Lily is a successful ballerina in New York. Just as she is about to star in the Nutcracker for her first time, her sister is killed in a car accident. She gives up her career and moves back home to help raise her niece. Years later her niece gets a part in the Nutcracker in Philadelphia. Lily goes with her only to find her ex-boyfriend and dance partner is the director of this production.
Love interest: The sexy dancer and ex-boyfriend
Familiar Face: Amy Acker from Angel and Dollhouse
Unlikely plot point: All the stars drop out and Lily and her ex must dance the dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.
Who is dead: Her sister
Romantic ending: After the successful performance, they kiss during the curtain call