I don't think that Maddie looking at the camera right before her dust-up with her sister had anything to do with scripting. I think it had more to do with KNOWING that she was annoyed with herself and was ready to lash out and, "so what" if she was seen. :shrug
Also, would the judges have been surprised to see back to back presentations of the same dance in the same costumes by two different girls from the same studio? If I'd been in their place, I'd not have liked that, unless it's something that happens a lot. It just seems like if it did, Abby would have already done it. I really hated that Abby basically tried to set Chloe up to fail to prove something to Christie and pretty much made it clear that that's what she was doing. So far, Chloe and Maddie have managed to remain friends, but all the bickering between their mothers and their mothers and Abby must really wear on them, and that's just not right.
Lately, I'm just been tuning in to the last part of each episode to watch the various dances, but now that part of the show has been tarnished too.
Oh, and on an unrelated note, I felt for Brooke being thrown back in the kiddie pool again. She may not be that many years older than Chloe, but just a few years at their ages is a big difference. I agree that she seemed happier with the older dancers and looked better with them too.
I was so happy for Chloe - that was so mean of Abby to take that away from her. Why would she do such a thing?
Poor Zack looked like Jiminy Cricket in his performance costume with the little red shorts.
I also want to mention that I was NOT happy watching an episode that was mostly about Cathy. I feel the show could and should do without her and having to see so much of her was unpleasant to say the least.
Really didn't like last night's episode. It bothered me a lot that Abby referred to the one little girl (Hadley?) as "roadkill." If she were a child calling another child that in school, she'd be accurately accused of bullying the other child. So why should an adult--one that purports to be a teacher, at that--call a child that? Why should anyone call someone that? If she doesn't like Hadley's dancing, then she could explain why. I'd have no trouble with that, as long as it was done in way that criticized the dancing constructively without any name-calling. But roadkill? That doesn't help anyone learn anything. For that matter, I would think that, given Abby's size and society's attitudes toward the overweight, Abby's probably heard herself called some pretty unkind things. In fact, we've heard her called unkind things on the show, and she obviously hasn't like it. I'm not blaming her for not liking it, but since she doesn't, why wouldn't she think those kinds of comments would bother kids too?
I was also fairly stunned that she just assumed Maddy and Mackenzie would follow her to California if she moved there, though she wasn't sure about the rest of them. First, if I were one of the "rest of them," I'd be more than a little insulted that she didn't seem to care all that much about them, since, as she's repeatedly said herself, her reputation is built on what those little girls have done in competition under her studio's name. Whether she likes Chloe or not, for instance, she did bring ALDC a national title. Second, didn't Maddy and Mackenzie's mom just remarry? What if her new husband wouldn't or couldn't make the move west? Is she expecting that the little girls would just move to California without their mom? Or that the mom and kids would just leave the new husband/stepfather behind to follow Abby to California?
I'm also curious about something. I don't know much of anything about the dance world, but it would seem to me that Abby's competition for students would be much stiffer in California. According to Abby, L.A. is second only to NYC in terms of being a dance center. So wouldn't that mean that there are a lot of reputable dance studios/companies in the area that wouldn't involve your kids being belittled by a loud, abrasive teacher?
I didn't quite catch all the details--having an eight month old puppy in the house tends to be distracting--but I thought Anthony said that Zach's number would have gone over better if he'd been wearing the costume Anthony had originally wanted for the dance. If that's the case, then Anthony must have had something else in mind originally. I did feel sorry for Zach, though. He's a better dancer than that stupid number allowed him to be. He also seemed like a genuinely nice kid, from what they showed of him in that show of Abby's last summer.
The best scene on Dance Moms was on True Blood Sunday night. Lafayette said, “That’s the sickest thing I’ve seen in TV. And I watch Dance Moms.”