Dance Moms Bye Bye Baby

Dance Moms Bye Bye Baby

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
February 26, 2013

Dance Moms Bye Bye Baby – Our episode begins in typical fashion with the girls arriving for pyramid. Yet when they get there, Abby is missing. She arrives late and explains that her beloved dog, Broadway Baby, passed away from kidney failure. Even Christie makes it clear that she feels deep sympathy for Abby’s loss.

The pyramid starts with Paige on the bottom, then Brook (for making top 5 but not winning), Mackenzie, Kendall, Nia, and Maddie on top. Conspicuously absent is Chloe, and Abby explains that this is because she is still suspended. Abby explains that Mackenzie will not be in the group number (presumably because it is too mature from her). Solos go to Nia and Maddie, and they will be going to St. Louis, where they will inevitably run into an old teammate (not Cathy) who they did not get along with at all.

When Abby’s grief overwhelms her, the moms discuss the subject of dedicating their group number to Broadway Baby. They choose a new song, talk about new choreography, and go to look at new costumes. While Melissa and Jill think it’s a good idea, Holly, Kelly, and Christie are sure that Abby will not appreciate them changing her dance direction. To top everything off, Kelly and Christie are still not speaking.

At home, Abby discusses the loss of Broadway Baby with her mother. Despite her mom’s assurance that there was nothing she could have done, she still frets that being home might have made a difference, but instead she was off with other people’s children. It’s very sad to see anyone suffer a loss as deep as what Abby is obviously feeling for her dog.

The next day, Abby has still not returned to the studio. She tells her mother that she is hesitant to leave her alone because she doesn’t want anything else to happen while she’s on the road. Her mother tells her that she has to go back to the studio and teach the kids, but Abby says that they’re just too unappreciative. Ironically, at the studio, the girls are working on a card to cheer her up. The moms ask whether Abby will be back or not, and no one knows. Meanwhile, Kelly and Christie get into another screaming match about the Kelly not calling her. Again.

Abby returns to the studio and works with Maddie and Nia, then finds out about the tribute dance. She is not happy about this. She calls the mothers down and lectures them on changing her vision, explaining how offensive she finds it that they changed everything in her vision. So she tells them that they can choose the music they want and improv to it, but the results are…messy. We’ll see how that goes.

At the competition, however, she is still planning to have the girls improvise. They are barely in the door before they run into none other than…Black Patsy! She and her daughter spent about two weeks with the ALDC before returning to St. Louis. In the green room, Holly and Abby fuss over Nia’s costume. Then it’s time for Nia to go on stage. She does…well enough. Some parts looked very good. Other parts looked sloppy. It averaged out well enough I imagine.

After Nia is the Rival of the Week, Nicaya. I’m not sure what to think of her performance. It also had highs and lows, displaying some sloppy jumps. Then comes Maddie. This kid is always good. Never forgets to point her feet. She does a lovely dance to a pretty song in a weird costume. Sounds about right for Abby. After her solo, the announcer says that Maddie wanted to dedicate her dance to Broadway Baby. This earns her little more than a stink eye from Kelly.

Backstage, Abby thanks Melissa for the dedication. Melissa shows Abby a video that she had of Broadway Baby dancing for Abby, the week before. Back in the green room, the moms ambush Melissa, accusing her of going behind their back to “get her kid ahead.” Melissa probably hits the nail on the head when she says that the other moms are just upset that Abby is her friend again and doesn’t treat Melissa and Maddie the way she treats the other kids. At the risk of taking sides, the moms are really being ridiculous.

Abby has no delusions that the group number is going to be flawless, nor does she even think they stand a chance of placing well. Still, at the end she admits that it could have gone worse. In the audience, Kaya (AKA Black Patsy) is trash talking the kids. Abby makes a graceful exit, but Kaya follows them out of the auditorium, saying all sorts of mean things about the girls.

After Kaya is forcibly removed from the competition and her child disqualified (for totally inappropriate behavior in the hallway), it’s time for awards. Nia is given Best Costume and third place, and Maddie is given first place. Somehow, the girl’s improv group number won first place. Apparently happy dances do pretty well at these things. Everyone is happy with the win, and even Abby seems cheered up. Christie and Kelly seem to have made up. The girls present their card to Abby and Abby requests that everyone say a prayer for her baby. All in all, the episode ends on a very uplifting note.

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Dance Moms You’ve Been Unfriended

Dance Moms You’ve Been Unfriended

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
February 19, 2013

This week, Christie and Chloe return after their week of suspension. We learn that Christie has not spoken to Kelly during the time she was gone, despite Kelly’s attempts to contact her. Christie apologizes for her behavior at the competition and asks for Chloe to be given her position back. Abby isn’t speaking to her and isn’t pleased to see her back. Still, Christie just sort of…rejoins the team without permission. So that’s going to go well.

