UPDATE: Kelly is suing Abby for and production for 5 million Story on TMZ. (sorry I am too tired to do an interpretative dance explaining the issues with the TMZ story. Just go to the link. )
It’s finally time for the Dance Moms episode we have all been waiting for! It’s the trip to NYC where Paige and Brooke’s mom, Kelly Hyland, assaults Abby and she presses charges! The episode is officially called Big Trouble in the Big Apple. I can wait to see how it all goes down.
Pyramid begins as always with Abby Lee telling the girls how disappointed she is despite the group number coming in first place last week. Jill asks Abby if she regrets spending so much time with some random new girl rather than spending time with her actual competition team. Abby says know, she enjoyed working with the girl from open auditions. She also says she plans to build a whole new elite junior competition team. She will have two teams. She tells Maddie that she may put her on the new team .
On the pyramid Chloe is dead last. She came in fourth in her solo last week. Kendall and then Nia because their duet came in third. Then Mackenzie because Abby has been really pushing her to rise to Maddie’s level this season. Then Brooke and Paige neither of them get any love despite being very high on the pyramid because Abby hates Kelly. And of course Maddie is at the top of the pyramid. If I were any of the other girls I would be planning ways to gently kill Maddie in her sleep. Her constant domination is annoying. Abby put all of her instruction time into Maddie is annoying. Maddie getting the best choreography and costumes is annoying. I have reached my limit.
Abby announces the team is going to NYC. Abby gives Paige (PAIGE??) a solo she says is just right for her called OOO LA LA! I smell a set up. Oh yeah, this is a set up. Brooke gets a solo too, a contemporary acrobatic routine called Purple Rain. I hate her one legged costume. Paige and Chloe are also doing a duet. This is very odd. Oh wait, Abby says that her go to girls are performing in another competition this week so she is forced to rely on Paige and Brooke. I am beginning to see how this all went down already. The last time Abby was in NYC she lost so she named the group dance, “Beautiful Revenge.”
Christi figured out that Maddie, Mackenzie, Kendall and Nia are not going to the NYC show early with the other girls, so she asks what they are doing. Abby reveals that they are doing a local competition before heading to New York. Christi realizes Chloe is not in the most elite group this week. Kalani has arrived at ALDC to rehearse a duet with Maddie for the Pittsburg competition. The dance moms are commenting that there is way too much going on this week. Christi wonders if Abby is setting up Kelly’s daughter, Paige to fail. So do I.
Abby decides to pull Paige from the group number so she can concentrate on her duet and her solo.
Abby arrives to the NYC open call to find a TON of Chloe fans. She tells one that maybe she will be replacing her. Chloe fans, like me, are zealous because Abby doesn’t give her the attention and praise she deserves. At the open audition, Abby doesn’t teach her kids the routine ahead to time. She also tells then she doesn’t want them wearing her name on their outfits. I usually support Abby’s tough behavior, but this is just utterly ridiculous. Chloe is scared and crying from backstage.
Abby finds a lot of talent in NYC. Her girls were terrified to dance with them. Abby sends a girl home and the mother asks for an explanation. Abby gives her one. The mother said that she was watching Paige and she was terrible. He kid is way better than Paige. Paige is crying. Abby forces them to dance off. If I were Kelly I would punch Abby in the face not just slap her. I would also use this footage in my court case. Paige beats the socks of the girl in the dance off. Abby sends the mother packing. Paige gained some confidence.
At the NYC competition, Abby arrives and announces that the duet and the group dance won at the Pittsburg competition. She gives Paige and Brooke a perfunctory instruction or two and leaves the dressing area.
It’s time for Paige’s solo. I thought she did great all things considered. Abby Lee’s talking head says, “Paige is always a disappointment for me. Paige has been given the same corrections for three years and still does not see the importance of correcting them.” I’m worried for Paige just because this is a NYC competition and the best of the best are competing.
Next up is Brooke. Her dance is very heavy on the acrobatics. She did well, but I think a good lyrical routine will beat her. I thought some of the choreography was awkward looking. Abby immediately starts complaining in the audience to the other moms. Did you see that she can’t do anything new? I have to keep giving her the same crap she was doing since she was 8 years old. The other moms look very uncomfortable. Thankfully Kelly has been in the wings the whole time and did not hear Abby’s harsh feedback. It’s weird that Kelly was in the wings. We almost never see a mom watching from the wings instead of the audience with the other moms. Then again , we almost never see Kelly’s kids get solos.
