Dance Moms: (But I’m a National Champion!) Recap
It’s episode three and the moment of truth has arrived: Abby must decide who will stay and who will go. It was certainly a nailbiter. Here are my top three AWESOME and AWKWARD moments from this week's show.
AWKWARD OK, we knew the old team was going to be brought back eventually, but did they have to do it in such an uncomfortable way? At first, the new team is back, except Ally. Turns out Moms Marsha and Flo had scared her off. So in return, Abby scares Marsha and Flo out of her studio. Their kids are upset, and it’s really sad. There goes your 15 minutes of fame Bella and Kaeli. I’m a little confused about why Abby thinks this is a necessary move—her usual motley crew of mothers have scared away plenty a new student and still stuck around. Is she making room for someone? Ah yes, her old students! After a half-hearted stand off, the old moms come waltzing right back into the studio. Even Kelly’s back! I have to admit, I missed them. Especially Mackenzie.
AWESOME I know I’m supposed to be mad at Sophia for stealing Maddie’s spotlight, but I just can’t be. She’s just too awesome. She can do 54 turns. She has a 6-pack. No, she has a 12-pack. She consistently blows me away, but let’s be honest, her choreography could use some work. We get it, she can fouetté. Let’s see something else now.
AWKWARD Brooke doesn’t get to be in the group routine. After all that hoopla about letting the Hyland sisters back on the team, Brooke lasts approximately 5 minutes before Abby unceremoniously kicks her out of the number. My guess is that she had a school dance or something that weekend, but since they’ve already exhausted that plot line, the producers decided on this lame one instead. We miss you, Brooke!
AWESOME Even though there was no Brooke and then they all only had like a day to rehearse, the group routine “Red Carpet Special” looked pretty darn good. And when Mackenzie couldn’t get that red carpet prop to budge, but still never lost her cute, kissy face, I melted. What a pro. A well-deserved first place to the reunited team!
AWKWARD Remember that time last week when the moms all acted like fourth graders? They’re at it again, making fun of Mom Jacqueline for being too gorgeous and too nice. They might as well pull her hair and stick a “kick me” sign on her back. Or they’ll just keep to their original plan of sneaking a roofy into her drink. Wait, did Christy really just say that out loud?
AWESOME True, the appearance of superstar Sophia has meant that the other girls are a little off their games, but Chloe still did a beautiful job with her solo. And as much as Mom Christy drove me nuts for this entire episode, she does have a point; Sophia doesn’t have the onstage emotion that Chloe has. Chloe’s an excellent little performer, and to prove it, she gets an “Expressive Heart” award. I’m not really sure what that is, but I think it means she rocks.
Going along with our “Chloe is awesome” theme, here’s my QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Miss Abby kept saying how much better Sophia was than all of us. But that just gave me a purpose, to show Miss Abby that one day I will be as good as Sophia.” —Chloe
It’s shocking how much better she’s handling this situation than her mother. My goodness I love this girl.
Tune in next week for another exciting episode, and an even more exciting recap. And don’t forget to let me know what you think!
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