Throughout both seasons of Dance Moms, it seems like every episode, while entertaining, has followed a similar path. Abby Lee yells at the kids, yells at the moms, the moms yell back at Abby and then snap at one another. I can’t complain, aside from snapping at the kids, that’s good TV. I know it, you know it, and Lifetime knows it, as much as people complain about the show.
That being said, it appears the show took a different path in the episode tonight, and I felt it was one of the best from both seasons so far. After weeks of buildup of fights and competition, the mood appeared much lighter throughout the entire episode and it was very refreshing. There was a slightly different side of Abby Lee, as she choreographed a dance as a poke at Melissa who became engaged, but was trying to keep it a secret.
At one point, Abby Lee was trying to talk to Maddie and Mackenzie to get some dirt, and it was hilarious to see the reaction Mackenzie gave trying to keep a secret but wanting to tell Abby. Maddie was a bit cooler about the situation, until Chloe mentioned how she loved the back story behind it all. Overall it was just great to see the personalities of the girls shine through, instead of just watching them dance and be yelled at for an hour.
The mothers were also immensely enjoyable to watch this week as they appeared very relaxed and fun as they were in the bridal shop trying on outfits. Kelly was going to try on a dress when she whispered in Holly’s ear how she wasn’t wearing any underwear, and then said to the camera “Welcome to my world, no panties!”. It was also funny to hear the moms talk about how (too?) revealing Melissa is, yet she’s remaining private about the wedding. Again, just refreshing to see how loose everyone appeared, and was really entertaining.
However, it wouldn’t be Dance Moms without some drama, and naturally that involved Jill. Abby Lee decided to put Kendall on probation again due to the helicopter parenting lately by Jill, and that was enough to cause a scene. Jill freaked out, pulled Kendall from the class and instantly took her to (ugh) Candy Apples… (seriously, will that place just go away?). Cathy salivated at the opportunity to get back at Abby, so like she tried to do with Payton, she invited a spot to Kendall and immediately put her in a solo dance this week.. to face Nia, who was celebrating her first ever time on top of the pyramid.
In the dance portion, the group number went off without a hitch. The girls were doing a wedding theme, basically making the theme where they give themselves away to marry dance. Candy Apples, fittingly danced to a funeral, which is basically how the results ended up. ALDC crushed Candy Apples in the group number, but sadly for Nia, Kendall was able to pull off the victory in the solo competition. While it was nice to see Kendall earn a victory, it was definitely bittersweet against Nia, and with the Candy Apples.