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Between a Rope and a Hard Place is an episode of the ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks series.


Coach Dobkins kicks Cheesy and Theodore off the track team for being slow, but Theodore is determined to compete.[2]


Coach Dobkins gathers the class and explains that the new equipment around them is for the Physical Fitness Challenge in the coming month. The test is set to rank the school against the rest in the country and the coach wants them to perform the best possible. Theodore is nervous, but Alvin reassures Theodore that he will do fine regardless. Theodore unfortunately doesn't do very well, along with Cheesy, so Coach Dobkins places them on a separate, "special" training program. Theodore continues the training at home before explaining to Dave that the coach won't let him back in the class until he does better. Dave disagrees and decides to call Coach Dobkins, who's not surprised by the call. Dobkins blames Dave for not helping Theodore achieve his goals and instead passing the job off to teachers like himself. Dave offers to help Theodore with his training, as long as he's serious about it. Later on, Dave is struggling to help Theodore, so Alvin pulls him aside to state that in order to help Theodore, he needs to show him how it's done. Dave takes a shot at climbing the rope himself, only to fail in the process. Dave concludes it'll be best to work out along side Theodore given the shape he's in himself; they both improve with time and lots of practice. On the day of the fitness challenge, Coach Dobkins introduces Mr. Hoover, the man reporting their results. Theodore confronts the coach about rejoining the class only to be told to stay out and try again next year. Dave encourages him to race anyway, which Theodore implies, and Dobkins chases him. Theodore successfully evades the coach, finishing the race before him. Despite winning, Theodore is given two weeks of detention for breaking the rules, but Dave takes ownership for encouraging Theodore to run, so Dave ends up in detention.




  • The title is a pun on the saying "between a rock and a hard place."
  • At the beginning of the episode, Cheesy calls another student "padawan," which is term from the Star Wars franchise used to refer to a Jedi in training.
  • This is the third and last ALVINNN!!! episode where Simon does not make an appearance (the others being School Alone and The C Team).
  • When this episode premiered in the US, it aired with a rerun of Royal Pain.


  1. Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals: 1.12.2020,, Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  2. World Day,, Retrieved 2019-12-31.