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"Big Time Demos" is the ninth episode of the first season of Big Time Rush. It first aired on Nickelodeon on March 19, 2010.


One morning, while the band is resting by the pool, Kelly hands them their tickets and says that if the record company doesn't pick their demo, they will go back to Minnesota. Gustavo tells them that six boy bands have had three months to make a demo, which is picked by Griffin's secret demo chooser. The main competition against Big Time Rush is a vampire-themed boy band called Vampira. When Griffin's daughter Mercedes, the apparent demo chooser walks in, she says the boys are hot, and dates each, except James, since the boys want her to pick their demo. She turns out to be very horrible and nasty and after she breaks up with Kendall and Carlos, she doesn't pick their demo. Mercedes comes back and apologizes to the boys. She admits that BTR is very cute and wanted to date them. Mercedes also explains that isn't the demo chooser, a chimp is.

They kidnap the chimp and try to train it to clap every time a BTR song is played. This gets out of control, and everything turns into a mess. Griffin isn't impressed and the chimp chooses Vampira as the winning band, but Mercedes is able to convince her father that Big Time Rush is the better choice. Griffin picks BTR's demo and demotes Lolo to missile defense. He also promotes Mercedes to demo chooser. The boys then perform their new song "Halfway There" and Gustavo allows them to stay in Los Angeles. When the boys return to the Palm Woods, them and Katie run to the pool and enjoy the LA life.


2J has a 3-month lease and it can only be renewed when the boys get their demo picked. Mr. Bitters wants to move into that apartment and Mrs. Knight and the others have to move out. Mrs. Knight accepts the job of being the assistant manager in the Palm Woods in order to keep the apartment, but Mr. Bitters tries everything in order to get her to quit her job and eventually get the apartment. After BTR's demo gets picked, Kelly renews the lease for the apartment and Mrs. Knight quits her job as assistant manager.

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  • Someone always throws something at Bitters, causing him to yell "YEOW!! WHO THREW THAT?!" at least once in the episode interrupting his evil laugh.


Kendall: Hey, hey, hey. We are NOT toast! What's the one thing we've learned since we got in L.A.?
James: That black is the new black.
Logan: If you drink cold milk on a hot day, you DIIIIIIIE.
Carlos: That every time you leave your house, your toys come alive.
Kendall: That you don't wait for your dreams to happen; you MAKE them happen.

Mercedes: Look, I know we haven't all dated that long, but I just wanted to come back to say... (sighs) I'm sorry.
James: Yeah, you should be sorry! How could you pick THEM over ME?
Mercedes: Because I never date anyone prettier than me.
James: (turns to the boys) I'm better now.
Mercedes: Hey. Kendall is right. I'm just a spoiled, pushy, mean girl who dresses hot and thinks your songs are great.
Kelly: So, you're going to pick Big Time Rush?!
Mercedes: But I don't pick the winning band.
All: WHAT?!

Mercedes: ...It's my fault, Daddy. I lied to them, and I made them be my boyfriends, and then I ate terrible cookies, and then I cried, and then I helped them chimpnap Lolo, and... I love you!
Griffin: Is that true? Because she lies. A lot.

Griffin: So, what do you say, Lolo? Do you like Big Time Rush? [everyone looks at Lolo, who, after about ten seconds, makes a fart noise.] Ooooooh, the fart noise. Sorry boys, Vampira wins.
Mercedes: Lolo's wrong, daddy! The vampire fad has one, two years left, max. These guys' songs have infectious melodies, classic pop hooks, and Big Time Rush will crush the 6- to 16-year-old demographic, which is your core music-buying base.
Griffin: Wow. Lolo, I'm transferring you to missile defense. Mercedes, you're my new hit-predicting adviser, and this way, we'll get to spend more time together. Big Time Rush wins! [everyone cheers, and Lolo somersaults while being held] Anything else for my princess?
Mercedes: Well, I never really got a chance to date Logan. [Logan panics]
Griffin: Logan, your Mercedes' new boyfriend. [Logan pushes James in front of him]


  • This episode marks the halfway point of Season 1.
  • A Namco Dirt Dash Arcade cabinet has been spotted in this episode.
  • This is the first Mercedes Griffin debut, she returned later in Big Time Party.
  • When Carlos said "That every time you leave your house, your toys come alive" he's referencing the movie, Toy Story.
  • It is revealed Gustavo's dad owns a scooter company.
  • This episode was 2 days after Stephen Glickman's Birthday.
  • James Arnold Taylor, who played Regional Manager Taylor in this episode, is also the voice of Johnny Test on the animated show Johnny Test, another show created by Scott Fellows.
    • Also, in Johnny Test, the Test twins have a monkey named Lolo. However, both Lolo's have no connections together, other than sharing the same name.




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