Last week on Dance Moms, Abby was beginning to break down over Paige’s lawsuit against her. This is a separate case from her mother Kelly’s on going lawsuit. Abby was upset that the media was at her home.
The very first thing that happens is that Abby is served with a subpoena to appear in court by Kelly. I believe this is the civil suit. It could be the criminal one. And they made sure to do it at her studio while Dance Moms was filming. Abby is crying and upset. She wants to make a statement to the press. Holly tries hard to talk her down off of that cliff. Holly looks fantastic like she might have done work done. The moms convince Abby to come back in and go on with rehearsal.
At pyramid, Kalani is not there. This is the second time Kalani has been late. Holly is pissed that Abby doesn’t punish Kalani for being late. Mackenzie was on the bottom of the for not being weird enough in the group dance. Maddie was next. MADDIE WAS NEXT! Abby says she was just a twin with Kendall nothing special. This seems to me to indicate Melissa has done something to piss Abby off. Nia is next but she gets compliments from Abby for her solo and her group dance efforts. Next is Kendall. I did not like her solo and think she should have place below Nia. On the top is Kalani for having the highest scoring solo. Oh I get it now. She is trying to make Maddie think she has some competition.
They are going to Detroit where Ava from last season’s B team lives with her dance instructor mother, Jeanette. I’m not fond of Ava. Abby is not fond of Jeanette. Kalani and Maddie are going head to head in their solos. I never in a million years dreamed Abby would allow this. That said, Maddie will have some intricate choreography and Kalani will be doing the bunny hop. Count on it being mathematically impossible for Kalani to win unless Maddie falls down. Abby threatens the girls if Ava scores anywhere near them.
The group dance is called Stomp the Yard and is based on Orang is the new black. They will be criminals. Like Teresa Giudice.
Holly is a spitfire this year. She’s pissed at Kalani’s mom. She tangles with Abby. She used to be the voice of reason, but not so much this season.
The girls shoot new headshots for their move to LA. While they are shooting the girls Abby tells the photographer the only girls who will be working are Maddie, Mackenzie and Kalani. Nia went last and Abby could not be bothered to even coach Nia.
Kalani’s dance is acrobatic and called, “Into The Shadows.” Maddie’s dance is lyrical called “The Judgement” and essentially she is acting out Abby’s feelings about the lawsuits. The group dance looks good in practice.
When ALDC arrives in Detroit, Jeanette has her students lined up to meet the bus. There are no other dancers out there so I have a feeling this is not a real competition. Jeanette rolls into the ALDC dressing room and Abby and Jeanette have a verbal argument.
Time for solos. Kalani and Maddie both have good costumes for a change. The budget must be higher this season. Abby doesn’t sit in the audience she goes back stage to keep an eye on Jeanette. That’s weird.
Ava’s solo was very good. It did seem like the choreography was very linear. Dance to the left side, follow the same path to the right side. Lather rinse repeat. However her moves were very elegant. She is competition for ALDC for sure.
Kalani was great. In my opinion, she beat Ava. Abby loved her and hugged her after her solo. I’ve never seen that happen before ever. Maddie was great as always. But her face was off. She was smiling the entire time and the beginning of the song was about sadness and despair. I could see Kalani beating her. It’s going to be close.
Before the solos, there was a long delay. Abby was impatient. She muttered something about people not having all day to be here. She half yelled Go! Go! Go! Delay of game. After the solos Jeanette came back stage and accused Abby of trying to rattle Ava before her solo. That is totally something Abby would do, but I really didn’t see anything. Jeanette filed a complaint with the owner of the event about Abby. What does that even mean? The director and Jeanette confront Abby about intimidating another team. There is an argument and Jeanette walks off with the director.
The Orange is the New Black costumes are hysterically cute. Abby is in the audience and looks like she is about to implode. That group dance may well be the best one they have ever done. I’ll be shocked if they do not win. We don’t get to see Jeanette’s group dance. ALDC wins the group dance.
Crap. Kalani got fourth overall. How is that Possible? Ava got third. Maddie got second. Abby is furious and is claiming the event was rigged. Holly tells her to stop being ridiculous. Holly mentions that Abby is only interested in Maddie, Mackenzie and Kalani. Abby picks on Kendall and makes her cry for no reason. Holly tries and fails to talk some sense into Abby.
Next Week: Maddie has a job in LA so we will be visited by Jo Jo with the Bow Bow. UGH.