Hiya Gasmi! Did you miss Dance Moms last week? I’m not sure what the point was to skip a week, but I’m not going to complain about it. As always, there is lots and lots to talk about with this bunch, so I guess we should jump right in!
After a quick review of what happened last time (Cathy tried to show up Jabby and failed miserably, Kelly bitched and moaned, and Melissa worked out more financing for her girls with her boyfriend), we are ready to get down to it.
The gang arrives in Lake Tahoe for the Nationals of Starbound. You guys might remember that Starbound was the regional competition held in Voorhees (you know, right outside of New York, according to Jabby). Jabby tells us it all comes down to this; there’s no more next weeks and her girls have GOT to WIN.
As opposed to every other week when they HAVE to WIN
We get it, Jabby, winning is everything.
She tells the girls this week will be tough because they have to learn a new group routine, and this one has props. I love how she always sets them up for success, don’t you? But before we get to that, Jabby wants to reflect a little bit on the past two weeks. Oh goody!
Try to contain yourselves, ladies
She says she keeps telling them that they have been given an amazing opportunity; they been hand selected to go across the country and do these competitions, but they are not stepping up to the plate. She wants to see energy, enthusiasm, fun.
Does this work for you?
If they don’t want to do it, there’s probably a hundred other kids that would love to be here getting belittled and yelled at by a giant woman right now. She gives them the whole shpiel again about it being her reputation on the line, but then throws in there that it’s their names and reputations too.
Of course, mine is more important…..
This time around Paige is at the bottom of the pyramid. Yeah, I’m not surprised given what happened last time with Kelly and the choreographer and all that. As usual, Mackenzie is also close to bottom, and she’s followed by Nia. Chloe is next from the bottom, then Brooke, and our pyramid is topped with (who else?) Maddie.
It’s nice to be on top
Maddie will be doing a solo, and she’ll also be dancing a duet with Chloe. Chloe will also be doing her solo, Paige and Brooke will be dancing a duet, and so will Nia and Mackenzie. All the girls, including Mackenzie, will be performing in the group routine. Yeah right, I predict that Mackenzie will be on stage for that performance about 10% of the total time. She’s in it to bring down the average age. Mark my words.
Can’t I just go play like I normally do?
Mackenzie tells us she’s a little scared to be in the group number because she doesn’t want to mess up. I don’t blame her, after all, she gets to hear Jabby belittling everyone week after week, poor kid just wants to go have some fun.
They start rehearsals and Jabby tells them the group piece is called “Beautiful”. It’s about beauty that’s within and taking a good look in the mirror, not at what you see, but, like, the internal mirror.
We have mirrors inside us?
The props for this number are hand held mirrors that the girls dance with. Hey, at least they’re not giant square lollipops! I think these girls can handle any props after those monstrosities. Well, maybe not Maddie since she didn’t actually have to perform lugging around said giant square lollipop…..
The moms head outside for some fresh air. The message Christi took away from Jabby’s little speech was that everyone sucked. Melissa thinks they did great. Of course she does. But enough talking about the kids, Melissa has news for them. Christi asks if she’s pregnant. HA! Isn’t it funny how moms always go there? She’s not preggers, she is leaving to go on vacation with her boyfriend!!
Girl……..I hope you packed new knee pads!
This time she’ll be leaving the girls with Gia. Christi can’t believe that Melissa is leaving again, and honestly, neither can I. Then again, who am I to judge? Dance classes are super expensive and apparently Melissa has to work hard for that money. I’m sure Maddie and Mackenzie TOTALLY understand, right?
Jabby pokes her heads out to tell them she needs them in there. In fact, she needs them to be in observing rehearsal the whole entire time. Why? I don’t get that. Although it does quash my comment about the ladies leaving and not spending all THEIR time at the studio if Jabby is actually requiring them to be there.
Anyway, Jabby is ready to rehearse Chloe’s solo. While the rehearsal is going on, Christi notices that something is off about Chloe; she’s not her normal self. Christi can see that something is wrong.
I think the tears may be a little bit of a giveaway.
Chloe and her mom sit together and Chloe says she’s tired of dancing. Poor kid. She’s exhausted. Chloe tells us that even though she loves dance, sometimes she doesn’t WANT to dance. I think given the schedule they’ve been keeping this is completely understandable. She’s nine for crying out loud!
