Time for another week of menopausal Abby. This week, the ALDC has moved to Hollywood and the stress turns out to be too much for Abby. Abby has decided to move everyone to Hollywood before her studio is ready. Why? She rented some studio space and seems perplexed that there are other (very good) dancers at the location. Abby calls “her attorney” from the car and informs the moms to step away. They haven’t even gotten in the building yet and Abby is melting down. The moms go in and get their studio cleared out and the girls start warming up. Oh and Jo Jo and her mom have crashed the party.
Meanwhile, in a studio across town a local dance group is preparing to beat the ALDC in a this weekend’s competition. The ALDC kids in the studio with their thumbs up their asses waiting on Abby. Abby calls from THE PARKING LOT and says she isn’t coming in because she just can’t work in that space. She’s going to look for another one. Oh and the girls have some sort of mysterious audition in the morning.
The next day, Gianna shows up in the same studio as the day before to do the dance choreography. Abby has only one solo this week for Maddie. This week the group dance is a boring lyrical. The moms want something edgier for the west coast. For some reason, Kalani’s mom is the new point of contact between Abby and the moms. Why doesn’t Melissa have any information? Abby calls to say she may have to fly home due to problems at home. Um, her mother is dead, she has no family, friends or even a dog in Pittsburgh anymore. What could she need to take care of back home?
Oh Talia is the solo competitor from the other studio. We’ve seen her before either on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition or ALDC or both. She really could beat Maddie. Is it wrong I want her to?
Later, the girls go on their casting call. They are all reading for the same part. Abby pulls up to park and she gets in a screaming match that nearly turns physical with some man over a parking space. You can tell this is real because the faces of the other people are blurred and production is in the scene. There is nothing a reality show fan like more than when production becomes part of the scene. Also the moms and the girls were all still waiting outside the door for their cues to enter the building where the audition is being held.
When Abby finally waddles over to the group. Holly asks Abby if she has any words of encouragement for the girls before they go in. Abby screws up her face and says, “No.” Holly says we have been here several days and have not seen you at all. This is disgraceful. Abby immediately lashes at NIA saying, “Did you just hear your mother call your dance teacher disgraceful?” Everyone was great in audition. Kendall bobbled a bit. Nia was very good and immediately, Abby told the casting director that Nia took the audition in a different direction, “which was her mother.” Abby is deliberately sabotaging Nia. This show has really left the realm of the fun aspect of children suffering to commercial for child abuse with a sad, sad Sarah McLachlan song playing in the background. The casting director loved Nia and said he liked how she took things in a different direction.
Abby says she may or may not show up for the competition. At the competition the girls and the moms arrive to a huge crowd full of people from other studios who are clearly aiming to beat the ALDC. The girls and the moms bravely walk in with Abby no where in sight. Eventually, Abby sneaks in the back door with two body guards escorting her to some private area. Her hair is not brushed. She has mascara running down her face and she looks like a discarded rugby queen the day after the party. She plops her fast food cup down on the table and begins rummaging through her handbag as if she is looking for a loose pill of some kind to pop. What she pulls out instead is her phone.
Oh she is in the same room with the moms and the kids. The kids must be scared shitless. One of the moms cheerily says, “Hi Abby! Where have you been?” Abby stutters and stammers and says she was doing things for Maddies costume ( um WTF? That is Melissa’s job and she would never trust Abby to do that in this state. Then she launches into all the things she does for the kids and how ungrateful everyone is toward her. Either this is some great scripted acting or Abby is popping pills or drinking or something.
Jo Jo stupidly struts up to ask how to do her hair for the group dance. The group dance she is not in. Gianna intercedes and tells her to chill out until after solos.
Talia’s coach and some other walk in to welcome ALDC to the west coast. Abby ignores them. Melissa tries to sweetly tell Abby how much she and the girls need her.
Talia’s dance was excellent. Maddie is dancing a song about a homeless girl. Maddie’s solo was the best one she has ever done. She’ll win.
The group dance is getting prepared. Jo Jo keeps trying to get in costume for the dance she is not in. Abby gets pissed and storms out before the dance. She is out in the car with no makeup on eating fast food. The competition’s group dance is really good. The ALDC girls look on worried. It’s edgy and contemporary. The ALDC dance was lovely but Maddie of all people lost her balance and fell out of her turn at the very end when all eyes were on her.
The overall top solo was a tie. They judges really had to struggle to break the tie. Maddie wins. Talia was not second. Oh Maddie got a perfect score and Talia didn’t make top five. In the group number, ALDC took second to the big team in L.A.
Next Week: Holly seeks other opportunities for Nia. And it appears that Abby herself quits ALDC. Ha!