Dance Moms: Attention, Please. We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Dance Show For A Big Announcement.April 13th, 2016
Honestly, I wasn’t planning on telling anyone. I was just gonna stop showing up after Regionals.
No clue what’s happening right now, but somebody better get me chips before I lose it.
Think these new graphics could be any bigger? If they cover up my hair, I swear to God…
Srsly. What is this…CNN? Get this damn thing off me. Do they even know how much this top cost?
Oooooooh, gurrrl! You can keep all your Hello Kitty toys. That boy Chris Hemsworth is FINE.
I know I didn’t fly Coach half way across the country just to be in one episode. Really?
Brace yourself, folks.
And maybe grab some Kleenex and your microwave movie popcorn.
Because Dance Moms ’bout to tug on your heart strings and pimp out Charliz Theron‘s new movie like nobody’s business.
And they’re gonna do it all at the same time.
So, yeah. Brace yourself.
The Short Version: After months of tabloid speculation, Melissa finally came clean about La Familia Ziegler’s future with the ALDC and she pretty much broke the internet.
Which, purely by coincidence, happens to be a clip from the aforementioned new movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which opens in theaters around the country on Aprill 22.
Side note: Feel free to Fandango the (bleep) outta that thing after you finish reading this hilarious recap, because there has to be at least one scene from the movie that wasn’t already slipped into this week’s episode, right?
Not this one, necessarily.
That’s actually me on one of my Sunday Spa Nights after luxuriating with one of those anti-eye puffery things that you keep in the freezer overnight.
And not this one.
That’s when Christi and Kelly had that fight and dropped F-bombs all over the place.
But you get the idea. Go see the movie.
Anyway. Back to Dance Moms.
We started out in the ALDC LA parking lot this week where all the Moms and kids were gathering for the day’s festivities. Kira was back again (…she’s on the Every Other Program…) which meant that Kalani was back. Which meant that all the girls were excited to be together again. Hugs everywhere.
And gossip, of course. Always gossip. Because Kira needed to be brought up to speed on all of Melissa’s vaguery (…is that even a word?..) regarding whether she and her girls would be returning to the Team next season.
Side note: Nobody seemed to be overly concerned about the guy who ran past my MomCrush Jill and then disappeared down that back alley, so I didn’t panic.
Remember WinterCoat Guy who was so overdressed in the studio a few weeks ago? I’m gonna assume Sweatshirt Guy was the same dude from last time in the Old Navy puffer and scarf even though it’s a consistently humid 85 degrees in LA this time of year. He’s probably just one of those people who’s always cold. My great-aunt was the same way no matter how high she cranked the heat in her house. It was like a sweat shop up in there.
After all these weeks of USWeekly leaks and chatroom mockery, Melissa finally came clean and told the Moms that…yes…it was true.
Wait for it.
She and Maddie and Mackenzie would no longer be part of the Elite Team in 4 weeks.
Dat’s rite. One month. And then they’re moving on.
Everyone got emotional. Melissa got emotional…
And maybe even Mackenzie, too. Because that would be nice if her kid knew what was about to go down. Because MackZ had no idea.
Did I forget to mention that part? Because Melissa sure did.
Turns out that MackenzieBoo had no clue her days with the ALDC were numbered.
Duh. Maddie knew, obvi. But not MackaDoodle.
Don’t even start. I’m not one to tell any of these Moms how to do their jobs.
Granted, I have no problem telling them what to wear or when their hair is a hot mess, but I always pass on anything that falls under the ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Raise My Kids’ umbrella. They know best. Not me. And not you.
Luckily, Dr. Holly came through as the Voice of Reason (…again!…) and convinced Melissa that EVERYone needed to know what was happening. Which in itself was a good thing, because it meant that maybe Holly and Sasha Nia would actually get to participate in this week’s episode.
What was THAT all about last week? Hardly any FrazierFace Time?
Yeah. What she said.
Needless to say, the conversation between Melissa and Abby was pretty emotional. Their blood pressure numbers were probably almost as high as the inventory count on all those clear Tupperware bins piled up to the ceiling in that crazy back room. You see that?
I swear there are more of them every week.
It looked like Target on the Day After Xmas when they line every aisle with those things and then never have enough carts to actually transport them to the register. I’m not carrying 5 of giant storage containers all the way through the lingerie department just to find out that the self-checkouts are off-line, thank you.
Melissa walked in and did this for some reason.
And then she Ugly Cried.
Bonus Points: To Melissa for promising Abby that Maddie would NOT be dancing on that new So You Think You Can Dance Kids show. Because she won’t be. Because she’s going to be a judge instead. So it’s not like she was lying or anything.
I see what you did there, Mrs. Z.
Q. Where’d this lady go?
This week, the gang was headed to Fierce National Dance Competition in Agoura Hills. Everyone seemed pretty excited even though I had to Apple Map it.
The group routine, in case you haven’t read anything up to this point, was going to be based on The Huntsman: Winter’s War movie. Pay attention, please.
You know how I get when it comes to skimmers and haters.
Maddie and Mackenzie would be portraying the dueling Queen sisters, with the rest of the pack divided up between #TeamFire and #TeamIce.
There were also going to be THREE duets entered into the competition.
Count ’em: Nia and Mackenzie. Maddie and Kalani. And Maddie and Kendall.
Yup. TWO Maddie duets.
Abby was definitely gonna milk that Ziegler Cow for all she could this month.
Newsflash: She’s still just a kid.
Right about here was when Ashlee blurted out sumthin sumthin about the Zieglers leaving the ALDC before Melissa even had time to tell Mackenzie to start packing up her dance bag. OhNoSheDin’t. OhYesSheDid.
