Cheer season 2, episode 9 recap – the ending explained – who won Nationals?

January 12, 2022
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Episode 9 is the pinnacle of what the production team was trying to achieve.

This recap of Netflix’s Cheer season 2, episode 9, “Daytona Pt. 2: If the Judges Disagree,” — the ending explained — does contain spoilers.

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You may feel emotionally exhausted if you’ve made it to episode 9. Cheer season 2 has thrown a lot at its audience, and episode 9 is the pinnacle of what the production team was trying to achieve. There’s something about sports and athletics that resonates so strongly with audiences. This episode is the reason why we should never take competition for granted. We should embrace it. It brings out the best in us. The lessons are too valuable.

I genuinely hope we never lose our competitive spirit as human beings. It would be a great shame.

Cheer season 2, episode 9 recap – the ending explained

Episode 9 has plenty riding on it as it documents Daytona day 2. Day 1 was not the best for TVCC as they had a slight error in their preliminary performance. Head Coach Vontae Johnson goes through the scores they can achieve, and with their technical skills, there’s hope for day 2. Meanwhile, Monica feels okay about the scores so far but states it is a subjective sport. There was an air of cynicism in the way she said this — it’s almost like she feels the judges want TVCC to win. And to be fair, it is not an outlandish claim to make — TVCC thinks that the judges have their back too. The night before the finals presents plenty of nerves for both teams, but practice they must — there’s no rest in this world.

Day 2 arrives, and TVCC are pumped before their performance. The demons from day one are gone. They give it their absolute all, and it’s an excellent performance. The team is buzzing after — they know that it was an outstanding performance. They know it will rattle their competitors.

And it does; the energy and excitement emanating from TVCC reach Navarro; the nerves are so apparent, and what follows is an adrenaline-inducing team talk beforehand. By the time Navarro reaches the stage, there’s plenty of energy and excitement. However, in their performance, one of the routines fails slightly — Gillian, the flyer, misjudges one of her moves. It’s all about margins in this game. However, Navarro keeps on pushing until the end, but the way they walk off the stage is depressing; it’s almost like they knew they had lost. Gillian is understandably upset, but Monica comforts her. It’s a team game.

Regardless, the pressure on these young athletes is incredible. As an adult, you have to sit back and admire it. It’s so motivational.

The award ceremony is virtual, presumably due to covid-19, which is confusing because there were crowds for the performances. The TVCC team has the confidence and belief that it was their best performance in years. However, they did slip in the preliminaries, which brings an air of doubt. Navarro’s slip-up on the second day did not feel as detrimental. The results come in, and Navarro comes second — TVCC are the National Champions, and the celebrations are emotional and overwhelming to watch, while Navarro’s camp looks like a devastating funeral. TVCC overcame the giant in the cheerleading game.

From an outside perspective, we must ask the essential questions; was the media attention generated from Netflix the reason that Navarro was undone, or was it just not their year? There’s no denying TVCC’s achievement, but many will wonder if that was a factor. Regardless, TVCC’s victory felt like a cornerstone of belief — those athletes genuinely believed they could do it, and they did. They gave the judges no reason to bring down their scores.

The ending

As the episode ends, the series brings that overhanging gloom of defeat. We are treated to a La’Darius and Monica reunion. It’s emotional. They say their peace. It’s clear they love each other like mother and son, and they have their moment to appreciate each other. We needed to see this; their fallout did not leave a good taste in our mouths, and leaving questions for the third season would have been unnecessary.

Monica is asked how long she can keep coaching for these nationals; she doesn’t know, but the fire in her belly remains. There are plenty of lessons in defeat.

We go again.

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3 thoughts on “Cheer season 2, episode 9 recap – the ending explained – who won Nationals?

  • January 17, 2022 at 12:18 am

    It’s hard to say because the scores were so close but i feel like NCA was out to punish Navarro because of all the negative press brought to the sport by the disgusting crime of an evil person and other things shown in a way tarnished the squeaky, clean image that NCA helped create for the sport and are trying to uphold. Cheer definitely showed the world that cheerleaders are some of the best athletes and that the sport is one of the hardest both physically and mentally. Like any sport there are people that make mistakes and sometimes commit heinous crimes, but sports’ institutions, programs, committees, etc. not only make rules and regulations but also how they sanction and enforce rules especially ones about protecting children are really the ones we should be punishing not a team of young athletes who have worked their whole lives and have put so much, blood, sweat and tears into something, and have it unfairly taken away. There’s no way to know for sure this is what happened in a subjective sport, maybe they should reconsider the way the do deductions and have a certain amount designated for an error, it can’t apply every part of the sport that is given a score but most similar sports have at least minimum and maximum deductions if not an exact amount

  • February 8, 2022 at 3:44 am

    I was curious if the .75 deduction for the sloppy dismount by Navarro in the finals would have made a difference in the outcome. The answer is “no”. Add the .75 deduction into Navarro’s final score, and they still lose to TVCC. By tenths of a point, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. TVCC had a better routine, more energy and a lot more snap and pizzazz.

  • February 14, 2022 at 4:43 am

    TVCC won bc the NCA is mad about the first season of the show and how Navarro came off. Which sucks. They never made tvcc seem like “villains,” only their greatest opponent. The SHOW made it that way if anything so to take it out on Navarro is unfair. I also didn’t like how TVCC was saying they’re about to be “disrespectful” and “f them” about Navarro when they were near.

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