"Real Life & Reel Life" is the twenty fifth episode in Season 2 of Austin & Ally and the 44th episode overall. It first aired on September 22, 2013. The episode was the twenty fourth episode filmed of season 2. This episode earned 3.231 million viewers on the night of its premiere.
When Dez and Trish decide to make a movie about Austin and Ally, they bring up unknown issues in Austin & Ally’s musical partnership that strain the duo’s current friendship.Trish and Dez are left to bring Austin and Ally back together as a team while still finishing their movie.
Dez and Trish are making a "Rockumentary" about Austin and Ally. Rather than a genuine rockumentary, the movie contains multiple genres depicting various aspects of their lives together. The first scene they shoot is the one where Ally first meets Austin, but Dez makes it more exciting by making Austin seem like a James Bond-type spy and adding a fight between him and a pair of ninjas. Then Trish makes a new scene in the style of a soap opera where both she and Ally play glamorous femme fatales. The script reveals that Ally originally wanted to break up her partnership with Austin, and Austin is instantly offended, despite the fact that Ally has long since changed her mind about him. Austin leaves the set in frustration, but Dez talks him into returning for the scene about the time he loses his voice before being signed on with Starr Records. That scene is staged in the style of a Broadway musical. During this scene, Austin doesn't exactly act that well because of him being mad with Ally. He promises Dez that he'll put the issue behind him, but Ally's revelation still bothers him, and it interferes with his performance in the next scenes. First they do the scene where Ally has to sing at Jimmy's Halloween party in the style of a pirate movie, presumably the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Austin strays from the script often berating Ally. They then do the scene where Austin has to perform at Times Square on New Year's Eve in the style of a football-themed movie. Austin breaks character once again and during another argument, Ally finds out Austin met with another songwriter after she overcame her stage fright, and so she gets mad at him.
They both leave and the next day, they have to read a script for the scene where Austin performs in order to help Ally raise money to buy instruments for a music class, but both are resentful towards each other. When Trish and Dez realize how much difficulty they're going to have getting the two to put their differences aside, they try to pretend to be the songwriter and pop-star, then suddenly transform into the 1960's adaptation of Batman. Even after this fails, they want them to be professional and make up. So, they come up with a plan to remind the both of them why they're friends and partners in the first place. They have them shoot the scene where Ally overcame her stage fright in the style of a teen vampire movie. They end up kissing like when it really happened and also make up.
Trish and Dez are convinced that their kiss was genuine, and not simply done for Dez's movie, which ends in a Chaplin-esque silent film depicting Dez's own fight with a kangaroo over a championship jacket owned by MMA fighter "Facepuncher." The kangaroo was played by none other than Trish De La Rosa.