Dance Moms Recap: “The New Maddie?” [Episode 10]

Posted on Mar 11 2015 - 12:16pm by BeachSpin

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​It’s a new day at the ALDC, as Dance Moms begins this week. ​The girls and moms convene in the dressing room, where they welcome Brynn and her mom Ashley back.  They were out last week, but due to the persuasive powers of Abby, they are back, and ready to take on whatever the ALDC dishes out.  Pyramid time begins, everyone is wearing green, and we see Nia plunked on the bottom, and Kalani in the top spot for winning last week. The team is headed to New Jersey, and they learn that Cathy and her team from Candy Apples will be there, a sure way to heighten the tacky fun.  Holly remarks that Cathy hasn’t been around much, so the expectations are high that Cathy will have a dastardly plan up her sleeve to get under Abby’s skin.  Solos are doled out to Maddie and Brynn. 

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The announcement is made that Sia’s video, featuring Maddie jumping around in a wig, has landed four Grammy nominations.  Abby squeals with delight at the idea of attending, and Maddie agrees, but assures us that Abby will have to find her own date.  We are reminded that Mackenzie and Nia are reigning title holders, and are responsible for handing out the awards in their pageant garb, an idea that brings an enthusiastic “eh” from Nia. Abby calls her out on her joyless, blank expression, Holly cries “Enough!” and we’re off.  Melissa wishes that Abby and Holly would talk, to which I respond, PLEASE NO! 

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We skip over to Ohio, where Cathy and guest choreographer, Erin Bass are gleefully reminiscing about Abby’s epic failure in LA, and how they want to pull a repeat upset with Erin, who is working with the group this week. The moms chat about Holly defecting from the ALDC in LA,  Holly expresses that she doesn’t regret it, and mercifully has no desire to beat a dead horse with Abby.  The solo rehearsals begin, and we get a closer look at Brynn, a  beautiful dancer, who just needs a little kicking around by Abby to bring out her brilliance. She appears technically better than Maddie, who seems to be aware of it, and acts a little uncomfortable. Jill claims that she’s not threatened, just territorial over anyone swooping in to steal her baby’s solos, and the other moms just believe that the newbie fawning is just the same old, same old. Abby calls Ashley down, and assures her that Brynn is gifted, and her new favorite, for at least this episode. 

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Over at Candy Apples, Erin has begun rehearsal on a group number that involves a gigantic, beige parachute-like skirt. Cathy reminds us that she is good and Abby is evil, which is a perfect tie-in with the number.  We hear of some discontent from Cathy‘s go-to leg lifter, Lucas, who is peeved that others are being favored over him. Cathy responds by asserting that he should be overjoyed to be lifting his leg for Candy Apples.

The next day the girls are talking in the dressing room, and Maddie pegs the nasty vibe between Holly and Abby as feeling like the nightmare that was the dynamic with Christy and Chloe. Maddie surmises that kissing Abby’s large butt is the only way to dance misery free, and that Holly should try it sometime. We watch Maddie rehearse, as Abby informs us that due to Maddie’s star power commitments, her training is slipping, and she had better watch out for that young whippersnapper, Brynn. Jill nosily bugs Ashley for info on her powwow with Abby, and after hearing of Abby’s gushing praise over Brynn, Holly twitches, and comments that ‘others’ on the team never hear such support. Jill reminds her that the raving is just to illustrate just how amazing Maddie truly is, and that a win over Maddie just ain’t happening.  Ashley looks clueless, and at a loss for words.

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The two companies arrive at the competition to screaming hoards of fans, and Cathy decides to up her level of obnoxiousness and stand in the crowd with a bullhorn, where she proceeds to bray out silliness to anyone in her path. Erin plays along, clearly excited to have her time in the spotlight extended. Brigette pops in to wish luck to the ALDC, and it’s obvious that a possible Lucas defection is on the horizon. Superstar Maddie performs, and despite her trying schedule, she dances lovely. Brynn performs, and she is impressive indeed, but Maddie was obviously given the choreography with more bells and whistles. As the group dances ready themselves backstage, Abby pep talks the girls through a clenched smile, to embrace the theme, while Cathy pushes her group to focus and win. Abby’s girls perform, and other than the annoying close-up filming, it’s nice.  The Apples hit the stage, and the number is super dramatic, but the gigantic swath of fabric blanketing the whole thing is distracting. It’s time for awards, and predictably Brynn wins second and Maddie wins first for their solos. YAWN. 

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Another no brainer announcement…Abby beats the Apples, and wins the top spot for the groups.  The Apple moms offer their congrats, but Cathy is crabby, because she believes that they were robbed once again. Cathy points out that all of Abby’s new dancers are in the front, but Jill simply brays WINNERS! Inviting a classy ‘kiss my butt’ from Cathy. Brigette snarks back at Cathy, which gets she and Lucas booted out of the dressing room. Lucas mouths off like a nighttime soap diva in training, agreeing with his mom that Candy Apples is a big doody face anyway, and completely undeserving of his raised leg brilliance.  Jill and Melissa scamper into the CA room, swipe the megaphone, and immaturely yell like obnoxious children to close out this episode.  How very appropriate.  See you next week for more pee-wee dance drama…can’t wait!

