Homework Song Wikia

Shelby, you're a really good dancer!

— Ally

Homework & Hidden Talents


Craig Wyrick-Solari[1]

"Homework & Hidden Talents" originally know as "Dance Routines & Dude Pageants" is the 5th episode in Season 4 of Austin & Ally.[2] It was the 5th episode filmed in Season 4. The episode aired on a Saturday, March 28, 2015.[1] The episode airs as part of Disney Channel's "Tune In 4 What?!” programming event.[3] It was watched by 1.4 million viewers on the night of its premiere.


Ally wants to prove to Austin that she can unlock the hidden musical talent of a new student named Shelby who's lives her life under the shadow of her older sister Violet, a self-taught teenage violin virtuoso who was able to master the violin at the age of 3.[1] Austin and Ally make a bet with each other over her ability to teach Shelby to play the violin. Along the way, they find that Shelby is a much better dancer than a violin player.

Episode Summary

Austin and Dez play a game similar to Russian Roulette (albeit less deadly), where they try to shake up cans of a soda called "Carbonation Extreme," to see who gets blasted in the face with soda. They try to coax Ally into joining their game, but she refuses. Trish needs a good grade on a book report for a book called "The Lonely Maiden's Journey," and Dez offers to help her with a video version of her book report, and she accepts his offer. To celebrate the upcoming video, Dez gives Trish the shaken-up can of Carbonation Extreme, but she opens it up and sprays it into his face instead.

Austin and then Ally overhear a teenage girl named Violet Hayden playing a violin at a skill that's better than many professionals. Realizing she's not at the former Sonic Boom for lessons, they find that she has dropped off her younger sister Shelby to take lessons instead. Shelby lives under the shadow of her sister and knows that she's as terrible at playing music as Violet is good, however Ally promises she can make her as good as her sister. Austin however is convinced she's making unrealistic promises, and he is found to be right when Shelby tries playing the violin for the first time.

For the movie, Dez makes Trish dress in a ridiculously ruffled and wide 19th Century dress with an oversized bonnet. He gives her a giant sausage wrapped in a blanket to be used as a fake baby, and claims to be recreating a chapter from the book where villages are throwing onions at her at the end of the Civil War.

Ally's first official lesson with Shelby turns out to be disastrous but she still wants to prove to Austin that she can unlock her hidden musical talent. Austin and Ally make a bet with each other over her ability to teach the girl to play the violin by the next "Friends and Family Night." Depending on which of the two loses the bet, Ally will give Austin a five foot wide pancake, and Austin will give Ally a designer sterling silver necklace. Ally is so confident she'll win the bet, that she gives him the catalog and directions to the jewelry store, only to find that Shelby has broken yet another violin.

Dez shoots another scene for Trish's video book report, but it contains her sitting on a block of ice with her "baby" behind a fake arctic backdrop with fake snow being tossed at her. Trish goes out of character and becomes frustrated at Dez for making her sit on that ice block for an unnecessarily long time. When they stop the film, she tries to talk him into letting her perform a scene that's less grueling, and he offers to place her in a desert set, where he threatens to cover her in live tarantulas, which in reality was an attempt to get the perfect scream.

Though Shelby improves somewhat, she's still horrible. While Austin is showing off some new dance moves for a future performance on Friends and Family Night, Shelby mimics those dance moves, behind their backs. Violet comes in to pick her up from her lesson, and uses the time to show an old video of her impressing a crowd at Carnegie Hall when she was only three years old. Discouraged by the comparison between her and her sister, Shelby gives up her lessons.

Up in the practice room, Ally is working on a song. When Austin walks in, she tells him she's still in the process of trying to prepare his enormous pancake. Austin claims that he though she'd be able to teach Shelby to play despite all the difficulties. In spite of her inevitable loss of the bet, Austin gets Ally the necklace she wanted anyhow, which contains a token with a sun and moon on it for their last names Moon and Dawson.[4] It also contains an unfinished engraved message reading "I believe in you. Together we can go fart." The actual inscription was supposed to be "I believe in you. Together we can go farther than the moon." In the meantime, they consider offering the girl some other kinds of musical lessons, and try to call her back.

The pop-star and songwriter leave the practice room to find Trish still dressed in that ridiculous 19th Century costume hanging from a rope, swinging around in a circle. After they get her down, Trish reveals that she was dressed that way as part of a scene from her book report, but Ally reveals that none of the scenes Dez makes her perform in has anything to do with the book. Austin, on the other hand is impressed with Dez's irrelevant details. In the meantime Trish now seeks revenge, and storms out of A&A Music Factory, just as Shelby walks back in. They try to talk her into taking up lessons with some other musical instrument, and as they discuss which instrument she might be interested in trying other than the violin, she gets up on stage and dances casually. Ally discovers her ability and they find out dancing is her true talent. Austin tries to examine her ability and finds out she's actually better at dancing than him.

