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In the empty studio of emotional despair, Maddie practices by herself. Jabby comes in and says they never talked about New Jersey. Hey, what happens in Jersey stays in Jersey, right? Maddie says she doesn’t know what happened. She says she just blanked out. Too much Ron-Ron juice, no doubt.
Jabby tells Maddie that her (Jabby’s) reputation is at stake, and she wants Maddie to see if she can do the solo now. Jabby tells Maddie that she wants her to be prepared to do the solo when she least expects it, “anywhere, anytime.” Like in the Godfather when Don Corleone tells the undertaker “someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.” But will Maddie’s
embalming dancing skills be enough to sew together Jabby’s bullet-ridden reputation?
City of Angels. Surprise, surprise, Maddie’s solo is still listed on the program. How could that have happened?!! How mysterious. Jabby says, well, this means that Maddie HAS to do her solo. If she scratches it will look bad (for Jabby). Jabby tries to cajole Maddie into doing the solo even though Maddie doesn’t feel well. Jabby says if Maddie had a role on Broadway, she wouldn’t call in sick. Yeah, NexStar is exactly the same as Broadway. Maddie REALLY doesn’t want to do the solo and tries to placate Jabby by saying she’ll do it next week. Maddie interviews that she wants to do it, but she really doesn’t feel confident. Jabby tells her to believe in herself. Then Jabby interviews that the reason she’s harassing Maddie so hard is because ALDC’s reputation precedes them. Wait a minute. I thought no one in L.A. knew anything about you. Which is it?
The trio is up first and Paige – hi Paige! – says she’s nervous because she’s never done a trio with Brooke before.
It looks like she still has spacing issues.
Oops, also kicking issues. I guess Paige apparently forgot a kick and Jabby is upset with her. Christi interviews that Paige is the “original fall guy” and forgetting to kick is “the end of the world at the Abby Lee Dance Company.” I thought Lee Majors was the original Fall Guy.
Kelly says she doesn’t think they will lose because of the kick, but because the choreography is so sucky.
Time for Mackenzie’s solo and she is dancing on top of a giant shoe dressed in a fishnet body stocking.
Wait a minute. Is she supposed to be a leg?
Mackenzie does one of her little flips and accidentally slips on her sleeve and lands really hard on her toes.
Ouch! She tries to cover it up, but she’s in pain and leaves the stage early. She sobs backstage while Melissa comforts her. Jabby tells Melissa to send Mackenzie over to her when she’s done. Jabby tells Mackenzie not to stress because accidents happen. She tells her to smile because she doesn’t want to look at a “sad, horrible kid” all day.
Meanwhile, Jabby is still trying to convince Maddie to do the solo. She brings her outside to talk to her. She says it’s Maddie’s decision even though the world will probably end and everyone will hate her forever if she says no.
Maddie says she doesn’t want to make Jabby mad, but she’s just not ready. Poor Maddie looks really upset here.
Her plot to make Maddie dance foiled, Jabby goes back to work on undermining Chloe by telling her she’s in CA and somehow that means… something. Christi tries to counteract Jabby by giving Chloe a pep talk and telling her she needs to believe in herself. Chloe interviews Maddie freaked out because of all pressure Jabby put her under.