 

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  • Brattus Rattus

    You know when Cathy first appeared on the show she wasn’t as bad as she is now. She’s just a smaller version of Abby. They are both disgusting.
    I know Nia will never be “Maddie” but if Abby gave her half the attention that Maddie or 99% of the other girls got, she would be a better dancer. Last week was horrible. With Abby telling all the girls that when they become teens they’re kicked off the team, As a parent, I would be so frigging off the team now. Abby knows she doesn’t have the skills to teach and win as the girls get older so she’s taking the easy way out.

    • OvertheMississippi

      They can’t be “off the team”. These people are under contracts. That is why they never “leave” after fights and blow-ups.

      • Brattus Rattus

        First off… OMG I love your avatar!
        Abby herself said that they would be off the team once the teenage years set in. I don’t know the details of their contracts but if those other two moms (they quite while I wasn’t watching) quit, I’m sure Abby can fire them. She threatens them with it all the time. “Everyone is replaceable”.
        God I hate that witch.

        • OvertheMississippi

          Abby is blowing smoke!! I did a little research. Kelly and her girls had already left ALDC when they started the show. They were asked to appear for the drama. Additionally, Abby and Cathy have known each other for years. Abby invited Cathy to appear. She says once that she regrets even asking her.

          • Brattus Rattus

            ok…even more ewwwww.
            thanks for the info

          • OvertheMississippi

            The less you know, the better. It is so staged.

      • BeachSpin

        Kelly left and there were legal issues afterwards.

        • Brattus Rattus

          Not sure because I was MIA for so long but wasn’t ALDC on the verge on bankruptcy? Makes me wonder if this horrid treatment of the kids will screw Abby over.

          • BeachSpin

            I think that may have been before the show…not sure. Something is bound to backfire, Abby will probably crash and burn at some point.

          • Brattus Rattus

            fingers crossed. The way she was in LA alone shows she’s insane. Manipulating kinds goes above and beyond disgusting. Parents lose custody rights over crap like this so what grounds does a dance teacher have? *cuts my eyes at beach* this is why I stopped watching! your recaps pulled me back in!!!!

          • BeachSpin

            HAHAHAHAHA!!! Good…how often is there such a mess combined with such grace? The dropped jaw factor has always kept me hooked.

          • Brattus Rattus

            Just so you know, I’m home sick today (coughing up blood – awesome new shit) so I have to keep editing my posts. But YOU…. LOL YOU still brought me back to that crazy show. I love/hate you for it. Can you tell me quickly what happened to two two moms that quit?

          • BeachSpin

            Ugh..so sorry. Kelly slapped and gave Abby’s hair a tug, when Abby was charging at her, gnashing her teeth. You should look it up it is AWESOME. There have been various legal issues, contract ramifications,, and then Paige (Kelly’s daughter) sued claiming abuse, which I think was dismissed. Christy had just had enough, and after a million screaming fits, peaced out with Chloe. None of those girls were happy, they looked miserable.

          • Brattus Rattus

            ohhhhhhhh snap! I have to look up Abby getting slapped. I bet she had that “why do I deserve this?” look on her face. Actually, I’m going to save his for when I feel really bad. If anyone deserves this (even more than Brandi) it’s Abby. Ohhhh so sweet. Thank you! lol

          • BeachSpin

            You are so welcome..and thank YOU for watching and reading! You need to look up the slap…that scene is just simply crazy and hilarious!

          • Hi Brattus. Here you go. Refresh to see the video:

            [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYOiCfByL24&w=560&h=315%5D

          • MidwestMiddie

            You’ll have to check online for accuracy but my recollection is Abby’s
            Studio had debts and filed for bankruptcy before the show existed.
            In fact, the show saved Abby’s Studio and her staffers employment.

    • BeachSpin

      Nia could be better…but she does simply lack talent IMO..she needs to go into theater. Cathy is like a pretend character…her makeup alone…UGH!! I don’t know who’s worse..they are both just awful.

      • Brattus Rattus

        Totally agree. If Nia had the same amount of attention, she might be better. A horrible part of me (I HATE racial issues to the negative) thinks Abby keeps her to seem PC although she treats her like shit.
        Cathy can’t dance which is why she always brings in ANYONE that will screw with Abby. LOL too funny.

        • BeachSpin

          YES…..I think the racial thing could be a large part of it. (Abby or Lifetime?) If she goes..let’s see who replaces her. I’ll admit, Cathy is a nut, but I do like the epis she is on, just because she is so bat crap cray.

  • Chloe

    I think it is funny that Cathy calls herself a dance teacher when she can’t even choreograph her own students. She always hires someone else to do it for her. Get a life lady. You cant take credit if you were to ever win, credit would go to the hired help!!!

    • BeachSpin

      IKR, that guest choreographer was annoying this week too.

  • CNN

    Frankly, I like Kathy. From what we are allowed to see, she isn’t the overbearing, belligerent, nasty, selfish , screaming shrew Abby is. If Abby is truly having legal issues with past students I can understand why. Kathy doesn’t appear to have quite the prickly porcupine personality Abby has. I would certainly love to see an occasional win for her group

  • MidwestMiddie

    Life is better at ALDC since Christi and Paige left the Studio. IMO, their daughters suffered
    mostly due to them and not because of Abby. Holly seems to be on the verge of doing the same. “Bye!!”

  • colleen

    Hey, thanks for detailed synopsis. I didnt watch this week, and now i dont have to
    Much appreciated. Even though Abby is bringing in new kids, the popularity of shows seems like its down. ALM is an abrasive horses ass and I’m tired of her…and oh-so-not-liking Jo Jo with a
    Bow Bow