When Dez is preparing her for a another presumed scene for the book report containing a mudslide, she takes the bucket of mud meant for her, and dumps it on his head instead, then pours cereal on him claiming it was during a part of the book taking place in a cereal factory, and finally tops it off with a bottle of milk. Dez realizes Trish found out his movie has nothing to do with the book. She also decides that she's actually going to do a real book report after all. After she leaves, Dez calls over a handsome young boy dressed as a sailor, and reveals that he has to drop him from the film.

Once Friends and Family Night at A&A Music Factory arrives, Ally announces Shelby to the stage. Her dance routine beings with her pretending to play the violin and using it as a prop, to a background recording of "Finally Me." Austin joins her in the routine, which uses the entire store as a stage, and the rest of Team Austin decides to help in her routine. When Shelby is done, Violet maintains her belief that she's the most talented member of the family, but is genuinely impressed with her younger sister's dancing. Shelby thanks Team Austin for her lessons, and invites Austin for another run around the store, but 

Austin is too exhausted to join her. Dez offers to take his place instead. Austin, Ally, and Dez enjoy his five foot pancake, and Trish barges in to announce that she got an A on her book report. In the meantime, Dez showed his video of Trish to his film class, and he tells her that they want her to star in a movie called "Attack of the Shark-nocerous," an offer that she promptly declines until he reveals that she will play the monster in his movie.

Memorable Quotes

Shelby: Where do you keep the violin glue?

Austin: Wow, that was amazing. Are you here to sign up for lessons?
Ally: I hope not, she's way better than me.
Violet: I know. I'm way better than most people. There's nothing you can teach me.
Ally: I could teach you honesty.
Violet: I don't mean to brag, but I'm actually better at modesty than most people do.
Austin: [scoffs] So, why are you here?
Violet: You'll going to be teaching my sister, Shelby. I'm just dropping off and setting the bar impossibly high. Good luck sis.
Shelby: Bye, Violet.
Austin: Hey Shelby, if your sister's that good, you must be pretty good too.
Shelby: Nope.
Austin: I'm sure you got some understanding of how to play.
Shelby: Nope.
Austin: Have you ever picked up a violin?
Shelby: I tried playing once, but I was so bad that my teacher quit after one lesson.
Ally: That's terrible. Your teacher didn't give you a chance. What an awful horrible person.
Shelby: My teacher was my sister.
Ally: Oh, but she seemed so nice!
Shelby: I wished I had a musical talent.
Ally: I believe everybody has a talent inside them. With some lessons and practice, I promise that you'll be great, like your sister.
Shelby: You really think that you can make you good as Violet?
Ally: Uh, yeah.
Shelby: I can't wait to start!
Ally: Okay, just fill out this form.
Austin: Uh, can you give us a second? Ally, what are you doing? Your getting this girl's hopes up.
Ally: I know I can help her. We started the A&A Music Factory to helps people just like Shelby.
Austin: I know, but you promised that she will be good as her sister, and you haven't even heard her play.
Ally: She can't be that bad.
Shelby: [screeching violin]
Ally: Okay. Okay. You don't know that's her.
Austin: I'm looking right at her.

Ally: I believe in you, and together we could go fart.

Ally: [on Trish's book report] You know none of that stuff happens in the book, right?
Trish: Excuse me?
Ally: Yeah, you have the book right here. This takes place right after the Civil War. They didn't even have helicopters back then
Trish: Wait, does Cecelia get stuck on an iceberg? (Ally nods) Does she get attacked by tarantulas? (Ally nods) Fall down an elevator shaft? (Ally nods) Dodge exploding hockey pucks? (Ally nods) Get her leg stuck in a toilet?!
Austin: This sounds like the best book ever!

Songs Featured


Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • The cast had the table read of this episode on November 17, 2014.
  • This episode began filming on November 20, 2014.
  • Maddie Ziegler, a famous dancer from the hit reality show Dance Moms and star of the popular "Chandelier" music video, guest stars in this episode.[2]
  • This episode was originally titled "Dance Routines & Dude Pageants."
  • The episode airs as part of Disney Channel's "Tune In 4 What?!” programming event, four days and eight new episodes of hit comedy series, lasting Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29.[3]
  • At the beginning of the episode, Austin and Dez were playing a game similar to Russian Roulette.
  • The sign of the Music Factory in the interior is changed since this episode, as before there was only "MUSIC", and now it's "A&A MUSIC Factory".
  • Probably, the dancing activity in the Music Factory has been practiced since this episode.
    • Also, the dance studio has been in the school since this episode.
  • In this episode, we know two known students: Shelby (since this episode - her activity: dancing) and Charlie (his activity: playing the guitar).
  • This is the second episode with an event of the A&A Music Factory (third event: "Friends & Family night").
    • Also, we find out that the "Friends & Family night" is a recurring event.
  • For the bet, Ally had to have a necklace and Austin a giant pancake.
  • This is the lowest rated episode


  • In one scene, Austin and Ally say that it's been one week since they started to teach Shelby; but they were wearing the same clothes of one week before.
  • Even though Austin is not allowed to perform, he danced with Shelby and didn't get in trouble




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January 17, 1997 (U.K.)
March 25, 1997 (U.S.)