Pause Your DVR: Can we just take a moment to appreciate not only Holly’s on-point hair styling (…cuz you know dat’s rite…)
Remember when she got everyone out of that makeup room in under 4 seconds when Abby and Kelly started rolling around on the floor? To this day I still swear she used airplane inflatables and just shoved those kids out the second floor window.
I dunno. But whatever it is…it’s an #ArtForm.
Which is why I love Holly so much.
Side note: What the What? Check out Jill. #BigHairDon’tCare.
After about 20 minutes of Dance Moms Bumper Cars where everyone was running in circles and knocking each other down, they all ended up in that back room with all the empty wall hooks and finally told everybody everything.
Game Over for the Zieglers.
Well, almost everybody.
You notice that? That was odd.
Side note: Holly has an Apple Watch. Because of course she does.
She’s always trying to one-up me, I swear.
And then Abby locked herself in the bathroom, because why not. And she wouldn’t come out, no matter what the other Moms did.
The next day, Melissa took Holly and Jill to lunch to serve up some salads and flashbacks.
I don’t know how the food was, but the flashbacks were awesome.
We got to see some of my favorite oldies but goodies, like when Melissa lost her marbles in Season 1 and snatched up every trophy on the table and then dragged her Samsonite roller down the hall on 3 wheels swearing and cussing like I don’t know what.
Like when Beanie Babies were popular and a new batch would come out unannounced in the middle of the week and you’d leave your kid waiting on the sidewalk at school just so you could scoop every new bear off the shelf and hopefully score yourself the elusive unicorn with the brown horn.
This one. But with the brown horn.
And, of course, we got to see the first time that Holly really lost her nutty on Abby while Kira photobombed the scene dressed like she was going to the Oscars for some reason.
Side note: There was clearly one empty seat available next to Jill that went unused, BTW.
Thanks for not inviting me, Melissa. Even though I was the only one who stood up for you back when you couldn’t figure out how to download songs off Napster and kept hanging up on anyone who tried calling the Pittsburgh front desk.
But that’s ok. Really.
Decision 2016: As long as we’re voting, I vote for my MomCrush to keep her LunchHair.
Back at the studio (…the LA one now…) Abby showed the girls the movie trailer.
Even this part.
Maddie swallowed her gum and was all like…Abby was all like…At some point, Abby even noted that the stars of the movie were going to see this group routine. Which was amazing, because who knew that macho Chris Hemsworth even watched Dance Moms? But I guess he does.
And now that’s like TWO things he and I have in common.
We both work out and we both watch Dance Moms!
This is me rinsing out my Under Armour after getting my swole on at the gym.
You know she’s got that one for a screen saver. Look at her.
As the competition grew closer, Abby was having a hard time processing any of the Ziegler NewZ. Which basically meant that she cried a lot as and relived much of the loss that she had suffered throughout her own life.
Abby misses her Mom and Dad.
Finally, it was Showtime!
Look at little Brynn contouring like a Boss. I almost forgot about her this week.
Nia and Mackenzie’s duet was a sad dance about a young girl saying goodbye to her Mom who was dying from cancer. Holly got all choked up. But they won First Place!!
Maddie and Kendall’s Insane Asylum duet made Jill cry in her interview confessional and got Twitter a little #Twisted. There were certainly a lot of tears this week. But smiles all around when they took Second Place in their age category.
…and ran right back out on stage with Kalani, where they did this no hands forward flip over whatchamacallit that was A. Maz. Ing.After the duets were over (…and in case you STILL weren’t clear on the theme for this week…) we got treated to a quick Girl Talk promo-looking thing where Charlize Theron was all like “Gurrrl, whatchoo mean you don’t watch Dance Moms like me and Chris?…”
If we’re being totally honest, I had to mute the TV to answer my cell in case it was Melissa apologizing for that whole lunch date fiasco, but it looked like that’s what the two ladies were discussing.
Bonus: We also got treated to not one…but TWO…of those chit chatty Dance Moms Guide To Blah Blah Blah where the girls all sit around and tell you not to wear too much foundation on the playground.
Not gonna lie. Sometimes this show is so random that it makes my left eye involuntarily close like I’m having a stroke. But it’s not a stroke. And I love this show.
So much that I just said it for a second time.
So, again…sue me.
The ALDC finished off the event with their group routine, which coincidentally enough, ended up being based on the movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
What are the chances?
The choreography was great, but the second the dance started, Mackenzie’s costume exploded and there were scraps of Emily Blunt all over the stage.
Nobody was very happy about that mess up. It was #HeadBandGate all over again.
But they made it through and headed to the awards where—
Wait. What? Nia Sioux…she…it was…she had…
Outta nowhere, she showed up with…
And we love how Twitter reacts to stuff like that.
True Fact: Someone even sent me a DM tweet in the middle of the freakin’ night and told me to make sure I put a picture of Nia’s bangs on my site.
Do it. Didn’t ask me to. Just told me to do it.
So there you go, people. Bangs. Take that, Kendall Jenner.
Side note: Feel free to use this kid on your next #MotivationalMonday post.
Always do your best. Because your best is always good enough. #NoRegrets.
Did I forget to mention that the group dance came in Second Place? I probably did.
So that made for two Number Two’s in two weeks. Do the math.
Abby wasn’t happy. But she had clearly already checked out for the week. Possibly even for the remainder of the season. Who knows.
Melissa had really messed with her head.
Abby has a court date coming up soon for all that scandalous TMZ goodness and now she’s losing the Top Three go-tos in her support system.
This isn’t gonna end well.
But it’s over for this week at least.
No more crying.
Well, after one more group hug, I mean.
Imma need to be alone for a few.