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Zack, Cody, Max, and Tapeworm decide to start a band called "Rock Squared" to win the event at The Tipton Hotel, The Battle of The Bands. Whoever wins gets their own record. But, Zack only cares about his clothes and keeps on messing up the words.
Cody is too serious and only cares about the way the music sounds and is too strict with the band. They fight and Cody starts a new band with Arwin and Muriel, taking his lyrics along with him. Max and Tapeworm realize that they can't do it without Cody, so they lock the two in a closet to let them work it out.
Max tells Muriel to let them out when they work it out (and to let them out in 10 minutes) but Muriel falls asleep. When the band is getting ready, Zack and Cody aren't there, so Max and Tapeworm go to look for them, finding out that they crawled into the air conditioning. When it's their turn to perform, Zack and Cody finally arrive, with the help of Arwin.
Meanwhile, Maddie and Lance's band (Waterworks) is having trouble too. Someone got water in their instruments, and Maddie is really upset, saying how she needed that record, so she can get rich. When London hears Maddie saying, "What, no one has that much money" she starts laughing and says that she will fix the instruments on the condition that London can be in the band. After playing the tambourine and complaining, Maddie and Lance decide to let London sing with Maddie. But they find out that London sings horribly.
So, the night they perform, they turn off London's microphone so you can't hear her singing. When London figures it out she thinks her microphone broken so she asks to share with Maddie. Maddie says no and London asks why.
Then Maddie blurts out, without thinking, "Because you're a lousy singer!" London, hurt & embarrassed, runs off the stage and into the lobby. Maddie follows her into the lobby, apologizing. London forgives her, saying, "You know, Daddy owns a few record companies, I could've made a CD anytime. But, now that I know I'm a lousy singer, what's the point?" Maddie stares at her open mouthed. Rock Squared ends up winning the competition.
- "The Only One"
- "School's Out"
- Zack: Gee, I kinda' feel bad for you. Our band has great music, killer wardrobe... and we're also 12 and cute.
- Maddie: Yeah, well I'm 15 and hot.
- Maddie (To Lance): Hi. We still rehearsing tonight?
- Lance: I don't think so. Lars spilled some water on two of our amps and all our instruments. (Turns guitar upside down, and water spills out onto the floor)
- Maddie: Oh, no!
- Lance: Everything's, like, wet... like, not working. I thought water was good, but I guess it has a dark side too.
- Maddie: Well, how much do you need to replace everything?
- Lance: About five thousand dollars. Without it, Waterworks is down the toilet.
- Maddie: Wow, five grand. Nobody's got that kind of money.
- London: (Laughs) "Nobody's got that kind of money." That's cute. (Suddenly realizes they weren't kidding) Oh, you were serious?
- Zack's guitar playing isn't correct. When he makes different effects, you just see him strumming the guitar.
- When the band is playing in the contest at the end, Cody crashes on stage from a laundry cart and there is a sock hanging from his collar. It is there for a couple scenes, then disappears, and comes back, and disappears again.