Week 2 of Dance Moms: Miami is in the books, and I’m not really sure what to make of it this week. Personalities are starting to show a bit more, Angel is apparently more of a drama queen than I thought, and for some reason Hannah takes a ton of abuse.
Let’s talk about Susan first, as she was the driving force behind a lot of the drama tonight. First, at the beginning of the episode, she had a hissy fit when she saw that Jessi was pushed to the bottom of the list due to the trophy incident last week. After screaming at Debi (Hannah’s mother) for a bit, she pulled Jessi from the class and apparently in those few minutes, had a complete change of heart. In the hallway, she demanded Jessi apologize and not act like that again, which is hard to do considering she’s watching her mother act in a worse behavior.
Then, right before the group dance number at the end, she walks up to Victor and says that Jessi is the best dancer in the class (in front of everyone), and asks for a last minute solo routine. Seriously? Look, I understand you want what’s best for your child, but putting her out there to potentially embarrass herself with a improvised dance is probably not the best thing for her.
Out of nowhere, Victor’s mother, I believe her name was Myra, started making more appearances and took over where Susan left off. She kept praising Jessi and even gave Hannah a back-handed compliment by saying “.. even Hannah did well”, but didn’t understand what was wrong with that statement. I’m going to say it now, hopefully less air time for Myra the better.
On to Angel…. the first few minutes of the episode, I was actually thinking how refreshing it was to watch Angel and Victor together. Both seem very professional, and while Angel comes off as kind of mean, it’s a respectful mean. He knows what he wants, and is just blunt.. unlike Abby who knows what she wants too, but sounds awful trying to say it. Out of nowhere, Angel starts acting all crazy and threatening to pull the entire group number, and yelling at Victor about random things. He continues to talk about the “crazy moms”, but I think he may be a bit on the crazy side himself.
Finally, you have Hannah. As mentioned above, last week after the girls got the trophy for their group dance, Hannah returned back to the group to deal with Jessi pulling it away. That’s fine and all, water under the bridge. However, this week the Hannah bashing continued from really all sides. You have Abby (Sammy’s mother) taking random shots, Victor’s mother, and then even Lucas’s mother at the end. You don’t really notice the moms criticizing the girls dancing on the regular Dance Moms as you do them bashing each other (and Abby)… however, on this one, it appears nobody is off limits.
Anyway, to recap the rest of the episode…
- Lucas and Kimmy were at the top of the list because of their duo last week.
- Solo dances were awarded to Lucas, Sammy and Hannah. They didn’t feel Kimmy was quite ready for a solo yet.
- The group number was focused around Lucas and the girls playing as backup dancers to him.
- Solo awards were as followed: Sammy (1st), Lucas (2nd), Hannah (4th).
- The group number finished 1st
Overall it was a good episode, I am starting to enjoy the show the more I get to know the characters, but tonight bothered me a little. It was mostly the behavior of Victor’s mother and Angel, and hopefully we’ll see less of that in the future.
What did you think of the episode?