Dance Moms Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy

Dance Moms Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy


Dance Moms
June 4, 2013

After a few weeks off, we’re back with Abby Lee Miller and the Dance Moms. Our summer premier is a two hour special which sees tension rising between Christie and Kelly, and the ALDC facing off against the Candy Apples once again.

We begin at pyramid, as per usual. Abby is not happy with how things went last season, and she hopes that everyone conducts themselves more appropriately this time. On the pyramid, we have Kendall at the bottom, followed by Mackenzie, Nia, Brooke, Chloe, Asia, Paige, and Maddie on top. Asia is in Los Angeles this week, and will not be dancing with the group this week. The only solo goes to Paige. The group number will include only four dancers (Maddie, Chloe, Nia, and Kendall). Maddie and Chloe will have a duet. Then she gives a special surprise to Brooke – she will be doing a routine with the senior dance company, and Abby warns her to do her best, because these dancers strive to be professionals. As Abby tells the girls and moms about the competition that they’ll be attending (a local event, in Pittsburg) and that Cathy and her Apple Cores will likely be attending as well. She does not want any conflict, since it’s a local event.

While Abby settles Brooke in with her senior company, Kelly is all complaints. Despite Brooke’s promotion, she sits upstairs saying things such as that she hopes the dance sucks, and she hopes they loose. She doesn’t think that it’s fair that Brooke wasn’t put into the company sooner, and that she’ll have less time to learn the dance than the others have had. Abby explains that she wants to give Brooke a taste of professional dancing, and we see from the studio camera that the other dancers have not practiced the routine much either. Jill states that Kelly is impossible to please, and that it doesn’t matter how many opportunities her children are given. She will not be happy. Judging from her behavior tonight, I am inclined to agree.

With her two most skilled dancers performing a duet together, Abby is putting a lot of pressure on it. We find out, however, that her annoyance is about more than just their dancing skills. It seems that Maddie was seen kissing a boy back stage at a competition recently, and it was none other than one of Cathy’s dancers! Abby warns her that boys are off limits, and especially boys who are the “enemy.”

Kelly is annoyed that Paige is not in the group number, but she’s happy that she has a solo, so she wants to keep her feelings to herself. Jill, however, thinks that she’s being ungrateful for her child’s opportunity, so she goes to talk to Abby about it. Abby says that Kelly should realize what a chance this is for Brooke, so she won’t point that out to her. Kelly overhears the conversation and snaps for them to stop talking about her kids. This leads to an argument when everyone goes back upstairs between her and Jill, and she says flat out that if Brooke messes up the seniors’ dance, it’s Abby’s fault, and she hopes the team loses.

Realizing that something is seriously bothering Kelly, the moms decide to have a special lunch without her and stage an intervention. Jill remarks that Kelly sees everything as the glass-half-empty, and she needs to be more optimistic. So the moms decide to hold a slumber party for Paige, to make Kelly feel that she’s more part of the team. However, when they pose the idea to Kelly, they are met with suspicion. Despite their promises that the party is just something fun for the girls, Kelly tells the audience and she isn’t stupid. She thinks that the moms went to lunch to gossip about her, and not to plan something nice for children.

Later, when Jill and Christie leave the room to “look at costumes,” Kelly explains that she wasn’t angry with Jill, but she didn’t think that it was Jill’s business to pick a fight between her and Abby. She doesn’t understand why the moms want her to be upset. When Christie and Jill return, everything blows up into a big fight, culminating in cursing and hurtful words. The mothers are so loud that they can be heard in the studio, where the senior company is rehearsing, and the dancers stop to listen. When the moms start dropping f-words, Abby gets fed up. Downstairs, Christie shouts at Paige that it wasn’t her fault, and if everyone wanted to be jealous of her 11-year-old daughter, that was their problem.

Paige is naturally hurt by her words and tone and runs upstairs to her mother, crying. Maddie explains what happened and the other mothers try to comfort her. The next day, Kelly and Christie are immediately at each other’s throats again. The fight escalates quickly, until Abby interrupts and warns her that she does not want a repeat of the night before. In the end, Christie leaves the observation room and Kelly breaks down into tears.

