Dance Moms The Apple of Her Eye
March 19, 2013
This week – the second of our two hour episodes – has the potential to be a total disaster. Know why? Cathy’s back…!
At Pyramid this week, Abby is obviously not happy about their 7th place win from last week. Abby explains that she’s been trying to figure out what is wrong with her team and what she needs to do to get them winning again. At the bottom of the pyramid is Mackenzie (for being on her “injured” foot for all of the last competition). She is benched this week. Then comes Paige, Brook, Chloe (who is back on the Pyramid and back on the pyramid at last), Maddie, Kendall, and on top is Nia. Abby uses one of the new head shots for Kendall that Jill showed her last week, but the other moms are wary of the fact that Jill got new pictures taken when no one else did. Holly is very pleased that Nia is on top of the pyramid this week.
Since the team is going to Cincinnati, Abby is sure that Candy Apples will be there. The group number is about Rosa Parks (which gets a smile from Holly, especially because Abby is passionate about the subject). Although it’s obvious that the lead is for Nia and Abby admits that, Abby wants her to work hard for the lead in the group number. And apparently she also wants Holly to overhaul her wardrobe. Or something. Solos go to Kendall and Maddie. Chloe and Paige are given a duet to do together.
Upstairs, the moms celebrate Chloe’s return to the pyramid and discuss Abby’s claim that she “doesn’t know” who will play Rosa Parks in the group number. Obviously any of these little girls other than Nia would not be appropriate for the role. Abby takes a moment to explain to Mackenzie why she is benched. Then Kelly expresses her displeasure at the fact that Abby said that Paige and Chloe have never had a duet before because Paige has never danced to Chloe’s level, but now Chloe is dancing at Paige’s. Kelly says that she doesn’t even want them to have the duet, but Christie begs her to just behave herself since the girls have been waiting for this for a long time.
After the commercial break, Abby meets Holly at a boutique to go on a shopping spree for her makeover. When Holly arrives, Jill is with her. In the confessional, Jill admits that she came along because she wants to take the opportunity to give Kendall…the Rosa Parks role…because that makes sense… Holly and Abby are both shocked that Jill would go to such lengths to take a role away from another kid. Finally, Abby tells her that she’s not wanted and makes Jill leave the store. Later, when the other moms find out about Jill’s methods, they’re shocked too. None of them are surprised that Jill invited herself to go shopping and none of them are surprised that she tried to get the role. Kelly calls her delusional. Christie tells her that it’s crazy to try to get her very white daughter the role of Rosa Parks. Jill plays dumb and pretends that she doesn’t understand their ire, and they want her to go down and talk to her. Jill, of course, say that the moms are bullying her because they think that Kendall has the lead role. So Abby pretends like she’s taking her kid out of the running and announces officially that Nia has the role herself.
While rehearsing the duet, Abby sits Paige down and has a talk with her and explains to her that she has to work hard in order to match the skills of dancers like Maddie and Chloe. Kelly admits that she’s okay with calm discussions like that and she wishes that Abby would have discussions like that with her more often.
Meanwhile, Melissa tells the moms that in her free time, Mackenzie has locked herself in her room to do make-up tutorials and has been posting them online. Although Holly is concerned about the lack of supervision, Melissa says that she’s happy that Mackenzie has something for herself that doesn’t put her in Maddie’s shadow.
When Abby tells Kendall that she needs to be prepared to go against Candy Apples (where she briefly attended) Jill has the nerve to say that Abby taught her daughter nothing and doesn’t get to take credit for her. She’s probably still mad about Kendall “losing” the Rosa Parks role. So Abby sends the girls off to practice Kendall’s facial expressions. That’s pretty hilarious.
When Paige and Chloe try on their costumes, they look more like Las Vegas than Broadway. Abby has a reputation for pushing the envelope with costumes, but these are really skimpy. When they start rehearsing, Abby admits that she let these girls have their duet because Paige begged for it and Chloe isn’t at her peak, but even at that Paige isn’t doing well enough. Meanwhile, Kelly is still complaining about Abby’s attitude toward the duet and Christie is still praying that Kelly won’t take away this chance for Chloe to shine and prove herself to Abby again, for the first time since her suspension.