Christi has interpreted this as Chloe telling her she doesn’t want to dance anymore and tells us that is very hard for her to hear because she thinks Chloe is extremely talented. I think she’s jumping to the extreme (I know, so uncharacteristic of her) when what Chloe really needs and means is that she wants a BREAK from dance. I don’t see Chloe as a kid that wants to quit dance altogether.
The next day Jabby decides to call the moms together in a room without their kids for what she calls a non-combative conversation. And then she proceeds to insult them and/or their children.
How do your kids suck? Let us count the ways……
She tells Holly that Nia needs to work on her feet and talking to her is like talking to a brick wall. Holly thinks Jabby uses poor word choices and tells Jabby that. Jabby doesn’t care what Holly has to say and thinks she wants special treatment for Nia.
Moving on to Chloe; Jabby says she still needs to work on her self-confidence; she is still second guessing herself. Christi says that’s just how Chloe is and acknowledges that they do need to work on that. Wow, that actually went better than I thought it would.
Next Jabby tells Kelly she was disappointed in Brooke in the group routines. She’s thirteen and should be picking up the choreography quicker than she is. She tells Kelly her kids are slow, they don’t pick up quick and Kelly counters that she should go through it step by step with them. She says her kids are not trying to be Maddie and Chloe, and Jabby wonders why she wants her kids to be mediocre.
Because I love their mediocre asses for who they are!
Kelly doesn’t care if her kids are number one, she loves them. Period. End of story.
Does not compute
She thinks Kelly should invest in them like this is their future; she thinks they’re talented and Kelly should push them to do better. Kelly thinks it’s too much; she doesn’t want her kids to have a mental breakdown because Jabby wants them to be the best. She points out that Kelly’s kid just won another title. Kelly tells Jabby she can have the crown back. She will think about it.
Take the crown and shove it up your ass!
LOLOL!! I love when Kelly gets all crazy. At least this time the kids aren’t all sitting around watching her lose it, right? Jabby tells her to go.
I guess that’s the end of the meeting. Funny how Melissa doesn’t get any critique for Maddie, huh?
It’s now three days to competition and the girls are rehearsing the group number again. Chloe seems to be getting a lot of critique at this rehearsal and Jabby tells us she doesn’t know what is going on with her. She thinks Chloe hasn’t been rehearsing or performing with any enthusiasm or energy. She says Chloe needs to pull it together; there’s no more time for woe is me.
From group rehearsals we go next to Maddie and Chloe’s duet rehearsal. They will be dancing a Black Swan duet with Maddie as the white swan and Chloe as the black swan. I actually think that is perfect casting, and not because I think Chloe is evil; I think she can probably pull that off acting-wise better than Maddie.
The next day Jabby is taking the girls out on a field trip to the lake without the moms. She says the girls really need it, but I think she wants to get away from the moms as well. But before they leave, Christi wants to have a word with her.
Christi tells her that Chloe has said she doesn’t want to dance anymore. Jabby looks like she doesn’t believe that and Christi tells her she is serious. Okay, but she has a whole group of kids here so she doesn’t have time for this right now. Christi just wants to make sure Jabby is aware of what’s going on with her daughter.
Jabby says that’s fine, if after they get back Chloe wants to quit, that’s fine. She has a whole list of people ready to take her spot.
Are you fucking kidding me?!?
It’s funny how Jabby always goes to that old standby the minute she perceives any sort of criticism, isn’t it? Jabby says everyone is replaceable. The problem is, I don’t think she counts herself in that everyone she is talking about.
Off they go on their trip. The scenery is beautiful and Jabby says she wanted to get them out of the studio for a little while They don’t really get away from dance because she uses the time to do some stretching with them and talks to them about beauty. She wants their surroundings to help provide some inspiration for the group number they are working on this week.
While the other girls relax, Jabby pulls Chloe over to the side to have a little conversation with her. She tells Chloe that her mom mentioned that she was thinking about quitting. Chloe tells Jabby she just thinks it’s a lot of rehearsal going from early in the morning until late at night, and she just feels like it’s a lot.
Jabby says that Christi thinks Chloe doesn’t want to ever dance again. Not the case, Chloe say, she just thinks she needs a break. I knew it! The kid is just exhausted and worn out. Jabby says it’s okay, everyone needs a break once in a while and instead of leaving it at that she ruins it by telling Chloe that she is totally replaceable. COME ON!!