Down in rehearsal, Abby decides that Brooke isn’t quite grasping the dance. So she sets Brooke up with the male lead from the senior company dance, to engender trust between the two. Brooke admits that she isn’t sure that she wants a boyfriend. After their date, Brooke says that she would do another duet with the boy, but not another date.

The next morning, the moms try to mediate the fight between Christie and Kelly. Both of them, however, are tired of apologizing to each other. Abby soon notices that it’s affecting Maddie and, especially, Chloe. Chloe is visibly upset, and Abby assumes that it’s because of her mother’s behavior. She thinks that the moms need to learn to behave themselves and the girls need to get their heads in the game.

Finally, it’s the day of the competition. Since Abby is upset by Cathy being there, Holly steps forward to make sure the girls are ready. The first to compete is the duet, with Maddie and Chloe. For all of Abby’s complaints, the girls do a really good job. They look beautiful as they dance together. Melissa remarks that they look like mirrors, and that the girls are back.

After Cathy’s boys perform, Abby feels that the choreography was subpar. Since the number was a tribute to the choreographer’s late father, he and Cathy take offense to her remarks. Ironic, considering how they behaved with Paige last time. So while Abby takes her leave, the Apple Cores prepare for battle and confront Abby and her girls.

Fortunately, the choreographer decides to keep the peace and move on from the remarks without incident.

Up next are solos. One of Cathy’s boys goes first. He does well. The dance was well done. Next is Paige. It’s a cute routine and she performs what she’s given very well. Following the solos, Kelly and Christie face off once again and they admit that things might not get mended this time. After a brief confrontation with Cathy in the hallway, it’s time for the group numbers.

First up is Abby’s senior company, who usually does not attend competitions. Abby wants to see how she does performing with dancers who are older than her, rather than younger, and wants to see if she can keep up with more advanced dangers. They do very, very well and Brooke more than kept up with those older dancers. Next are the Apple Cores. Their dance is…strange. It’s about bicyclists? Hard to say. Finally, we have the girls’ group number. They do a good job. Overall, Abby’s routines had more choreography than Cathy and her choreographer’s did.

At the awards ceremony, Paige is given second place, but Cathy’s soloist gets first. Chloe and Maddie’s duet gets first place. The senior company gets first place. The girls’ group number gets first place. Overall, it is a successful day.

Back in the dressing room, Kathy is so concerned about her fight with Christie to be happy for how well her children performed. Then, one of Cathy’s parents goes to Abby and asks her to find a place for his son on her team. Shortly thereafter, Cathy kicks the man out of her team for being a mole. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting season for the ALDC! Asia’s back next week, so tune back in to see what happens next!


Army Wives Damaged

Army Wives Damaged

Army Wives

Army Wives
June 2, 2013

So after a week’s hiatus, we’re back with Army Wives for our last two episodes of the season. Last time, Holly and Tim had relationship problems following his return home and Gloria was sleeping in her bar when it caught fire, after a date that she hate with Hector.

As the episode begins, Patrick sits in his car, thinking about whether he wants to talk to Gloria or not. He gets out of his car and starts toward the door, then turns around to leave again. Just as he’s about to leave, he notices the flames and runs to wake her up. He puts out the fire while she calls the fire department. The fire chief explains to Gloria that Patrick saved her a fortune (in water and fire damage) and her life. Gloria remarks that he must be her knight in shining armor.

Last week, Tim went to a party for Hector Cruz, regarding a promotion that he received. He’s hungover when he wakes up, and Holly voices her concerns over his drinking, since they’re only 18 and therefore underage. He tells her that he thinks he’s earned the right to drink, whether he’s legal or not. At formations, Patrick tells the men that one of their fallen left some insurance money for a party for the platoon. He encourages them to take advantage of a designated driver list and to be sure that they don’t receive any DUIs. Do you guys see that foreshadowing? I think I see some foreshadowing.

While Gloria tells Roxy (who owns the bar) about the electrical fire, Patrick comes inside, demanding ten minutes of her time. He tries to explain to her that he didn’t mean to dump her, he only asked her to not contact him until he got back for the good of the platoon. He asks her if they can start over, and she agrees to think about it.

