All of a sudden, Sophia and Jackie show up after having been gone for weeks. Jabby immediately puts Sophia in the group number. Melissa, no surprise, is “not real thrilled” at this development. Holly asks Jackie if she knew they were coming to Pittsburgh this week and Jackie says it was last-minute because things just keep popping up in her schedule. So many famewhore opportunities, so little time.
Speaking of famewhores, Kelly’s wondering how she can get some of that. She wants to know if Jackie will share the names of her L.A. contacts so Kelly can also pimp out her kids.
Kelly interviews that Jackie is really nice and they seem to have a lot in common. Then she fills Jackie in on what’s been going on and says again she doesn’t know why Christi is mad at her. All she did was mention that Chloe dropped her hat. Kelly tells Jackie that she thinks Christi and Melissa feel threatened by Sophia but she doesn’t.
Upstairs, Shrill notes that Kelly and Jackie seem to be besties now and wonders if Jackie has replaced Christi as Kelly’s drinking buddy. Down in the store, Jackie and Kelly braid each other’s hair and make plans to go to Applebee’s and hit on the bartender.
In Ohio, the Apple Core’s rehearse their dance, which is apparently an ode to porn magazines.
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Cathy says she’s happy because the team seems to already have a bond and she’s excited to be surrounded by beef jerky, if you know what I mean.
In PA, Jackie and Sophia are excited to be back and Sophia is excited for her solo. Wait – what solo? Oh, the secret solo that Jabby just assigned her, which will result in a solo being taken away from one of the other girls. In the dressing room, Jackie tells Sophia she’s going to let Jabby handle telling the other moms about Sophia’s solo. Good thinking. Jackie instructs Sophia to be nice to whomever’s solo she ends up stealing.
Back to Nia’s feet. Holly says Nia’s been in pain since the last competition. Also, Christi is calling Melissa, but she still won’t answer any of Kelly’s calls or texts. Kelly says she doesn’t understand why Christi would be mad at her. Holly suggests that maybe Christi wants to keep her business and friendships separate.
Jackie asks where Shrill is. As usual, she is downstairs complaining to Jabby about the fact that Maddie is getting more rehearsal time than Kendall. Jabby yells that Kendall is (more or less) a big, slow loser and everything would be done by now if Kendall could pick up choreography as quickly as Maddie. Shrill says that Jabby thinks all the kids are idiots except for Maddie. Jabby calls Kendall a baby and Kendall cries.