With the Nationals around the corner, Ray, the Ft. Lauderdale coach, faces a difficult choice that will impact both Jasmine and Jon. San Francisco's Team 2 member Ericka has decided to tackle her food addiction in a poem, but disagrees with her coach, Lauren, about using a metaphor to present it. After a wrenching elimination exercise in New York, coaches and team members work to help Britney overcome her lingering insecurities. And in Hawaii, team coach Lyz hosts an informal slamber party, where the seeds are sown for what might be a show-stopping group poem called Kaona, or Hidden Meaning. Finally, it's time for all the teams to pack up for the trip to Washington--and a showdown at the Brave New Voices finals.