While things are looking up for Gloria and Patrick, it’s a grimmer story for Tim and Holly. They order pizza for dinner, and when he looks at it he says that it isn’t what he ordered. He ordered extra pepperoni. Missing details gets people killed. He yells at the delivery man until the guy gives their change and leaves. Holly offers to let him have her pepperoni, but he says that the order is wrong and he won’t eat it, throwing the pizza across the room and storming out. She winces, frightened by his behavior and worried for him.

With Quincy maybe facing a medical discharge, the Montclairs are facing some really terrible money trouble. Latasha is facing down car repairs and vet bills, and this morning her sick little boy, Gabe, is running a fever and she has to take him to the ER. Still, despite her troubles and Maggie’s offers, she does not want to borrow money from her or Eddie. She doesn’t know what they’ll do if Quincy has to leave the army (which Patrick and Eddie are doing everything they can to prevent, but the odds aren’t looking good with the state of cutbacks in the army), but she wants to do whatever it is on their own.

Hector goes to the bar and asks Gloria to go to a concert with him. She says she isn’t sure, but finally agrees to go, since they had a good time the other night. Come on, show. This didn’t need to be a triangle. Must every coupling be so difficult?

Meanwhile, Denise has been overseas with a doctor from her hospital. They’ve been having a lot of natural disasters in this area, and the hospital already collapsed (hence the relief work). While she’s with a patient, a local doctor runs in and tells her that a building collapsed and Doctor Seaver was inside. He’s awake, but she knows that there could be internal bleeding because of the collapse. She sends the local doctor to get help, staying to work with him herself while they await evacuation.

Colonel Young is working a medical evacuation in the area, and Denise catches her just before she takes off. She begs Kat to wait just a few more minutes, but there’s a tropical storm coming and she can only give five minutes. When it doesn’t seem that Seaver is going to arrive in time, Kat is about to leave. With the glory of prime time television, the car arrives with Seaver just in time and he and Denise both make it onto the plane before takeoff. As Kat starts up the plane, the storm is looking very bad. There’s a lot of turbulence, but a colonel back at Fort Marshall tells a concerned Michael that the plane is in the air and on its way home.

After looking over her desperate finances, Latasha goes to a pawn shop. She has decided to sell her grandmother’s pearls. She warns the man behind the counter that he had better not lowball her, because she knows what they’re worth. She’s obviously not in the mood to be ripped off.

While in the air, Doctor Seaver’s blood pressure starts crashing. His internal bleeding is getting worse and he needs surgery. Kat assures Denise that they’re 40 minutes out from Homestead, and they’ll do their best to get him on the ground as soon as possible. By the time they make it back to Fort Marshall, Kat assures her that Seaver is out of surgery and will be fine. Michael meets them at the airfield to give Denise a ride home, reveals her relationship to Claudia Joy, and shares a brief moment before he and Denise start back for the base.

At the platoon party, Holly finds it difficult to fit in with Tim and Hector. Eddie tells Maggie that she feels guilty for the men he lost, and reveals to her that Quincy will likely face his medical separation. Then the fallen soldier’s parents arrive, and he goes to greet them and introduce them to the others. While Patrick starts to give a speech, Latasha comes in with Quincy. Then Tim sees a picture of himself with the fallen soldier, and it sends him into a breakdown. Holly and Hector hurry to get him out of there, and take him home where he reveals that he feels responsible for all the the dead because he was running ammo. Hector tells him firmly that it wasn’t his fault – the deaths weren’t anyone’s fault. Furthermore, Tim’s effort saved their platoon, and Hector’s life in particular. He keeps repeating this as they embrace, and this really a very touching scene. I teared up a bit while I was watching it. This sort of drama is the highlight of shows like this, and Army Wives in particular.

After the party is over, Patrick goes to Gloria and thanks her for the effort she put out for the event. Gloria admits that she never really understood what went on with soldiers while they’re overseas, until that night. Patrick asks her if she’s had time to think about their relationship, but she says she’s been too busy. He gives her a kiss, just so she has something else to think about.

At home, Maggie tells Eddie about a fatality that she witnessed and assures him that she’s there for him. He says that he knows. Kat and Michael have another moment where we see some chemistry, but no real romance yet. And Tim cannot sleep for the flashbacks haunting him. His PTSD goes to a new level when he wakes Holly with his hands around her throat. He gets out of bed, leaving her panting in the dark. They’re doing a good job of handling the issue of post traumatic stress disorder at least. I’ll give them that.