1993 - 1996
Daft House (Paris, France)

Homework is the debut studio album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 17 January 1997 with Virgin Records. Homework's success brought worldwide attention to French house music. According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Eurodance formula. The duo produced the tracks without plans to release an album. After working on projects that were intended to be separate singles over five months, they considered the material good enough for an album.

Commercially successful, Homework appeared in 14 national charts, peaking at number 150 on the United States Billboard 200 and at number 37 on the Australian Albums Chart. By February 2001, the album had sold more than two million copies worldwide and received several gold and platinum certifications. Overall Homework received positive critical response. The album features singles that had significant impact in the French house and global dance music scenes. These include the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play number-one singles "Da Funk" and "Around the World", the latter of which reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Recording historyEdit

In 1993 Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo presented a demo of electronic music to Stuart Macmillan of Slam at a rave in EuroDisney. The contents of the cassette eventually saw release on the single "The New Wave", which was released on April 11, 1994 on Slam's Soma Quality Recordings label.[4] The record also contained the final mix of the track "The New Wave" entitled "Alive".

"Da Funk" and "Rollin' & Scratchin'" were released as a single under the Soma label in 1995. The tracks were then utilized by The Chemical Brothers in DJ sets at The Heavenly Social in London. During the same year, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons requested that the duo remix their single "Life Is Sweet" and open for The Chemical Brothers' tour in the United Kingdom. The ensuing popularity of Daft Punk's singles led to their signing with Virgin Records in September 1996. Their departure from Soma was noted by Richard Brown of the Glasgow-based label. "We were obviously sad to lose them to Virgin but they had the chance to go big, which they wanted, and it's not very often that a band has that chance after two singles. We're happy for them."

Although Virgin held exclusive distribution rights over Daft Punk’s material, the duo remain the owners of their master recordings through the Daft Trax label. Bangalter expressed that "To be free, we had to be in control. To be in control, we had to finance what we were doing ourselves. The main idea was to be free."[7] Daft Punk discussed their method with Spike Jonze, director of the "Da Funk" music video. He noted that "They were doing everything based on how they wanted to do it. As opposed to, 'oh we got signed to this record company, we gotta use their plan.' They wanted to make sure they never had to do anything that would make them feel bummed on making music." In regards to the duo's creative control and freedom, Bangalter said:

We've got much more control than money. You can't get everything. We live in a society where money is what people want, so they can't get the control. We chose. Control is freedom. People say we're control freaks, but control is controlling your destiny without controlling other people. We're not trying to manipulate other people, just controlling what we do ourselves. Controlling what we do is being free. People should stop thinking that an artist that controls what he does is a bad thing. A lot of artists today are just victims, not having control, and they're not free. And that's pathetic. If you start being dependent on money, then money has to reach a point to fit your expenses.

Daft Punk worked to record other tracks, including "Revolution 909" and "Around the World". The album was mixed and recorded in their own studio, Daft House in Paris, France. It was mastered by Nilesh Patel at the London studio The Exchange.

Virgin re-released "Da Funk" with the B-side "Musique" in 1996, before the debut of Homework. Bangalter later stated that the B-side "was never intended to be on the album, and in fact, 'Da Funk' as a single has sold more units than Homework, so more people own it anyways than they would if it had been on the album. It is basically used to make the single a double-feature."


Daft Punk produced the tracks included in Homework without a plan to release an album. Bangalter stated, "It was supposed to be just a load of singles. But we did so many tracks over a period of five months that we realized that we had a good album."[1] The duo set the order of the tracks to cover the four sides of a two-disc vinyl LP.[2] De Homem-Christo remarked, "There was no intended theme because all the tracks were recorded before we arranged the sequence of the album. The idea was to make the songs better by arranging them the way we did; to make it more even as an album."[2] The name Homework, Bangalter explained, relates to "the fact that we made the record at home, very cheaply, very quickly, and spontaneously, trying to do cool stuff."[3]