Paige is up again with Chloe in their duet. Abby tells them to watch their timing and stay together and then she announces she is leaving them to go watch some other girls from the audition she is scouting. What she really does is enter Maddie and Kalani’s duet into the competition at the last minute. Melissa tries to get Abby to put them in as an exhibition and not to pit them against Chloe and Paige. Abby says she wants a winning duet. Melissa, Maddies’s mom, tells Abby that Chloe and Paige will win with their duet. Abby enters Maddie and Kalani anyway. Great. Now all the moms will be hating on Melissa, AGAIN. I was right. All the moms blame Melissa and think she was lying about not knowing the girls were going to perform.
It seems they have a number, they may even be in the program. Whatever the story is, they are on stage now. They were great. Maybe even good enough to win. Kelly is fuming. She says that Maddie and Kalani learned the dance over the summer at booty camp. They were very together with their timing, especially for a “late addition.”
Paige and Chloe have to go after Maddie and Kalani, at least that is the way it was edited. Their duet was great. Paige and Chloe look like twins on stage. Their timing was good. I think they could beat Maddie and Kalani. I hope like hell they do, but from the way the moms are bitching in their talking heads that doesn’t seem likely. Christi calls Melissa a liar backstage. Christi is furious that “Maddie lied to Chloe.” All the moms are ready to quit especially Kelly who feels like her kids routines were upstaged by their own team mates. Christi gets Chloe and Maddie all wound up backstage before the group event. Basically she tells Chloe in front of Maddie that Maddie is not her friend. For fucksake, if you have to go there, could you not wait until after the group dance?
Also right before the group dance, Abby parades in Kalani and her LA mom to stir the pot. Does ANYONE want these girls to have a prayer? Maddie is teary-eyed and trying not to cry. She wipes a couple tears before Abby notices and she gets the “save the tears for your pillow” speech.
The moms ask Kalani if she knows the group dance. She says not that well. They ask her if she is in the group dance, she says she doesn’t think so. Abby threatens to replace Brooke on the spot since Kelly told her to replace them if that was her plan. Abby asks Brooke if her mother is speaking for her, she is 15 years old and she needs to grow the hell up. Kelly tells Abby to shut the hell up. Kalani’s mom butts in and Kelly has had enough. She gives Kalani’s mom her kids costumes. Oddly her kids are the only one still in their solo costumes. I guess the others are in theirs because they didn’t do a solo? Maddie is in a black leotard that is not what she danced the duet to, or what the group dancers are wearing. Kelly says she will take Brooke and Paige and let Kalani dance both of their parts. The other moms ask her not to do that. Things escalate.
Abby gets up and starts screaming at Kelly and pointing her finger in her face. Kelly tells her to get her finger out of her face and starts pointing her finger back at Abby. Abby tries to bite her finger. Kelly pokes Abby in the face, smacks her face and grabs her hair. Holly, the school principal and Nia’s mom, begins screaming for the girls to get out of the room. They were already holding back tears before this started and now some of them are sobbing. Kelly is furious and asking Abby who she thinks she is! At one point Abby had her hands behind her back. Everyone evacuates. Abby and Kelly both call each other crazy and Abby goes to call the police. She says that a woman pulled her hair and scratched her face. There is no scratch on her face. All of her hair is on her head. Get over it Abby you’ve had it coming for years. LOL at Abby on the phone, “She has a haircut that is like cool and trendy.” The police arrive to find Abby just fine, but they ask if she needs an ambulance. Surprisingly she admits that she does not. Holly hustles Kelly and the girls out before the PoPo could get them. I’m not going to go there.
The girls that survived have to reblock the group dance moments before the performance while Abby reminds them that they are down two dancers. The group dance was good. Nia was last in several sequences and her timing was a bit wonky because she was coming in way sooner than she rehearsed. But with Maddie taking over for Brooke, (funny how she just seemed to know the part) she shined enough for the group to do well.
At awards, Paige wins 5th place for her solo and Mackenzie goes to accept for her. Brooke wins 4th place in her category for her solo. Kendall picks up her trophy. Holly points out that it is best that Kelly took the girls and left because they already had WWI and with them coming in 4th and 5th in there division it would be WWII. Chloe and Paige took second in their duets, and Maddie and Kalani took first. I REALLY wish that had been reversed. This competition either was not calling out points or they were edited out. I would have loved to hear the numbers. All of Abby’s girls and team were in the 160s as far as their order of participation goes, but Maddie and Kalani were number 76 which seems to mean they were entered earlier. Maybe. Christi says she hopes it was worth it to Melissa because she just lost a couple of friends and hurt a couple of kids. The group still managed to win first place.
Next week: Melissa tries to get the moms to see she didn’t lie. Kelly is banned from the studio (will the girls show up?) Kalani and her mom arrive to join the team. And Abby makes Mackenzie cry. AGAIN.