It’s the last week in Hollywood, which I still don’t understand since so much was made of Abby moving Dance Moms to Hollywood. The title this week is a part one so I can only assume that we are in for a long week. Abby seems quasi sane in the first few seconds of this episode. Maddy is absent this week because she is filming that Disney show in a one episode guest appearance. Jo Jo with the Bow Bow claps the same fake happy clap as the other girls. Only Mackenzie looks half way believable and she is hardly enthusiastic.
Speaking of hardly enthusiastic, the mothers can’t even pretend to welcome Sarah who is from Kalani’s old studio and Brynn, also from that studio to the group. Kira is furious with Abby from bringing her nemeses from her old studio on the show. It’s like how Teresa Giudice felt when her fambly was brought on to RHONJ and she wasn’t the only special snowflake at Thanksgiving anymore.
Which means that Abby doesn’t need, Jo Jo with the Bow Bow anymore. She puts her just about Nia who didn’t participate last week on the bottom. Her stupid mother starts talking about what a good job she did last week. Abby goes in on her face, her not watching the movie Carrie like she was supposed to and tells Jo Jo not to cry. We might have all been good at that point but then Jo Jo had to open her mouth to say, “Well if you’re going to yell at me, I’m going to cry!” and in one clean take Jo Jo and her mama are on their previously scheduled flight back to wherever they come from. Or not. It looks like her mama is going to make her apologize to keep her on the show. Jo Jo has no clue what she has done wrong. Her mother has not taught her how to interact with adults and that Abby is not her peer.
Wow! Kendall is on top of the pyramid finally and Jo Jo interrupts to return to the line up soaking up all of Kendall’s critique time. Kalani was number two both were pleased to place above Maddie.
Abby is giving everyone duets in the spirit of all the fights that have been going on (mostly with Abby herself).
Kalani is in a duet with Sarah called ” Nancy (Kerrigan) and Tonya (Harding)”
Mackenzie and Jo Jo’s duet is “Lucy and Ethel”
Brynn, Kalani, Sarah and Mackenzie are in one group dance about sad clowns.
JoJo, Kendall, Nia and Kalani are in another group doing a Moulin Rouge this week. This week a guest choreographer will work with this group while Abby works with the group that only has one of her actual students in it. So this group has no choreography and no Maddie. #TypicalAbby
There are so many flashback scenes in this episode. It sure looks like they really had to stretch this season out to make up for Abby’s inability to tape.
During the video tryouts, Jo Jo out dances Mackenzie trying to win the lead. Sadly, Jo Jo can’t really sing, so the part goes to Mackenzie. This seems to have been Abby’s plan all along. Nia and Kalani and Jo Jo take waitresses spots and the rest are simply that, the rest. Just like Maryann and the professor on season one of Gilligan’s Island.
Melissa shows up to the shoot with Maddie. Seriously? Can’t they let these girls have anything without Maddie? They director says he will try to fit Maddie in if she wants to be in it. She has clearly already been through hair and makeup. They give Jo Jo an elevated part to showcase her dancing. Perfect. Holly is so thrilled with Nia’s part that it seems obvious that Abby will take Nia’s part away from her somehow.
Abby comes storming onto the set because Melissa signed contracts for Mackenzie without getting her dual credit. Abby seems like she wants to pull all of the girls off the video. I doubt that will happen. In fact, I have seen the video. It should be interesting to see what transpired after the end of this episode and before the final cut of the video…