This week in real time, things are getting real for Abby Lee Miller. Tomorrow is her sentencing hearing. There is actually a second sentencing hearing on February 24th. Perhaps the judge will hear arguments and then rule in February. This feels like it has been going on forever. Most recent the hold up has been a ruling in a case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on USA v. Free which could benefit Abby in her sentence. Basically, her attorney is arguing that incarceration is not appropriate or necessary when there was no fraud against her creditors and they were all paid in full according to the bankruptcy laws. Free would potentially set a precedent that incarceration was inappropriate for zero sum loss bankruptcies. Deadline has the latest filing on the case that you can read here. But for now, as the title claims, ALDC Ain’t Dead Yet, so on with the show!
This week we begin with pyramid dramatics. Camryn was on top of the pyramid for winning her first solo. I thought that was fine even though Nia lead the group dance to victory. Nia was on top last week. Holly has a meltdown during pyramid and steals Camryn’s moment. At least Camryn and her mom stay out of the argument. Jill of course does not. Nia says she thinks she deserves to be on top, but suggests everyone move on. Move on needs to be the theme of 2017. Maesi is not in the dance because it’s too mature for her. It looks like it is going to be about “grave diggers” which I presume is a dig to the moms.
Once out of pyramid, Camryn’s mom politely mentions to the once sane Holly that her comments were disrespectful to her child. Holly rolls her eyes and makes snarky remarks. I miss the old sane Holly. Yolanda, mother of one of the mini Ana’s goes after Maesi’s mom to make her feel bad that her kid isn’t dancing this week. Classy. If you go read the link about the court case above, it talks about how it came to be the Abby was the focus of the show and not the moms.
Elliana’s solo is Charlie Chaplin. She does it to perfection in rehearsal. Right up until she forgets the end. Her mother Yolanda is riling up Abby at every turn. This won’t bode well for her. However, I feel like Elliana is a great little actress and is not taking any of the fake drama to heart. I think the script calls for her to forget her routine this week.
When Brynn gets a small lead in the group dance, once again Holly is pissed. Nia is needed for lifts and it is much easier to put Brynn in the grave than Nia. Besides if the dance was about burying Nia, Holly would bitch about that too.
Yolanda shows up to the competition dressed as Charlie Chaplin. Because, Yolanda. Holly points out to Yolanda that Elliana’s Chaplin hat doesn’t have an elastic band to hold it on her head. Abbie continues to set up the whole wardrobe malfunction scenario for Elliana.
Lilli’s solo was mesmerizing. It was a dark acrobatic dance with a LOT of hard choreography that she pulled off perfectly. In addition, she gave more face than Maddie. There is no way anyone there beats this solo.
Elliana did better than the foreshadowing suggested. She kept her had on, and she didn’t forget the routine. However, in the middle she failed to do a move and you could tell immediately by Abby’s face. The judges have an outline of the routine with all the choreography so she will be knocked down for that, but I thought Elliana covered it well. After the performance, Elliana told the girls backstage that she could not do her “roll up” because the floor was too sticky. When she apologizes to Abby for not doing the move, that we saw her do in practice, she explains about the issue with the floor. Abby basically told her she was making excuses. Kalani’s mom hears the exchange and riles Yolanda up about it goading her into a confrontation with Abby.
My DVR hates Dance Moms. Every week there is some sort of a glitch that makes the video and the audio out of sync. I blame all the bitching.
The group dance was good. I am tiring of Gia’s choreography this season. I believe she is doing all the choreography as Abby gets ready for prison. It’s good stuff and a great change of pace for the girl’s from Abby’s usual, but Abby or production still has her on all the controversial doom and gloom themes. The girls will probably win with the dance. I thought Kendall was particularly good in the group dance this week and seemed to be presented as “the lead.”
Elliana takes fifth place overall for her dance. Alli takes first overall. Alli’s mom keeps it together, while Yolanda is already fuming. The group dance takes first as well.
Afterward, Abby compliments the group dance, she sort of shouts out congrats to everyone and says, “Congratulations…..Elliana… and to our big winner of the day, Lilli!” Then she showers Lillis with kisses and praise and leaves. This is the absolute best Eilliana could hope for. However, she has a part to play. She goes over to her mother and apologizes and walks out the door. The moms talking points for this episode were basically “Yolanda is an abusive mother.” So they start bitching at and about her.
Next week: Abby Brings in an older blond girl to match with Brynn. Maesi’s spot is threatened.
UPDATED: Abby showed up for her sentencing hearing today looking well rested and unbothered. The entire court situation today was a bunch of fine tooth combing of financial statements. The judge has to determine if Abby meant to cause harm to her lenders. It seems pretty obvious to me that she did not.
It appears that the actually sentencing will occur on February 24th. I expect she might lose that $120K from Australia that she had all the moms help her sneak back into the country. I do not expect her to get a long sentence. The Feds are asking for three and a half years, or were prior to today. Another thing that happened in court today was figuring out what her magic number should be. I’ve gone into excruciating detail on how that works before. Especially with Juicy Joe’s sentence. Unlike Juicy, Abby doesn’t have any previous criminal history. I believe her attorney is arguing that she should be a 6. The judge uses the magic number to find the suggested sentencing on a chart. It would not surprise me if she gets house arrest. If she gets incarcerated I think it will probably be for about a yearish.