I've got a really good feeling about this! You're a Starr, Austin's a Moon; together you'll rule the galaxy!
Ally, about Jimmy Starr and Austin Moon.

"Successes & Setbacks" is the eighteenth episode in Season 1 of Austin & Ally. It first aired on August 19, 2012 to 3.29 million viewers.[1]


Austin gets signed to a big record deal, but when he practices all night, he strains his voice. Austin must make the decision to either get a procedure that will allow him to sing, but his voice has the chance of sounding different as he does, or he could never sing again. Taking over the family mattress business is also an unwanted option.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Memorable Quotes

Trish: You know what you need to do, right?
Ally: Oh yeah. I'll keep giving his son lessons each week, dropping very subtle hints about Austin's music. Then, in 4 to 5 months-
Trish: No, we're doing this now.
Ally: I have a great feeling about this! You're a Starr, he's a Moon; together, you'll rule the galaxy! I'm going to stand over here where I can't embarrass myself... [pudding shoots out of the tuba]
Dez: Fixed it!
Ally: Once the bacon gets groovin', there's just no stopping that sizzle!
Ally: Austin, relax! So what if we don't have a finished song for him! That just means we'll lose the best chance at getting a record deal.
Austin: How's that supposed to make me relax?
Ally: I don't know, I'm not good at this!
Austin: Oh, no. Not nodules, wait, what are nodules?

Songs Featured


  • Austin's parents, Mike and Mimi Moon, were introduced in this episode.
  • John Henson (Mike Moon) is a co-host on Wipeout.
  • The actors who portray Mike and Mimi Moon are married in real life.
  • Mike and Mimi's names were not said at all but were revealed in the end credits.
  • Before the plot was released, everyone thought the episode was about Austin's parents not letting him sing anymore.
  • Before the episode aired, everyone believed there was an Auslly cheek kiss. 
  • This episode title refers to Jimmy Starr offering Austin a record deal, an obstacle of Austin that could affect his singing career, having his vocal chords strained, and the successful results in the end. 
  • This episode was ranked #4 in Disney Channel Australia's "Fanpicked Austin & Ally Countdown".
  • Robert Picardo, who played the doctor in this episode, has played a doctor before.[2]
  • This episode has a similar plot to the episode of Hannah Montana entitled "I am Hannah, Hear me Croak."


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Austin & Ally Episodes