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This week on Dance Moms, Abby shows up for some of the time, but ultimately leaves the team abandoned once again as the ALDC girls compete against Candy Apples.
Before the first practice of the week, Melissa stops by Abby’s house to see what is going on. Abby, in a bathrobe and hair towel, tells Melissa that she doesn't know if she’s going to make it this week because her elderly mom is not doing well. When Melissa pleads that Maddie needs her there, Abby snaps, saying that her sick mother needs her more.
When Melissa gets to the studio, the other moms, especially Christi are outraged at Melissa’s “secret meeting” with Abby. The moms grill Melissa if Abby said anything about nationals, and Melissa relents that Abby said Maddie would have a nationals solo, which sends the moms into a frenzy.
When Abby doesn’t show up, Gianna is in charge of the team again. At least Abby left some instructions for her this week. Along with the group dance, Chloe will have a solo, and Asia and Mackenzie will be doing a duet.
Meanwhile at Candy Apples, Cathy’s team is preparing to compete, too. Cathy changes her team’s lineup yet again. She kicks off Anthony as choreographer, and this week’s dancers include Zach, Mari, Kaya, Hadley and Lucas. As well as a group dance, Cathy gives Zach a solo that she hopes will beat Chloe.
The next day at ALDC when Abby still isn’t there, the moms suggest that they could leave a trail of hamburgers from Abby’s house to studio. That would surely bring her to dance class! It turns out that the fast food trail isn’t needed, though, because halfway into practice, in strutts Abby. After yelling at Brooke and Paige, but ultimately letting them stay, and then fighting with Christi, Abby is ready to work on the group dance.
Candy Apples is working on their group dance too. With Anthony gone, dance mom Yvette decides to jump in and help Cathy with the choreography. Cathy isn’t sure about Yvette’s takeover, saying, “I’m happy if Yvette wants to pitch in, but ultimately it’s my dance studio!”
Abby hops on the bus to go to the competition with the girls, but the day of the competition she is nowhere to be found. Abby calls Gianna saying she can’t make it, with no further explanation.
Mackenzie and Asia’s duet, entitled “We Hit Hard,” is first on stage. In the sassy routine, Asia Mackenzie “face off” against each other in a pseudo cat fight/dance competition. Abby enters the duet to decide which girl would have a mini solo at nationals. Although both girls put on an incredible performance, Abby, of course, isn’t there to see it.
Zach’s solo, “Rescue,” is very graceful, and shows off what a talented dancer he is. Chloe’s lyrical solo is great too, though. The dance is supposed to be a test if Chloe is nationals material, but just like the duet, Abby isn’t there to see it.
In Candy Apples’ group dance, “Phoenix Rising,” the girls wear beautiful orange and red costumes with the boys in black pants. The choreography is a vast improvement from Anthony’s too-cluttered routines.
The ALDC group routine “Black and Blue” is a dark contemporary piece. All the girls are in black dresses except for Maddie who is in blue, and has one black eye. The girls dance really well together, and Maddie’s expressions are very moving in her featured part.
Only awards would tell if Candy Apples or ALDC came out on top! Mackenzie and Asia’s duet earns first place. In the solo division, Zach comes in second and Chloe in first. Similarly in the small group category, Candy Apples comes in second and ALDC comes in first.
When the Candy Apples and ALDC moms run into each other after the show, the cat claws come out. Cathy smugly claims that she choreographed all the routines by herself, which sends Yvette storming off in tears. Yvette cries that she helped too, and she wasn’t given any credit or respect! Cathy is frazzled, saying, “I thought by getting rid of Anthony, I would get rid of the drama, but I traded yelling for weeping.”
When the ALDC moms call Abby to celebrate their clean sweep, Abby doesn’t want to hear it. “I know. I already talked to the girls, you ding-dongs,” she says flatly before hanging up.
Will Abby make it to a full week of practice next week? We’ll find out next Tuesday at 9/8c!