"Daftendirekt" is an excerpt of a live performance recorded at the first I Love Techno party in Ghent, Belgium.[4] It served as the introduction to Daft Punk's live shows and was used to begin the album.[2]Janet Jackson sampled "Daftendirekt" on her song "So Much Betta", which was included in her tenth studio album, Discipline, in 2008.[5]Homework's following track, "WDPK 83.7 FM", is a tribute to FM radio in the US.[6] The next song, "Revolution 909" is a reflection on the French government's stance on dance music.[2][7]

"Revolution 909" is followed by "Da Funk", which carries elements of funk and acid music.[8] According to Andrew Asch of the Boca Raton News, the song's composition "relies on a bouncy funk guitar to communicate its message of dumb fun."[9] Bangalter expressed that "Da Funk"'s theme involved the introduction of a simple, unusual element that becomes acceptable and moving over time.[10] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine complimented the song as "unrelenting",[11] and Bob Gajarsky of Westnet called it "a beautiful meeting of Chic (circa "Good Times", sans vocals) and the 90s form of electronica."[12] The song appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Saint and was placed at number 18 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s" list.[13] "Phoenix" combines elements of gospel music and house music.[2] The duo considered "Fresh" to be breezy and light with a comical structure.[14] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine criticized the song, stating that it "doesn’t feel like the beach just because of the lapping waves heard in the background."[15]

The single "Around the World" carries influences of Gershon Kingsley's hit "Popcorn".[8] Its music video was directed by the Academy Award-winning French filmmaker Michel Gondry, who compared the track's bassline to that of "Good Times" by Chic.[16] Chris Power of BBC Music named it "one of the decade’s catchiest singles". He stated that it was "a perfect example of Daft Punk’s sound at its most accessible: a post-disco boogie bassline, a minimalist sprinkling of synthetic keyboard melody and a single, naggingly insistent hook."[17] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine commented that "there is no way you’d want to have a Homework without 'Around The World'."[15] The track "Teachers" is a tribute to several of Daft Punk's house music influences, including future collaborators Romanthony, DJ Sneak and Todd Edwards.[18] The song "Oh Yeah" features DJ Deelat and DJ Crabbe. "Indo Silver Club" features a sample of "Hot Shot" by Karen Young.[4] Prior to its inclusion on Homework, "Indo Silver Club" was released as a single on the Soma Quality Recordings label in two parts.[19] The single lacked an artist credit in the packaging[19] and was thought to have been created by the nonexistent producers Indo Silver Club.[20] The final track, "Funk Ad", is a reversed clip of "Da Funk".[2]

Track listing


  1. ↑James (2003), p. 269.
  2., Jennifer. "Interview with Daft Punk". p. 3. DMA. About.com. Retrieved on 30 March 2007.
  3. ↑Nickson, Chris (June 1997) Daft Punk: Parlez-vous da funk?. CMJ New Music Monthly (46) (CMJ Network) p. 10. ISSN1074-6978. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. 4.04.1Homework (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of EMI Group. 42609. 1997.
  5. Discipline (Booklet). Janet Jackson. Island Records, a division of [[wikipedia:The Island Def Jam Music Group]|The Island Def Jam Music Group]]. 2008.
  6. ↑Di Perna, Alan (April 2001). "We Are The Robots", Pulse!. pp. 65–69.
  7. ↑Warner, Jennifer. "Interview with Daft Punk". p. 2. DMA. About.com. Retrieved on 10 February 2012.
  8. 8.08.1Collin, Matthew (August 1997). "Do You Think You Can Hide From Stardom?". Mixmag. Retrieved on 6 March 2007.
  9. ↑Asch, Andrew (18 December 1997). "Daft Punk smashes charts with simplicity". Boca Raton News. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  10. ↑Daft Punk audio commentary for "Da Funk" music video, The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003).
  11. ↑Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2002). "Daft Punk – Homework".Slant Magazine. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  12. ↑Gajarsky, Bob (28 April 1997). "Daft Punk, Homework". Westnet. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  13. ↑Ryan Dombal (3 September 2009). "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 20-01". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 10 February 2012.
  14. D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes. Virgin Records. 1999.
  15. 15.015.1Mathers, Ian (9 May 2005). "Daft Punk: Homework – Playing God". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  16. ↑Gondry, Michel (2003). The Work of Director Michel Gondry companion book. Palm Pictures. Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  17. ↑Power, Chris (5 January 2010). "Review of Daft Punk – Homework". BBC Music. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  18. ↑Gill, Chris (1 May 2001). ROBOPOP. Remix Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  19. 19.019.1Indo Silver Club (liner notes). Daft Punk. Soma Quality Recordings. SOMA 035.
  20. ↑Silcott, Mireille (3 April 1997). "Personality punks". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved on 3 August 2011.

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