'Dance Moms' Recap - S3, E29: So Far with Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime

Dance Moms: So Far, season 3, episode 29 is a recap show, but this time studio owner Abby Lee Miller gets to give her version of events without any input from the mothers from the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). Abby describes the show as being about “crazy mom moments, incredible dancing, and dances that should have never been seen.” We hear Abby’s take on the controversial “Two Girls, One Solo” debacle, her feelings about on Maddie and Chloe, and her thoughts Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, her Candy Apples Dance Center, and her student Jalen. We also see clips of this season’s dances and mama drama.

When Dance Moms: So Far opens, Abby talks about the "Two Girls One Solo" episode, in which she assigned Maddie and Chloe the same choreography, costumes and music. As I stated in my recap of “Two Girls One Solo”, Maddie and Chloe are equally talented, but for this routine, Maddie bobbled a turn, and Chloe should have won. We also see Abby going to the judges regarding a mathematical error (though she lied about it to the Moms and said the judges came to her). Abby claims to be proud of both Maddie and Chloe, and says she thinks the victories should go back and forth, BUT, it’s obvious to anyone who follows the show that Maddie is Abby’s favorite, and just last week in the “Tap Versus Hip Hop” episode, we heard her say that she wasn’t going to let Chloe’s hip hop solo beat Maddie’s tap solo. It’s a breath of fresh air when we are shown Maddie and Chloe doing a duet – they dance well together.

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Then we see Abby’s “next generation of dancers” with clips of Maddie’s little sister Mackenzie competing against Asia (Mac’s “Old West” routine vs Asia’s “Too Hot to Handle”), then Abby moves on to dishing about the Dance Moms. Abby goes over the issues with Melissa (Maddie and Mackenzie’s mom) – basically she thinks Melissa should be more loyal to her and less friendly with the other mothers (“Melissa only needs one friend, and that’s me) – and we see the fight between Melissa and the other Moms in which Christi accuses her of sleeping with her boss (who is now her current husband).

The show moves on to the season-long, on-again-off-again fight between Christi (Chloe’s mom) and Kelly (Brooke and Paige’s mom) – we hear them drop f-bombs and accuse each other of being bad friends. Then it’s on to “the rivalry” between Jill (Kendall’s mom) and Black Patsy (Nicaya’s mom), and the scene in which Patsy puts her finger on Jill’s nose and pushes her back (and unlike other airings of this fight, this time we see Jill smack Patsy’s hand away). Patsy explains that it was okay to get physical because “you don’t just walk up on a sister like that.”

We see a segment about the date Abby’s arranged between “Brooding Brooke” and Kevin, a dancer from ALDC’s senior line. When they were on their date, Kevin smooshed cake in Brooke’s face (Brooke says she would dance again with Kevin, but not go on another date). Abby normally has a “no boys” rule, but says she broke her own rules because it was important for Brooke and Kevin to connect on some level so when they were on stage their relationship would be believable. Then we see their senior group dance.

The conversation switches to Abby’s nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt Stein, and her Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC). She insults their dance number “Malik So Chic” (in which they play club kids), and calls it “classic Candy Apple crap”.

Then Abby focuses on Jalen, the young break dancer from the CADC. Abby says Jalen is nothing but a head-spinner, then picks on him AND his dad Rick, and says they have “that small man thing going on”. Abby has a reason to be angry with Rick – he famously yelled in her face at a competition – but to pick on a little boy? Wow. We see Jalen’s first-ever solo – a great start for him –and due to Rick crying in the audience, Abby says he has “Napoleon Complex”.

We also see a clip of Rick spying on fellow CADC Dance Dad Mickey, and the moment when he asks Abby to take his son Gino on as a student (Gino is Kevin’s brother). Abby tells the moms what Mickey said, and Holly says if Gino leaves the CADC, Cathy will lose her mind. Abby questions whether Gino has what it takes to be Maddie’s partner, but says she wants Gino to prove it himself, not have his dad ask for him.

Abby laments returning from California (where she was filming season 2 of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition) and being back to the moms fighting and their accusations of favoritism.She says the Moms should only talk about her to their children with love and admiration, because “that’s how you’re gonna get your kid ahead.” She calls Christi “a liar” and says that she’s teaching Chloe to be a liar, and adds that no-one feels as bad for Chloe as she does. Abby says everyone thinks she’s “Team Maddie and not Team Chloe”, but that she’s “Team Abby Lee Dance Company”.

The next segment features backstage footage from last week’s “Tap Versus Hip Hop” episode, and we see Melissa and Christi fighting. This is the episode in which Abby put Maddie and Chloe head-to-head in competition (again), but made it unfair by giving Maddie a tap solo and Chloe a hip hop solo – Maddie has been studying tap since she was 4 years old; Chloe had never dance hip hop.

Dance Moms: So Far closed with Abby talking about what is yet to come: we learn that Asia and her mom Kristie with a K, Payton and her mom Leslie, and Vivi-Anne and her mom Candy Apple Cathy return. So does Broadway Baby apparently – we see Abby petting her beloved poodle that was stuffed by a taxidermist after she passed away in December of 2012.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013