At pyramid, Abby recounts her disappointment about last week. The pyramid is as follows: Nia, Paige (because of the fight about the duet), Kendall, Mackenzie (she did well in the group number), Brook (officially back on the team after returning to the school), and Maddie (who won first place with her first solo in weeks).

The group dance is a contemporary piece titled “Money Is the Root of All Evil.” Solos are given to Maddie and Brook (her first of the season). The group routine is an interesting concept about speak easies and bars, and the costumes are to have money sewn onto the costumes. The moms have to research what speak easies are. Christie observes that she feels like an outsider, so Holly tells her how weird the previous competition was. Christie and Kelly get into a fight because Christie wanted Kelly to call her after she left the team and Kelly did but…not enthusiastically enough…? I don’t know. These people rarely make sense and this week is no exception.

Later, the moms speculate on why Abby has let everything go back to normal for Melissa and Maddie. Kelly notes that it’s possible that this is because Sophia is gone, but it’s hard to say for sure. As Christie notes, although things are back to normal with Maddie, they are far from normal with Chloe. In fact, Abby is refusing to call Chloe by her name and she goes to Christie in tears. Christie encourages her to not give Abby that power to upset her like that.

Brook’s solo is a lyrical number called “Care Less,” because she apparently couldn’t care less about dance. Abby explains that she wants her to care about dance and not do anything halfway. Meanwhile, Nia goes to Abby herself and asks if she and Paige can perform the duet that was pulled the week before. Impressed by her initiative, Abby agrees to think it over and consider it.

Outside of dance, Melissa and Christie meet for drinks. Melissa says that she’s sorry that Christie feels like and outsider and that she’s been worried about her, and Christie admits that, although they don’t always get along, at the moment Melissa is being a better friend to her than Kelly is.

Maddie’s solo is a lyrical routine called “You Don’t Know Me.” Abby intends for it to be an edgier routine than she normally performs. Before making a final decision concerning the duet, Abby asks Nia and Paige to perform it one more time for her. In the end, she agrees to enter the duet after all. Upstairs, Christie’s feelings are still hurt because everyone but Kelly called her and Kelly’s upset because Christie’s mad at her. It’s still confusing 30 minutes later. Abby calls the moms downstairs and is still not referring to Chloe by her name. Christie yells at her that her kid does have a name, but Abby’s still furious and not having any of it.e

At the competition, things are tense. Christie is quiet and Kelly is still not talking to her. Abby stresses the importance of dancing well because she has no patience for mistakes this week. The fact is that nobody has any patience for anything this week, I think. Kelly, at least, agrees to talk to Christie after Brook does her solo.

Maddie and Brook both perform really well. I’m always impressed by Brook’s contortion work. The duet was adorable. As Abby explains, it wasn’t perfect in its technique, but it was musical theater and it was entertaining. Abby has nothing but praise for all the girls when they get back to the dressing room. Abby even tells Nia that pulling the duet the previous week had nothing to do with her. It was a sweet moment, even if Abby insists it’s not an apology. The group number is really neat looking and I really liked the song they used.

The duet takes fourth place. Brook takes fifth place, but Abby is pleased because Brook did show her that she cared about the routine. The competition just did better than her, even though she did very well. Maddie, of course, takes first place for Junior solos. Finally, the group number takes first place in the small group division. Abby is very pleased and seems to be in a good mood. Apparently it’s good for Abby when her moms are distracted with each other instead of fighting with her.

The episode wraps up with a pretty big fight between Christie and Kelly. They curse each other out and Kelly storms away with nothing resolved.

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Dance Moms Rotten to the Core

Dance Moms Rotten to the Core

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
February 12, 2013

When the dancers and moms reconvene, there is no sign of Christie or Chloe. The moms muse on the odds of them returning, since Christie has never stormed out before. At the pyramid, Kelly asks Abby about it, Abby says that she’s handling it. Pyramid is a top down work, this time, starting with Kendall at the top and followed by Maddie, Nia, Paige, Mackenzie, and Abby reveals that Chloe has been suspended. Instead, Brook has been returned to the pyramid in Chloe’s place. The next big revelation is that Cathy is going to be going to their next competition (who they beat by only one tenth of a point last week). Solos go to Kendall (Jazz) and Maddie (Lyrical) (finally), and Paige and Nia (Jazz) were given a duet. Abby threatens to suspend everyone if they don’t win against Cathy at the coming competition.