I will support and berate you at the same time!
She does tell Chloe that she thinks the kids is born to dance which obviously means a lot to Chloe. She asks Jabby if she thinks Chloe could be on Broadway or be a rockette someday. Absolutely. But she really needs to work on her confidence level. You know, Jabby drives me crazy, but I do like these moments when you can tell she really does believe in these kids. I just wish she would show it more and not be on the attack the minute someone criticizes her.
The break from the studio continues and the moms and kids head over to a bowling alley to have a little fun. Kelly is happy to get herself and her kids away from Jabby for a little while. Melissa’s happy to go out and have a little fun with the kids since she is leaving tomorrow for her vacation.
Melissa’s happy mood isn’t going to last long because in strolls her ex-husband, Kurt. He has heard from a little birdie about Melissa’s plans to go off and leave her kids with one of the dance teachers. He asks her why she didn’t tell him she was going on vacation and she says she did. She DID tell him, he just doesn’t listen to her!
They go back and forth arguing about whether or not Melissa told him and really Melissa doesn’t know what the big deal is anyway. Melissa doesn’t appreciate him checking up on her. Kurt tells us that dance had a lot to do with the breakup of his family. He’s their dad and he has a right to know who’s watching his kids. He tells us he’s not going; he’s staying here to be with his kids. I’m sure Jabby will LOVE that!
It’s now the day before competition. Kelly is excited that her kids are doing a duet together until Jabby sends them into the other room to work with a guest choreographer while Jabby and Gianna stay in the main room and work with Maddie on her solo. She wants to know why there are two teachers in with Maddie. This is why Maddie wins and her kids don’t, she says.
Ummmmmm……..I’m just gonna pretend I’m deaf.
Of course Kelly doesn’t just say her peace once; she repeats her complaint over and over, getting louder and louder every time. Jabby can hear her in the other room. You know that this is not going to end well, right? The two of them begin to yell at each other through the door separating the studio. Yeah, that’s great to be yelling about all this in front of the kids. What the hell?!?!
Jabby finally has had enough and tells Kelly to come into the studio where she is. Jabby says she has no problem with Gianna teaching the girls, but they’re going to have to wait. Kelly doesn’t think that the TWO of them need to be in here with Maddie, but because Maddie is the priority OF COURSE her kids are going to be short changed.
Does she know I’m standing right here?
As she walks away, Kelly yells out to Maddie that she can go ahead and win. WOW. That was uncalled for. No matter how annoyed she is she certainly shouldn’t be lashing out a KID. So not cool.
Kelly pulls what has become her signature move and stops rehearsals with her kids. She’s done with it and doesn’t care if they ever dance again. She’s leaving. Again, the frustration is understandable, but the way Kelly handles it is ridiculous. The only people she is hurting by stomping out of rehearsal is HER KIDS. Now they’re not working on the dance at all. Is she pulling the number again? AHHHHH! I don’t get her.
Competition day has arrived and Christi says she thinks they are all feeling the pressure. After all, Jabby is not used to having losing numbers and they don’t want to be the ones to tarnish the name of the studio. They are going to bring it.
Kurt arrives and comes into the dressing room to see his girls. Maddie goes over to give him a hug and he asks her if she’s going to win again. She says she doesn’t know and he tells her not to worry about anyone else; just be herself. He’s trying hard to give her the encouragement she would normally get from Melissa, but let’s face it; if you’re used to your mom always being the one there it can be a little awkward when your dad tries to step in. And that’s without the whole divorce thing added in as well.
Okay, you can go now.
She says her dad makes her nervous. He freaks her out sometimes because it’s not the same as having her mom there. Christi gives her a little “mom hug” before they perform since her mommy isn’t there. It’s funny, Christi drives me nuts sometimes, but it’s these moments that she shows she does care more about the kids than them winning all the time.
She tells us that she thinks the comparison between Chloe and Maddie is really wearing on Chloe and it’s not fair. Chloe is a completely different person than Maddie and she should be treated as such.
Maddie goes out to do her solo and does a great job as usual. Kurt tells us he loves watching her dance and she amazes him every time he sees her. Then it’s Chloe’s turn. Maddie gives her a big hug backstage and then she heads out to perform.
Poor Chloe chokes during the solo. She forgets a part and then panics and instead of making something up and continuing, she freezes like a deer in the headlights. Oh man.