Since Mackenzie is benched for the week, she is having some fun doing the girls’ makeup. Abby wants to give her something to do, so she tells her that she’s going to be in charge of the makeup that weekend. Mackenzie admits to being nervous, because she doesn’t want to mess up the makeup for anyone, but…I don’t think anyone will let her do that.
Abby impresses upon the girls that she does not want to lose to Cathy. She’s pleased when Nia shares with the other girls a poster she made of Rosa Parks, but Holly is disturbed when Jill then sidles over to Abby and gives her a necklace. Sounds like a bribe…
Upon arriving at the competition, they immediately run into Cathy. She approaches Abby and puts a hand on her arm to get her attention. When Abby tells her not to touch her, Cathy pulls forward her bodyguard…despite the fact that she’s the one who was beating up people with her purse the last time they saw her. Holly is not wearing one of Abby’s approved outfits, so Abby makes her change…and she looks pretty good. Then it’s time for Mackenzie to start her makeup on the girls. None of the moms are thrilled and Melissa looks terrified, but Mackenzie is pretty sure that she does a good job. Even if Abby does accuse Jill of wiping up all of Mackenzie’s work.
As far as performances go, Kendall’s performance is cute, but it feels a bit sloppy to me. She doesn’t seem to forget any of her steps and she doesn’t do any of them wrong, exactly, but some of her steps could be stronger. Still, she makes it through the whole two and a half minutes and finishes with a smile. Next up is Maddie and Melissa admits that the poor kid’s under a lot of pressure after taking second place for the past two weeks. She does a beautiful job and I didn’t notice any glaring mistakes. As I watch this live, I think that she deserves first place and will at least make the top three. She’s competing with one of Cathy’s boys so that always throws things into the air. The routine that Cathy chose for him is probably too complicated and he’s off the music almost immediately.
Cathy’s not thrilled about that, and the kid is devastated, but his dad does his best to calm him down and make him feel better. This puts Abby in a good mood, though, and she goes back telling Kendall and Maddie that they did beautifully. She even calls the solos “fabulous.” Up next is Paige and Chloe’s duet (Kelly has finally stopped threatening to pull the thing). Despite the sexy music and skimpy costumes, the girls do a very good job and it didn’t look inappropriate at all.
In the hallway, Cathy starts badmouthing Kendal. She and the moms get into an argument in which she resorts to petty insults. It’s pretty ugly. But up next is the group dance that we’ve all been waiting for. Before the ALDC is Candy Apples’ boys. It’s a cute parody of Gangnam Style and at least looks different from the last two routines Cathy had put together.
Abby and all the moms are nervous about following the boys’ routine. Abby says that if they can’t win with “Rosa Parks,” then she isn’t sure that there will be a group anymore. It’s a beautiful number, though. The story is clear and understandable. The number looks beautiful…until Brook just stops dancing and starts wandering around aimlessly on stage.
At the awards, Cathy’s boy takes sixth place. Kendall takes second and Maddie finally gets her big win that she’s been waiting for. The duet takes first place also, proving that Paige can keep up with Chloe. Then we get to the group dance. Candy Apples’ takes second place. First place goes to…the ALDC! They won even with Brook’s weird moment! So after two rough weeks, it’s a clean sweep for the team!
In the green room, the moms note that Cathy hasn’t shut her mouth all day and now not a word. The moms think about going into Cathy’s dressing room to gloat. Then they go into the room and Cathy’s all mouth again. The moms throw their share of words, too. Then it’s back to their own studio to celebrate their success. Abby has only kind words for her girls…until it’s time to discuss Brook’s mess up in the group number. Even that is basically laughed off, though. It’s a pretty happy ending this week overall.