Dawn and Q grow closer, prompting emotions from Dawn's past to surface. Aubrey befriends Donnie, who worries his album is not going to get made.
It's getting down to crunch time! Tracks are being laid out rapid-fire and the albums are almost ready to become platinum. Everything is finally coming together...for almost everyone. Donnie keeps getting skimped on studio time and is falling far behind on track numbers. Even though Diddy compliments Donnie on his vocal improvement, Donnie worries that he won't be able to pull his album together on time. The final straw falls while Donnie, who finally managed to snag a couple minutes in the studio to record Beautiful Escape, gets the boot so Day 26 can do some work, instead. Donnie confides his worries to Aubrey, who encourages him to talk with the producers.
The next day, Diddy sets up a meeting in the studio between Donnie and Seven (music producer). Seven's unconventional habits and the smoke-filled studio strike up a good vibe, and Donnie gets excited about a new track But Diddy puts a damper on Donnie's good mood, telling him he doesn't think the track is a good fit for his album.
Meanwhile, Q is trying to bring romance into his and Dawn's 'just buddies' relationship. Aundrea tries to convince Dawn to give in and give Q a chance, but Dawn makes the excuse that she doesn't want anyone to get hurt. This outwardly tough girl gives everyone a glimpse at her vulnerable side later that night when vocal coach, Ankh Rah, pays a visit. The girls take turns singing for Anhk Rah, but when Dawn's turn comes, she can't make the connection that Ankh Rah tries to coax from her. He wants her to let everyone else in on what she's feeling, but she keeps her emotions bottled up. Q, standing just out of sight, sees Dawn shed a tear. Later that night, Q sits down with Dawn at the piano and helps her let her emotions out through music.
Luckily, events take a positive turn the next day. Donnie and Seven work off their positive vibe on the track, and record a song that everyone is happy and impressed with. Dawn, after a flirty game of mini-golf with Q, takes Aundrea's advice and gives Q a sweet smooch. Maybe Dawn can let her emotions carry her away, after all.