He tries to encourage her but she points out she can't even pay back the theater because she had no ticket sales. What follows is a montage of the two of them on dates throughout the city, ending with the two of them at The Lighthouse, where Sebastian plays the piano and Mia dances with the other patrons. Then we see them running through scenes of their life, scenes we've seen before, but a little bit better. Mia goes into the same coffee shop she used to work in. The manager tells him all the songs should be as requested. Sebastian takes a moment, then begins playing with his band.
Sebastian misses Mia's play because of a photograph shoot he had overlooked. They end up getting married. She thinks for a bit and then begins to tell them about how her aunt lived in Paris once. And you can download them as well. He plays their adoration subject and the two envision what may have been had their relationship worked flawlessly. Amy Brandt appears to bring Mia in for her audition, and she and Sebastian embrace when she gets the part.
After dinner, Mia is walking to their car but the sound of jazz music convinces David to scope out a nearby jazz club. Does true love exist only in the movies? Mia drives by the Rialto, where they saw ''Rebel Without a Cause'' and notices it's been closed. Exhausted with that date, she hurries to the theater, discovering Sebastian as the film starts. As the piano music continues, we see a montage of changes in each of their lives. She playfully mocks his outfit and says she needs his wardrobe for an audition she has that week, for the role of a Serious Fireman. Mia ends at up at a pool party while an '80s cover band plays ''Take On Me'' by A-Ha. She is writing a play, as Sebastian suggested.
Inside, the club is packed with people as the band is finishing a song. Mia drives back to Nevada and moves back in with her family. Sebastian is then seen walking along a pier at sunset. He doesn't understand why she's debating about his band she pressured him to make money to start a club and he went out and did that. Inside her Toyota Prius, Mia Emma Stone appears to be talking to someone on the phone. Sebastian welcomes Mia to a screening of Rebel Without a Cause; Mia acknowledges, overlooking a promise with her present beau.
That night, Mia's roommates take her to a lavish party in the Hollywood Hills, promising her that someone in the crowd could jump-start her career; but she is forced to walk home in disappointment after her car is towed. But then the song ends and she's next to David with Sebastian onstage at the piano -- it was all a fantasy. Keith pulls Sebastian aside afterwards and notes that Sebastian has always been difficult because he's a traditionalist but young people don't like that kind of jazz music it has to be modernized to appeal to them and Sebastian is foolish to cling to the antiquated past instead of focusing on the future of jazz. She strolls home after her auto is towed. Mia attends a concert for Keith and Sebastian's band, The Messengers. In the middle of dinner at her parents' home, Mia is startled when someone outside lays on his car horn. Sebastian urges her to dedicate herself to the open door.
He starts to drive away and then Mia steps into frame, telling him she was delayed because she got them coffee. . Mia has an idea for a fun alternative. Later that evening, a babysitter watches Mia and David's daughter, and they go out to an event, supporting a colleague in the industry. Sebastian gets to the theater after it's closed but in time to run into Mia leaving.
The lady who wants the refund demands service so Mia tries to take care of it at the register before realizing she still needs approval. Sebastian, a purist with an undiluted taste in music, has a serious plan for the future. But it goes unnoticed as someone appears in the window with a message. He walks towards Mia who tries to compliment him but instead of brushing her off as before, he grabs her and kisses her. One night, the couple unearths a jazz bar. She replies that the theater is set up for her in L.
Back at home, Mia is getting ready to go to the Rialto when her boyfriend, Greg Finn Wittrock arrives and reminds her they're going to dinner with his brother who just got into town. She politely declines, saying she has to stay in Los Angeles because her show is two weeks away from its opening night. She is insistent he is saving up though, even though he doesn't have a steady gig. When she approaches the manager, she is told that she has to work Friday, despite having an audition. Sebastian realizes the dinner has been burnt in the oven. They sit down at a table together and are interrupted by a friend of Sebastian's, Keith John Legend who he had previously been in a jazz band with. They ask how her audition went but she doesn't want to discuss it.
He tells her she is no longer accessible. He points out it's a one-woman show and she can rehearse anywhere. One casting director texts on her phone while the other one just looks at her head shot instead of her. As he passes her, she tries to tell him how moved she was by his music but he gives her a dirty look and pushes past her. Once again, Sebastian is fired by his manager J. He asks how the audition went but she is afraid to be positive and get her hopes up.
Moved, she enters the restaurant, but Sebastian is fired for his disobedience. They find an unlocked door around the back, and venture inside. He also tells her that jazz is dying, and his dream is to open his own jazz club where they play whatever they want, whenever they want. She emails a handful of people about her show, then on her way home she leaves a message for Sebastian, saying she misses him and that they haven't talked in a while as he's been on the road touring. He is surprised by this and notes that the music is fine. The manager pulls him aside and tells him he's fired. He tells her Griffith Park but admits he's joking; he tells her he doesn't know where their relationship stands but he doesn't want to be the one to keep her from her dream.