Upstairs, Holly reveals that Nia has a pain management disorder called RND. We learn that just the day before she had to take Nia to the ER about toe pain. There seems to be some injury involved, but it’s impossible to say whether the pain is entirely related to that or from stress at being given a duet, since she doesn’t want Abby to blame her for someone else’s failure. At home, Holly shows her concern, but the joy of dancing is enough to pull Nia out of it and remind her of how much fun she has when she performs.

The group number is a contemporary piece called “Avalanche.” While they’re rehearsing, Jackie and Sophia make their return after several weeks in LA. Abby welcomes them back immediately and Jackie admits that she was worried that Abby would be upset with her. Kelly sees a fast friend with good contacts and off they go to bond over the fact that Kelly doesn’t feel threatened by her, like Melissa or Christie would be, because her kids aren’t at the top of the pyramid very often anyway. Upstairs, the moms laugh about Kelly’s quick recovery from Christie’s departure.

In Ohio, Cathy is enjoying the experience of working with dads and boys instead of moms and girls.

Back in Pittsburg, Jackie warns Sophia that she’s heard that Abby wants to give her a solo, which means taking it away from someone else. She tells Sophia to be nice about it, whatever happens. Next, Jill sends Kendall into the studio during Maddie’s rehearsal time. She says that Maddie’s is finished and Kendall is only forty seconds in. This launches a “Abby only loves Maddie” rant (very common during the first season). Kendall starts crying, Abby kicks her out, and starts working with Sophia instead. Holly observes that Jackie might not be there all the time because she can’t take Abby’s methods constantly. When Abby reveals to the group that she’s giving Sophia a solo, so Maddie or Kendall will not end up with one after all, Jill announces that she’s done and doesn’t want to play the game. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Cathy schemes on ways to beat Abby more solidly. Since her group dance is about boys chasing a girl, he decides to bring in one of her female dancers to spice things up. We’ll see if it works.

At the ALDC, Jackie and Sophia are absent and Abby is concerned about Nia’s foot. Abby tells Holly that she wants Nia cleared to perform, because she doesn’t want to contribute to an injury and she sends them off to the doctor to get checked out. The doctor advises that she rest her foot as much as possible, but she does clear her for dance. Still, Holly is nervous, now, that there might be a real injury and more than just Nia’s RND responding to stress about the duet and letting Abby down.

In Sophia’s absence, Abby is feeling some concern about the open spot on her team. She says that she doesn’t think that Jackie would abandon the team like that, but she does think that they headed back to LA. At last, she admits that Sophia has “too many irons in the fire” to compete as well. The fact is that she’s right – the team cannot depend on her.

At the competition, things start off rough. Cathy’s heckling is in prime condition, and her dads are all too willing to get involved and fight as well. Trying to get the girls focused, they go to the dressing room. There, Holly and Abby get into a fight about Nia’s condition and Abby ends up pulling the duet. While Abby is gone to pull the number, Cathy arrives in the dressing room and causes more trouble. I don’t know how the editing on this show works, but they really make her look like a mean spirited woman.

Abby returns to announce that the duet was pulled. Holly and Kelly both try to talk her into putting it back in, but this leads only to another fight between Abby and Holly. Jill is far more concerned about her own daughter getting upset by all the fighting and crying in the dressing room. Kelly eventually manages to calm Holly down and they put together one more effort to get their duet put back into the program. It’s unsuccessful, on the principle that she already pulled it and Abby is not going to go back and undo pulling the number. What’s done is done.

Kendall performs well, when it’s time to do her solo. And I’m not going to lie, Cathy’s boys are pretty good. Next it is Maddie’s turn. She knows that this is her chance to prove herself to Abby and get back in the game. This child is a beautiful dancer, readers, and she is spot on, tonight. She didn’t forget her dance. She did not waste one inch. It seems that the feud is over between Abby and Maddie and Melissa.

The boys’ routine is impressive, but Abby isn’t wrong when she says that it’s basically the same routine as the week before. A lot of the same moves, which look cool but…they’re the same thing. Take that as you will.

At the awards, Cathy’s soloist takes eighth place. Maddie takes first for her solo. Not only did she beat the boy, she beat him by a lot. The group number only takes third, however, while Cathy’s group number takes first. This is not going to be good in the aftermath…and it’s not. Cathy starts her heckling again in the hall. This quickly devolves into a screaming match in the hallway. She then follows them into their dressing room. Abby “accidentally” throws water on her and Cathy starts beating people with her purse. I’m not sure, but I think Cathy ended up being escorted out by security. Cathy then play up the ALDC as sore losers, and she and her team celebrate their win.

In the dressing room, Abby is terribly upset and calls her mother in tears. Abby announces that she’s had it and she’s finished. It seems that Christie will be back next week, but all is not happy in paradise between her and Kelly. We’ll see what happens.

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