Army Wives Adjustment Period

Army Wives Adjustment Period

Army Wives

Army Wives
May 19, 2013

Last time, everything went from great to terrible in a five minute sequence at the end of the episode. This week, Latasha reveals that Quincy was not killed, but just injured (shot in the arm and leg). He’s in a hospital in Germany, but instead of listening to Maggie’s advice to find a way to get to him, she insists that she cannot afford the flight, and her place is at home, with her children and her home.

While Gloria prepares to leave Holly’s house, since Tim is coming home, Denise assures them that Tim is fine, Hector is alive, and Patrick sustained only minor injuries. Meanwhile Denise and Maggie tell Latasha that they’ve made arrangements with the Air Force and found her a free seat on one of their planes. She’ll get to see Quincy, free of charge. She’s overwhelmed. Kevin Clarke tells Jackie that Patrick’s ear was ruptured¸ but that he should be fine, and warns her not to baby him when he comes home. He’s not the boy she put on the plane, anymore.

Michael reminds Joan that the Army War College is still waiting for her answer. She tells him that she’s going to respectfully decline, because she plans to retire. Although she tries to tell him why, he says that he doesn’t need an explanation, although it was not the answer he expected. She tells him that she’ll inform the college about her decision.

When the troops arrive home, it’s generally a happy reunion. Caroline is relieved to see her father, Jackie her son, and Holly her husband. Hector is surprised but pleased to learn that Gloria came to see him, not Patrick. They discuss Penny, and he tells her that he feels like he’s getting his life back on track. All is not good everywhere, though. We see Denise visit a woman who lost her husband in the attack, and Patrick is hurt when he learns that Gloria said that he dumped her. Tim throws Holly for a loop when, instead of spending time with her, all he wants to do when he gets home is shower and nap. The women warned her about this possibility, but it’s still a bad surprise for her.

When she arrives in Germany, Latasha visits with Quincy. He’s hurt, but he assures her that he’ll be fine. The doctor, however, tells her that they missed the optimum window for operating on his arm, and that his changes for full recovery have been compromised. When she asks him what he means, he reveals that Quincy might never regain the full use of his hand. This puts his army career in jeopardy. Weeks ago, Latasha revealed that Quincy enlisted so that they could get Tri-Care for their sick child. With the insurance at risk and other bills piling up, the idea of him receiving a medical discharge is very bad.

Michael approaches Joan and explains to her that decision caught him off guard. He’s disappointed because he really thought she could go the distance. He sees her as his protégée, so he took her decision personally. He does respect it however, and he wishes her all the best, particularly when she explains that she needs to support Roland’s career, since he’s always supported hers.

Quincy is transferred back to Fort Marshall and their hospital. After visiting with him, Latasha asks Denise how he’s really doing. She says that his leg is recovering well, but his arm is more complicated. Still, amid Latasha’s panic, she assures her that she’s seen plenty of men in Quincy’s position who recovered fully.

Later, Holly reveals to Gloria that Tim hasn’t touched her at all since he’s been home. She’s upset and worried that he doesn’t love her anymore. Gloria decides to take her home right away, and hurries her out of the bar. They aren’t home for long, though, when Hector and Eddie arrive with Tim. He is very, very drunk and needs to sleep it off. While Hector and Gloria awkwardly talk, someone knocks on the door. Gloria remarks about how busy they’ve been and opens the door to find Patrick standing outside, grinning at her. She’s shocked to see him there. Finding Hector there, he awkwardly decides to leave.

Gloria promises Hector that she didn’t know Patrick was coming over. He assures her that it’s fine and they make plans to meet later that night.

Latasha suggests to Quincy that she get a job, but he won’t hear about it. Even after she tells him about the bills that have come up lately, he assures her that they’ll tighten their belts and make it through. Immediately after, though, he calls Eddie and makes him swear to do whatever he can to keep him in the army. He cannot lose his benefits, and he knows he won’t be able to find a job if he gets discharged. Eddie promises to help him however he can.

While Holly worries over Tim and he sleeps off his hangover, Patrick has trouble sleeping and assures his mother that he’s okay. Hector takes Gloria back to the bar, after their date, where she’s staying until her apartment is fixed up. While she sleeps, an overcrowded outlet sparks, and bursts into flames.