She is breaking my heart
Christi says she just wanted to run up there and grab her and give her a hug and get her offstage. Me too, Christi. Meanwhile, Jabby looks on with a look of disgust. She tells us she was surprised by Chloe; she knows what it looks like when someone forgets their dance, she knows how awful that is. She doesn’t understand why Chloe didn’t just make something up and get off the stage.
Backstage Chloe is crying and Maddie is hugging her and saying she’s going to make her cry. Aww, that was sweet. Christi hurries backstage and sweeps Chloe up into her arms for a giant hug. She tells her she was beautiful, and that’s it okay. These are the moments that I really REALLY like Christi.
At solo awards, Maddie wins. It doesn’t look like Chloe places which isn’t a surprise given the freeze. Kurt is proud of her and he hopes she can continue her success without it going to her head. Maddie is happy to have won another crown; she has nine now. They don’t all fit on her shelf so she’s going to ask her mom for a new one.
Back in the dressing room, Christi tells Chloe again that she couldn’t be prouder of her even if she had the world’s biggest crown.
More of this please, Christi
Time for the duets. Kelly is still annoyed about how the whole thing went down with her girls so she goes backstage with them. Their dance is sloppy and their timing is all over the place. Jabby blames it on the fact that they left rehearsal yesterday, and I have to agree with her on that one.
Chloe and Maddie are next and Chloe is really hoping to well on this one especially because of the mess up with her solo. They really do really well, particularly Chloe. She really sold it. Even Jabby comments on how gorgeous Chloe was in this number. She thinks this was Chloe’s opportunity to redeem herself in front of this panel of judges, and she did just that.
See? My kids would do great as well if Jabby worked with them!!
Again, I understand her frustration, but I do think she needs to shoulder SOME of the blame for them being unprepared. At least this time around.
Brooke and Paige end up placing fifth for their duet, and Maddie and Chloe get first. I’m surprised we didn’t see Kelly’s gray matter exploded all over the place. You know she was PISSED.
They get ready backstage for the group number. Jabby gives them a pep talk which includes telling them not to freak out if their boob pops out of the top. After all, the judges have seen it all. Kurt pops into the dressing room again and Jabby stops him at the door this time, making him leave the room.
She pulls him out to the hallway and tells him she doesn’t want him near his daughter. She’s told him before; this is not the place or the time. I think this is one of those situations again where she is actually not doing a bad thing but the way she says it is WRONG. If Kurt makes his kid that nervous, he should probably wait until she’s done performing to see her, but Jabby needs some serious lessons in how to talk to people.
I think it’s hilarious when she says Kurt is rude to other people. That’s the pot calling the kettle black, isn’t it? As you can imagine, he doesn’t take kindly to getting kicked out of the room and the conversation gets heated between them. The he says Jabby knows just what dance has done to him and his family and she says that doesn’t force Melissa to be at the studio; she’s there because she wants to be there.
Why is no one pulling her away from that door?
There are plenty of adults in that room, did no one think it was a really bad idea for Maddie to be eavesdropping on her dad and Jabby?
He tells Jabby that he is going to do everything in his power to get his kids out of that studio. I don’t think she’s too worried about that; she knows Melissa’s not pulling her kids out of that place.
The girls get ready to perform their group number and Jabby wants them to WIN. She doesn’t want to place; only winning the whole thing will be good enough. This performance is definitely not their best; they have some timing issues that make the routine look a little sloppy, and Jabby thinks they were more like six soloists up there than a cohesive group.
At awards the emcee says that just a single point separates second and first place. And Jabby’s girls take the top prize!
Jabby is happy and proud of the girls. She says no one will ever forget the name Jabby Lee Dance Company. Uh, Jabby? I don’t think that’s because of this routine.
Backstage they do some cheer about how awesome they are and they just won, and then Kurt pops us to tell us again that he’s going to be trying super hard to get his kids out of there. Inside the dressing room, Jabby tells the girls she has a surprise; they are going back to L.A. She doesn’t tell the moms why; she only says she has a surprise for the girls. Yipee.
And there you go, Gasmi. What did you think of this week’s show? Did anyone else think that this one was the season finale? I sure did. Next week, they audition for a music video, but there can only be one star. Looks like Melissa will be breaking out those knee pads again!
Thanks so much for all your well wishes on the last recap. You guys are AWESOME. Can’t wait to hear what you thought about this one!