Jabby can supposedly hear the moms cackling from downstairs so she tells Gia to go up and make sure that Jackie is watching Sophia rehearse. Jabby interviews that she thinks Sophia was sent to her by the dance gods (i.e. Lifetime producers) and the moms had better not run her off like they’ve run off other students.
Upstairs, we learn that Sophia is homeschooled and spends the rest of her time practicing dance. Holly the former principal says they are killing her with that. Melissa interviews that Sophia may be a better dancer than Maddie, but at least Maddie goes to school full-time. Whatever makes you feel better, Melissa.
Jabby bellows at the moms from downstairs because they were supposed to have counted photos as one of their suck-up jobs. Christi says she didn’t do it because, again, they pay Jabby and she has employees to do that. Jabby says she’s sorry that Christi can’t count that high and Christi says she can’t because she went to public school. She says it’s a good thing she wasn’t homeschooled or she’d be even dumber. Kelly interviews that Christi is not letting up on Jackie and she thinks it’s because she doesn’t want Sophia on the team. Duh?
Jabby is rehearsing Chloe’s solo and apparently she’s changing the choreography as they go along. Christi complains that they are leaving for the competition in 30 minutes and Jabby’s setting Chloe up to fail and Chloe looks defeated. Downstairs, Chloe takes a break and tells Christi that Jabby was yelling at her because Christi didn’t count the pictures.
Christi apologizes to Chloe and the other girls. Back in the studio, Jabby yells at the girls for talking too much in the dressing room, or “den” as she calls it.
Jabby then calls the moms down during the group rehearsal. She says there are too many kids in the number and one of them has to go. She tells the moms that they have to pick which kid goes. She says they need to be objective and then takes a minute to stereotype Nia again. Hi Nia! I feel like we never see you anymore.
The girls do the number and Jabby screams at Christi for allegedly refusing to even look at Sophia. Jabby says it’s foolish for Christi not to learn from people who are better.
Another day in paradise
This whole scene is a joke (obviously) because Jabby says that she doesn’t trust the moms to be objective so she’s cutting Brooke from the number. Kelly halfheartedly complains that Mackenzie should have been cut, but I agree with the theory that this must have been set up ahead of time.
At the front desk, Jabby lectures the moms that everyone is out to beat them this weekend. Holly says pointing fingers and constantly belittling the girls isn’t an effective strategy for winning. Jabby says she doesn’t need to belittle the girls because the girls do it to themselves. This strikes a nerve with Christi, who screeches “SHUT YOUR MOUTH!” Jackie, ever the peacemaker, says “let’s just go and try to be a team this weekend.” Good advice, Jackie. Let’s see how that works out.