star, and she walks out into a sea of paparazzi.